Agatha Raisin and the Case of the Curious Curate (Agatha Raisin Series #13)

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She's Disgruntled, Disheartened, Discontented...But Whoever Said Anything About Better Off Dead?

Wretched after being dumped by her husband, bored with pottering about Carsely, and wishing every man would sod off, including her neighbor John Armitage, Agatha Raisin is unmoved by news of the captivating new curate. But when she meets the golden-haired, blue-eyed Tristan Delon, she is swept off her feet...along with nearly every other female in the village. Wrapped in brightly ...

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Overview

She's Disgruntled, Disheartened, Discontented...But Whoever Said Anything About Better Off Dead?

Wretched after being dumped by her husband, bored with pottering about Carsely, and wishing every man would sod off, including her neighbor John Armitage, Agatha Raisin is unmoved by news of the captivating new curate. But when she meets the golden-haired, blue-eyed Tristan Delon, she is swept off her feet...along with nearly every other female in the village. Wrapped in brightly coloured dreams of the curate (never mind that he's a tad odd), Agatha is as ecstatic as a girl when he invites her to dine. But his cold body is found the next day, and Carsely is whisked from time-warp monotony to a hotbed of murder and intrigue-and a clear-headed Agatha Raisin is back on track, this time with John. As the corpses multiply, ever-obstinate Agatha trails clues from Lilac Lane to London, unmindful that someone wicked is arranging that Mrs. Raisin's cats never again hear their mistress' footfall on the path...

"Few things in life are more satisfying than to discover a brand new Agatha Raisin mystery." -Tampa Tribune Times

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Editorial Reviews

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"Anyone interested in a few hours' worth of intelligent, amusing reading will want to make the acquaintance of Mrs. Agatha Raisin." -Atlanta Journal Constitution

"The Miss Marple-like Raisin is refreshingly sensible and wonderfully eccentric."-Buffalo News

"Beaton's Agatha Raisin series...just about defines the British cozy."-Booklist

"Beaton has a winner in the irrepressible, romance-hungry Agatha."-Chicago Sun-Times

"[Agatha] is a glorious cross between Miss Marple, Auntie Mame, and Lucille Ball, with a tad of pit bull tossed in. She's wonderful."-St. Petersburg Times

"The Raisin series brings the cozy tradition back to life. God bless the Queen!"-Tulsa World

"[Beaton's] imperfect heroine is an absolute gem!"-Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly
Deserted by her feckless ex-husband, Agatha Raisin finds herself attracted to the gorgeous new curate, Tristan Delon, in Agatha Raisin and the Case of the Curious Curate, the 13th sprightly entry in this cozy series from M.C. Beaton, author of Death of a Village (Forecasts, Jan. 6) and other titles in his Hamish Macbeth series. But when Tristan turns up dead in the vicar's study, Agatha must pursue a murder investigation instead of romance. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Beaton's grumpy, depressive heroine (Agatha Raisin and the Day the Floods Came, 2002, etc.) has little reason to be cheerful when the curtain comes up this time around. Abandoned in the village of Cardely by her ex-husband James, she's left with no male company save her neighbor John Armitage, a novelist who seems at first unmoved by their proximity. But things brighten with the arrival of vicar Alf Bloxby's new assistant, movie-star-gorgeous curate Tristan Delon. Church attendance naturally soars, and Agatha is even more thrilled when Tristan offers himself as a skilled money manager. The morning after their dinner, however, Tristan is found stabbed to death in the vicar's study. When his murder is followed by the killings of two more women from the village, Armitage thinks he and Agatha should investigate-despite warnings from detective Bill Wong to stay out of it. Their queries take them to London and to business mogul Richard Binser, whose worshipful secretary Miss Partle discloses the news that her boss fell for an expensive scam of Tristan's. Before it's all over, Armitage will have moved to London and Agatha become the target of yet another murder attempt in an absurdly melodramatic denouement. Beaton, never as convincing in this cartoonish series as in her tales of Hamish MacBeth (Death of a Village, 2002, etc.), goes way overboard in one of Agatha's lesser puzzles. Even so, things keep moving fast enough to hold the faithful's interest.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312990619
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Series: Agatha Raisin Series , #13
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 219,076
  • Product dimensions: 4.08 (w) x 6.74 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

M. C. Beaton has been hailed as “the new Queen of Crime.” She is The New York Times bestselling author of the Agatha Raisin mysteries, including As the Pig Turns and Busy Body, set in the English Cotswolds, as well as the Hamish Macbeth mysteries set in Scotland. She has also written historical romance novels and an Edwardian mystery series under the name Marion Chesney. Before writing her first novels, Beaton worked as a bookseller, a newspaper reporter, a fashion critic, and a waitress in a greasy spoon. Born in Scotland, she currently divides her time between Paris and a village in the Cotswolds. She was selected the British Guest of Honor for the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in 2006.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2004

    Am I Really the First Reader-Reviewer?

    The Agatha Raisin series is a delight - I thought there would be a long list of favorable reviews here! Agatha is infuriating yet endearing, brittle yet vulnerable, city street smart yet English countryside at heart. Agatha is a survivor and a constant reinventor of herself- but the real Agatha always prevails. She wants to be loved, admired and envied, but she sticks her foot in it most times. Truth be told, she isn't a very good detective but she's good at stirring the pot. In the end, her eventual humor and clear-eyed introspection are what make us love her. The sweet, dear Curate's wife loves and appreciates Agatha nontheless and so will you. Mrs. Raisin is, indeed, Agatha Christie meets Ab Fab. In this particular book, the Curious Curate meets his match. Agatha's out to kick butt.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    witty and raunchy as Agatha bulldozes everyone

    Her husband divorced her because he decided to become a monk. When she writes to the monastery where he is supposed to be praying, the abbot replies that he left and never returned. Now Agatha Raisin realizes that was just his clever way of dumping her. Adding to her despondency is that her next door neighbor only wants to have a fling with her, making her feel even more unloved and lonely. The Catswold villagers of Carsley adore their new curate Tristan Delon. However that reverence does not stop someone from killing the well-liked curate. With trouble already from missing money taken from the church box, the vicar Mr. Bloxby is very disturbed because he believes people think he killed Tristan out of jealously over the curate¿s popularity. Agatha¿s friend Mrs. Bloxby asks her to find out who killed the curate so her husband¿s name will be cleared. Unable to say no, Agatha agrees to snoop, an action that almost proves fatal. Reading a new Agatha Raisin book is almost as good as receiving a box of Godiva chocolates (no guilt or sharing with the former). The latest installment in this long running series is enjoyably witty and raunchy as Agatha bulldozes her way into the lives of various suspects. The repartee between John and Agatha is sophisticated yet earthly, making the readers wonder what is going on in that platonic relationship. Nobody will guess who the perpetrator is until M.C. Beaton unveils the identity of the killer leading to a one sitting read requiring handy sweets. Harriet Klausner

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