Kissing Christmas Goodbye, A Spoonful of Poison, & Ditched 4 Murder

I am continuing to work my way through the Agatha Raisin books that I was missing.  Kissing Christmas Goodbye and A Spoonful of Poison both see Agatha tackling cases though her detective agency with the assistance of her employees.  There is an additional staff member, Toni,  who adds a great deal of interest.  I believe that she reminds Agatha of herself in her youth.

In Kissing Christmas Goodbye, Agatha is hired by a woman who believes she is about to be murdered.  When her client does die, there are plenty of suspects and motives to sift through in this manor house type mystery.  A Spoonful of Poison sees Agatha working for a village fete, which ends in murder.  Agatha feels obligated to investigate as she is being blamed.  Lots of twists and turns and suspects to choose from here.  Both were fun, cozy reads in a wonderful series.

Ditched 4 Murder is the second in the Sophie Kimball Mystery series.  Sophie is a bookkeeper for a private investigation firm.  She moved to Arizona to be closer to her mother and family, as well as for the job.  A body turns up near to her mother’s house, when everything is already in an uproar due to her aunt’s wedding.  Soon there is another body and Sophie finds herself, and her aunt’s fiancée embroiled in the mystery.  Lots of the humor fell flat for me and I wasn’t crazy about the portrayal of the older relatives.  This was an okay cozy mystery.

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