by M.C. Beaton,
Minotaur Books, 2009
I confess - I'm in love with Agatha Raisin! There's just something undeniably attractive about this insecure, crusty, middle-aged amateur sleuth.
In episode 20, Agatha's ex-husband is on the verge of marrying Felicity Bross-Tilkington, a beautiful younger woman. In a mood of reminiscence and regret, Agatha holidays in Istanbul, where she is spotted by James, who is coincidentally visiting the same area and who concludes she is stalking him and his new fiancee. When Felicity is murdered just before the wedding, Agatha is a prime suspect, but is free to go when witnesses place her elsewhere.
Hired to investigate the death by the victim's mother, Agatha finds herself half-heartedly rebuffing the advances of a persuasive Frenchman who seems to be around whenever someone who might have information for Agatha turns up dead. Soon Agatha's own life is in danger. Will she escape or will the killer succeed in executing his ruthless plan?
Great fun. I read it in less than two hours and only wish the writer could pen her next installment as quickly!