Dishing the Dirt

Dishing the DirtDishing the Dirt (Agatha Raisin, #26) Published by Minotaur Books on September 15th 2015
Pages: 294
ISBN: 1250057426
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A therapist had moved into the village of Carsely and Agatha Raisin hates her. Not only was this therapist, Jill Davent, romancing Agatha's ex-husband, but she had dug up details of Agatha's slum background.
Added to that, Jill was counselling a woman called Gwen Simple from Winter Parva and Agatha firmly believed Gwen to have assisted her son in some grisly murders, although has no proof she had done so.
A resentment is different from a dislike and needs to be shared, so as the friendship between James and Jill grows stronger, the more Agatha does to try to find out all she can about her. When Jill is found strangled to death in her office two days' later, Agatha finds herself under suspicion - and must fight to clear her name.

Agatha Raisin is a handful – and that is putting it mildly. She bundles through murder investigations while drinking heavily, smoking like a chimney all while attempting to have a relationship on her terms. This is the 26th in the Agatha Raisin series but it worked well as a stand alone novel for me.

Agatha is none too pleased when therapist Jill Davent moves to town and begins dating Agatha’s ex-husband. Jill also seems determined to dig up the dirt on Agatha. Jill is also a therapist for a woman named Gwen Simple who Agatha believes may have assisted or at least covered up some of her son’s murders. When Agatha learns that Jill has hired a private detective to look into Agatha’s background, Agatha says “I could kill you!” after barging into Jill’s office. When Jill is found dead, Agatha is the prime suspect. Agatha not only has a couple of murders to solve, she also has to clear her name.

I was put off initially by this book. The characters are rude and at times quite nasty. Agatha herself isn’t the most pleasant woman. She barges around, and has no problem telling people off. She talks quit a lot without thinking. She is smart but perhaps she would be smarter if she were to think before she took action. This really did not take much effort on the part of the reader. I didn’t have to think too much while reading the book. It is fairly predictable and really failed to WOW me with a big reveal or “gotcha” moment at the end. This really is a simple mystery with a high body count and snarky characters.

It is barely a 3 stars for me and I mean barely. There were some editing issues – ages of a character change within a couple of pages. Little things such as that were hard to overlook. I have no plans to read other books in this series.


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