This British cosy mystery is far from the writer´s debut, but it is the first in the Agatha Raisin series.
Agatha Raisin chooses early retirement and fulfils her dream, a cottage in a Cotswold village, only to realize that she has no friends and nothing to do with all her time. On the surface, the villagers seem kind and open, but as anybody but Agatha knows, it takes a generation to be accepted in a village. And with so much time on her hands, she begins to discover that her social skills are not very well developed.
In order to find a social circle, she decides to try for the local quiche competition but the result is not quite what she had bargained for. She cheats by buying a professionally made quiche, and when the judge dies after having eaten it, she feels she has to solve the crime to escape the cloud of suspicion.
The plot moves a bit back and forth but is okay, I suppose. The strong points of the novel are the village setting and the character Agatha Raisin who seems to have embarked on a journey, getting to know herself and to try to dig out some positive sides to her character.
Will I buy and read the next twenty Agatha Raisin stories? Well, perhaps not, but I might buy one now and then to get into cosy mystery mood as I don´t think it is a good idea to write a subgenre without reading books of the same kind occasionally.