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"For my totem, the alley cat. We share the situation of small predators who easily become prey. I have my equivalent of claws and teeth, and indeed my arched back and loud hiss are my best defenses. When I need to hide my size and weakness, I can look fiercer than I am, but when I cannot talk or threaten or argue my way out of trouble, then I am in a lot of trouble. We are scavengers in the alleys and streets of a society we do not control and scarcely influence. We survive and perish both by taking lovers. Freedom is a daily necessity like water, and we love most loyally and longest those who allow us at least occasionally to vanish and wander the curious night. To them we always return from the eight deaths before the last."

from Braided Lives by Marge Piercy

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Mistress Agatha

Hiss and Hers

Title: Hiss and Hers
By: M.C. Beaton

Hiss and Hers, the 23rd installment of the Agatha Raisin mysteries, celebrates the 20th anniversary of the creation of the series by M.C. Beaton. As she hunts for the murderer of her handsome gardener, George Marston, Agatha meets a stronger adversary for the first time in her career.

The character of Agatha Raisin is not for the faint of heart. Her detective abilities are controversial: “I haven’t the resources of the police, so I usually just blunder about until something breaks.” To promote her detective agency, Agatha always alerts the media prematurely when a case is in a sensitive stage, which has become a constant annoyance to the local police. As a person, Agatha does not seem likable at all, but is rather abrupt, blunt, pushy, and vain.

Behind her hard armored personality, however, there is an abused and lonely heart, and two failed marriages. Decades earlier, she’d left her slum background in Birmingham and marriage to an unemployed drunk and traveled to London with her eyes on two prizes: to be a successful businesswoman, and to settle down in the Cotswolds, a place she’d visited on a childhood family vacation. She’d met both of her goals by selling her successful public relations firm and retiring early to Carsely, a Costwolds village. But, bored with the quiet retirement, Agatha had discovered a dormant detective talent and established a booming little business, the Agatha Raisin Detective Agency.

Agatha can be intensely generous with her circle of friends and her employees. She is also immensely resourceful in her fundraising and her masterful control of the media and public opinion. This is perhaps where the charm of Agatha Raisin lies for her loyal fans.

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Posted by Hui-Lan on July 18, 2013 at 9:16 a.m.


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