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Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wyckhadden [Mass Market Paperback]

M. C. Beaton
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June 15 2000 Agatha Raisin Mysteries (Book 9)
There is nothing more depressing for a middle-aged lovelorn woman with bald patches on her head than to find herself in an English seaside resort out of season. Agatha Raisin, her hair falling out after a run-in with a hairdresser-cum-murderess from a previous investigation, travels to an old-fashioned hotel in order to repair the damage away from the neighbors in her all-too-cozy Cotswolds village. Unhappy about the slow results and prompted by the elderly residents of the resort, she consults the local witch for help. Agatha purchases a hair tonic (and a love potion, just in case!) and is soon sprouting hairs and capturing the fancy of the village police inspector. But the quiet town is stunned by the murder of the witch. Which one of the graying guests is capable of such a brutal crime? The brassy yet endearing Agatha won't stop until she finds the culprit--and, of course, a little love, too.

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After losing her hair in her last adventure (Agatha Raisin and the Wizard of Evesham, LJ 4/1/99), Agatha retreats to a seaside resort to regrow it. She consults a witch for a hair tonic, which seems to work, but then someone murders the witch. More great fun from an endearing heroine.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


The story sparkles with mystery, humor, and several romances. The always wonderful M.C. Beaton has outdone herself with this cozy-lovers delight."
--RT Book Reviews
"A true delight for the first time or long time mystery fanatic."
--The Mystery Reader

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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Agatha !! April 9 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
There is only one review for this and all other Agatha Raisin books.
Each and everyone of them are wonderful, entertaining and pure joy !!
There are NO bad Agatha raisin books !!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars DING DONG THE WITCH IS DEAD... March 13 2012
By Lawyeraau TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In this ninth book of this contemporary cozy mystery series, the indomitable Agatha Raisin is now trying to recover from her last adventure in which she lost large clumps of hair when she got into a tangle with a murderer. Greatly upset over this turn of events, after all, her glossy hair is her shining glory, Agatha retreats to a seaside town to grow out her tresses.

Although the hotel she is staying in seems more like a geriatric residence and hardly like a resort, Agatha makes the best of it. While there, she decides to visit a self-professed witch for a hair restorer to help the hair growth process along. She also indulges in a love potion. After all, Agatha is woman in her fifties who is trying to look her best and, despite the encroachment of the aging process, is still looking for love, despite James Lacey, who has broken her heart and for whom she still secrets longs.

What is a girl to do? Well, Agatha tries out the potion on the local constable and, wouldn't you know, it seems to work. When the witch and then her daughter are murdered, however, once again, Agatha gets involved, snooping around to find out who among them is a killer. What follows is typical Agatha Raisin. There are many twists and turns, as Agatha, our ever engaging heroine, bumbles along as she tries to discover just who is up to no good. Fans of our heroine will not be disappointed.

As always, the dialogue is laced with humor and moves the plot along at a brisk pace, and the book is peppered with a host of interesting, quirky characters that entertain the reader. Agatha herself is entertaining as always, as she engages in her investigative efforts. This is a highly addictive series that makes the reader race off to get the next volume.
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2.0 out of 5 stars It's a Mystery to Me! Oct. 13 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was the second Agatha Raisin mystery that I have read...and I'm sorry to say that it will be my last. I thought that having a middle-aged, former professional woman as the sleuth was a nice twist, but M.C. Beaton apparently hates middle-aged women. The uniqueness of the plots of both the Witch of Wyckhadden and the Wizard of Evesham is spoiled by the author's depiction of a mean-spirited, self-centered, whining and grassing woman. If it were only Agatha that comes across as grossly unsympathetic and unlikeable, the other characters might have seemed more interesting by comparison and story line might actually have been enhanced. Beaton, however, does a remarkable job of causing you to dislike nearly every character and to become totally indifferent to their fate. I was actually rooting to have more of the odious creatures knocked off just so that I wouldn't have to read any more about them before coming to the solution! Agatha has been criticized for stumbling upon solutions before, and this "triumph" is not any more a matter of detection than the others. I love the cozy genre, but there is nothing cozy, comfortable, or challenging in this series of books. Do yourself a favor and pick up a Catherine Aird story instead...she's not prolific, but every book is a gem.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hail, Hail, the Witch is Dead! July 1 2003
By L Smith
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In this 9th book in the Agatha Raisin series, the reader finds Agatha desperately trying to regrow the hair that fell out during her previous case. She retreats to a resort for some relaxation and to give her hair some time to regrow, and quickly learns that there is a witch in town that might be able to provide a tonic to help in this process. While she is visiting the witch, she decides to purchase a love potion to help in her never-ending romantic problems. During her visit to the town, the witch is murdered, and Agatha attempts to help the local police officer solve the case, and also tries to catch his eye in the process.
I enjoyed this case primarily because Agatha was not mooning over James Lacey as she has in previous books. I enjoy the character of Agatha, and since I am rooting for her to have a good romance, I felt that it might actually happen for her with Jimmy. Overall, I enjoyed the book as a part of the Agatha series, but if you have never read any of the other books it would probably be better to start elsewhere first. This was not Agatha at her most endearing but still an excellent read.
The first book in the series is "Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death". Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Agatha Raisin book. June 19 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wyckhadden is one more piece of evidence that M.C. Beaton is one of the most gifted mystery writers around today. The character of Agatha Raisin is infuriating and endearing at the same time. Great plot, excellent characters and and witty dialogue are all hallmarks of this terrific series. I would recommend that anyone starting to read this series begin with the very first book (The Quiche of Death) and work your way down the list. This is a fun, entertaining and very satisfying mystery . Highly recommended.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Ultimately a dissapointment June 7 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I had just finished Ms. Beaton's "Quiche of Death", and so thoroughly enjoyed it that I purchased and set out to read other Agatha Raisin novels. This, the second Agatha Raisin novel I read, was quite a disappointment.
Ms. Beaton writes simply in straightforward sentences; there will not be a need to consult a dictionary. This is not meant as a criticism. Her writing style makes this an enjoyable, easy, and quick read.
You will, at least I did, care what happens to Agatha Raisin, and that was one of the reasons this was ultimately such a disappointing novel.
The personal interaction between Agatha and the male lead was unsatisfying and unrealistic - even for a work of fiction.
Agatha appears more a "fool" than a heroine.
The end of the novel is important. I like to finish a light read, such as this, feeling good about the accomplishments of and the pleasures found by the heroine (or hero). I can read a newspaper to find unhappy stories. I do not turn to a light novel to find it. I guess I'm just a "sucker" for happy endings. I also like some detection, somewhere, in a detection novel. This novel did not provide either.
Unfortunately, Ms. Beaton apparently thinks ending her story with a quick "you did it" without any prior clues, and closing the novel with an unhappy heroine is appropriate. Well it isn't for me - for shame.
I hope this is the aberation in the series. I concur with an earlier reviewer, if this had been my first Agatha Raisin novel, I would not have purchased a second. The "Quiche" novel was so good, I will try another. However, if it also ends with the heroine's life in "silly" personal failures and without even a modicum of detection, the remaining novels will go to charity that much sooner.
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Published on Aug. 2 2007 by Donald Mitchell
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Charming Little Mystery!
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Published on Jan. 27 2003 by D. E. Schnell
4.0 out of 5 stars very good.........
I really liked this book...a nice cozy mystery, quick and funny.
Published on Aug. 24 2001 by SophiaV
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book I enjoyed.
I really enjoyed this book....great..just simply good.???
Published on July 25 2001 by Monsieur Mouton
1.0 out of 5 stars "NO MORE FOR ME"
Don't think there will be any more Agatha Raisin for me. In this one, a witch by the name of Francie Juddle is found murdered. Guess who found her, yes, Agatha. Read more
Published on July 15 2001 by Mac Blair
2.0 out of 5 stars Fun? Not.
This was my first--and last--Agatha novel. While the mystery was mildly interesting, the seaside hotel residents portrayed by the author were weak, petty, vicious, and generally... Read more
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