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Agatha Raisin: Devil's Delight: the latest cosy crime novel from the bestselling author

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While Charles and Agatha are driving away, Theresa jumps into the back seat of Charles' car and tells Charles to move the car and get her as far away as possible from Ursula and Ulrika. And while that's certainly reasonable, after 33 books, I found myself missing the grumpy, hard-charging Agatha Raisin of old. DEVIL'S DELIGHT delighted me with its nudists and witches'Gumshoe Review'A Beaton novel is like The Archers on speed' DAILY MAIL'The detective novels of M C Beaton have reached cult status' THE TIMES'A blend of Miss Marple's insight with the cunning of every murderer she ever revealed . I was right, too, as the herbal tea had something that made Toni pass out on her way home and crash her car into a tree. I struggled my way through what was one of my favourite authors, despairing how many times the old cases of Agatha Raisin were brought up.

The book also has interesting tidbits about British legends - involving witches, knights, and the Devil - that are associated with ancient stones.When that didn’t work out, they went to Virginia and Marion worked as a waitress in a greasy spoon on the Jefferson Davies in Alexandria while Harry washed the dishes. Then before she knows it, she says she will go with him to a barbecue of the Mircester Naturist Society without any clothes! Beaton (1936-2019) was the author of both the Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth series, as well as numerous Regency romances.

However, she wanted to talk to Jasper, and Jasper convinced her to go to Antonio's company, as nobody was there, as they closed for a while because of Antonio's death. The encounter leads them to become embroiled with a naturist group, a disappearing corpse, fantasy games, witchcraft, an ice cream empire, intrigue and murder. The detective is toying with idea of reconciling with her ex-husband (and next-door neighbor) James Lacey; Agatha is trying to be 'just friends' with her former lover, Sir Charles Fraith, but Charles has other ideas; Agatha is drawn to Jasper Crane, the chairman of the Naturist Society; Agatha has dinner with handsome Giovanni, who's producing an opera for the church; and Agatha goes out with Inspector John Glass, who's helping her investigate the homicide. Toni and Agatha know there is more to this story, and believe there was a body there, so they decide to investigate it on their own. Cosy crime with a touch of bite' Belfast Telegraph'Crime in the Cotswolds has never been livelier than in Agatha's fizzingly funny cases, and this one takes the biscuit' - Peterborough TelegraphPraise for M.Even that has dried up by the time the police arrive, and Chief Inspector Wilkes accuses Agatha of wasting police time on a prank. Agatha and Toni are on the way to a wedding when they are stopped by a naked man who says he's just found a dead body. When they arrive, the body is gone, left behind is a small wet patch, the only proof a body was ever there.

However, even the wet spot is gone by the time the police arrive, further infuriating Chief Inspector Wilkes, who is not a fan of the private investigators already, and accuses them of a prank. It gets more complicated when later a body is discovered with a connection to the Mircester Naturist Society, followed by a stalker, several threats, a car accident, and … ice cream! I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Little, Brown Book Group/ Constable via NetGalley. It is hard to believe that this is number 33 in the series and I had never heard of this particular series until stumbling across this one.

I was screaming at Toni, telling her how stupid can she be after Ulrika told her about all the herbs she grows and that Toni drinks the herbal tea Ulrika offered her. He says he found the body at the edge of the woods, near an ancient stone known as The Lone Warrior and said to have once been used as a sacrificial altar.

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