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  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (April 15 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312976267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312976262
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 1 x 17 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #574,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

When a fortune-teller tells Agatha Raisin that her destiny lies in Norfolk, the puckish 50-ish heroine of nine previous adventures in this witty series doesn't think twice about renting a cottage sight unseen in a county she's never visited. Of course, Agatha has been spurned by the love of her life, her Cotswolds neighbor James Lacey, which has a lot to do with her removing herself and her two cats, Hodge and Boswell, to the village of Fryfam. There she meets the members of the Fryfam's Women's Group, to whom she explains her presence by saying she's writing a crime novel, Death at the Manor--an unfortunate fib as the village squire, Tolly Trumpington-James, is soon murdered at his manor house. Aided by suave friend Sir Charles Fraith, Agatha sets about prying into the lives of the locals to discover who wanted the squire dead. Peculiar lights at the bottom of her garden (the work of fairies?), the theft of a heavily insured George Stubbs painting, the brief disappearance of her two cats and a second murder, that of Tolly's gamekeeper, may disturb but not shake Agatha from her quest. In the end Charles uses his charm to elicit an important clue from the ravishing barmaid at the pub popular with the Fryfam menfolk. That the social comedy largely overshadows the mystery and its solution won't bother Beaton fans, who will be far more concerned whether Agatha falls for Charles herself or wins back the feckless James in this highly amusing cozy.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Bereft, as she thinks, of James Lacey, the love of her life, drolly blunt Agatha Raisin (Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wyckhadden, 1999, etc.) begins her tenth acid cozy by following a fortuneteller's advice: she ups and moves to Lavender Cottage in the Norfolk village of Fryfam, where her missing vase is only the latest of a series of mysteriously vanished objects. But not everything in Fryfam disappears. There's quite a show of dancing lights at the bottom of Agatha's back garden; one of her new neighbors turns up dead; and indomitable James will return as well. -- Copyright © 2000 Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judith Miller on Sept. 18 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In this story, Agatha Raisin decides to take a short vacation in the Norfolk area of England, where she rents a small cottage in the village of Fryfam. She felt that she needed to get away from her home in the Cotswolds, and think of something else rather then James Lacey, a man who didn't return her love. Also, by chance, a fortuneteller told her that she might find true love in Norfolk.
The rented cottage in Fryfam has a large garden and often little lights appear among the bushes. Many of the villagers seem to believe that fairies are the cause of the mysterious twinkling lights. Agatha makes a few friends who invite her to quilt with them, and when she discovers that their husbands are ignoring them, she intrudes with some suggestions to make the errant husbands take notice. Agatha's friend, Sir Charles Fraith shows up for a surprise visit and to keep Agatha company. When the local squire is murdered, she and Charles do some sleuthing to try and discover the killer.
I've read several of the Agatha Raisin books and learned that the more you read them, the more interesting you find the stories and the characters. Initially, it did take more than a few chapters to get involved with, and understand Agatha, who is a little cranky. If you like mysteries that are set in the British Isles, try out a M. C. Beaton book, they are all fun to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L Smith on July 6 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In this 10th adventure of Agatha Raisin, we see our heroine gloomy over the loss of romance with love-interest, James Lacey. To cheer herself up, Agatha sticks a pin in a map, and sets out for holiday in the village of Fryfam. She rents a cottage, and soon meets a group of ladies from the local women's club that she immediately tries to impress by saying she is writing a novel. However, she soon becomes embroiled in another murder investigation, when the title character of her "novel" dies in real life and she is implicated in his death. Add to this the "lights" she sees at the edge of her garden, a stolen painting, another murder, and the theft of Agatha's two cats and the reader finds themselves in the middle of a perfect case for Agatha! Will Agatha triumph in a village so far away (in distance and in culture) from her own?
I have cherished every book in the Agatha Raisin series and this book was a delight. Although some of the other characters were noticeably absent (not much was heard from Mrs. Bloxsby or Roy Silver), I still enjoyed reading about the zany adventures of Agatha Raisin. Once again, this plucky sleuth sticks her nose in where most people would not, and in the process she finds courage to always catch the killer!
The first book in this series is "Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death". Enjoy!
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For those of us who love the spirited Agatha, warts and all, she's back. Determined to forget the cold-hearted James Lacey, she rents a cottage in the village of Fryfam and immediately is swept up into the village life and its mysterious happenings. Charles Fraith joins her in this novel, and although not as interesting as some of the others, it is definitely a must for those who are following her adventures and love entanglements. Some of my favorites such as Mrs. Bloxby, Ron Silver, and James Lacey only make cameo appearances in this one and I considered that a shortcoming. Also, the fact that one of the major mysteries is left unsolved was surprising to me.
I felt the ending was too rushed. We have been waiting for so long for Agatha to get her man, and when she does we miss the thrill of the engagement period. The big question, of course, is did she get the right man.
If my interpretation of the foreshadowing on the final page is correct, the next Agatha should be the best of the series thus far.
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Retired public relations expert Agatha Raisin needs to permanently leave her Cotswolds village of Carsely to erase the memory of her neighbor James Lacey from her heart. She sticks a pin in a map and it lands in the village of Fryfam in Norfolk County. Agatha goes there and rents a cottage. On her first night in Fryfam, Agatha sees colorful twinkling lights that mysteriously disappear. She tries to find out the truth about the lights, but only learns that the village is a closed, in-bred place. A lonely Agatha invites her friend Sir Charles Frith to stay in her guestroom.

The upset local squire Trumpington-James asks Agatha and Charles to tea and tells them about his stolen Stubb's painting insured at $1 million. The next morning the police visit Agatha and Charles to question them on what they know about the death of Trumpington-James as they were the last known people to see him alive. Realizing they are prime suspects, the two outsiders begin their own inquiries unaware that the perpetrators have nothing to lose by killing the duo.

Agatha Raisin remains a raunchy feminist who knows what she wants and goes out to achieve it. In AGATHA RAISIN AND THE FAIRIES OF FRYFAM, the heroine wants to permanently forget about James, but her hilarious antics to do so leave the audience laughing. Readers also gain an insightful look at a small English village, especially the inhabitants. Though a major subplot goes unsolved, the audience will fully enjoy the shocking ending that is impossible to guess at. M.C. Beaton has written another wonderful amateur sleuth tale.

Harriet Klausner
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