Agatha Raisin enquête, tome 1 : La quiche fatale de M.C. Beaton
Mrs Agatha Raisin sat behind her newly cleared desk at her office in South Molton Street in Mayfair. From the outer office came the hum of voices and the clink of glasses as the staff prepared to say farewell to her.
For Agatha was taking early retirement. She had build up the public relations firm over long hard years of work. She had come a long way from her working-class background in Birmingham. She had survived an unfortunate marriage and had come out of it, separated and battered in spirit , but determined to suceed in life. All her business efforts were to one end, the realization of a dream - a cottage in the Cotswolds.
The Corswolds are surrely one of the few man-made beauties in the world : quaint villages of golden stone houses, pretty gardens, winding green lanes and ancient churches. Agatha had been taken to the Cotswolds as a child for one brief magical holiday. Her parents had hated it and had said that they should have gone to Butlin's Holiday Camp as usual, but to Agatha the Cotswolds represented everything she wanted in life : beauty, tanquility and security. So even as a child, she had become determined that one day she would live in one of those pretty cottages in a quiet peaceful village, far from the noise and the smells of the city.