A Spoonful of Poison (Agatha Raisin Series #19)

A Spoonful of Poison (Agatha Raisin Series #19)

by M. C. Beaton
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A Spoonful of Poison (Agatha Raisin Series #19) by M. C. Beaton

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429960793
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 09/30/2008
Series: Agatha Raisin Series , #19
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 38,170
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

M. C. Beaton has been hailed as the "new Queen of Crime" (The Globe and Mail). Chosen as the British guest of honor at Bouchercon 2006, she is the author of eighteen previous Agatha Raisin novels, the Hamish Macbeth series, and an Edwardian mystery series published under the name Marion Chesney. Born in Scotland, she currently divides her time between Paris and the English Cotswolds.


M. C. Beaton, who was the British guest of honor at Bouchercon 2006, has been hailed as the "Queen of Crime" (The Globe and Mail). In addition to her New York Times and USA Today bestselling Agatha Raisin novels, Beaton is the author of the Hamish Macbeth series and four Edwardian mysteries. Born in Scotland, she currently divides her time between the English Cotswolds and Paris.

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A Spoonful of Poison (Agatha Raisin Series #19) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In Comfrey Magna in Cotsword, elderly Mrs. Andrews seems in good spirits as she attends a church charity gala. She remains upbeat when she suddenly leaps from the tower of Saint Odo the Severe. While almost everyone watched in horror, someone robbed the proceeds. An autopsy finds LSD in her further inquiry leads to someone spiking the jam with that hallucinatory drug. ----------- Private investigator Agatha Raisin and her apprentice Toni Gilmour investigate as do the police. Both competing groups focus on the six women who donated the jam. However, a homicide and the suicide of one of the six suspects Sybilla Triast-Perkins complicates a case that is more muddled than the respective love lives of either Agatha or Toni------------- This amusing cozy works on two levels as Agatha is her usual irascible self while challenging the police to try to out sleuth her and her sidekick. The romantic capers of Agatha and Toni add depth to the pair. However, it is the investigation as the ever mocking cocky (pun intended) Agatha goes breast to chest with the police daring them to solve the case before they are KISSING CHRISTMAS GOODBYE.--------- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous 17 days ago
Enjoyed this. Read it in one day.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Agatha Raisin is hysterical. I so love that she is middle aged and still a acts the damn fool like most people! !!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book when it was listed as a Cozy mystery. It's anything but cozy. The main character of Agatha Raisin is a vulgar, self-important man-eater who chases after the new man in town like a lion after a new kill. Any, and I mean any.....female in her path is treated with visious glee because she sees them as competition. She even is violently jealous of her own best detective, the teenager Toni Gilmour. How any country can call this the woman and her team of blunderers The Best Detectives is beyond me. Agatha Raisin and her team trip and falter into trying to solve the murders to a point where the seemingly invisible Police now have the main job of rescuing them! Agatha dispatches innocent females easier than solving the mystery. This book has more focus on Agatha's man-chasing and tantrums than the actual mystery. It should not be categorized as a Mystery here. I read where Agatha Raisin books have been around for 20 years. Considering the unsavory title character, I'm not surprised that it has never gone on to a BBC or other television series.
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Ilovemysteries More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because it was recommended to be like Agatha Christie and to have a charming heroine. It was the opposite. She is selfish and kind of pathetic.. running after every man she runs into. She has some feelings for her friends but for the most part she is selfish. She is a sad creature and should have learned a bit more about life and acceptance of self by this stage in life. Her problems detract from her stories. I read it fast so that I could find out whodoneit. but will not be reading any more of this character or book series. If you want a charming sleuth read Diane Mott Davidson's Goldy or Joanne Fluke's Heidi Swenson. There are tons of people who are much more engaging and fun to read.
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BookWvyrm More than 1 year ago
M.C.Beaton has done it again. Her lovable character Agatha Raisin is caught up in another who's done it. This time Aggie is roped into doing charity work for another parish. Beaton has a way of taking you to the Cotswold area and leading you around the countryside trying to help Aggie in her attempt to solve a murder that happens at parish fund raiser.
Its hard not to fall in love with the characters, that are well known by this (#19) tale. This series is ADDICTIVE and cant wait for MORE!!!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have enjoyed several of the Agatha Raisin series and never tire of the twists and turns of plot and the shortcomings of the character. Also like the descrictions of changing weather in the south of England as I have experienced a bit of that myself. Recommend this as another of the best of series.
emmi331 More than 1 year ago
This is the first time I've listened to an Agatha Raisin mystery rather than read it. I must say, reader Donalda Peters' wonderful rendering of the story lifts Ms. Beaton's writing far above its usual pedestrian level. LSD-spiked jam at a village fair launches a series of events (and a dizzying array of relationships), with Agatha up to her ears trying to find the culprit. All the favorite characters are here: Bill Wong, Ron Silver, Sir James, and the long-tolerant vicar's wife, Mrs. Bloxby. And, not surprisingly, Agatha is obsessed once again with finding a man -something that for me has always seemed out of character with such an intelligent, independent woman. Yet it does provide opportunities for humor. Fun as always.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The LSD spiked jams was a stretch too unbelievable for me. Agatha, as usual, is a muddled person, second guessing herself constantly. She appears to becoming younger.
Gracierosie More than 1 year ago
I love Agatha Raisin. She's funny, charming, lovable to the reader but I'm afraid not always lovable to the average village resident. But that's okay--we readers are the ones who matter. She sticks her nose unflinchingly where it doesn't belong, gives an air of self-confidence but doesn't always feel that way, somehow always solves the mystery but the police end up taking the credit--much to her chagrin. In this book there's a village fair, someone poisons the jam, and Agatha and her partner must figure out whodunnit. As usual it held my attention to the end, and there were many laugh-out-loud moments. I highly recommend it.
PurpleCat08 More than 1 year ago
An easy read on rainy days.