Saturday, August 27, 2016

Pushing Up Daisies

Title: Pushing Up Daisies
Author: MC Beaton
Expected Publication: September 20th 2016 by Minotaur Books
Format: eBook; Hardcover, 288 pages
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Source: My thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for an opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book.
Series: Agatha Raisin #27

After not enjoying the last couple of books in the Agatha Raisin series, I was surprised as to how much this book appealed to me. It was almost to the point that I had wondered if there was a ghostwriter. Multiple story lines that bounced back and forth effortlessly with pop culture references and even Mrs. Bloxby was given a first name.

We all know that Agatha has a tendency to be jealous, so when her best friend Mrs. Bloxby, wife of the vicar, starts taking better care of herself when a new man moves to Carsley, Agatha has to act quickly to get this situation under control. Gerald Devere, a retired New Scotland Yard detective with a curious past, seems to have appeared in the nick of time since Agatha needs help with a new investigation and what better way to keep an eye on him then to make him her newest hire.

Village allotments are warzones that create competition amongst the villagers and when the landowner threatens to plow them under to create housing, bodies start appearing and it is up to Agatha and her band of investigators to get to the bottom of all this nastiness. Revenge and sabotage seem to be the central themes of this book with the suspects being legion. Add in diamonds, great big red herrings and a fair amount of bed hopping, and you have an above average romp through Carsley.

I am still questioning who the real author is, but if they keep up this level of writing, who am I to complain.

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