From Publishers Weekly
The indestructible Agatha Raisin, still at the top of her game in her darkly droll 17th whodunit (after Love, Lies and Liquor
), is feeling woefully middle-aged after hiring Toni Gilmour, an endearing U.K.-style Nancy Drew full of teen energy and charm. As Toni takes over the pet recovery end of the sleuthing business, Agatha looks into a mysterious letter from Phyllis Tamworthy, the rich matriarch of the Manor House in the idyllic Cotswolds, who suspects family members of plotting to kill her before she can change her will to disinherit them. Agatha and her friend Sir Charles Fraith attend Phyllis's 80th birthday party, only to see the lady keel over, poisoned by hemlock in her salad. Digging into Phyllis's past yields an even darker mystery. Bestseller Beaton's dry wit enhances Agatha's struggles with aging, men and her most challenging case yet. (Oct.)
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Acclaim for M. C. Beaton and the Agatha Raisin Series
"Beaton's Agatha Raisin series just about defines the British cozy."
"Few things in life are more satisfying than to discover a brand-new Agatha Raisin mystery."
---The Tampa Tribune
"Anyone interested in...intelligent, amusing reading will want to make the acquaintance of Mrs. Agatha Raisin."
---The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"[Beaton's] imperfect heroine is an absolute gem!"
"Outwardly bossy and vain, inwardly insecure and vulnerable, Agatha grows more endearing with each installment."
---The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)
"[M. C. Beaton] is Britain's successor to Dame Agatha Christie. If you've never read an Agatha Raisin novel, it's time to start.... All of them are cunningly plotted, beautifully written, and more fun than you can imagine."
---The Globe and Mail
"[Agatha] is a glorious cross between Miss Marple, Auntie Mame, and Lucille Ball, with a tad of pit bull tossed in. She's wonderful."
---St. Petersburg Times