Title: Something Borrowed Someone Dead Author: MC Beaton Publisher: September 17th 2013 by Minotaur Books Format: Hardcover, 304 pages Genre: Cozy Mystery Series: Agatha Raisin #24
So what happens when you begin writing book number 24 in a series and you are bored? That must be what confronted MC Beaton with Something Borrowed Someone Dead.
As the book travels down a rather mediocre path out of nowhere a somewhat important character dies unexpectantly which allow the author a complete do-over. The book restarts with more direction, energy and enthusiasm.
Unfortunately, it all falls apart again when the conclusion is reached but the story continues. What appears to be an epilogue takes on a life of its own and parts should have been incorporated within the original story.
The village borrower is found dead after she helps herself to a bottle of poisoned elderberry wine. Now the question is, was she the intended victim? Hired by the parish councilor, because image is everything, Agatha starts her nosing around only to find that this town is holding on to many secrets.
As the town closes rank and Agatha is forced out, her life is once again put in danger and this time the past and present doings of some unsavory characters might just have the upper hand on Agatha.
Then you have to throw in Agatha’s man chasing and her unsure feelings surrounding her ex-husband’s upcoming engagement and his sudden interest in another, yet very young, woman.
The whole story is just odd and came across to me as a feeble attempt at grabbing at straws. A little of this and a little of that and hope that the faithful readers will keep reading no matter what is handed out to them.