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The author of the book: M.C. Beaton
Edition: St. Martins Paperbacks
Date of issue: April 1st 2010
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After reading many glowing reviews of the Agatha Raisin series, I was pleased to find a copy of this book for 50c at our local thrift store. I just read it in a couple of days, but that does not mean that it was so gripping that I could scarcely put it down. It was because it's not that long a book, and I wanted to get to the end so I could find something more interesting to read.
The protagonist is nothing like the modern Miss Marple, as suggested by the blurb on the back. Instead, she's an arrogant, predatory and eminently dislikable women, who seems more eager to attract the attentions of a personable man than anything else. The plot rushes along with no character-building at all - we just have to believe that she (and others - for the viewpoint switches constantly) change their minds for no apparent reasons, and behave in the oddest of ways.
There's a murder mystery in the book, and a lot of time spent attempting to investigate it, but Agatha's motives are not even curiosity; she simply wants to spend more time with someone who actually is interested in solving the crime. There are far too many minor characters, all of whom were unremarkable and pretty much impossible to tell apart. I thought Agatha Christie's characters were flat, but at least they are distinguishable from each other.
Even the plot isn't very interesting. There were no false clues or trails, no indication as to motivation, no going over grounds and working by deduction. And in the end, the mystery is solved by an unlikely and minor clue, not by any clever logic.
I kept reading, hoping it might get better, but it didn't. It reminded me more than anything else of the ongoing and unremarkable 'Turnham Malpas' saga by Rebecca Shaw, but even those are a great deal more interesting than this.
Perhaps two and a half stars would be a fairer rating - I did, after all, get to the end - but have no inclination to read any more in this series. Really not recommended.
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Read information about the authorLike her on Ann Fairfax, Jennie Tremaine, Helen Crampton, Marion Chesney, Charlotte Ward, Sarah Chester.
Marion Chesney was born on 1936 in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, and started her first job as a bookseller in charge of the fiction department in John Smith & Sons Ltd. While bookselling, by chance, she got an offer from the Scottish Daily Mail to review variety shows and quickly rose to be their theatre critic. She left Smith’s to join Scottish Field magazine as a secretary in the advertising department, without any shorthand or typing, but quickly got the job of fashion editor instead. She then moved to the Scottish Daily Express where she reported mostly on crime. This was followed by a move to Fleet Street to the Daily Express where she became chief woman reporter. After marrying Harry Scott Gibbons and having a son, Charles, Marion went to the United States where Harry had been offered the job of editor of the Oyster Bay Guardian. When that didn’t work out, they went to Virginia and Marion worked as a waitress in a greasy spoon on the Jefferson Davies in Alexandria while Harry washed the dishes. Both then got jobs on Rupert Murdoch’s new tabloid, The Star, and moved to New York.
Anxious to spend more time at home with her small son, Marion, urged by her husband, started to write historical romances in 1977. After she had written over 100 of them under her maiden name, Marion Chesney, and under the pseudonyms: Ann Fairfax, Jennie Tremaine, Helen Crampton, Charlotte Ward, and Sarah Chester, she getting fed up with 1714 to 1910, she began to write detectives stories in 1985 under the pseudonym of M. C. Beaton. On a trip from the States to Sutherland on holiday, a course at a fishing school inspired the first Constable Hamish Macbeth story. They returned to Britain and bought a croft house and croft in Sutherland where Harry reared a flock of black sheep. But Charles was at school, in London so when he finished and both tired of the long commute to the north of Scotland, they moved to the Cotswolds where Agatha Raisin was created.
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