Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryfam (Agatha Raisin Series #10) [NOOK Book]

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DANCING LIGHTS, DISAPPEARING VALUABLES...AND MURDER-A FANCIFUL MYSTERY FOR THE INDOMITALTE AGATHA

Feeling jilted, cross and desperate to reclaim the love of her life, James, Agatha Raisin follows a fortune teller's advice and rents a cottage in the picturesque village of Fryfam, where she hopes good fortune and true love will come chasing after her. Adding a bit of spice to her adventure, she's pronounced to the locals that she's a mystery writer penning a whodunit called Murder...

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DANCING LIGHTS, DISAPPEARING VALUABLES...AND MURDER-A FANCIFUL MYSTERY FOR THE INDOMITALTE AGATHA

Feeling jilted, cross and desperate to reclaim the love of her life, James, Agatha Raisin follows a fortune teller's advice and rents a cottage in the picturesque village of Fryfam, where she hopes good fortune and true love will come chasing after her. Adding a bit of spice to her adventure, she's pronounced to the locals that she's a mystery writer penning a whodunit called Murder at the Manor. Unfortunately, her romantic notions are quickly dispelled by strange doings here in Fryfam. What are those strange lights in her backyard? Who is stealing paintings and pottery? Where are her beloved cats? And who murdered the local squire-ironically, at the manor? Agatha's nose for trouble leads her into a hodge-podge of jealousy, blackmail and dangerous liaisons-and a murderer who plans to keep irrepressible Agatha here in Fryfam permanently, as a resident corpse.

Author Biography: M.C. BEATON, the Scottish-born author of nine previous Agatha Raisin novels as well as the Hamish Macbeth mystery series, lives in a village in the English Cotswolds.

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Hoping that love and good fortune will follow her, Agatha Raisin heads to picturesque Fryfam, where a hodgepodge of blackmail and murder awaits.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
When a fortune-teller tells Agatha Raisin that her destiny lies in Norfolk, the puckish 50-ish heroine of nine previous adventures in this witty series doesn't think twice about renting a cottage sight unseen in a county she's never visited. Of course, Agatha has been spurned by the love of her life, her Cotswolds neighbor James Lacey, which has a lot to do with her removing herself and her two cats, Hodge and Boswell, to the village of Fryfam. There she meets the members of the Fryfam's Women's Group, to whom she explains her presence by saying she's writing a crime novel, Death at the Manor--an unfortunate fib as the village squire, Tolly Trumpington-James, is soon murdered at his manor house. Aided by suave friend Sir Charles Fraith, Agatha sets about prying into the lives of the locals to discover who wanted the squire dead. Peculiar lights at the bottom of her garden (the work of fairies?), the theft of a heavily insured George Stubbs painting, the brief disappearance of her two cats and a second murder, that of Tolly's gamekeeper, may disturb but not shake Agatha from her quest. In the end Charles uses his charm to elicit an important clue from the ravishing barmaid at the pub popular with the Fryfam menfolk. That the social comedy largely overshadows the mystery and its solution won't bother Beaton fans, who will be far more concerned whether Agatha falls for Charles herself or wins back the feckless James in this highly amusing cozy. (June) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Kirkus Reviews
Bereft, as she thinks, of James Lacey, the love of her life, drolly blunt Agatha Raisin (Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wyckhadden, 1999, etc.) begins her tenth acid cozy by following a fortuneteller's advice: she ups and moves to Lavender Cottage in the Norfolk village of Fryfam, where her missing vase is only the latest of a series of mysteriously vanished objects. But not everything in Fryfam disappears. There's quite a show of dancing lights at the bottom of Agatha's back garden; one of her new neighbors turns up dead; and indomitable James will return as well.
From the Publisher
"Few things in life are more satisfying than to discover a brand-new Agatha Raisin mystery."—Tampa Tribune Times

"Witty...highly amusing cozy."--Publishers Weekly

"More great fun from an endearing heroine."—Library Journal

"AGATHA RAISIN AND THE FAIRIES OF FRYFAM is a witty tale that will keep you laughing and guessing at the same time."—RT Book Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429901574
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 5/13/2014
  • Series: Agatha Raisin Series , #10
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 32,044
  • File size: 277 KB

Meet the Author


M. C. Beaton has been hailed as “the new Queen of Crime.” She is The New York Times bestselling author of the Agatha Raisin mysteries, including As the Pig Turns and Busy Body, set in the English Cotswolds, as well as the Hamish Macbeth mysteries set in Scotland. She has also written historical romance novels and an Edwardian mystery series under the name Marion Chesney. Before writing her first novels, Beaton worked as a bookseller, a newspaper reporter, a fashion critic, and a waitress in a greasy spoon. Born in Scotland, she currently divides her time between Paris and a village in the Cotswolds. She was selected the British Guest of Honor for the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in 2006.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    This is my first and last Agatha Raisin book. I've enjoyed Beat

    This is my first and last Agatha Raisin book. I've enjoyed Beaton's Hamish MacBeth series, so I decided to try one about her female sleuth. Big Mistake. This creature is vulgar, crude, has a vicious temper and is generally jealous of most females. Instead of letting the trained police do their jobs, she foolishly gets involved in what she calls solving the case. Her idea of sleuthing is to fumble around and put innocent people in the path of danger. Honestly, it surprises me that she's still alive. The Agatha Raisin character is a cross between a black widow spider and a rattlesnake. She's always ready to strike out with her nasty temper. Beaton created one of the most unbelievable characters I've ever read. If you're really curious and haven't read an Agatha Raisin novel yet, I suggest you go to your public library and check it out. You have nothing to lose but your hard earned money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2002

    Ointment for the Soul

    I always wonder why I am purchasing another book about Agatha Raisin, but I can't seem to pass up not knowing about her latest adventure. I absolutely love the word pictures that Beaton paints of Agatha and the English countryside. It's just a hoot to pick up Agatha and escape with this foolish and wise English gal.

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  • Posted October 11, 2013

    Addictive!!!

    Addictive!
    Have gotten hooked on M. C. Beaton since I got my nook and she is SUPERB!
    Highly recommend to all mystery hounds, especially if you like the English country side settings!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    Great read

    As usual an easy and enjoyable read. However it is such a shame that the books are so short - the reason for 4 stars. The early ones were longer and felt worth the money - not sure about the rest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2003

    Brilliant British Mystery

    I have just discovered the wonderful writer M. C. Beaton. I love British mysteries and this is one of the best I've read lately. It was a quick read because Beaton's writing style has a beautiful flow that is never bogged down in boring details. I just couldn't put it down. Now I'm addicted to Agatha Raisin.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    wonderful amateur sleuth tale

    Retired public relations expert Agatha Raisin needs to permanently leave her Cotswolds village of Carsely to erase the memory of her neighbor James Lacey from her heart. She sticks a pin in a map and it lands in the village of Fryfam in Norfolk County. Agatha goes there and rents a cottage. On her first night in Fryfam, Agatha sees colorful twinkling lights that mysteriously disappear. She tries to find out the truth about the lights, but only learns that the village is a closed, in-bred place. A lonely Agatha invites her friend Sir Charles Fraith to stay in her guestroom. <P>The upset local squire Trumpington-James asks Agatha and Charles to search for his stolen Stubb¿s painting insured at $1 million, but neither visitor volunteers. The next morning the police visit Agatha and Charles to question them on what they know about the death of Trumpington-James as they were the last known people to see him alive. Realizing they are prime suspects, the two outsiders begin their own inquiries unaware that the perpetrators have nothing to lose by killing the duo. <P>Agatha Raisin remains a raunchy feminist who knows what she wants and goes out to achieve it. In AGATHA RAISIN AND THE FAIRIES OF FRYFAM, the heroine wants to permanently forget about James, but her hilarious antics to do so leave the audience laughing. Readers also gain an insightful look at a small English village, especially the inhabitants. Though a major subplot goes unsolved, the audience will fully enjoy the shocking ending that is nearly impossible to guess as M.C. Beaton has written another wonderful amateur sleuth tale. <P>Harriet Klausner

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