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The Welsh Bookworm

The Welsh Bookworm is a librarian living and working in rural Minnesota. She is a past-president of the St. David’s Society of Minnesota, leads the Welsh folk-dance group Traed Y Ddraig, and teaches Welsh language classes. Her Welsh Bookworm column was featured occasionally in the newspaper Y Drych, now part of Ninnau. Laurel works for the Carver County Public Libraries in Waconia and Norwood Young America, loves reading, music, dance, languages, genealogy, gardening, and bird watching. Laurel reads historical fiction, mysteries, sci fi/fantasy, medieval and British history, Arthurian fiction, classics, and of course, anything connected to Wales. Follow my blog at http://welshbookworm.wordpress.com

Currently reading

Mrs. Queen Takes the Train
William Kuhn
The Boleyn Deceit
Laura Andersen
Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death  - M.C. Beaton Short, cozy, charming setting, humorous situations. Not literature, nor a compelling mystery, but I enjoyed it. The prickly protagonist did well as an agressive business woman in London, but her social skills are sorely lacking. This gives her kind of an appealing vulnerability as she tries to fit in and make friends in her new community. I liked her forthright nature. She says what she thinks and doesn't have a lot of patience for artificial social niceties. This book is the first of a series, and I will probably read more of them.

Book Description:
Putting all her eggs in one basket, Agatha Raisin gives up her successful PR firm, sells her London flat, and samples a taste of early retirement in the quiet village of Carsely. Bored, lonely and used to getting her way, she enters a local baking contest: Surely a blue ribbon for the best quiche will make her the toast of the town. But her recipe for social advancement sours when Judge Cummings-Browne not only snubs her entry—but falls over dead! After her quiche’s secret ingredient turns out to be poison, she must reveal the unsavory truth…

Agatha has never baked a thing in her life! In fact, she bought her entry ready-made from an upper crust London quicherie. Grating on the nerves of several Carsely residents, she is soon receiving sinister notes. Has her cheating and meddling landed her in hot water, or are the threats related to the suspicious death? It may mean the difference between egg on her face and a coroner’s tag on her toe…

Series info:
Agatha Raisin
01. Agatha Raisin and the quiche of death - read
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02. Agatha Raisin and the vicious vet
03. Agatha Raisin and the potted gardener
04. Agatha Raisin and the walkers of Dembley
05. Agatha Raisin and the murderous marriage
06. Agatha Raisin and the terrible tourist
07. Agatha Raisin and the wellspring of death
08. Agatha Raisin and the wizard of Evesham
09. Agatha Raisin and the witch of Wyckhadden
10. Agatha Raisin and the fairies of Fryfam
11. Agatha Raisin and the love from hell
12. Agatha Raisin and the day the floods came
13. Agatha Raisin and the case of the curious curate
14. Agatha Raisin and the haunted house
15. The deadly dance
16. The perfect paragon
17. Love, lies and liquor
18. Kissing Christmas goodbye
19. A spoonful of poison
20. There goes the bride
21. Busy body
22. As the pig turns
23. Hiss and hers