Title: A Spoonful of Poison Author: MC Beaton Publisher: Minotaur Books (September 30, 2008) Format: Hardcover; Pgs 288 Genre: Cozy Mystery Source: Library Series: Agatha Raisin #19
Since Agatha Raisin is a Public Relations expert, the vicar of Saint Odo the Severe is requesting her services for promoting a village fete. Agatha does not want anything to do with it until she realizes that she will be working with the handsome widower George Selby. Well of course, that changes everything and all of Agatha’s common sense leaves her body and she is left to come up with something to jumpstart this event.
All appears to be going well until someone spiked the jam. It appears that LSD has been added and now two women are dead. It is obvious to Agatha that a local has to be responsible. The suspects are varied, but Agatha is sure she knows who did it.
As young investigator Toni Gilmour and Agatha begin to investigate, one person begins to standout. Unfortunately, this person is beyond reproach but that does not stop Agatha. With her bearlike eyes and a cigarette between her fingers, she is determined to ferret out the murderer.
Even though there was a great deal going on in this little book, I found myself easily distracted. Little things like a crook in Agatha’s own detective agency or Toni’s love life left very little interest. The redundancy of plots in all her books allows me to mentally wander off and by the end of the book, I am not sure if I specifically remember this plotline or my mind threw in something from a previous book and they are now all the same book in my head.
Nineteen books into a series is a lot. MC Beaton is trying to add a little spark here and there, but so far I am not been re-inspired by her latest efforts.