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Hiss and Hers

Hiss and Hers

An Agatha Raisin Mystery

Agatha Raisin Mysteries (Volume 23)

M. C. Beaton

Minotaur Books

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If only the bossy, beloved Agatha Raisin were as lucky at finding the right man as she is at catching killers in M. C. Beaton's New York Times bestselling mystery series

Celebrating the twentieth anniversary of everyone's favorite sleuth, M. C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin is as feisty as ever-armed with her famous wit and biting sense of humor. This time, though, there's some biting of a whole other sort going on. Agatha has fallen head over heels in love-again. This time, she has her eye on the local gardener, George Marston, but so do other women in their little Cotswold village. Shamelessly determined, Agatha will do anything to get her man-including footing the bill for a charity ball just for the chance to dance with him. And then George doesn't even show up. Only partly deterred, Agatha goes looking for him, and finds his dead body in a compost heap. Murder is definitely afoot, but this killer chose no ordinary weapon: A poisonous snake delivered the fatal strike.

Rising to the occasion, Agatha rallies her little detective agency to find the killer, only to learn that George had quite a complicated love life. But murderously complicated? Well, if she can't have George, at least Agatha can have the satisfaction of confronting the other women and solving the crime. With Hiss & Hers,once again, "M. C. Beaton has a foolproof plot for the village mystery" (The New York Times Book Review) in the irresistible adventures of the irrepressible Agatha.

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Chapter One


Agatha Raisin, private detective, was in the grip of a great obsession. Her friend, the vicar's wife, Mrs. Bloxby, reflected sadly that Agatha, a normally shrewd woman, seemed to lose her wits when she fell in love.
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Praise for Hiss and Hers

“Tourists are advised to watch their backs in the bucolic villages where M. C. Beaton sets her sly British mysteries...Outsiders always spell trouble for the societies Beaton observes with such cynical humor.” —The New York Times Book Review on the Agatha Raisin Mysteries

“[Beaton's] imperfect heroine is an absolute gem!” —Publishers Weekly on the Agatha Raisin Mysteries

“Beaton's Agatha Raisin series just about defines the British cozy.” —Booklist on the Agatha Raisin Mysteries

“Anyone interested in...intelligent, amusing reading will want to make the acquaintance of Mrs. Agatha Raisin.” —Atlanta Journal Constitution on the Agatha Raisin Mysteries

“Beaton has a winner in the irrepressible, romance-hungry Agatha.” —Chicago Sun-Times on the Agatha Raisin Mysteries

“Few things in life are more satisfying than to discover a brand-new Agatha Raisin mystery.” —Tampa Tribune Times on the Agatha Raisin Mysteries

“The Raisin series brings the cozy tradition back to life. God bless the Queen!” —Tulsa World on the Agatha Raisin Mysteries

“The Miss Marple–like Raisin is a refreshingly sensible, wonderfully eccentric, thoroughly likable heroine...a must for cozy fans.” —Booklist on the Agatha Raisin Mysteries

“As always, M. C. Beaton presents us with an Agatha Raisin who manages to infuriate, amuse, and solicit our deepest sympathies as we watch her blunder her way boldly through another murder mystery.” —Bookreporter

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About the author

M. C. Beaton

M. C. Beaton has been hailed as the "Queen of Crime" (The Globe and Mail). Chosen as the British Guest of Honor for Bouchercon 2006, she is the author of twenty-two previous Agatha Raisin novels, the Hamish Macbeth series, and four Edwardian mysteries. Born in Scotland, she currently divides her time between Paris and the English Cotswolds.

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