The Blood of an Englishman by M.C. Beaton Review

thebloodofanenglishmanThe Blood of an Englishman by M.C. Beaton

Book 25 in the Agatha Raisin Mystery series

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Summery from Goodreads:

“Fee, fie, fo, fum. I smell the blood of an Englishman…”Even though Agatha Raisin loathes amateur dramatics, her friend Mrs. Bloxby, the vicar’s wife, has persuaded her to support the local pantomime. Stifling a yawn at the production of “Babes in the Woods,” Agatha watches the baker playing an ogre strut and threaten on the stage, until a trapdoor opens…followed by a scream and then silence.

Surely this isn’t the way the scene was rehearsed? When it turns out the popular baker has been murdered, Agatha puts her team of private detectives on the case. They soon discover more feuds and temperamental behavior in amateur theatrics than in a professional stage show—and face more and more danger as the team gets too close to the killer.The Blood of an Englishman is Agatha’s 25th adventure, and you’d think she would have learned by now not to keep making the same mistakes. Alas, no—yet Agatha’s flaws only make her more endearing.

My Review:

I am going to start with the only redeemable quality of this book was the writing flowed. Most of the book is the main character Agatha Raisin fancying herself in love with almost every man she sees,putting on her make-up,picking out her wardrobe,and being romantically jealous of any women her friend Charles and her ex-husband James speak to. It was a disjointed mystery and didn’t feel like the main focus of the book. When a book says it is a mystery I want a mystery. It sometimes felt like a bad romance novel with an annoying heroine.

All the characters were either cardboard or annoying. How anyone likes this idiot of a character is beyond me. Let alone be able to take her for 25 books. I don’t even know why  the author had Agatha have staff other then to do all her work for her. As characters they were so wooden and not intersecting at all. I liked the man Agatha broke up with and Charles girlfriend better then all the other characters and they were only small side characters. I did like how the first and third murders were committed. I didn’t like how the murder was solved either. So overall an okay read that I would not recommend. So happy I won this in a giveaway and didn’t buy it.

Rating:2 out of 5

Content Rating: Mature 16 and up

Keeper: Hell No!

Happy Reading Y’All,

Nicole The Reading Rebel


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