Have you met Agatha Raisin? She is a 50′s something lady who retired from London to the quiet village of Carsley in the Cotswolds in England. She rapidly got bored after her high flying PR job and needed something to do so she set up a detective agency.
There are over 30 books in this series and I’ve been reading it for a few years now. Whenever a new book comes out I reserve it from the library. Each book in the series tells the tale of how her agency solved the crime.
Usually Agatha encounters a life threatening episode. Other characters in the series are James Lacey, her former husband, Sir Charles Fraith, Mrs. Bloxby the vicars wife, Roy Silver a friend from London and Bill Wong a police detective from nearby Mircester
Her agency staff consisted of two young people, Toni Gilmour and Simon Black, as well as retired policeman, Patrick Mulligan, elderly Phil Marshall, and secretary Mrs. Freedman.
One of the latest book in the series, Something Borrowed, Someone Dead, was a good read.
Agatha is investigating the murder of Gloria French. When Gloria had first moved from London to the Cotswolds hills, she was welcomed into village life. She got involved raising funds for the church and visiting the elderly. But has had a habit of borrowing things and never returning them. One day she was found dead, probably murdered by a poisoned bottle of elderberry wine … wine that she had stolen from a church fete.. The village is secretive and resent Agatha’s investigation.
Does Agatha upset folks with her sleuthing? Will she find the killer in this book?
Once you get acquainted with Agatha you will want to read the books in this series. You will want to find out if she rekindles her romance with James Lacey? You’ll be curious to know what antics she gets up to in solving the mysteries.
There is also a tv series, but after reading all the books it took me a long time to enjoy the shows. The characters were so different from the books, which very frequently happens. The series doesn’t cover all the books but I think a fourth series was supposed to be filmed before the covid19 pandemic halted things.