created by MC Beaton
This character is the star of many detective stories by MC Beaton, and was played by Ashley Jensen in the television version of the first book over Christmas just gone. I think she’s hilarious, and so endearing. There’s something that’s more relatable than many of the other fictional detectives that I’ve encountered, because she’s accident prone, intense when it comes to falling for attractive men, and has other failings as well such as being a smoker, and quite possessive of those she comes to care about.
Her first story ‘Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death’, shows all the great qualities that she possesses, it’s interesting seeing a middle aged woman who’s not able to control her emotions when it comes to her interactions with the opposite sex, some of the things that she does reminding me of my own teenage years.
I was never all that accident prone, but can relate to feeling strongly about boys who didn’t feel the same way about me, and it’s a recurring theme for Agatha, nearly every book has her forming a infatuation with a man who is not suitable for her. She has a connection with her next door neighbour James Lacey which is particularly strong, also recurring in most books, despite the fact that he doesn’t exactly seem to feel the same way about her, he’s a very self contained man and he’s not very tactile, or emotionally expressive.
The trailer for the Sky one programme
I'm a thirty something woman who lives in the north of England. I have been a writer for as long as I can remember, creating stories both written and verbal since childhood. While studying at Edge Hill College, I got several poems published by a small publisher in the USA, and in Europe. I have been part of several writing groups, and done quite a few courses in a attempt to hone my writing skills further. I love reading different genres of fiction, knowing that the best way to develop my own writing, and my vocabulary is by exposing myself to the different ways that other people choose to describe things.
The most recent writing course that I've been part of, run by a published author, included a exercise in which we were challenged to read things that we would never usually even look at.
It inspired me to take up a challenge. Namely to attempt to read at least one book by every author which is stocked in my local library. I soon realised that I was being far too ambitious, especially given the fact that every library rotates their stock too often for me to keep track.
I've decided to instead attempt to read a book every day, starting with a author whose surname begins with A, and ending with a author whose surname begins with Z. It doesn't matter what the topic of the book is, or if it's fiction or non fiction, everything is useful for me at the minute.
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