“Tourists are advised to watch their backs in the bucolic villages where M. C. Beaton sets her sly British mysteries...Outsiders always spell trouble for the societies Beaton observes with such cynical humor.” ―The New York Times Book Review on the Agatha Raisin Mysteries
“[Beaton's] imperfect heroine is an absolute gem!” ―Publishers Weekly on the Agatha Raisin Mysteries
“Beaton's Agatha Raisin series just about defines the British cozy.” ―Booklist on the Agatha Raisin Mysteries
“Anyone interested in...intelligent, amusing reading will want to make the acquaintance of Mrs. Agatha Raisin.” ―Atlanta Journal Constitution on the Agatha Raisin Mysteries
“Beaton has a winner in the irrepressible, romance-hungry Agatha.” ―Chicago Sun-Times on the Agatha Raisin Mysteries
“Few things in life are more satisfying than to discover a brand-new Agatha Raisin mystery.” ―Tampa Tribune Times on the Agatha Raisin Mysteries
“The Raisin series brings the cozy tradition back to life. God bless the Queen!” ―Tulsa World on the Agatha Raisin Mysteries
“The Miss Marple–like Raisin is a refreshingly sensible, wonderfully eccentric, thoroughly likable heroine...a must for cozy fans.” ―Booklist on the Agatha Raisin Mysteries
“As always, M. C. Beaton presents us with an Agatha Raisin who manages to infuriate, amuse, and solicit our deepest sympathies as we watch her blunder her way boldly through another murder mystery.” ―Bookreporter--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
From the Back Cover
Agatha Raisin won't let the guilty slither away!
Agatha Raisin is back and as feisty as ever―armed with her famous wit and biting sense of humor. This time, though, there's some biting of a whole other sort going on. She has fallen head over heels with George Marston, a local gardener who's become a lady magnet among the Cotswold village set. Shameless and determined, Agatha spares no expense to arrange a charity ball just to have a dance with him. Except things go terribly wrong―and George's failure to appear at the ball involves a sudden death and a poisonous snake. Now it's up to Agatha to investigate and find the truth about what happened. Along the way she discovers that George had quite a complicated love life. Agatha herself would have killed to have a chance with him…but did one of the Cotswold ladies actually do the deed?
"M. C. Beaton has a foolproof plot for the village mystery."―The New York Times Book Review
"One can't help but root for [Agatha] to solve the mystery and, at the same time, find a man who will love her truly and deeply just the way she is."―Criminal Element
"Few things in life are more satisfying than to discover a brand-new Agatha Raisin mystery."―Tampa Tribune Times--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.