A Spoonful of Poison

A Spoonful of Poison

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Private detective Agatha Raisin takes on the job of publicizing the local church festival, but when several offerings in the jam-tasting booth turn out to be poisoned, the festive family event becomes the scene of two murders.

McMillan Palgrave

A Spoonful of Poison continues the tradition in M. C. Beaton's beloved Agatha Raisin mystery series—now a hit show on Acorn TV and public television.

Cranky but lovable sleuth Agatha Raisin's detective agency has become so successful that she wants nothing more than to take quality time for rest and relaxation. But as soon as she begins closing the agency on weekends, she remembers that when she has plenty of quality time, she doesn't know what to do with it. So it doesn't take much for the vicar of a nearby village to persuade her to help publicize the church fete---especially when the fair's organizer, George Selby, turns out to be a gorgeous widower.

Agatha brings out the crowds for the fete, all right, but there's more going on than innocent village fun. Several of the offerings in the jam-tasting booth turn out to be poisoned, and the festive family event becomes the scene of two murders.

Along with her young and (much to her dismay) pretty sidekick, Toni, Agatha must uncover the truth behind the jam tampering, keep the church funds safe from theft, and expose the nasty secrets lurking in the village---all while falling for handsome George, who may have secrets of his own.



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A former London PR expert, private detective Agatha Raisin takes on the job of publicizing the local church festival and finds herself falling for the fair organizer, handsome widower George Selby, but she begins to regret her involvement when several offerings in the jam-tasting booth turn out to be poisoned and the festive family event becomes the scene of two murders. An extended-list best-seller. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312943509
0312943504
9780312349127
0312349122
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY BEA
Characteristics: 276 p. ;,22 cm.

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Jan 12, 2016

A Spoonful of Poison --- by --- M. C. Beaton.
The chief protagonist in all of Beaton’s Agatha Raisin’s Mysteries is, of course, Agatha Raisin, a middle aged woman in her early fifties who still looked well, with tinted glossy hair, ample bosom, small eyes, very few wrinkles, rather despairingly thick about the waist, but still with good legs. She is partial to a generous gin and tonic at the end of the day; loves her cigarettes; devoted, somewhat, to her ex-husband who lives next door and very, very fond of her two cats who, seemingly, couldn't stoop to return the sentiment. She is also given to not infrequent romantic pursuits. And oh yes, she runs her own detective agency in a small Cotswold burgh.
Sounds predictably and boringly frumpy, no, and not particularly promising of a particularly good detective novel’s tale.
The Raisin tales of genteel skulduggery usually have as many twists and turns as an unruly measure of well sauced linguini on a slippery fork. One minute you know who done-it, the next you don’t: always entertaining.

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JanBerg
Nov 15, 2008

A real ho-hum book, nothing too interesting, like Beaton is running out of ideas. A waste of my time.

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