Book Review: Agatha Raisin and the Christmas Crumble by M.C Beaton

agatha_raisin_christmas_crumbleWhat’s it about?

Agatha is spending Christmas at home in the Cotswolds – and in a fit of goodwill towards all men (and women) she invites six of Carsley’s oldest residents to come around and share Christmas lunch with her.

Christmas jollity soon turns to disaster as Agatha accidentally kills one of her guests with a gruesome homemade Christmas pudding… so will it be Christmas in the cells for Agatha? Or can she fix an escape out of this particular festive mess!

My thoughts

Here’s a post to start off the blog’s Christmas festivities. Part of the Agatha Raisin detective series this is a standalone short story from MC Beaton, who is also the author of the Hamish Macbeth novels.

This is the first Agatha Raisin book that I’d read and I bought it for my Christmas reading and because I really liked the cover.

Doing a good deed for some local lonely residents (these people aren’t even her friends!) and I think she calls them crumblies or wrinklies…something like that…anyway she invites them round to dinner which is catered apart from the pudding which she insists on making herself. The whole pudding making scene was a right hoot!  Well…without trying to give too much away there’s a suspicious death around the Christmas dinner table and Agatha’s out to clear her name and solve it.

The story doesn’t go into much detail with the characters but then it is a short story so you just go with the flow.  Probably best to read one of the full length novels to find out more about Agatha.

This is quite a sweet story and funny in places.  I could have read more of this and was sad that it was over so quickly – literally read in less than a couple of hours.  A great way to spend a cozy Christmassy afternoon.

Available for Kindle