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The Blood of an Englishman: An Agatha Raisin Mystery
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The Blood of an Englishman: An Agatha Raisin Mystery [Format Kindle]

M. C. Beaton
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"Fee, fie, fo, fum. I smell the blood of an Englishman..."

Even though Agatha Raisin loathes amateur dramatics, her friend Mrs. Bloxby, the vicar’s wife, has persuaded her to support the local pantomime. Stifling a yawn at the production of "Babes in the Woods," Agatha watches the baker playing an ogre strut and threaten on the stage, until a trapdoor opens and the Ogre disappears in an impressive puff of smoke. Only he doesn't re-appear at final curtain.

Surely this isn't the way the scene was rehearsed? When it turns out the popular baker has been murdered, Agatha puts her team of private detectives on the case. They soon discover more feuds and temperamental behavior in amateur theatrics than in a professional stage show—and face more and more danger as the team gets too close to the killer.The Blood of an Englishman is Agatha's 25th adventure, and you'd think she would have learned by now not to keep making the same mistakes. Alas, no—yet Agatha's flaws only make her more endearing. In this sparkling new entry in   M. C. Beaton's New York Times bestselling series of modern cozies, Agatha Raisin once again "manages to infuriate, amuse, and solicit our deepest sympathies as we watch her blunder her way boldly through another murder mystery" (

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 560 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 303 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0312616260
  • Editeur : Minotaur Books (16 septembre 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Analysis and conclusion! 11 octobre 2014
Par Xanthippe
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Cartoon characters - descendants of Dennis the Menace, Desperate Dan, Beryl the Peril, even Tom and Jerry - quite funny!
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Less than what I'd hoped for 16 septembre 2014
Par Pattie - Publié sur
I discovered Agatha Raisin quite by accident. While browsing through a bookstore (remember those?), looking for the latest culinary cozy (a sub-genre that, as a foodie, I have come to embrace), I picked up a book called Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death, unbeknownst to me, the first in what has turned out to be a long and delightful series. A culinary mystery it was not (Agatha has been referred to as the queen of the microwave), but cozy it was (situated in what surely what must be the coziest place on earth, the English Cotswolds). And while not a culinary cozy, by definition, it was a book that left me hungry for more. Flash forward 22 years and we have The Blood of an Englishman, the 25th book in the series that finds me revisiting my dear friend Agatha. Tough, bossy, and competent in all of her undertakings, she is at the same time an insecure romantic, striving for perfection and the perfect man, and always coming up a little bit short.

The latest installment in the series features the usual, and expected, cast of characters in Detective Bill Wong, on-again, off-again friend Sir Charles Fraith, ex-husband James Lacey, former employee Roy Silver, and the ever present, ever comfortable Mrs. Bloxby, the vicar's wife. In her latest adventure, Agatha reluctantly agrees, thanks to the twisting of her arm by the gentle, kind faced Mrs. Bloxby, to attend the local pantomime where Agatha figures she'll be able to catch up on some sleep. But when the local baker playing the ogre in the pantomime disappears for good by way of a trapdoor and particularly gruesome death, Agatha and her detective agency are hired by the man fingered by the police as the number one suspect to solve the case.

I love Agatha Raisin, because largely, book after book she does not disappoint. Perhaps that's because she is so often disappointed in herself which is part of what makes her so humanly endearing. In previous books I have laughed out loud at some of her crazy antics, and cheered her on in her quest for a man. I could generally expect the characters to be well drawn, and spend a satisfying amount of time with each, getting to know the ins and outs of their personalities and learning all of their delightful quirks. It is these things that have kept me coming back. All of that said, this book left me a little cold. The murders were more grisly than the devoted reader generally expects, and there were far too many illogical plot leaps. I found little point in the introduction of a couple of unnecessary characters, and was left unsatisfied by the short shrift given to some of my favorites. This book was more plot driven than character driven (in this series I prefer the latter), but with a thin plot, it rather stalled.

M.C. Beaton also pens the Hamish MacBeth series (another to which I am devoted) and it would appear that she far prefers that one as those books are richer, more complex, and much more linear than the series of Raisin books that occasionally slide off track. Optimist that I am, I will be back for book 26, but hope for something more worthy of the wait and my devotion to the series.

Disclaimer: I received a digital copy of this book from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Don't waste your money. 30 septembre 2014
Par nancy - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
The Audible version is awful. The new narrator is insipid. You cannot enjoy the story or even want to finish listening as the reader is the worst I have ever listened to. Don't bother with the audible by the book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Filled to the brim with familiar, loveable characters 22 septembre 2014
Par Bookreporter - Publié sur
In between cases and in between men, private detective Agatha Raisin attends the holiday pantomime in the nearby Cotswold village of Winter Parva. While less than impressed with the theatrical performance, the wily sleuth shakes aside her boredom and comes to life when one of the performers, Bert Simple, a local baker who plays an ogre on stage, is killed in a dastardly and gruesome manner. Although the village is a small one, there is an abundant number of residents who appear to have had ample reason to want Bert dispatched to the great beyond.

At first glance, it appears that Bert had a happy relationship with his wife, Gwen, and son, Walt, both of whom worked at the bakery with him. Is Gwen really the saint that everyone thinks she is, or does she have a secret side that few have glimpsed? By the same token, is Walt content to spend his days in a small-town bakery, or did he have bigger dreams that he's been unable to realize thanks to his father's interference?

One of the prime suspects, Gareth Craven, the producer of the pantomime, hires Agatha to get to the bottom of the crime and clear his name when tongues begin to wag and fingers begin to point in his direction. Unfortunately for her client, however, Agatha isn't so sure he isn't the culprit behind the crime. Still, she's willing to suspend her suspicions and perform a thorough and exhaustive investigation.

As usual, Agatha immediately fixes her attention on any attractive man who enters her orbit. During this case she finds not one, but two, possible prospects for her affections. John Hale, an English teacher at the local high school, and Paul Newton, a local farmer, both seem to Agatha to be candidates not only for a romance, but also possibly for marriage.

Agatha isn't the only one with marriage on her mind, however. Her good friend and investigative companion, Sir Charles Fraith, has recently become engaged to be married. Although the impending nuptials put Agatha's nose out of joint, she isn't so disturbed that she eschews his help in solving the murder of Bert Simple.

As Agatha draws nearer to the truth behind Bert's demise by implementing her usual bumbling tactics, the murderer realizes that he or she must get rid of Agatha as soon as possible if there's to be any hope of diverting suspicion and remaining undiscovered. Agatha's life grows eminently more expendable with each passing moment. Will she and her merry band of detectives solve the crime before a murderer strikes again, or will Agatha become another in a long list of casualties?

THE BLOOD OF AN ENGLISMAN is the 25th Agatha Raisin mystery by M. C. Beaton. In spite of being one in a long line of novels, it keeps the magic that is Agatha alive. Filled to the brim with familiar, loveable characters whom readers have come to know, it fulfills every requirement of a cozy mystery and falls easily into the category of a comfort read.

During the course of the book, readers will find themselves roaming the beautiful landscape of the Cotswolds, partaking of familiar rituals like afternoon tea and hearty meals eaten in pubs, and enjoying the local gossip that makes small English towns and villages both familiar and frustrating. All the while, you’ll be hurrying to figure out “whodunit” before the turn of the final page.

Reviewed by Amie Taylor
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Agatha "LITE" 26 septembre 2014
Par Burntumbre - Publié sur
This is the 25th installment of the Agatha Raisin series and contains all of the "regular" cast of characters and the usual formula: Agatha solves a murder and hopes for true love. Last year I binge read the series and fell for the "I Love Lucy" wackiness of Agatha and her adventures but this book (and the last few installments) seem "less than" the earlier books. This is NOT my usual genre, but I enjoyed it because of the characters AND locations. This book feels like the OUTLINE for the book, without the wonderful nuances of the characters coming to life and the catching descriptions of the locales. Disappointed. Perhaps, Marion Chesney needs to step back from this series (and Hamish Macbeth) and REMEMBER what made them intriguing ... to again FILL THE SENSES, like the earlier instalments. So sorry - but I'd be embarrassed to recommend this book. IS MARION CHESNEY still writing these books? It doesn't feel like it to me. Somehow Agatha saying, "beat the sh*t out of her..." doesn't feel real for Agatha, despite the appropriateness of the phrase in context. Please DO read the series from the beginning ... and HAMISH MACBETH by Beaton/Chesney.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Disappointing, simplistic and weak 28 septembre 2014
Par R. Harvey - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I have adored Agatha for many years and look forward to new ones yearly, however, the last two books have been utterly disappointing. It feels like a different author. With weak characters and simplistic writing. I would not recommend this book. Should MC Beaton not want to continue to write Agatha the publisher should let it go. This is an extremely poor representation.
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