Being an avid Acorn TV user (the best of British television available to Americans everywhere!), I was thrilled to discover a new cozy mystery series available: Agatha Raisin. I’d never read the books, but I thoroughly enjoyed the series about a quirky 50-something single woman who moves to the Cotswolds for a quiet life and finds herself embroiled in murder.
Naturally once I’d finished binge watching the first season, I had to read the books! I was a little worried I wouldn’t enjoy them after having seen the TV versions, but I shouldn’t have because they were marvelous! I was hooked after the first couple of chapters of The Quiche of Death. I’m now on book 3 25(good thing there are 27 novels!).
Are there differences between the books and the show? You betcha. There always are, aren’t there? And since the first book was written in the early 90s, a certain amount of modernization is required. Do the differences matter? In my opinion, no. I find the show and the books equally enjoyable as they are and for similar reasons. Agatha may appear physically somewhat different in the show, but her personality and essence are most definitely intact. Some of the characters have been chopped and changed to the point of being unrecognizable, but the overall quirkiness and fun of the characters and village remains. If you haven’t tried one or the other (or both), they’re worth a shot!
And for those of you who love audio books, The Corpse in the Cabana is now available for your listening pleasure!