"It’s been 40 years since Dame Agatha Christie’s death, and in that time, reviewers have often bestowed her mantle on new authors. M. C. Beaton is one of those so honored, and she deserves it. When it comes to artfully constructed puzzle plots and charming settings, Beaton serves it up…This is a classic British cozy plot, and a setting done with panache. Maybe M. C. Beaton really is the new 'Queen of Crime.'"
--The Globe & Mail
"Agatha is a one-of-a-kind character. She's anything but charming, yet she charms. As always, Beaton's prose is first rate. Her writing is sharp, penetrating and highly entertaining."
--RT Book Reviews
"A thoroughly enjoyable, humorous and entertaining offering from M. C. Beaton, which will certainly not disappoint .... This is a lighthearted, page-turning read which will retain your attention on a cold winter's night."
"It is always fun to read an Agatha Raisin mystery, but the latest installment freshens up a delightful series by converting the heroine from amateur sleuth to professional without changing her caustic wit. Agatha remains crude and rude even to clients, but also retains that vulnerability that endears her to readers."
--Midwest Book Review
"A very satisfying change for the smart woman of mystery with a new cast of colorfully realized characters blending with a few old favorites."
--Mystery Lovers Bookshop News
"The story was first-rate and moved along with many twists and turns that kept me always guessing…I read this book in one sitting, which I think speaks for itself."
--I Love a Mystery
"Fans of Agatha Raisin will be absolutely delighted at this latest addition to the series. Ms. Beaton has surpassed herself in The Deadly Dance."
--Reviewing the Evidence