Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death
By M.C. Beaton
St. Martin's Paperbacks, 1992. 272 pages. Mystery
Agatha Raisin has spent her life building a successful PR business in London from the ground up. Now she has sold it for a pretty sum and decided to take an early retirement, buying a quaint cottage in the Cotswalds of the English countryside. Trying to ingratiate herself into the village, she decides to enter the local baking competition, but having absolutely no knowledge of cooking, decides to bend the rules by purchasing her entry from a bakeshop in London. Trouble finds Agatha when the judge who tastes her quiche turns up dead, and to keep herself out of trouble she decides to do some investigating.
Agatha Raisin is a strong, clever, and capable woman who is humanized by sometimes embarrassing but endearing mistakes. This is the beginning of a long but classic series by popular author M.C. Beaton.