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Any Agatha Raisin fans? where do I start ?

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ichoosesleep Mon 18-Jul-16 13:37:01

I would like to make a start on these books but does it matter where I begin? I see she has written since 1992 but there has been more recent novels too. I'm making a trip to the asda later and I'm guessing they will only have a few to choose from but do I actually need to be getting the very first one if I've to work my way through them ? That's if I like them at all wink

MermaidofZennor Mon 18-Jul-16 16:25:46

The Quiche of Death is the first one. That's where she retires, moves to the Cotswolds and encounters the first murder case. I have to admit it's the only one I've read, thought it a bit lightweight - I like my murder stories less cosy, more gritty, but it was pleasant enough. Nothing really to dislike, good beach reads.

steppemum Mon 18-Jul-16 16:40:15

You can read each one alone, but there are story lines that wander through. I read the first couple, and then picked up one that was about 5 books alter and discovered an ex husband who hadn't even existed in the previous books!

It would be worth getting the first couple from the library/amazon, as they do tend to make the rest make more sense.

They are very lightweight though. I like them as a go to sleep book when I am stressed, but there is very little substance to them. I bet they would make great 30 minute TV. In fact they remind me a lot of Murder She Wrote.

CrossfireHurricane Mon 18-Jul-16 16:42:32

Try The Book People
I think they do the books in collections of 10 for a reasonable price.

cdtaylornats Mon 18-Jul-16 21:05:48

She also wrote the Hamish MacBeth stories.

seagulldown Mon 18-Jul-16 21:13:19

For the pp who mentioned that it would make good TV, I believe there is a series on Sky 1 now. I don't have it so disappointed that I can't watch it yet.

ichoosesleep Mon 18-Jul-16 23:37:30

Thankyou everyone! Yes the book people are currently doing 20 books for £20 which is brilliant and the works are apparently doing 3 books for £5 on hers too! I went to waterstones and bought the very first one and quite enjoying it. Very different to what I have been reading recently , game of thrones, divergent , girl on a train. Needed something a bit perkier but still enticing. Plus with the books being a lot thinner it's easy to carry around and get through one every few days too smile

CrossfireHurricane Tue 19-Jul-16 21:51:32

Great news

KatsutheClockworkOctopus Fri 22-Jul-16 13:14:10

I've just started the series and like them more than expected - cosy and undemanding but quite good fun.

I really am struggling to like James Lacey though - he seems very unkind to Agatha. In the latest one I read it says that he likes her when she's "quiet and crushed" I was thinking - red flag Agatha red flag (too much Mumsnetsmile)!

ichoosesleep Fri 22-Jul-16 13:24:01

Katsu I've just started the vicious vet and I'm so glad the first book wasn't a one off I love this one just as much ! I think il get to around book 4 and then start watching the tv series from the beginning. Is the episodes the same as the books ?

KatsutheClockworkOctopus Fri 22-Jul-16 13:36:06

I haven't seen the series yet, but was thinking of having a go with the Quiche of Death pilot episode. The casting in the TV series isn't how I imagined the characters though.

ichoosesleep Fri 22-Jul-16 14:42:03

Yea that's why I usually try avoid the to characters until I've finished the books. Although I purposely googled all the characters when I was reading game of thrones as there was so many names I couldn't keep up !

KeemaNaanAndCurryOn Fri 22-Jul-16 14:46:03

I've read all of them from the beginning. If you've got a kindle you can get quiche of death for 99p and they do s bundle of the first 4 I think for a knock down price.

KatsutheClockworkOctopus Fri 22-Jul-16 15:38:49

I was the same with Game of Thrones. I veer between longing for the next book and wondering if I can be bothered to relearn who everyone is!

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