The Blood of an Englishman

Fee, fie, fo, fum. I smell the blood of an Englishman…”Even though Agatha Raisin loathes amateur dramatics, her friend Mrs. Bloxby, the vicar’s wife, has persuaded her to support the local pantomime. Stifling a yawn at the production of “Babes in the Woods,” Agatha watches the baker playing an ogre strut and threaten on the stage, until a trapdoor opens and the Ogre disappears in an impressive puff of smoke. Only he doesn’t re-appear at final curtain.

Surely this isn’t the way the scene was rehearsed? When it turns out the popular baker has been murdered, Agatha puts her team of private detectives on the case. They soon discover more feuds and temperamental behavior in amateur theatrics than in a professional stage show—and face more and more danger as the team gets too close to the killer.

The Blood of an Englishman is Agatha’s 25th adventure, and you’d think she would have learned by now not to keep making the same mistakes. Alas, no—yet Agatha’s flaws only make her more endearing. In this sparkling new entry in M. C. Beaton’s New York Times bestselling series of modern cozies, Agatha Raisin once again “manages to infuriate, amuse, and solicit our deepest sympathies as we watch her blunder her way boldly through another murder mystery” (Bookreporter.com).

My opinion: You probably already know that I am a massive fan of the Agatha Raisin series, and now read all 25 in the series.

In this latest installment Agatha hasn’t changed one bit. She is still man mad, and getting herself involved in another murder in her local area. This one starts off with a terrible murder during an amateur dramatics production in the local theatre. Agatha gets drafted in to help get to the bottom of who the murderer is, and as always, mayhem and adventure ensue.

I really enjoyed this latest book and thought it was more like some of the earlier books in the series. All of the Agatha Raisin books are formulaic, but that is something I like about them. They truly are cosy and you know what you are going to get from them. Even though Agatha is such an unlikable character, I can’t help but like her. This is a fun story with a good amount of twists and turns and I’m already looking forward to find out what trouble Agatha gets herself into next.

Recommended for fans of the series.

My rating: Four stars

I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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