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The Blood of an Englishman: An Agatha Raisin Mystery    by M. C. Beaton Amazon.com order for
Blood of an Englishman
by M. C. Beaton
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St. Martin's, 2015 (2014)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

If you are not already familiar with Agatha Raisin, you should be. Agatha had a prosperous business in London, sold out, retired and moved to a small village in the Cotswolds in England.

Her main goal in her new life is to snag a husband. Even though she had managed to marry, this union did not last long. Her second goal is to solve mysteries before the local gendarmes put their feet in the door. She has opened a detective agency and this does keep her busy but not out of trouble.

When the local baker is gruesomely murdered while playing a role in the village's yearly pantomime, Agatha takes it upon herself to get a head start on investigating. As readers, we get inside her head from time to time and delight in her anguish at what is the proper wear to catch that man any man. She manages to stay ahead of the local police, but just barely.

M. C. Beaton is the only author to whom I have ever written a fan letter. She has given me such delightful reading. She is a most prolific writer I don't know how I missed this one when it was first published. This is the twenty-fifth of the series. Be sure to meet Agatha. You will like her. I guarantee it.

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