Thursday, 5 December 2013

Book Review: Agatha Raisin and the Christmas Crumble - MC Beaton

SynopsisAt home alone for the holidays, Agatha Raisin decides to host a dinner party for the elder residents in her Cotswold village of Winter Parva. Agatha’s never been much of a homemaker, but she’s dead-set on making this the perfect holiday for the “crumblies,” as she affectionately calls them. She’s decorated a tree while fending off her cats Hodge and Boswell, and even made a (lumpy) Christmas pudding in between swigs of rum. But when Agatha dumps the pudding on the head of the local self-proclaimed lothario—an eighty-five year old with a beer belly and fingers like sausages—his death by dessert proves more than a trifle as mysteries mount higher than the season’s snowfall. So much for trying to do good by her neighbors. Now Agatha needs no less than a Christmas miracle to get herself out of this one... (Taken from Goodreads)

Review - I know quite a few people who read the Agatha Raisin books and I was expecting much more from this story.  I know this is a Christmas short story but there was no substance to it at all.  A weak storyline and no particularly likeable characters either.  A couple of the elderly guests seemed good but two of them were downright awful.  I would have liked to have known more about Mrs Bloxby, the vicar's wife.  I didn't like Agatha.  What a meddling busybody she is!  Very disappointing.  One redeeming factor is that there was some some weak humour. 2*

  • ASIN: B008BFNW9M

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