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Pushy, insecure and completely irresistible, Agatha Raisin returns in Pushing Up Daisies

Pushing Up Daisies

by M. C. Beaton

St. Martin's Press

Minotaur Books

Mystery & Thrillers

Pub Date 20 Sep 2016


Pushy, insecure and completely irresistible, Agatha Raisin returns in Pushing Up Daisies. Once more Aggie pursues romance and a killer. As you might guess, she is more successful finding the latter. As always, it is entertaining to accompany Agatha as she lies, bullies and annoys her way to discovering the truth (aided in her misadventures by her friends and colleagues).

If I had to pick one word to describe the series, I would choose - quirky. The residents of the Cotswolds, Agatha included are definitely eccentric. It is always fun to discover what everyone is up to and to see what new characters are introduced.

In Pushing Up Daisies, Agatha has her eye on a recently retired police detective named Gerald. The discovery of the body of odious Lord Bellington gives Agatha an opportunity. Surely if she find the killer he will notice her.

Pushing Up Daisies gives fans of the series more of what they love while remaining accessible to newcomers.


I received a copy of Pushing Up Daisies from the publisher and in exchange for an honest review.



When Agatha Raisin left behind her PR business in London, she fulfilled her dream of settling in the cozy British Cotswolds where she began a successful private detective agency. Unfortunately, the village she lives in is about to get a little less cozy. Lord Bellington, a wealthy land developer, wants to turn the community garden into a housing estate. When Agatha and her friend Sir Charles Fraith attempt to convince Lord Bellington to abandon his plans he scoffs: “Do you think I give a damn about those pesky villagers?” So when Agatha finds his obituary in the newspaper two weeks later, it’s no surprise that some in town are feeling celebratory.

The villagers are relieved to learn that Bellington’s son and heir, Damian, has no interest in continuing his father’s development plans. But the police are definitely interested in him—as suspect number one. His father’s death, it seems, was no accident. But when Damian hires Agatha to find the real killer, she finds no shortage of suspects. The good news is that a handsome retired detective named Gerald has recently moved to town. Too bad he was seen kissing another newcomer. But when she is also found murdered, Gerald is eager to help Agatha with the case. Agatha, Gerald, and her team of detectives must untangle a web of contempt in order to uncover a killer’s identity.

M.C. Beaton's Pushing Up Daisies continues the tradition in this beloved mystery series.

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