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Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryfam [Kindle Edition]

M.C. Beaton
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Book Description

Feeling jilted and cross, Agatha follows a fortune-teller's advice and rents a cottage in the pretty village of Fryfam, where she hopes good fortune and true love will come chasing after her for a change. Unfortunately, her romantic notions are soon dispelled by the strange goings-on in the village. What exactly are those strange lights in Agatha's back garden? Who is stealing paintings and pottery? Where are her beloved cats? And who murdered the local squire…Agatha's nose for trouble leads her into a maelstrom of jealousy, blackmail and dangerous liaisons - and a murderer who plans to keep irrepressible Agatha permanently in Fryfam - as a resident corpse.

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    M C Beaton is the author of the highly acclaimed Hamish Macbeth mystery series. This novel begins a new series featuring sleuth Mrs Agatha Raisin. Born in Scotland, Beaton now lives in the Costwolds. (Anne Robinson)

    Beaton's dry sense of humour and her unflattering but affectionate portrait of gruff, often adolescent acting Agatha make this... tale a bloom worth picking. (Publishers Weekly)

    Book Description

    The tenth in the Agatha Raisin murder mysteries complete with brand new cover design

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 436 KB
    • Print Length: 304 pages
    • Publisher: Robinson (1 Jun. 2009)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B002RCZAK4
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,670 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    M C Beaton was born in Scotland. She worked for many years as a journalist on Fleet Street.

    As well as the bestselling Agatha Raisin series, she is the author of the acclaimed Hamish Macbeth mysteries.

    She divides her time between the Cotswolds, where she lives in a village very much like Agatha's beloved Carsely, and Paris.

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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars A Bit of an Aggie Filler Thriller 10 Aug. 2010
    `Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryam' sees Agatha heading to Norfolk, again with her `wherever a finger lands on the map' routine on the word of a fortune teller she saw in her previous adventure in the seaside town of Wyckhadden. Once there she finds that really maybe she should have stayed back in her home in the village of Carsley, especially when rather ominous twinkling lights start to appear at the bottom of her rented garden. However when the lord of the manor is murdered Agatha decides to stay on before being forced to when police discover a draft of a book Agatha started (to show off to all new acquaintances in the village that she is a budding author) has the exact same opening murder scene as the one they found at the manor. Agatha therefore feels she has no choice, or so she tells herself, but to clear her name by finding the real killer.

    I don't really know why but this one didn't work as well for me as Agatha's adventures in amateur detecting normally do with me. There seemed to be too many characters and strands, which didn't even become red herrings, and yet nothing really happened either - oh apart from a Stubbs painting getting stolen. Then when the murderer was caught the motive felt a bit `meh' and it didn't all seem to make sense. It lacked something and sort of, and I feel mean saying this because I do love this series despite how uncool or unliterary it may make me, felt rather like a filler in the series. Yet something happens towards the very end, rather too hurriedly if you ask me, that if you missed this book you might feel thrown between the books on either side of this one. I am hoping this is just a small blip in a rather wonderful cosy crime series.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars NOT A FAIRY TALE... 9 Feb. 2012
    By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAME TOP 1000 REVIEWER
    In this tenth book of this amusing contemporary cozy mystery series, the indomitable Agatha Raisin is trying to recover from her heartache she feels over James Lacey, who happens to be not only her neighbor but the love of her life, as well. Since he is actively avoiding her, she takes to heart the words of a fortuneteller, who advises her that Norfolk is where she should be. So, Agatha impulsively leaves her home in the Cotswolds and rents a cottage in the village of Fryfam.

    Unfortunately, Agatha's expectations are not met. There are problems with the cottage. The local yokels are less than friendly. There are mysterious lights in her garden for which there is no reasonable explanation. Still, Agatha is not easily deterred, and she tries desperately to fit in with the village locals. Then one of the villagers dies under mysterious circumstances. Agatha immediately gets into the fray, only to find herself a suspect.

    When her friend, Sir Charles Fraith, pays her a visit, he joins her in her investigative efforts. Let the games begin! 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 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 its fans race off to get the next volume.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars OUT OF THIS WORLD 29 July 2010
    Fryfam, a remote village in Norfolk. Time has passed by (one suspects rather hurriedly) - many locals weird, odd things happening. There Agatha plans to spend winter. Cue for local police soon to be busier than for ages....

    Uneasy amidst surly glances and mutterings, disappearances and those mysterious lights sometimes bobbing at the bottom of the garden, Agatha craves companionship. Enter randy baronet Charles Fraith, substitute nowadays for the elusive James Lacey.

    This tenth novel works better than recent offerings, provided one does not hope for credibility. To avoid neighbour James, Agatha chose Fryfam by closing her eyes and sticking a pin in a map, then agreeing to rent a cottage she had not seen. (With M.C. Beaton creaking contrivances are positively flaunted.) Addicts will not mind - happy to relax with the saga of a stolen painting, murdered "squire", missing will, passionate undercurrents, the obligatory "in the nick of time" climax.

    The "fairies" are more intriguing that the recent "wizard" and "witch", but one feels this aspect could have been developed more strongly. There is the bonus of a cliffhanger end, all who know Agatha convinced that A MISTAKE HAS BEEN MADE.

    For me the Hamish Macbeth novels work better, but with him and Agatha M.C. Beaton has created two splendidly rich characters. Both perhaps deserve more finely crafted adventures.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Fairies at the bottom of the garden 3 July 2011
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    Agatha Raisin decides to rent a cottage in Norfolk to see if she likes living there because a fortune teller told her that she would find her destiny in the county. It soon becomes clear there are many goings on in Fryfam that the villagers really don't want to talk about. The strange lights which appear to be fairies is one of the things it's best not to ask about even when things start disappearing from your house. Agatha, being Agatha, soon gets involved with the villagers as well as the nouveau riche Tolly and his wife. When Tolly is murdered Agatha, naturally starts asking questions.

    Mrs Bloxby - Agatha's friend, the vicar's wife - does a spot of stirring and encourages Sir Charles Fraith, Agatha's occasional lover and friend, to visit her in Fryfam. But Agatha is still pining for her erstwhile fiancé James Lacey. The local police soon have Agatha well in their sites for the murder because of a series of misunderstandings and coincidences which gives Agatha something else to think about. I liked the portrait of a Norfolk village - which, having lived in Norfolk myself seems pretty true to life plus or minus a few fairies.

    I liked the way Agatha's relationship with Sir Charles is developing in an unconventional way and how they work together to try and solve the case. I also liked the way the rest of the characters were developed. This is an interesting series with plenty of reasonably complex plots, not too much violence and some enjoyable series characters such as Sir Charles, James Lacey, Mrs Bloxby and of course Agatha's cats - Hodge and Boswell
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