The Blood of An Englishman

The Blood of An Englishman

An Agatha Raisin Mystery

Book - 2014
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Investigating the murder of a local baker during an amateur theatrical, curmudgeon Agatha Raisin and her team of private detectives uncover a web of feuds and temperamental behaviors that place the team in mortal danger. By the best-selling author of the Hamish Macbeth series.

McMillan Palgrave

The Blood of an Englishman continues the tradition in M. C. Beaton's beloved Agatha Raisin mystery series—now a hit show on Acorn TV and public television.

"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 and the Ogre disappears in an impressive puff of smoke. Only he doesn't re-appear at final curtain.

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. In this sparkling new entry in M. C. Beaton's New York Times bestselling series of modern cozies, Agatha Raisin once again "manages to infuriate, amuse, and solicit our deepest sympathies as we watch her blunder her way boldly through another murder mystery" (

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Investigating the murder of a local baker during an amateur theatrical, curmudgeon Agatha Raisin and her team of private detectives uncover a web of feuds and temperamental behaviors that place the team in mortal danger.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2014
New York : Minotaur Books, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780312616267
Branch Call Number: M BEATON 2014
Characteristics: 294 pages ; 22 cm


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Jan 17, 2018

Agatha Raisin is a hoot. She is a smart woman and even though she can be rude and crude most people like and care about her, but she doesn't seem to learn from her mistakes. She is always chasing after inappropriate men, and not getting her priorities in order. In most books this would be a terrible character flaw but with Agatha Raisin we can see the direction she is pointed in and we take it into account and love the character even more for it. If she grows and becomes finicky about the men she deals with or doesn't have the crazy feelings of love she will be become a different character and not as lovable. Hoorah for Agatha long may she rein.

May 04, 2017

Unfortunately, I cannot read "Blood of an Englishman" on my Kindle. The M. C. Beaton Agatha Raisin series [and her Hamish McBeth series] have ALL been available in eBook format for the Kindle. This ONE book, of ALL her books; is an eBook via EPUB only. Not sure why -but disappointing, as I have been a fan of these books, am nearing the end - and this will be the only one I will have missed.

Mar 23, 2017

What an absolute hoot! and to think I found this book/series simply by wandering among the shelves at Walker. I'm going to start at the beginning and read all the rest of them. Plus I hear there's a PBS series about Agatha Raisin - I'll have to buy a TV!
Wonderful stories, incredible writing skills, funny & a whodunit to boot!
I am in love with Agatha Raisin!

Aug 16, 2016

this mc beaton series was more intelligent and suspenseful - I read in two sittings.

Aug 10, 2015

The Blood of an Englishman --- by --- M.C. Beaton.
M.C. has really gotten under my skin. My fear is that it would be so easy to tear through her novels that within days or perhaps a few weeks, there would be nothing left of her stories of Hamish Macbeth or Agatha Raisin to look forward to. But fortunately M.C. has been quite prolific as a writer and I’ve taken the precaution of rationing out her books to no more than one or two per month. That ought to make them last.
You can tell I’m a fan.
Her characters are quite engaging; the plots keep you guessing --- what’s not to like?

Jul 22, 2015

Agatha has not evolved. This book was bad. No more for me.

wblaken May 21, 2015

I really loved the first books in the Agatha Raisin series. I keep reading hoping they will get better. This one, and the last few for that matter, are so boring I can't wait to get to end just so I don't have to read anymore. The characters never grow, I think the author has lost interest in Agatha and frankly I have also. No more Agatha for me.

Oct 12, 2014

Priceless! MC Beaton's Agatha at the top of her game.


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