The Blood of an Englishman

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 and the Ogre disappears in an impressive puff of smoke. Only he doesn't re-appear at final curtain.

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.

The Blood of an Englishman is Agatha's 25th adventure, and you'd think she would have learned by now not to keep making the same mistakes. Alas, no—yet Agatha's flaws only make her more endearing. In this sparkling new entry in M. C. Beaton's New York Times bestselling series of modern cozies, Agatha Raisin once again "manages to infuriate, amuse, and solicit our deepest sympathies as we watch her blunder her way boldly through another murder mystery" (Bookreporter.com).

Title:The Blood of an Englishman
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780312616267
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    The Blood of an Englishman Reviews

  • Jennifer Storm

    I am always amazed by readers who take such a dislike to Agatha Raisin and the series written by M. C. Beaton, in which this irrascible character stars. I think it is because Agatha Raisin has little ...

  • Jane

    Oh Agatha, Agatha - will you never learn? Apparently not, and perhaps that's why we love her, but it would be nice to see some emotional growth in our beloved Agatha Raisin.This is a typical Agatha Ra...

  • Jennifer

    Received this from Goodreads giveaway. The characters are annoying thin, merely names on paper with little substance to carry the plot. Yet, my main issue is with Agatha herself. She's a detective wit...

  • Una Tiers

    I liked it, it was nice to see the regular characters. In the first third, old nasty Agatha is back. Then the book shifts into a formulaic disappointment. Conflicts start and are resolved in two sente...

  • Lisa

    Oh my, where to begin. I won an ARC of this book through a Goodreads giveaway. According to the publisher, this is the 25th Agatha Raisin "adventure", though it is my first acquaintance with both the ...

  • Paul E. Morph

    There’s some clever plotting and thematic echoes in this one that seem obvious in hindsight, yet I didn’t see them coming while I was reading. This is probably my favourite Agatha Raisin book so f...

  • Ionia

    If you have not read any of the Agatha Raisin Mysteries yet, up to and including this one, you need to get caught up! I loved this book. There is a healthy dose of humour all the way through it and th...

  • Maia Chance

    Repeat after me, Gentle Readers: mystery novel protagonists are NOT role models! We aren't reading the novels of the esteemed Glenn Beck, right? GOOD.The Blood of an Englishman provided me with severa...

  • Sarah

    I've read all your novels, so I'm sorry Mrs Beaton, but this latest novel reads like a first draft that needs to be re-read and edited at least twice! Some characters, like Roy Silver and James Lacey ...

  • OutlawPoet

    Murderous Fun!Back when I used to buy a lot of paperbacks, the publishers would sometimes put a stamp on one saying 'Guaranteed Good Read'. They were so convinced that the book was great, that they pr...