IT’S BACK! #FridayFiveChallenge Would you BUY or PASS? Agatha Raisin and the Day The Floods Came

The #FridayFiveChallenge is back!

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This fun feature is a mini workshop. We look at book covers just from their thumbnail pictures at online selling book sites and make quick fire buying decisions. We look from a READERS Point of View and this exercise is very EYE OPENING.

From the book cover we will browse the book description, price and some of the reviews BUT we only have 5 MINUTES.


Join in and see where it leads.

Grab a coffee and spend 5 Minutes on this exercise.

Here’s the challenge

1) Go to any online book supplier,

2) Randomly choose a category,

3) Speed through the book covers, choose one which has instantly appealed to your eye,

4) Read the book Bio/ Description for this book,

5) If there are reviews, check out a couple,

6) Make an instant decision, would you BUY or PASS?

(then write a little analysis about your decision) blog about it, tweet it with #FridayFiveChallenge @rosieamber1 and I’ll help share.

SO recently the flooding in Northern England has been in the news, so I put “Flooding” into the Amazon book search. This is the book I chose. or

Book Description

Drowned brides are like buses: nothing for ages, then two come along at the same time . . . ! Abandoned by husband James, Agatha hops on a plane to the South Pacific, hoping to mend her broken heart. But there she meets a happy honeymooning couple, for whom disaster strikes when, tragically, the bride drowns. Back home, alarm bells start ringing for Agatha when a woman, dressed in a wedding gown, is swept down river. The police say suicide, but Agatha, spurred on by recent memories, particularly her own disastrous marriage, sets out to prove them wrong.


Customer Reviews; 84 on Amazon UK, 72 on Amazon US

Price; Kindle £4.99 or from £0.42 used Hardcover. $7.37 Kindle or from $0.01 used

Some review quotes;

‘The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status.’ (Anne Robinson The Times)

Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life. (Entertainment Weekly)

Would I BUY or PASS?….. BUY


It’s January, cold wet and dark here in England, I’m looking for a fun book and although this is murder mystery it looks like it will make me laugh. The book cover is simple but effective, a cork board of holiday postcards and notes fits the book description of our heroine hopping on a plane to the South Pacific. The water drips on the top card remind us that water is heavily involved in the plot, even the picture postcard shows a storm, but this only really shows when the cover is enlarged. the Kindle price is high for today’s competitive buyers market, so I might look at the used option.

Here are links to other bloggers taking up the challenge today.

Liz has looked at A Year Of Taking Chances by Lucy Diamond

Shelley has searched for Vampire Action with STAR by Theresa Oliver

Cathy has found a post apocalyptic book HOME by Tom Abrahams

Barb has found a travel memoir –Two Old Fools On A Camel by Victoria Twead.

27 thoughts on “IT’S BACK! #FridayFiveChallenge Would you BUY or PASS? Agatha Raisin and the Day The Floods Came

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  2. Love the new intro to this feature – really encapsulates it!

    Don’t fancy the book, but love the cover 🙂


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