Sunday, December 4, 2016






Has Agatha Raisin changed? In M.C. Beaton’s Pushing Up Daisies, at first it seems that way, but by the end of the book, Agatha is as lonely and insecure as ever.

That’s how I see Agatha. Lonely and insecure. Always seeking another man, always wanting to be at the center of attention, always wanting to be more attractive and compelling than anyone around her.

But she solves mysteries. In this case, a man’s son hires her to investigate his father’s murder. The father was a titled landowner whose land has plots devoted to small community gardens.

Local townspeople plant the gardens as they have done seemingly forever.

When the man decides to sell the land for development and do away with the gardens, someone kills him.

Along the way, two other people die, and Agatha and her detective agency bump into two semi-related murders and a kidnapping.

All this happens in Cotswold village of Carsley and the towns around.

Agatha competes with her best friend the vicar’s wife Mrs. Bloxby to be noticed by a young man Agatha sees as an Adonis.

And of course, Agatha is just successful enough in her pursuit to be hurt again.

Pushing Up Daisies has all the usual characters, Agatha’s ex husband, her other men friends, the detectives at her detective agency, and even her two cats.

I find the Agatha Raisin books sad, humorous, well-written, and a joy to read. Every time I pick up one, I remind myself that Beaton wrote the book for an audience other than old men like me. But then I read about and enjoy Agatha Raisin anyway.

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I checked out this Kindle book from our local library.

1 comment:

Todd Mason said...

That more cozies aren't by default rather sad is a new thought for me...certainly, there's no lack in the more contemplative hardboiled work, and it's almost the default of the MOR sort of mystery/procedural...