The Perfect Paragon

M. C. Beaton, Author Minotaur Books $22.95 (234p) ISBN 978-0-312-30448-5
Welcome back to Carsely, the charming Cotswolds village that's home to the 16th Agatha Raisin mystery. (If you've missed the first 15, just imagine a Barbara Pym novel with murder, mayhem and the sexual longings of a 50-something divorced lady sleuth.) A jealous husband hires Agatha to find out if his wife is two-timing him. Then, Agatha stumbles over the corpse of a teenage girl. Next, the jealous husband himself is offed, poisoned with weed-killer. The pursuit of justice leads Agatha to church fetes and shopping malls; eventually, our fearless detective connects the two crimes and chases down the culprits-though not in time to prevent a third murder. In her spare time, Agatha pines after a married man, gets a seaweed wrap and worries about her thickening waist-line. All in all, this is an entertaining installment in a cozy series.
Reviewed on: 08/01/2005
Release date: 08/01/2005
Genre: Fiction
Hardcover - 320 pages - 978-1-4056-3643-8
Mass Market Paperbound - 248 pages - 978-0-312-98479-3
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Hardcover - 320 pages - 978-1-4056-3642-1
Open Ebook - 240 pages - 978-1-4299-0164-2
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