Down the Hatch

Down the Hatch

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Beloved New York Times bestseller M. C. Beaton's cranky, crafty Agatha Raisin--the star of her own hit T.V. series--is back on the case again in Down the Hatch.

Private detective Agatha Raisin, having recently taken up power-walking, is striding along a path in Mircester Park during her lunch break when she hears a cry for help. Rushing over, she finds an elderly couple, Mr. and Mrs. Swinburn, in the middle of the green--with the body of an old man lying at their feet.

The man, who the coroner determines died by poisoning, was known as the Admiral, a gardener notorious for his heavy drinking, and Chief Inspector Wilkes writes the death off as an accident caused by the consumption of weedkiller stored in a rum bottle. Agatha is not convinced that anyone would mistake weedkiller for rum but carries on with her work at Raisin Investigations, until she receives an anonymous tip that the Admiral's death was no accident.

Local gossip points to the Swinburns themselves as the killers, spurred by a feud at the club where they, as well as the Admiral, were members. Distraught at this accusation, they turn to Agatha to clear their name, and she takes the case--despite the warnings of Chief Inspector Wilkes.

Agatha encounters one suspicious character after another, becoming further enmeshed in the Admiral's own dark and shady past. And when she's run off the road, narrowly escaping with her life, and then another attack occurs, it becomes clear that someone doesn't want the case closed--and will stop at nothing to prevent Agatha from solving it.

Title:Down the Hatch
ISBN:9781250816139
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    Down the Hatch Reviews

  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    EXCERPT: The scream came again. This time, there was no mistaking the direction. It had come from behind the tall hedge bordering the path along which Agatha was walking. She ran towards a black wroug...

  • Joan Happel

    In this 32nd installment, and the 2nd written by R.W. Green who took over after Beaton’s death; the irascible Agatha Raisin stumbles across another body while on a lunchtime walk. The park gardener ...

  • Nancy

    I have been an Agatha Raisin fan for many years, but have not read the most recent novels. I was surprised to learn ( through the introduction to this novel) that the original author died a few years ...

  • Linden

    The original author of this series, MC Beaton, wanted the current author to continue the Agatha Raisin series when she passed. He's not quite there with Agatha, but he's getting much closer. There is ...

  • Bam cooks the books ;-)

    It's hard to say goodbye to a beloved series when the author passes away as has M.C. Beaton. R.W. Green, her friend and fellow author, has picked up the mantle and attempted to carry on with the serie...

  • Susan

    Down the Hatch is the first Agatha Raison cozy mystery completely written by R W Green, the prior book in the series Hot to Trot was a collaboration between Mr Green and M C Beaton prior to her death ...

  • Susan

    Since M. C. Beaton passed away, R. W. Green has kept Agatha Raisin alive for her many fans. I'm one of those who is just fine with the way he presents her, a little less edgy, a bit more professional ...

  • OutlawPoet

    I think I’m done now.This is the 2nd book in the series since Ms. Beaton passed away. And it’s the 2nd book in the series that no longer reads like Agatha.The book is marginally more like Agatha i...

  • Barbara Powell

    I so very much loved this series prior to Beaton’s passing and was Leary of someone else trying to fill her shoes, even with her blessing, However, this did not disappoint. It was very much in the s...

  • Cyndi

    If there is immortality, writers such as M.C. Beaton have discovered it. Although we lost her last year, we still have stories she set in motion of Agatha and her friends. In this installment Agatha ...