No-nonsense P.R. whizz Agatha Raisin leaves the London rat race to live in the Cotswolds village of Carsely, where local bobby Bill Wong suggests she involves herself in local activities. So she enters the quiche-baking contest at the village fete - and cheats by buying her offering at a London bakery, a secret she shares with Gemma, the cleaning lady she has filched from snooty Sheila from next door. Nonetheless the judge, philandering Andy Cummings-Browne, awards the prize to Ella Cartwright, one of several married women with whom he is cheating on his wife Jo. Next day Andy is found dead after eating Agatha's quiche. Agatha's friend Roy convinces her that, if she wants to make herself truly popular, she must find out who used her as a scapegoat in order to kill Andy and so, using her P.R. methods, she turns detective. Any of the dead man's mistresses could be the murderer, even Jo or barking mad Maria Borrow, who claims he was going to marry her. Agatha eventually exposes the ...Written by
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This is an adaptation of a series of murder-mystery books that have been turned into comedy crime caper. However I am not sure given the tone of this film whether its also a pastiche as well to a series like Midsomer Murders.
Ashley Jensen plays Agatha Raisin, a go-getting 30 something Public Relations whizz in the city of London who packs it all in to retire in a cottage in the Cotswolds.
She has trouble fitting into village life as the locals seem to distrust outsiders and in order to get in with them she enters a quiche competition when her troubles really begin as her neighbour and judge of the competition is poisoned by a deadly quiche.
The film was mildly diverting, plenty of red herrings, a lot of nasty locals although you could sort of guess who the murderer is.
However I found the tone of the film rather odd. Given the title of the film and the prevailing comic tone it really did come across as a pastiche.
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