Hot to Trot
by Beaton, M. C.; Greene, R. W. (CON)

Jealously investigating an ex's intended, Agatha Raisin crashes the wedding only to become implicated in the bride's murder, a situation that immerses Agatha in the cutthroat equestrian world. 75,000 first printing. TV tie-in.

M. C. Beaton (1936-2019), the "Queen of Crime" (The Globe and Mail), was the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Agatha Raisin novels-the basis for the hit show on Acorn TV and public television-as well as the Hamish Macbeth series and the Edwardian Murder Mysteries featuring Lady Rose Summer. Born in Scotland, she started her career writing historical romances under several pseudonyms and her maiden name, Marion Chesney.

A private detective brings her most underhanded skills to her attempted rescue of a longtime lover. The irascible Agatha Raisin and her staff, who‚??ve taken on many an odd case, go all out when Agatha‚??s friend and sometime lover Sir Charles Fraith makes a disastrous mistake. Even Charles' devoted servant, Gustav, who despises Agatha, is desperate to keep his boss from marrying the wealthy but all too well-named Mary Brown-Fields. Agatha calls on her publicist friend Roy Silver to tap all his sources and find out what‚??s forcing Charles to agree to marry a woman so awful that only her parents could love her. When, between the wedding and the honeymoon, Gustav tells Charles what he's found out about Mary's nefarious plans for his beloved estate, Charles exclaims, "The bitch! I'll kill her!" Meanwhile, Agatha has a nasty public fight with Mary, who caught her sneaking into the wedding, but that doesn't stop her from crashing a fancy-dress masked ball Mary throws herself for her birthday. As Charles is escorting an unmasked Agatha out of the party, they discover Mary hanging from a beam in the barn. The Chief Inspector, who‚??s always hated Agatha, has her arrested even though she and Charles have the perfect alibi. Of course the arrest makes her even more determined to find the killer. She‚??s gratified to learn that Mary was hated by most of the show jumpers who competed with her in her favorite sport. Roy learns to ride; Agatha is attacked by mean-girl show jumpers; and Charles proves as faithless as ever. The pseudonymous author, who died last year, displays her heroine‚??s finest qualities in a case packed with dark horses. Copyright Kirkus 2020 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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