New York Times bestseller M. C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin—now the star of a hit show on Acorn TV and public television—is beloved by millions and this short story takes readers back to where it all began with Agatha's first case.
At age twenty six, Agatha Raisin has already come a long way. She has clawed her way up since leaving the Birmingham slum where she was born. She's lost her Birmingham accent, run away from her drunken husband, and found a job at a public relations office as a secretary. Then her boss asks Agatha to go to the home of Brian Devese to tell him that he is soon going to be arrested for the murder of his wife and that the agency no longer wants to represent him.
Brian, impressed with the pugnacious Agatha, asks her to handle PR for him and even offers her an office and tells her she can hire a staff. Certainly the best thing Agatha can do for her first client is to find out who really murdered his wife and clear his name. And with her wits and gumption, Agatha sets out to do just that.
In The News
“M. C. Beaton has a foolproof plot for the village mystery.” —The New York Times Book Review
“The Agatha Raisin series is my guilty pleasure - it’s full of perfectly pitched interest, intrigue, and charm.” — Lee Child
"Once you meet Agatha Raisin, you’ll keep coming back.” —New York Journal of Books
"Outwardly bossy and vain, inwardly insecure and vulnerable, Agatha grows more endearing with each installment." —Cleveland Plain Dealer