By M. C. Beaton
After years of bullying others as a high-flying public family members boss, Agatha takes early retirement to a picture-perfect village within the Cotswolds. and the way higher to make associates than via getting into the neighborhood quiche-making festival? to make sure first prize Agatha buys her access at a London delicatessen. sadly, Agatha's excellent product is quickly uncovered - as not just store-bought yet poisoned. the competition pass judgement on succumbs after consuming it, and with him cross Agatha's possibilities of rural bliss - except she will become aware of the genuine poisoner...
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You killed him along with your nasty international quiche, simply up to if you happen to had knifed him. ’ Agatha’s eyes blazed. ‘I’ll kill you, you malicious harridan, if you happen to don’t bugger off. ’ She marched to her personal cottage, blinking tears from her eyes, appalled at her personal surprise and dismay and weak spot. Thank God Roy was once coming. pricey Roy, notion Agatha sentimentally, forgetting she had consistently thought of him a tiresomely effeminate younger guy whom she could have sacked had he now not had a magic contact with the bizarre global of father track. There got here a knock on the door and Agatha cringed, puzzling over if another nasty neighborhood used to be approximately to berate her. but if she opened it, it was once invoice Wong who stood at the step. ‘Came to inform you concerning the inquest,’ he stated. ‘I referred to as the day past yet you have been out. ’ ‘I was once seeing friends,’ stated Agatha loftily. ‘In truth, of them are coming to stick with me for the weekend. yet are available. ’ ‘What was once the Barr lady on approximately? ’ he requested interestingly as he Agatha into her kitchen. ‘Accusing me of murder,’ mumbled Agatha, placing groceries away within the cabinets. ‘Like a espresso? ’ ‘Yes, please. So the inquest is over and Mr Cummings-Browne is to be cremated and his ashes solid to the 4 winds on Salisbury undeniable in reminiscence of his military days. ’ ‘I think Mrs Cummings-Browne collapsed on the inquest,’ stated Agatha. ‘Yes, certain, she did. sugars please and only a sprint of milk. so much affecting. ’ Agatha grew to become and checked out him, her curiosity all of sudden quickening. ‘You imagine she was once performing? ’ ‘Maybe. yet i used to be shocked he used to be so ordinarily mourned. there have been a great deal of girls there sobbing into their handkerchiefs. ’ ‘With their husbands? Or all alone? ’ ‘On their very own. ’ Agatha placed a mug of espresso down in entrance of him, poured one for herself and sat down on the kitchen desk contrary him. ‘Something’s bothering you,’ stated Agatha. ‘Oh, the case is closed and i've loads of paintings to do. There’s an outbreak of joy-riders in Mircester. ’ ‘What time did Mrs Cummings-Browne visit mattress, the evening her husband died? ’ requested Agatha. ‘Just after hour of darkness or thereabouts. ’ ‘But the pink Lion closes sharp at 11 and it’s just a couple of mins’ stroll away. ’ ‘She acknowledged he usually stayed out overdue, ingesting with neighbors. ’ Agatha’s eyes have been clever. ‘Oho! And weeping ladies on the inquest. Don’t inform me previous jug ears used to be a philanderer. ’ ‘There’s no proof of that. ’ ‘And but Mrs Cartwright continually received the contest. Why? ’ ‘Perhaps her baking was once the simplest. ’ ‘No one bakes a greater quiche than Mr Economides,’ stated Agatha firmly. ‘But you're the incomer. extra usual to offer a prize to 1 of the locals. ’ ‘Still . . . ’ ‘I can see from the glance on your eye, Mrs Raisin, that you'd love it to be homicide in any case and so transparent your judgment of right and wrong. ’ ‘Why did you name to inform me concerning the inquest? ’ ‘I notion you'd be . There’s a paragraph approximately it in today’s Gloucestershire Telegraph. ’ ‘Have you were given it? ’ demanded Agatha. ‘Let me see. ’ He fished in his pocket and pulled out a crumpled newspaper.