This is book number 31 in the Agatha Raisin Mysteries series.
Beloved New York Times bestseller M. C. Beaton's cranky, crafty Agatha Raisin—now the star of a hit T.V. show—is back on the case again in Hot to Trot.
When Private Detective Agatha Raisin learns that her friend and one-time lover Charles Fraith is to be married to a mysterious socialite, Miss Mary Brown-Field, she sees it as her duty to find out what she can about the woman. Coming up empty, Agatha—out of selfless concern for Charles, of course—does the only sensible thing she can think of: she crashes their wedding, which ends in a public altercation. Nursing a hangover the next morning, she gets a phone call from Charles, with even more disturbing news: Mary has been murdered.
Agatha takes on the case, and quickly becomes entrenched in the competitive equestrian world, in which Mary had been enmeshed—as well as the victim’s surprisingly violent past. Agatha finds no shortage of motives among a wide range of characters, from Mary's old riding competitors, to enemies from her schoolgirl days, to her surly father, who threatens Agatha to mind her own business. Meanwhile, the police department has its money on another suspect: Agatha. Will she track down the criminal in time, or end up behind bars herself?
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.
In 2006, M.C. was the British guest of honor at Bouchercon.
"Superb." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Once you meet Agatha Raisin, you'll keep coming back." —New York Journal of Books
"M.C. Beaton has a foolproof plot for the village mystery." —The New York Times Book Review
"Beaton has a winner in the irrepressible, romance-hungry Agatha." —Chicago Sun-Times
"Beaton's Agatha Raisin series just about defines the British cozy." —Booklist
"Every new Agatha Raisin escapade is a total joy." —Ashley Jensen, star of the Agatha Raisin TV series
"Glorious...Love it. Live it. Be the better for it. Far more invigorating than a tonic." —Frost Magazine
"One of the most charismatic private eyes walking on the mild side of crime fiction...deliciously outrageous."