Released in 1992, the first Agatha Raisin book is "Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death," followed by "Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet" in 1993, "Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener" in 1994, "Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley" in 1995, and "Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage" in 1996. Using the pseudonym M.C. Beaton, author Marion Chesney published a lengthy series of mystery novels starring the fictional detective Agatha Raisin.
In the initial books from the series, Agatha Raisin is a detective who helps solve murders after having retired early from a public relations job. In 2004, after appearing in her fifteenth book, Agatha opens her own detective agency, at which point law enforcement and some acquaintances question whether she relies more on luck and accident than genuine sleuthing skills.
Set in the small village of Carsely in England, "Agatha Raising and the Quiche of Death" follows the main character as she leaves her public relations firm at the age of 53 and tries to enjoy retirement. Eager to try something new, she enters a baking contest despite never having baked in her life. Rather than concoct the quiche herself, she purchases her entry from a bakery, which ends up killing one of the judges.