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Agatha Raisin's detective agency becomes extremely busy investigating two cases including a jealous businessman and a missing person turns into two separate murder cases. When Agatha's detective agency slows down, she is left to lay off employees until her simple cases become big murder investigations. She is now forced to hire more employees including Phil Witherspoon, a man in his 70's, a retired detective named Patrick Mulligan, and Harry Beam who happens to be related to Agatha's secretary, Mrs. Helen Freedman. Mr. Smedley's become one of Agatha's divorce case to catch Mrs. Smedley cheating, but the perfect wife is not cheating. The missing teen Jessica Bradley, who is a seemingly good girl has her own secrets. As Agatha's employees work on these cases, Jessica and Mr. Smedley have secret lives that are uncovered. They begin looking at Jessica's friends, school staff members, and her parents to find she is not the good girl everyone thinks she is when she starts hanging out at the dance club with the wrong group of friends, Fairy and Trixie, who are using her love affair of an older man against her. Secrets unfold when Bert, Jessica's love is found to be working with the two girls and Jessica doing soft porn. Agatha starts to make a connection to the murders with Mr. Smedley's business.
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Mr. Smedley is found to be the cheater and Mrs. Smedley being cherished by everyone around her. They discover that someone at his business switched his milk jug with poison in it. Their investigation leads them to the murder of Bert. Agatha feels the murders may have some connection, but she needs to find proof. Mabel Smedley then become a suspect in the murder of her husband leaving her to hire Agatha to find the real killer. No one is who they seem to be as Mabel's secret unfold making Agatha suspecting her to be involved with these murders. They soon uncover the suspects and motive for murder, which are affairs gone very wrong. A motive based on jealously and blackmail left a trail of dead bodies for Agatha's detective agency to uncover the truth. Agatha finally figures out the connection between Mr & Mrs. Smedley, Jessica and Bert, along with his secretary Joyce, which left the murderers out on the run and the police ready to catch them murderers.
Best part of story, including ending: I did not like how the Agatha was really upset about being so lonely and how she was starved to be in love with someone. I do like some of the conversations with Agatha because can give and as much as she gets when in come to rude people and their insults. The story was written very well because I could not figure out who the murderer was and when I did was shocked. The title suits the mystery.

Best scene in story: I liked the scene when her friend Charles Fraith visits with Agatha and brings a friend. They start to have a conversation and Agatha leaves them. When she came back, she had a full face of makeup. It shows have she works hard to impress guys hoping to find someone to love.

Opinion about the main character: I like Agatha and the boldness she has when she deals with people. She has a way of getting information from people and putting the clues together. It would be nice to have people in the story give her credit for the work she does with finding clues and important discovery. It did seem like Agatha was sad about the men in her life and the loneliness she feels. It makes her more human like with a softer side and less of a bull dog.

The review of this Book prepared by Millicent Schrock a Level 2 American Robin scholar

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Kind of investigator    -   hard boiled/private eye Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards family/friends Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   private investigator Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   British


Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Unusual forms of death    -   poisoning Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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