This is book number 16 in the Agatha Raisin Mysteries series.
The Perfect Paragon continues the tradition in M. C. Beaton's beloved Agatha Raisin mystery series—now a hit show on Acorn TV and public television.
After being nearly killed by both a hired hit man and her former secretary, Agatha Raisin could use some low-key cases. So when Robert Smedley walks through the door, determined to prove that his wife is cheating, Raisin Investigations immediately offers to help. Trouble is, Agatha hates divorce cases--especially when the client is as pompous as Smedley--but she has a business to run and she's not about to turn away a paying customer. Unfortunately for Agatha, Mabel Smedley appears to be the perfect wife, young and pretty and a regular volunteer at church.
Although Smedley's case doesn't look promising, Agatha's attentions are diverted when she stumbles across the body of missing teenager, Jessica Bradley. In a sudden gesture of kindness (and good public relations), Agatha offers to investigate Jessica's death free of charge.
As Agatha juggles her two biggest cases, things are turned upside down when Robert Smedley is found poisoned in his office. The prime suspect, his sainted wife Mabel, immediately hires Agatha to find the real killer.
With the help of her old friend, Sir Charles Fraith, and some newly hired staff, Agatha Raisin sets off on another adventure solving crime in the English Cotswolds.
“An entertaining installment in a cozy series.” —Publishers Weekly
“Beaton's latest installment in her well-written Agatha Raisin series is a fun, entertaining cozy. Complete with a zesty mystery and one-of-a-kind characters, this latest novel shows Agatha at the very peak of her sleuthing game.” —RT Book Reviews
“I love this series and I always look forward to Agatha's newest adventures. The Agatha Raisin books will never fail to put a smile on your face.” —Reviewing the Evidence
“If you've never read an Agatha Raisin novel, it's time to start, and you'll have fifteen more of these confections awaiting you.... All of them are cunningly plotted, beautifully written and more fun you can imagine. The Perfect Paragon is as perfect as all the others, and you won't figure out whodunit until the final pages.” —The Globe & Mail
“Fabulous...M.C. Beaton is at her best with this fine tale filled with twists.” —Midwest Book Review