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Agatha Raisin and the Christmas Crumble

By M.C. Beaton

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The bossy, vain and irresistible Agatha is back in this latest short story.


Agatha is spending Christmas at home in the Cotswolds - and in a fit of goodwill towards all men (and women) she invites six of Carsley's oldest residents to come around and share Christmas lunch with her.


Christmas jollity soon turns to disaster as Agatha accidentally kills one of her guests with a gruesome homemade Christmas pudding... so will it be Christmas in the cells for Agatha? Or can she fix an escape out of this particular festive mess!

Biographical Notes

M.C. Beaton is the author of both the Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth series, as well as numerous Regency romances. Her Agatha Raisin books are currently being turned into a TV series on Sky. She lives in Paris and in a Cotswold village that is very much like Agatha's beloved Carsely.

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  • ISBN: 9781472100368
  • Publication date: 06 Dec 2012
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  • Imprint: C & R Crime
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