DVD REVIEW: A quiche cooked for a hilarious murder mystery


Reviewer: Megan Mackander

Verdict: four stars

AGATHA Raisin and the Quiche of Death is like Midsommer Murders ... with a little pastry, spinach and egg mixed in with just a dash of feisty city slicker.

Agatha Raisin, PR expert, gives up her successful corporate life in London to move to a sleepy village in the UK called Carsely in the Cotswolds.

With her job consuming her life and her feisty attitude always keeping her on edge, she figures now is the time to follow her childhood dream of living in a village with lovely village people, doing lovely village things.

But her big plans don't exactly pan out that way.

Her high-flying ways, tailored power suits and abrupt ways are met with suspicion and apprehension by the townsfolk and she doesn't exactly fit in straight away.

To get her name out there, she enters the annual quiche cooking competition - because, well, what else do you do in a tiny little village town?

She cheats and buys a quiche from a city bakery, but somehow that very quiche lands Agatha right in the centre of a murder case and her reputation goes from bad to terrible.

Agatha has always wanted to be part of a village community and she knows she needs to take the lead to clear her name. The local police hardly attend a job with a cat up a tree, let alone a murder.

She has no choice but to try and clear her name.

The Sky show is based on the novels by MC Beaton and given a modern twist.

Director Geoffrey Sax (Doctor Who, White Noise) has assembled a large cast of Britain's best including Ashley Jensen as Agatha, Hermione Norris as long suffering housewife Jo and Robert Bathurst as the sleazy man about the village Andy Cummings Browne.

This telemovie which first aired on the ABC is warm, funny and full of British charm.

Agatha is a complex character, she's abrupt and selfish, but somehow extremely likeable to audiences.

It's a who-dunnit with an extra sprinkling of cheese.

Take a bit out of this wonderful series, you'll be glad you did.

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