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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.
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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.See all Product Description
Interesting twists and turns here with much emotion boiling under the surface. Loved the hint of the unexplained at the end, especially from this area of England. Great read.Published 21 months ago by Scott Brown
Love & murder--Agatha Raisin at her best !!
So many twists to the story, just read and enjoy a wonderful character that is Agatha Raisin,
As the book opens, James Lacey has once again left Carsely without saying good-bye to Agatha. Near the end of Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wyckhadden, Agatha paid to have her... Read morePublished on Aug. 6 2007 by Donald Mitchell
I love Agatha Raisin, and in this book she is especially funny. Agatha follows a fortune teller's advice that her future is in Norfolk, so she rents a cottage in Fryfam (a villiage... Read morePublished on April 27 2003 by S. Schwartz
This is the first time I have read an MC Beaton book and I am
very disappointed. It looked like a good mystery, and as far as the mystery part it was good till you find out... Read more
Disappointing turnout. Disappointing mystery. Well-written but a bit dark and pessimistic outlook on life.Published on March 15 2002
What is it about M.C. Beaton? She writes well. Enough. Her characters are usually annoying. But I grab each title as it becomes available. Read morePublished on Aug. 7 2001
What is it about M.C. Beaton? She writes well. Enough. Her characters are usually annoying. But I grab each title as it becomes available. Read morePublished on Aug. 7 2001 by "email@example.com"