4 stars · British · Contemporary · Female sleuth · Mystery · St. Martin's Press

The Blood of an Englishman: An Agatha Raisin Mystery (Agatha Raisin #25)

★★★★

19561889[1]By M.C. Beaton

“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…followed by a scream and then silence.

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.

My review

Once I got over the fact that the heroine is not a very likeable character, I enjoyed the book. Agatha actually reminded me of Marlowe the detective in Raymond Chandlers books. Smoking, detecting, drinking, (wo-)menazing, a bit more detective work … just like in the good old detective stories.

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