Something Borrowed, Someone Dead - M.C. Beaton

So you have this neighbor who likes to borrow things.  And doesn't like to return them. Would you kill her for that? That seems to be the motive behind the death of Gloria French.  When the whole village gets up in arms and starts accusing each other, Agatha Raisin is called in to find out who the killer is so that peace can return to the village.  The problem is, no one really wants her to solve the case.

M.C. Beaton excels at writing the small village atmosphere.  Whether it's this series or Hamish MacBeth, I always feel the slightly claustrophobic atmosphere of the insulated country village where outsiders are outsiders and if you weren't born there, you'll never be a local.  That atmosphere is thick in this book.  As Agatha and her quirky group of friends and associates try to find the murderer, everyone tries to shut them down.  Why would a whole village protect a murderer? 

I love Agatha Raisin and her circle of friends.  They are immature, petty, smart, kind, and troublesome.  They do things people would never do in real life but this isn't real life.  It's fun escapism.  It's comfort reading.  Agatha Raisin immerses me in British village life and I enjoy every minute of it.

I received this from Netgalley and appreciated the opportunity to read and review it.