Genre: cozy mystery
I can't believe this is the 26th in the mystery series and that I've read almost all of them. The main character Agatha's eccentricities are endearing, so I enjoy following her escapades in the little Cotswold village of Carsley!
Agatha has friends and allies who appear in almost all of the books: the vicar's wife, Mrs. Bloxby; a faithful helper, her cleaner and cat sitter Doris; her occasional lover and ally, Sir Charles Fraith; her ex-husband and neighbor James Lacey; her friend on the police force Detective Sergeant Bill Wong; a team of employees at her detective agency in Carsley, and a few others whom we get to know more in every book.
In this latest mystery, Agatha is incensed when a new therapist in the village spreads gossip about Agatha's very humble or "poor beginnings." When the therapist Jill is found strangled in her home, Agatha is a suspect and tries to find the real murderer, who goes on to pick off others who might identify him. Agatha blunders about in her investigation, as usual, but her sharp intuition helps her out in all situations, including this one.
I loved this book and was all set to give it a full five stars, but felt the author didn't seem to want to end it and wanted to start on the next story right away. In other words, the book could have been a couple of pages shorter as I don't think M.C. Beaton needed to set the stage so firmly for the next Agatha mystery. We are already with her all the way.