Monday, January 26, 2015

The Blood of an Englishman

Title: The Blood of an Englishman
Author: M.C. Beaton
Published: September 16th 2014 by St Martin's Press Minotaur Books
Format: Hardcover; Pgs 294
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Series: Agatha Raisin #25

The author MC Beaton and I are having a bit of a conflict. Her last couple of books have fallen short of the mark for me. I do not know if it is the fact that we have been acquainted for a long time or if Agatha is becoming a stagnant character.

Each book seems to be a remake of the previous. Agatha is bored, Agatha is looking for a man, Agatha is bouncing back and forth between her ex-husband James Lacey and her friend Sir Charles Fraith. Roy pops up from time to time in a costume of sorts that represents his current public relations client, Mrs. Bloxby - the vicars wife is the only one with a clear understanding of the situation, and Bill Wong is still living with his parents.

Then you add in the murder of the week, Agatha will find herself in peril, she will be bailed out and swears that she is getting too old for detective work. Once recovered from her latest calamity, she will fix her make-up, pluck an errant chin whisker and meet a new man that will undoubtedly have a flaw that Agatha just cannot live with. When all is said and done, her house cleaner will return Agatha’s cats to the cottage and a new day will begin.

Granted, this is the 25th book in the series, but I want something new for Agatha, I want her not be as bored with her life as I am at reading it.

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