Agatha Raisin & NaNoEdMo

by Sarah on October 30, 2011 · 4 comments

I’m in a reading slump. It might be the weather. Maybe it’s because I’m busy revising my book. Or perhaps it’s simply due to my mad anticipation of two books which will be released next Tuesday: Meljean Brook’s Heart of Steel (the second novel in her steampunk series), and Joanna Bourne’s Black Hawk (crap title but I love Adrian).

In lieu of my usual bedtime reading fix, I’ve been listening to the BBC Radio adaptations of M.C. Beaton’s Agatha Raisin mysteries. I read the first one, The Quiche of Death, several years ago, but I didn’t find it all that wonderful. A friend recommended the radio plays solely on the basis of Penelope Keith’s performance. She was right. Keith is excellent as Agatha, and more than makes up for the weak plots.

For anyone unfamiliar with the series, Agatha Raisin is a middle-aged PR executive who takes early retirement and leaves London to settle down in a small village in the Cotswolds. She’s rude, abrasive, and a militant smoker. She soon sets the locals’ backs up by cheating in competitions, but finds an unlikely ally in the local police constable, especially after her amateur sleuthing helps him solve a murder. Agatha loves to pester her handsome neighbour, James Lacey, a retired military gentleman who wants to be left in peace to write his book on military history.

I hadn’t intended to sign up for this year’s NaNoWriMo as I won’t have time to write 50K of a new book in November. My revisions for my WIP have reached the frustrating stage of being nearly done, but not nearly enough to say I’ll be finished within days rather than weeks. So I decided to use NaNoWriMo as my own personal NaNoEdMo and keep track of my editing progress. For anyone participating, here’s a link to my user profile if you want to be my NaNo buddy.

Has anyone read the Agatha Raisin books past The Quiche of Death? Are they worth getting? Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year?


SuperWendy October 30, 2011 at 21:16

I read one of the middle entries in the Agatha Raisin series years back, and enjoyed it (Wizard of Evesham). I thought it was a “well done cozy” – but interestingly enough it didn’t have that effect of making me run out and read the rest of the series. I enjoyed it while I read it, but there wasn’t a deep love connection ;)

You’ve given me an idea though – maybe I should work through them on audio? I need to get back on my workout routine, and having an audiobook to listen to helps….

Sarah November 6, 2011 at 18:39

“I enjoyed it while I read it, but there wasn’t a deep love connection ”

That was my reaction to ‘The Quiche of Death’ when I finished the book. Fun, but I didn’t have a burning desire to run out and buy the rest of the series. The audio plays are better, IMO.

heidenkind October 31, 2011 at 00:00

That mystery book sounds like fun! I had no idea Joanna Bourne was releasing a book soon. :( I’m so out of the loop….

Sarah November 6, 2011 at 18:42

You know, I’m one of the few readers who didn’t like ‘The Spymaster’s Lady’. I preferred ‘My Lord and Spymaster’, and enjoyed most aspects of ‘The Forbidden Rose’. I have issues with Bourne’s heroines, but I’m hoping Justine will be a stronger character.

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