This was a fun and quirky whodunit that left me laughing and more bewildered about Agatha Raisin and her detectives than the mystery itself. Something Borrowed, Someone Dead opens with the death of Gloria French, the do-gooder who has a knack of borrowing stuff from her neighbors and never giving it back. Death by Elderberry wine that was the verdict and yet suspicious circumstances has left the town of Piddlebury cautious. Hence, the services of Agatha Raisin, private investigator was employed. What happens afterwards is a tale of village blackmail, a couple of murders, a coven of witches all wrapped up in humorous and witty dialogue and events. Add in a veritable number of oddball sleuths and you have an entertaining murder mystery. Agatha Raisin, is not by all means Miss Marple, in fact she seems the total opposite, with her smoking and her loud acerbic personality and her obsession with good looking men. But her wit and sharp intelligence saves the day. Her merry band of detectives and their own dramas aren't too bad themselves. Something Borrowed, Someone Dead is the 24th Agatha Raisin novel by M.C. Beaton.
*ARC was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Gloria French was a jolly widow with dyed blonde hair, a raucous laugh and rosy cheeks. When she first moved from London to the charming Cotswolds hills, she was heartily welcomed. She seemed a do-gooder par excellence, raising funds for the church and caring for the elderly. But she had a nasty habit of borrowing things and not giving them back, just small things, a teapot here, a set of silverware there. So it's quite the shock when she is found dead, murdered by a poisoned bottle of elderberry wine. Afraid the murder will be a blight on the small town, Parish councillor, Jerry Tarrant, hires private detective Agatha Raisin to track down the murderer.
But the village is secretive and the residents resent Agatha's investigation. Of course that doesn't stop the ever-persistent Agatha from investigating and sticking her nose where no one wants it—especially as the suspect list grows. And, as if it isn't enough that Agatha's ex has reentered the picture, the murderer is now targeting Agatha!
With M.C. Beaton's Something Borrowed, Someone Dead the bossy, vain, and absolutely irresistible, Agatha Raisin continues to be a fan favorite
Author: M.C. Beaton
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Published: September 17, 2013
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Rating:♨♨♨♨ 4 of 5 (This a humorous and quirky whodunit that doesn't lack anything in the thriller aspect, expect to be surprised while smiling)View all my reviews