The Quiche of Death – M.C. Barnes

Title: The Quiche of Death
Author: M.C. Beaton
ISBN: 0312939167
Pages: 272
Release Date: December 1992
Series: Agatha Raisin Mysteries, No. 1
Genre: Mystery
Rating: 4 out of 5

From the back cover:

Putting all her eggs in one basket, Agatha Raisin gives up her successful PR firm, sells her London flat, and samples a taste of early retirement in the quiet village of Carsely. Bored, lonely and used to getting her way, she enters a local baking contest: Surely a blue ribbon for the best quiche will make her the toast of the town. But her recipe for social advancement sours when Judge Cummings-Browne not only snubs her entry—but falls over dead! After her quiche’s secret ingredient turns out to be poison, she must reveal the unsavory truth…

Agatha has never baked a thing in her life! In fact, she bought her entry ready-made from an upper crust London quicherie. Grating on the nerves of several Carsely residents, she is soon receiving sinister notes. Has her cheating and meddling landed her in hot water, or are the threats related to the suspicious death? It may mean the difference between egg on her face and a coroner’s tag on her toe…

I’ve heard a little bit about M.C. Beaton’s Agatha Raisin mystery series and thought I would give it a try. It reminded me a lot of Agatha Christie (and indeed, there are many Christie references within the book), except it was a silly novel.

The characters are the best part of The Quiche of Death. They are all so quirky and funny; Agatha herself is a riot. At the beginning of the book, I was afraid that I wouldn’t like her because she’s a bit of a malcontent. However, she grew on me very quickly, as did all the characters in the novel.

The book is definitely short and quick and can probably be read in one or two sittings. It was basically a cozy mystery. I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series!


  1. I’m slowly making my way through the Agatha Raisin series. Sometimes I want to shake her and sometimes she makes me laugh, but the books are fun.

  2. I read this a few months ago. It’s the sort of thing I like to read when I’m not feeling very well – nice, light, feel good mystery. The characters are so funny!

  3. Sounds like a fun cozy mystery. Will put it on my wishlist.



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