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A Spoonful of Poison (Agatha Raisin Mysteries, No. 19) Hardcover – September 30, 2008

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When elderly Mrs. Andrews blithely jumps to her death off the tower of Saint Odo the Severe during a church charity event in the Cotswolds village of Comfrey Magna, LSD-laced jam proves to be the cause in bestseller Beaton's saucy 19th Agatha Raisin mystery (after 2007's Kissing Christmas Goodbye). Agatha joins the local authorities in the investigation, which focuses on the six women who contributed jam to the church fete, including wealthy Sybilla Triast-Perkins. Agatha and Toni Gilmour, her young detective-in-training, soon find unmasking the lethal jam poisoner complicated by Sybilla's sudden suicide and a murder connected to the theft of the fete's proceeds. Beaton's sly humor enhances the cozy-style plotting, while updates on Agatha's and Toni's respective romantic travails are delightful as ever. The open-ended resolution points to more madcap mayhem to come. (Oct.)
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Most cozy  readers have already discovered Agatha Raisin and decided for themselves if they like the clever puzzle-oriented plots enough to tolerate the abrasive and prickly main character. In this nineteenth outing, Agatha is asked to help publicize a church fund-raising fête for a nearby village in the Cotswolds. So she puts aside her private-detective business and sharpens her old public-relations skills. Agatha succeeds in bringing out a crowd, but everything is spoiled when one of the homemade jams being judged is laced with LSD, and the body count begins to mount. Of course, Agatha and Toni, her young detective-in-training, set out to find the person responsible, and naturally, Agatha foolishly falls for George, the handsome organizer of the festival. A few old friends from past adventures pop in and out of the story line to lend continuity to the series, but once again, Agatha’s jealousy pushes away the very friends who could make her life happier, if less exciting. Agatha is an acquired taste, but she does have her fans. --Judy Coon
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (September 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312349122
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312349127
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #712,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The irascible Agatha Raisin returns in her nineteenth adventure, as feisty, headstrong, and obnoxious as the day readers first fell in love with her. The outspoken sleuth is ready to tell the vicar of St. Odo the Severe she'll have nothing to do with helping him organize his church fete until she discovers handsome George Selby is also a volunteer. Man-hungry as ever, Agatha plunges headlong into making the small village fete the talk of the country and manages to bring murder and mayhem into the village.

When someone puts LSD into the jam, lots of the young people are happily stoned, but two of the village's elder citizens hallucinate themselves into death and Agatha's detective agency must solve the case in order to save its reputation. More murders plus one from the past will all be solved in the typical Raisin style followers of the series have come to love.

Old favorites like Sir Charles Fraith, Roy Silver, Mrs. Bloxby, and Bill Wong are all here as well as more recent additions like the lovely young Toni Gilmour and sometimes-employee Harry Beam. If you've been following the madcap adventures of Agatha and crew, you won't want to miss this latest installment. The return of James Lacey and Agatha's new hair extensions will have you howling and eagerly anticipating the meaning of Agatha's wave of fear and sense that something is terribly wrong with James.
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I ALWAYS enjoy Agatha Raisin and her antics with the men in her life and this book was no disappointment.
I'm so glad I stumbled onto it.
I usually read the front flap of a book before I buy it, but not Agatha Raisin.
When I see a new one I snatch it up IMMEDIATELY.
Looking forward to the next one.
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As usual, MC Beaton has written another wonderful installment in the Agatha Raisin series. Unfortunately, "A Spoonful of Poison" was over in the blink of an eye and I'm sitting here feeling more than a bit disgruntled. The storyline has Agatha going to the small town of Comfrey Magma to help promote a country fete at St. Odo's. Of course disaster follows and along with that, the retention of Agatha's services to find out who committed the latest dastardly deed. Predictable fluff? Yup, but I love it just the same and highly recommend it too.
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This has to be the worst of the Agatha books, which I usually love, and read very quickly. This one, though, made me stop, look at the title page to make sure it was actually written by M.C. Beaton. It seemed to me that this was could have been written by someone else, using the basic "formula" for Agatha. It just kind of sleep-walks through the normal worst-of-Agatha stuff. And what about Sir Charles? He's just left to fend for himself, then just fades away I hope the next one gets back to the Agatha I can actually recognize.
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Agatha Raisin retired from London as an advertising agent to the country in England. Since then she has been solving mysteries in this delightful series. She is always looking for a man to fulfill her life, but unsuccessfully. She is a delightful character who the reader loves. I would sugest reading the series in order since they do build on each other. a great picture of small town life.
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I love all of MC Beaton's books! Originally I found Agatha a little uncomfortable. She is even more socially awkward than I am! The people have real flaws. The only magical character in this series is the house cleaner. Reliable without fault, perceives Agatha's needs without being asked (though she does not appear in this particular book). I also recommend the Hamish McBeth series.
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This may be the best Agatha Raisin mystery so far in the series. It is longer with a very intricate plot and several nasty people. Page turner all the way through right up to the last page. I love this series.
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M.C. Beaton aka Marion Chesney has done a wonderful job as usual involving her readers with Agatha Raisin's latest exploits. I laughed, then laughed some more as Agatha got into one jam after another. Murder, innuendo, wishful thinking, purring cats and good friends color Ms. Raisins world and paints a lucious picture for all of us.
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