Monday, October 20, 2014
Musing Mondays is hosted by Miz B at shouldbereading.wordpress.com. This meme gives readers the opportunity to discuss all aspects of their reading experience.
Lately I have been reading the Agatha Raisin mystery series by M. C. Beaton. The books are about a 50-something Agatha Raisin, retired PR firm owner, who has moved to the Cotswolds to enjoy quiet, village life. Her life, however, has been anything but quiet. When she first arrived she had quite an adjustment to village life as compared to her busy life in London. She made an effort to involve herself in village events which proved to be a disaster. She angered people and she was annoyed by almost everybody -- except her next door neighbor, James Lacey. As time has gone on and the series has progressed she has made friends, she has settled into the rhythm of the village, she has acquired cats and she has managed to lose her cottage -- but in the latest "episode" that is being resolved.
I guess whenever we read we have a mental picture of the characters and when I think of Agatha Raisin I see a thinner -- but not too thin -- Dawn French. I know there is a tv series currently being filmed based on this series and the actress is definitely not Dawn French but I will always think of her when I read these books.
The books have gotten mixed reviews on Goodreads. I think they are the sort of thing that you either like or you don't. Well, I do. They are short which is great because I can sandwich one or two between longer reads, they are engaging which is a necessary attribute and they are, in a word, entertaining and, in my opinion, that is why I read for the most part, to be entertained.
I would recommend these books to anybody who likes mysteries. My only suggestion is that you start with the first book as they do build on each other.