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Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley [Kindle Edition]

M.C. Beaton
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Book Description

An unexpected hike to the Other Side . . .

After time away, Agatha Raisin returns to her beloved Cotswold village of Carsely - and to her handsome neighbour, James Lacey. True, James seems less than thrilled to see her, but Agatha is soon distracted by a sensational murder. The victim, found in a field, is young hiker Jessica Tartinck, who spent her life enraging landowners by insisting on her right to roam. Hope springs eternal in Agatha's breast as she lures the reluctant James into her investigation. There are so many leads to follow, for Jessica's fellow walkers - not to mention the landowners - all seem able to commit murder.

Praise for the Agatha Raisin series:

'M. C. Beaton's imperfect heroine is an absolute gem.' Publishers Weekly

'The detective novels of M. C. Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status.' The Times

'Being a cranky, middle-aged female myself, I found Agatha charming!' Amazon customer review

'I dream of being able to speak out like Aggie . . . she's a heroine!' A. Lucas, Essex, reader review

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'A delightful read! ... Light and airy yet with a sharp edge.' -- Good Book Guide, June 1, 2005

Book Description

The fourth Agatha Raisin murder mystery. When Agatha returns to her beloved Carsely her neighbour, James Lacey, is less than thrilled to see her. But Agatha is soon consoled by a sensational murder.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 357 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: C & R Crime (1 Jun. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
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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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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was pleasantly surprised to find that Agatha Raisin, the sleuth in this story, is an enjoyably cranky middle-aged British lady. She has retired from the high pressure of London business (public relations) to settle in the quiet Cotswolds, only to get caught up in a murder and mystery. Being a rather cranky, middle-aged female myself, I found Agatha charming in her cantankerousness. The writing is amusing without being cloying, and I actually chuckled aloud several times. This was my first foray into murder with Agatha Raisin, and I'll definitely seek out another adventure with her.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Charming British cozy 19 Dec. 1997
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Agatha is at her most endearing and infurating best. I snap up all the Agatha series books as soon as they come off press because I know I'm in for a wonderful read. Anyone who like to take their murders with a dose of good humor will love Ms. Beaton's Agatha series. (Although this title is listed as part of the Hamish Macbeth series, the Agatha Raisin character has never even met Constable Macbeth. Suggestion to the esteemed author: Send Agatha to Hamish's beloved Lochdubh on vacation, knock off some offensive character and have Hamish and Agatha work together to solve the mystery. Your readers will be in for the ride of their lives!!)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Plays House 28 Jun. 2007
I found Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley to be a much less successful book than the earlier three books in the series. The mystery can barely qualify as one. Agatha is an unpleasant terror for much of the book (which makes for less than happy reading). The new characters are unsympathetic. The victim is particularly so.

So should you read the book? Yes, you're stuck. The book contains a lot of development in the Agatha Raisin-James Lacey relationship that will leave you high and dry if you skip Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley. Sorry.

During Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet, Agatha agreed to work in PR again in London in exchange for surreptitious help with her ruined garden. As this book opens, Agatha is finishing up her six-month stint in London at Pedmans, the firm that bought out her PR old firm. It's been an unpleasant experience and her final dinner leaves a bad taste for everyone but the client.

In Dembley (part of Gloucestershire), the cause-devoted, militant Jessica Tartinck is organizing the Dembley Walkers (a ramblers society) into another planned confrontation with a landowner who has blocked the public way while armed with a shotgun. Jessica savors the chance to make a splash. The others aren't so enthusiastic. After that meeting, her written challenge to Sir Charles Fraith is returned with an invitation to tea if the ramblers will avoid one of his fields that has been planted. Jessica's friend Deborah Camden is sent to check out the path. Jessica decides to ask permission first and captures the attention of Sir Charles who asks for her telephone number. Thoroughly charmed, Deborah recommends that they go along with Sir Charles and the other ramblers agree . . . except for Jessica who decides to challenge him on her own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Power Walking 17 Sept. 2011
You have Hercule Poriot, Captain Hastings and Inspector Japp thanks to Agatha Christie now thanks to M.C.Beaton we have Agatha Raisin, James Lacey and DC Bill Wong all in their own way providing us with more cosy crime solving.

The walkers of Dembley is the fourth novel in the series of Agatha Raisin books. Over in Dembley a group of ramblers have started gaining militant momentum through the power of Jessica who insists that they should ramble through fields and country estates because it is their right of way. When Jessica insists on going through the land of Sir Charles Fraith, another of the group goes out to meet him and see the `lay of the land' if that cliché can be allowed. Sir Charles turns their immediate descent on is property by being civil and asking them to stick to the path but would they like to stay for tea? Jessica does not agree and when the rest of the group back away, she insists on going on her own and takes a path of fate that ends her life by person or persons unknown dispatched via a spade in a field of oil seed rape.

Enter the police but also Agatha Raisin as she asked by a local neighbour, Mrs Mason in Carsley to help with the investigation as her niece is rather taken with one of the potential suspects, Sir Charles himself. Agatha along with her neighbour James who seems to continual to blow hot and cold in their friendship let alone relationship investigates. Posing as a couple they to start to walk with the Walkers of Dembley, even Bill Wong the Detective is happy for them to play apart, he fears they are in no danger but then another body is found and he also was part of the Walkers. Agatha uses her intuition to come to a conclusion and they set off to protect who they think the next victim might be.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing 10 Nov. 2012
By Emma76
Format:Kindle Edition
I have been reading the series in order, so this was my fourth foray into Agatha's world. I won't go through the plot as other reviewers have done that more than adequately. I just wanted to add another review at the lower end of the scale to warn Agatha fans that they're likely to be disappointed by this one.

I love the series for its madcap adventures and unlikely events, but this one takes it just too far. There's virtually no plot development at all and dialogue is painful at times. I could forgive poor writing in the earlier books because it was such good fun and entertainment, but there is none of that here. It's dull as ditchwater and unlikely in the extreme. The 'whodunnit' is unbelievable and the ending with James is just ludicrous. Real life people do not change their minds and go from 0 to 60 like this. It's as if the author couldn't be bothered with the 1-59 part, which is unfortunate because the book could certainly do with being a bit longer to justify the price tag as it's a very short read as it is.

I was left thoroughly glad I'd borrowed this one from the kindle lending library instead of wasting good money on it. The next one looks interesting so I'll give Agatha one more try but if it's as bad as this one then I won't be finishing the series.
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