Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wyckhadden Mass Market Paperback – Jun 15 2000
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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.
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The story sparkles with mystery, humor, and several romances. The always wonderful M.C. Beaton has outdone herself with this cozy-lovers delight."
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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.
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!
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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Each and everyone of them are wonderful, entertaining and pure joy !! Read more
If you haven't yet read Agatha Raisin and the Wizard of Evesham, you should read that book before starting this one. Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2007 by Donald Mitchell
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. Read morePublished on June 18 2003 by Lisa Bahrami
This installment in the Agatha Raisin series is quite enjoyable. Agatha has decided to holiday (off-season) in a seaside town while her hair grows out. Read morePublished on March 19 2003 by Shirley Schwartz
I picked this little pieace of frivolty because I'm always up for a good British mystery. Not being much of a fan of the Miss Marple series, I wasn't sure what to expect with... Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2003 by D. E. Schnell
I really liked this book...a nice cozy mystery, quick and funny.Published on Aug. 23 2001 by SophiaV
I really enjoyed this book....great..just simply good.???Published on July 24 2001 by Monsieur Mouton
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 morePublished on July 15 2001 by Mac Blair