The Perfect Paragon

The Perfect Paragon

An Agatha Raisin Mystery

Book - 2005
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After being nearly killed by both a hired hit man and her former secretary, Agatha Raisin could use some low-key cases. So when Robert Smedley walks through the door, determined to prove that his wife is cheating, Raisin Investigations immediately offers to help. Trouble is, Agatha hates divorce cases--especially when the client is as pompous as Smedley--but she has a business to run and she's not about to turn away a paying customer. Unfortunately for Agatha, Mabel Smedley appears to be the perfect wife, young and pretty and a regular volunteer at church.
Although Smedley's case doesn't look promising, Agatha's attentions are diverted when she stumbles across the body of missing teenager, Jessica Bradley. In a sudden gesture of kindness (and good public relations), Agatha offers to investigate Jessica's death free of charge.
As Agatha juggles her two biggest cases, things are turned upside down when Robert Smedley is found poisoned in his office. The prime suspect, his sainted wife Mabel, immediately hires Agatha to find the real killer.
With the help of her old friend, Sir Charles Fraith, and some newly hired staff, Agatha Raisin sets off on another adventure solving crime in the English Cotswolds.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 2005
Edition: 1st St. Martin's Minotaur ed
ISBN: 9780312304485
031230448X
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY Beaton
Characteristics: 234 p. ; 22 cm

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Nov 30, 2015

The Perfect Paragon --- by --- M.C. Beaton
As I peruse my list of authors I frequently read, M.C. Beaton pops up quite to the top of the list. Funny! I’d always thought of myself as a fan of Science Fiction. Not exclusively you understand, but a fan non the less. What a surprise, though not an altogether surprising one to find myself to have submitted myself to Agatha Raisin and Haimish Macbeth.
Beaton’s Raisin is a private detective more at home chasing lost dogs and cats and errant spouses. Generally life is easy and quiet in the Cotswolds villages where people live in ancient stone cottages with thatched roofs and drink sherry with the vicar’s wife. Yet, everyone and while the world of murder visits Agatha’s realm and she sets out to solve the mystery that has forced itself upon her genteel world.

I’ve quite come to enjoy Beaton and her characters. By now I can see them in my mind’s eye: we’ve become friends. I know their shortcomings as well as their strengths. There’s hardly any violence in these novels; gunplay is a thing or rarity. So are car chases. But the plot will keep you guessing. So who is the crook? The story line will send you on dead end chases trying to solve the mystery.
Like I said --- I used to think myself a sci-fi-guy. Now?

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Jul 16, 2015

I suggest you pass this one up!

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