"Hell Sent, but Hell Bound..."
―The Case of the Curious Curate's tagline

Agatha Raisin and the Case of the Curious Curate is the thirteenth book in the Agatha Raisin Mysteries series by M. C. Beaton. The book was published in 2003.

In 2018, the book was adapted as part of the second season of the Agatha Raisin TV series.

Book description

Agatha Raisin is feeling miserable—and with good reason. Her ex-husband, James, has abandoned her, and she’s been humiliated by an unseemly proposition from John Armitage, her handsome neighbour. So complete is her devastation that Agatha has given up on makeup and taken to wearing the loose cotton dresses and flat, sensible shoes she has always abhorred.

But there is light at the end of this dark and lonely tunnel, and its source is Carsely’s beatific new curate, Tristan Delon. With his golden hair, large blue eyes, and perfect mouth, Tristan has attracted the interest of more than a few of his female congregants. And to her surprise, he seems to have taken a special interest in Agatha.

Despite his charms, however, there is something odd about the curate, and after he’s found dead in the vicar’s study, it’s up to Agatha and John to investigate.


  • Agatha Raisin
  • John Armitage
  • Tristan Delon

Television adaptation

Main article: Agatha Raisin & the Curious Curate

The events of this story were adapted as the final episode of the second season of the Agatha Raisin television series.

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