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September 3, 2023

Dead on Target by M.C. Beaton ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

Carsely is having their harvest fete and Agatha takes an interest in the archery demonstration. She even tries her hand at it, unfortunately, a lost puppy from the dog show distracts her and she totally flubs her first try. But we know everything Agatha is done perfectly and successfully so her second attempt is a bullseye shot. While she's trying to discreetly eat a sausage roll, the puppy makes another appearance. The puppy drags Agatha into the tree line where she discovers a dead body with an arrow shot through the heart.

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book cover of Agatha Raisin cozy mystery novel Dead on Target by M C Beaton
September 2023; Minotaur Books; 978-1250898647
audio, ebook, print (256 pages); cozy mystery

I enjoy the occasional Agatha Raisin novel. I hadn't read any of them in a while when I picked up the last book Devil's Delight (read my review). It was the first one I read since Beaton died and I really enjoyed it so I was looking forward to reading this new book Dead on Target.

Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy this quite as much. It's mostly because Agatha is so obsessed with how she looks and the comments she makes about other people's appearance - it just got old real fast. She even makes the comment about how it makes her sound shallow and self-centered. The other character assured her it didn't but all I could think was it so does. But we also see that she isn't truly shallow - that she cares deeply about people.

I'm not sure how I feel about the mystery. It was interesting but involved a bunch of people I didn't know or care about. I'm also not a fan of bringing all the "suspects" together in one room and revealing the killer. 

It is a quick, light read. And for the most part, I enjoyed it. Whether you are an Agatha Raisin fan or just want a fun read, then be sure to put this book on your reading list.

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Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour.

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