Reviews for Devil's Delight: An Agatha Raisin Mystery

Publishers Weekly
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The rambling 33rd outing for private detective Agatha Raisin (after 2021’s Down the Hatch), Green’s second collaboration with Beaton (1936–2019), finds Agatha and Toni Gilmour, her colleague at Raisin Investigations, driving through their beloved Cotswolds on their way to a policeman friend’s wedding. Then they spot a naked young man, Edward Carstairs, running down the middle of the road, and they soon learn that Edward, a member of a nudist club, has just found a dead body in the woods. Agatha and Toni follow him to the spot, but the body has vanished. Agatha decides to get to the bottom of things. To that end, Toni, who’s smitten with Edward, suggests that she go undercover—so to speak—at the Mircester Naturist Society. In addition, the pair look into a potential drug ring at a girls’ boarding school and a spot of pilfering from a brewery. Agatha at times comes across as a sad figure, not her usual confident, funny, strong-willed self, and the thin mystery plots offer little suspense. This one’s for established fans, who may appreciate catching up with the current status of Agatha’s ever-expanding team of once, current, and possibly future beaus. Agent: Barbara Lowenstein, Lowenstein Assoc. (Dec.)

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Agatha Raisin continues to handle some murders—and some men—more easily than others. Agatha and her detective-agency employee Toni Gilmour are on their way to a wedding when they’re flagged down by a naked young man who claims to have found a dead body in the woods. Thus begins one of Agatha’s oddest cases, which will involve her removing her clothes for the Mircester Naturist Society and trying out several new amatory partners while pondering her past relationships. Agatha is attracted to all she can see of Jasper Crane, chairman of the Naturist Society, but since the dead body has vanished by the time she and Toni arrive in the clearing where it had been earlier, they press on to the wedding of DS Bill Wong and DC Alice Peters after trading insults with DCI Wilkes. There, Agatha meets Inspector John Glass, another desirable prospect. In addition to delving into the murder on her own time, Agatha is hired to discreetly investigate drug sales at a boarding school for girls. She’s just visited Sir Charles Fraith, another of her on-and-off lovers, to learn more about the Naturist Society, which was founded by his grandfather, when the missing body turns up in a lake. It becomes clear that Agatha’s investigation has hit a nerve when her house is trashed and she’s almost burned alive. Furious, she digs even deeper and discovers a connection between the society, the drugs, and ice cream that will reveal all. The convoluted mystery plays second fiddle to the heroine’s even more convoluted love life. Copyright © Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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