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- 出版社: Minotaur Books (2007年4月1日)
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Agatha Raisin and the Case of the Curious Curate: An Agatha Raisin Mystery (Agatha Raisin Mysteries Book 13) (English Edition) Kindle电子书
“Anyone interested in a few hours' worth of intelligent, amusing reading will want to make the acquaintance of Mrs. Agatha Raisin.” ―Atlanta Journal Constitution
“The Miss Marple-like Raisin is refreshingly sensible and wonderfully eccentric.” ―Buffalo News
“Beaton's Agatha Raisin series...just about defines the British cozy.” ―Booklist
“Beaton has a winner in the irrepressible, romance-hungry Agatha.” ―Chicago Sun-Times
“[Agatha] is a glorious cross between Miss Marple, Auntie Mame, and Lucille Ball, with a tad of pit bull tossed in. She's wonderful.” ―St. Petersburg Times
“The Raisin series brings the cozy tradition back to life. God bless the Queen!” ―Tulsa World
“[Beaton's] imperfect heroine is an absolute gem!” ―Publishers Weekly--此文字指其他 kindle_edition 版本。
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Agatha returns from another public relations project in London to find her Cotswold village of Carsley agog over the arrival of a new curate, hired to help local vicar Alf Bloxby, husband of Agatha's good friend. Tristan Delon is a stunningly beautiful young man, with the face of a voluptuous angel and more than his share of charm. Carsley's church is packed when he begins delivering sermons. Of course, our Agatha is struck all of a heap by Tristan, in spite of Mrs. Bloxby's less than enthusiastic opinion of him. Agatha is naturally delighted when Tristan invites her to his lodgings for a sumptuous dinner, but is shrewd enough to refuse his offer to manage her stock portfolio.
Murder still seems to follow our Agatha, so it's not surprising the gorgeous new curate is found murdered the morning after her dinner with him. What is surprising is that he's found dead in the vicar's study, stabbed with the vicar's paper knife, with the church donation box nearby. This, of course, puts the Bloxbys under suspicion, and this time, it is Mrs. Bloxby who implores Agatha to investigate. Eager to clear the vicar, Agatha agrees and the fun begins.
Of course, the curate was not the angelic creature he appeared to be, but a spiteful, malicious creep who enjoyed befriending the wealthy and conning them out of money, then deserting them and trying to blackmail them. Those affected by his misdeeds are scattered between London and Carsely, and Agatha energetically tracks them all. Two villagers are murdered in quick succession, and Agatha fears gossip and suspicion will destroy not only the Bloxbys, but the friendly nature of her village as well.
The solution is delicious, the clues fairly placed, and, I must confess, I was actually surprised----a first for me! Many of Beaton's novels are light on mystery, but this entry does not short the reader in any way. Beaton continues the development of her characters and moves them through their lives and relationships in the same highly entertaining manner, while constructing a tighter, faster paced mystery than usual. I was impressed by the skill with which she briefly draws the personalities of the large number of suspects in this novel. Agatha is more professional here, and although her oddly endearing abrasiveness and insecurity remain, there is evidence of Agatha's continuing personal growth as well, particularly in her decision to begin an old folks' club in Carsely.
She is assisted in this case by new neighbor John Armitage, to whom she seems oddly unattracted, given his good looks. Of course, Agatha is finally returning to her tough, coarser exterior here, perhaps in reaction to learning her beloved ex-husband James Lacey did not in fact join the monastery for which he supposedly divorced her. Adorable detective constable Bill Wong is present as usual, concerned for Agatha's safety and still having girlfriend trouble. Neither Agatha's former office boy Roy Silver nor fickle baronet Sir Charles Fraith appear in this novel, as both are occupied elsewhere. So, readers will evidently have to wait to see if Charles escapes his disastrous marriage and loses his recently acquired avoirdupois. Fans will also eagerly await the next installment to see if the next handsome new neighbor moving into the cottage next door formerly occupied by James Lacey and John Armitage will catch Agatha's eye! As usual, I can't wait for the next installment in this series!!