I came about Agatha Raisin in a roundabout way - I was working on a project in the cozy crime genre and one day while browsing in my local Works, I came across a BBC CD of The Quiche of Death, the first Agatha Raisin novel - the story had been fully dramatized and starred the great Penelope Keith in the title role. The play was excellent and I quickly bought several other Agatha Raisin plays on CD until I had exhausted the radio series....which set me off in search of the original books.
In years gone by I would have had to trudge around several bookshops while the UK summer did its usual thing, pissed down. But instead it was a quick trip up the Amazon where I got the first book in the series for my Kindle for less than a pound. Subsequent books are priced higher but the eBooks are cheaper than paperbacks so that's very very fair.
|Radio 4's Agatha|
It's all good, easy to read stuff, with a group of characters that really do live and breathe on the page. OK stereotypes are often used, but it matters not because in Agatha Raisin's slightly surreal world everything makes perfect sense, each and every aspect slots together to form a perfect whole.
I'm now hooked on this series and have read the first four titles in a matter of weeks - I'll be starting the next one soon. It's already downloaded and sitting in my Kindle archive