Elaine White's Life in Books

The Author

 

Elaine White is the author of multi-genre romance, covering everything from paranormal, crime and contemporary. Growing up in a small town and fighting cancer in her early teens taught her that life is short and dreams should be pursued. Living vicariously through her independent, and often hellion characters, she lives comfortably at home with a pack of wolves cleverly disguised as one standard poodle. The Winner of two Watty Awards – Collector's Dream (An Unpredictable Life) and Hidden Gem (Faithfully) – and an Honourable Mention in 2016's Rainbow Awards (A Royal Craving) she has explored the worlds of multiple genres, but remains a romantic at heart. A self-professed geek, Elaine has fallen in love with reading and writing LGBT romance, offering diversity in both genre and character within her stories.

 

The Reviewer

 

I’m an author and reader, who just can’t get away from books. I discovered the MM genre a few years ago and became addicted.

Top #50 UK reviewer on Goodreads
#1 reviewer on Divine Magazine

The Quiche of Death (Agatha Raisin, #1) - M.C. Beaton It was very slow to take off. I didn't like Agatha as a person from start to finish, though there were a few shining moments when she became human.

I thought this book was based on a great idea which wasn't explored to its best. There was a lot, I feel, of filling out of the story at the beginning, as with Roy's visits and personality quirks, which were unnecessary but might become more apparent later in the series. Who knows.

I liked the idea of the quiche, the death and how she came to solve it. I liked the idea of a PR woman retiring to the Cotswolds and finding it difficult. For me though, it took too long to get into the story. I like to be drawn in almost instantly to the life and feelings of the person, as if stepping into a story that's always running. Agatha's story felt stagnated at the beginning and then struggled to keep me captivated.

The main reason I finished this, was to give it a real go, in hope of it improving and to find out who the murderer was. It was obvious, but then again, so can Agatha Christie be obvious, so that in itself isn't too bad. Overall, not really for me. A friend recommended it and loved it, so eventually, I might give book 2 a go to see if it improves but it's not likely to be my first choice.