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Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryfam
on 3 July 2011
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