High flying, PR exec. Agatha Raisin has decided to leave the rat race and retire prematurely to the sleepy village of Carsely in the Cotswolds. Desperate to make friends and fit in Agatha enters the village's quiche-making competition and to be sure of a win sneaks a trip to buy her quiche from a London deli. When the judge is found dead after eating the offending quiche she is exposed as a cheat and the prime suspect in a murder investigation. In order to clear her name, Agatha turns amateur sleuth to find the real murderer and salvage the life she has dreamed of. Outspoken, opinionated and never afraid to speak her mind, she harnesses all the skills at her fingertips and, with the help of her cleaner Rosie and her best friend Roy, unearths a fair few secrets along the way.