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  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: C & R Crime; paperback / softback edition (29 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845293568
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845293567
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 525,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Agatha Raisin is sharp, witty, hugely intelligent, unfailingly entertaining, delightfully intolerant and oh so magnificently non PC. M C Beaton has created a new national treasure... the stories zing along and are irresistible, unputdownable, a joy. If you buy one book a year, let it be this. Agatha Raisin is The Strongest Link. (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)

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Eye of newt, toe of frog... and murder most foul in the ninth Agatha Raisin murder mystery0

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By L. Hill on 25 Mar. 2009
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I have to say, that i think the other two reviews are a little harsh on Agatha Raisin number 09.

If you look through the Amazon listings of the Agatha Raisin series you will see that any of the books that are set away from Carsley (and that don't feature James highly) get worse reviews than the ones that do, this is only natural i suppose as we miss the regular character like Mrs. Bloxby, James Lacey, Bill Wong, etc. But we shouldn't condemn the book just because of that, after all there are only so many murders that can happen in Carsley.

I think what maybe the other reviewers felt wrong about this book is that really the murder plays second fiddle plot wise, and that the main focus of the book is about Agatha. She isn't really all that interested in the crime, or goes at it like her normal bulldog self; she tends to spend more time with the residents of the Garden hotel or new love interest Jimmy Jessop. She learns some tough and lessons, as well as softening up and trying to help people more. In General the book shows her grow, something she must do before James comes back on the scene.

I really enjoyed learning about Agatha in this book, and enjoyed the characters (particularly the demanding friendship between Mary and Jennifer which I thought was well developed) and setting of a small sea side town out of season, and that the witch craft element of the story was kept minimal.

Deff deserves more praise !
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 Feb. 2012
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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 of 2 people found the following review helpful By EllyBlue TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Nov. 2011
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A change of scene for Agatha in this, her ninth adventure. She has fled to seaside town of Wykhadden, out of season, to wait for her hair to grow back after a hairdresser used depilatory cream on her scalp at the end of book eight. (Agatha Raisin and the Wizard of Evesham (Agatha Raisin 08) She stays at the Garden Hotel, and finds herself drawn (reluctantly at first) into the world of its strange collection of elderly residents, as well as to local police inspector Jimmy Jessop. However, you can probably predict, if you've read others in this series, where Agatha is, often there is also trouble afoot, and so it proves to be the case here. Our heroine (if that is the right word), soon finds herself helping the police with their enquiries in more ways than one. As with other Agatha Raisin books, the intricacies of the plot aren't really central. Instead they are more of a backdrop against which the author allows Agatha free rein to be her gloriously abrasive and relentlessly curious self. Even though she is away from home, we do get glimpses of some of her old friends from Carsley, but not as much as usual, which will be a disappointment for some.
This series of books is entertaining, easy reading. If you are looking for complex mysteries or gritty police procedural detail, then this isn't going to be for you. However, I'm looking forward to reading book 10 Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryfam (Agatha Raisin 10) to see what Agatha will be up to next.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Simon Savidge Reads on 10 Aug. 2010
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After her last involvement in solving a murder leaves her looking some what less than her best, Agatha Raisin runs away to a seaside village by that famous old tradition of closing your eyes and putting your finger on the map. Wyckhadden is one of those seaside town that during the summer months can be `the place to be' and yet in the autumn isn't such a delectable place to stop, in fact it's a bit of a ghost town and seems to be filled with old people who despite not actually being that much older than Agatha she doesn't want to be associated with. Yet when one of them recommends a `local witch' to help with a hair problem who ends up dead the next day Agatha needs to befriend them in order to try and solve the mystery by herself.

I do love M.C. Beaton's wit and this novel was brimming with it. Agatha is her normal sharp and snappish self, and yet manages to attract the attention of one of the local policeman in a rather romantic way. I could just be reading far too much into it but this book did seem to be saying something about old age and how you, or Agatha, might think that old people are past it they most certainly aren't they do still feel young and quite naughty at heart and you should never judge people on instant appearances. There is a brilliant makeover scene though which had me smiling away to myself. This is a book that will have you itching to read the rest.
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