Review – Something Borrowed, Someone Dead by M.C. Beaton

sbsdOccasionally I like to add a cozy mystery to my reading list.  I find them easy to read and relaxing.  The problem is that so many of the series have become stale.  So, when I saw Something Borrowed, Someone Dead as a Goodreads – Firstreads option I thought it might be a winner.  It is part of a series (Agatha Raisin #24) but since I had not read any of the prior books, the characters and story would be new to me.

Alas, it just wasn’t mean to be.

From Goodreads: “Gloria French was a jolly widow with dyed blonde hair, a raucous laugh and rosy cheeks. When she first moved from London to the charming Cotswolds hills, she was heartily welcomed.  She seemed a do-gooder par excellence, raising funds for the church and caring for the elderly.  But she had a nasty habit of borrowing things and not giving them back, just small things, a teapot here, a set of silverware there.  So it’s quite the shock when she is found dead, murdered by a poisoned bottle of elderberry wine.  Afraid the murder will be a blight on the small town, Parish councillor, Jerry Tarrant, hires private detective Agatha Raisin to track down the murderer.  But the village is secretive and the residents resent Agatha’s investigation. Of course that doesn’t stop the ever-persistent Agatha from investigating and sticking her nose where no one wants it—especially as the suspect list grows. And, as if it isn’t enough that Agatha’s ex has reentered the picture, the murderer is now targeting Agatha!”

The main issue with SBSD is that absolutely no one is likeable.  Agatha is petty, jealous, manipulative, vain and, in some cases, very, very stupid.  All of the other characters have such major character flaws that you never pull for any of them (well, in some cases I did pull for the murderer to get them…does that count?)

And, the story itself was pretty weak.  I wasn’t interested in the details after reading about 30%.  For the most part I just wanted it to end.

Sorry guys, I cannot recommend this one.  1.5/5 (only because I’ve read worse books recently if you can believe it).  Thank you to Goodreads for providing this ARC through the Firstreads program.

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