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M. C. Beaton - Agatha ​Raisin és a spenótos halálpite
Agatha ​Raisin, az egyedülálló, célratörő reklámügynök eladja cégét, felszámolja londoni életét és leköltözik a mesés nyugalmú, festői Cotswoldsba. Ám a vágyott életről kiderül, hogy borzalmasan unalmas. Agatha, hogy unalmát elűzze, benevez a helyi pitesütő versenyre. Mivel fogalma sincs sütésről-főzésről, vesz egy kész pitét a londoni ismerős boltban, és sajátjaként nevezi be. Még a zsűri elnökét, a helybeli Cummings-Browne ezredest is megpróbálja megvesztegetni, de nem ő nyer. Ám a verseny végeztével az ezredes hazaviszi a süteményt, megeszi és meghal. Kiderül, hogy a pite spenótjába gyilkos csomorika keveredett. A rendőrség ugyan véletlen balesetként zárja le az ügyet, ám Agatha gyilkosságra gyanakszik és nyomozni kezd… A skót írónő regénye - mint valamennyi Agatha Raisin könyv - pompás, izgalmas krimi, nagyszerű szatíra a londoni és a vidéki életről, remek karakterekkel és pergő, fordulatos cselekménnyel. Az amatőr detektív remekül megrajzolt figuráját kritikusok és a rajongók egyaránt megszerették, a sorozat már a 21. kötetnél tart.

M. C. Beaton - Agatha ​Raisin és a karácsonyi búcsúcsók
Agatha ​Raisin lázasan tervezgeti karácsonyát, amelyet ezúttal igazi mesebeli ünnepként szeretne megülni. Titokban reménykedik volt férje, James Lacey felbukkanásában is. Várakozása közben különös levelet kap egy eldugott falu gazdag birtokosnőjétől, aki arra gyanakszik, hogy a családjából valaki meg akarja ölni. Agatha boldogan hagyja ott unalmas eseteit, és egykori kollégájával, Roy-jal elautózik az ódon udvarház tulajdonosához. Kapóra jön segítségként egy új gyakornoklány, Toni, akit nemcsak a szerencse kedvel különösképpen, de a szimata is páratlan. Agathát elfogja a féltékenység, mert úgy tűnik, felbukkant a színen egy nála is ígéretesebb tehetség, aki ráadásul rendkívül csinos is... A titkokkal teli udvarházban összegyűlik a család, és hamarosan bekövetkezik a gyilkosság. Nem egyszerű megfejteni a rejtélyt, mert a rokonokon kívül a faluban mindenki gyanús, aki él, hiszen az áldozat szinte tálcán kínálta magát, hogy végezzenek vele. "A nagy sikerű sorozat korábbi darabjaihoz hasonlóan Agatha Raisin ezúttal is kacagtató kalandok során át jut el a megoldásig, amelyben régi barátai mellett új ismeretségek is segítik. A vidéki Anglia hangulatos helyszínein játszódó krimi felhőtlen szórakozást ígér a sorozat régi és új olvasóinak egyaránt." Fejős Éva

M. C. Beaton - Agatha Raisin - Szesz, ​szerelem, szemfényvesztés
Agatha Raisin megint magányos, így először repes örömében, amikor volt férje, James Lacey újra feltűnik az életében, és vakációzni invitálja, ám lelkesedése alábbhagy, mikor azzal szembesül, hogy az ezredes elképzelései az idilli üdülőhelyről bizony eltérnek az övéitől. Agathának a napfényes olasz tengerpart helyett az isten háta mögötti Snoth-on-Sea-ben kell sínylődnie, ráadásul a legvacakabb szállodában és kiállhatatlan alakok társaságában. A dolgok még rosszabbra fordulnak, amikor az egyik szállóvendéget meggyilkolják, és ő lesz a fő gyanúsított… A skót írónő regénye – mint valamennyi Agatha Raisin-könyv – izgalmas krimi, nagyszerű szatíra a londoni és a vidéki életről, remek karakterekkel és pergő, fordulatos cselekménnyel. Az amatőr detektív kiválóan megrajzolt figuráját kritikusok és rajongók egyaránt megszerették.

M. C. Beaton - Death ​of a Dentist
A ​blinding toothache sends Hamish Macbeth 120 miles out of Lochdubh to the dentist Frederick Gilchrist, only to find him dead. Since everyone is pleased the dentist is deceased--patients, several harassed women, and even his wife--Macbeth faces one of the more biting challenges of his career.

M. C. Beaton - Agatha ​Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley
This ​is 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".

M. C. Beaton - Hamish ​Macbeth és a rosszéletű nagynéni
„Van ​még élet a vén csajban!” – rikkantja a gazdag nagynéni, akit egy gáláns kézcsók ráz fel szerelmi bánatából, amely elől a Skót Felföld legtávolabbi, álmos falujáig menekült, zsírpárnák és tweed alá rejtve valódi énjét. Három hónappal később, Maggie Baird ismét a régi formáját hozó, gyönyörű bombanő. Meghívja lochdubh-i házába négy, hajdani szeretőjét, hogy férjet válasszon öreg napjaira. Amikor Maggie kocsija lángba borul, öten gyanúsíthatók az előre megfontolt gyilkosság elkövetésével: a négy férfi valamint a félszeg unokahúg, akit a rosszéletű nagynéni ki akart semmizni. Hamish Macbethnek ezúttal duplán kell latba vetnie kivételesen jó szimatát és emberismeretét, ugyanis első számú gyanúsítottját hamarosan átvágott torokkal találják… Az Agatha Raisin-könyvek népszerű írónőjének Hamish Macbeth-sorozata olyannyira sikeres, hogy turisták özönlenek Észak-Skóciába, ahogyan régen Sherlock Holmes "szülővárosába". Eddig 28 kötet jelent meg, s a regényekből a BBC televíziós sorozatot készített, amelyben Robert Carlyle személyesíti meg Hamisht.

M. C. Beaton - As ​the Pig Turns
Winter ​Parva, a traditional Cotswolds village next door to Carsely, has decided to throw a celebratory hog roast to mark the beginning of the winter holiday festivities and Agatha Raisin has arrived with friend and rival in the sleuthing business, Toni, to enjoy the merriment. But as the spit pig is carried towards the bed of fiery charcoal Agatha - and the rest of the village - realise that things aren't as they seem... Very quickly it transpires that the spit pig is in fact Gary Beech, a policeman not much loved in Winter Parva. And although Agatha has every intention of leaving the affair to the police, she rapidly changes her mind when she finds out Gary's ex-wife has hired Toni to investigate. Cantankerous and competitive as Agatha is, she has to now join the fray and try and solve the case herself. Praise for M C Beaton's "Agatha Raisin" series: "I know I once vowed to read only Agatha Christie for a year but I cheated. My Number 1 mistress, M.C. Beaton and her Agatha Raisin whodunits. Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack a day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she may be living my dream life". ("Entertainment Weekly"). "Once again M.C. Beaton has concocted an amusing brew of mystery and romance that will keep her fans turning the pages". ("Publisher's Weekly"). "Pure entertainment". ("The Guardian").

M. C. Beaton - Dishing ​the Dirt
A ​therapist had moved into the village of Carsely and Agatha Raisin hates her. Not only was this therapist, Jill Davent, romancing Agatha's ex-husband, but she had dug up details of Agatha's slum background. Added to that, Jill was counselling a woman called Gwen Simple from Winter Parva and Agatha firmly believed Gwen to have assisted her son in some grisly murders, although has no proof she had done so. A resentment is different from a dislike and needs to be shared, so as the friendship between James and Jill grows stronger, the more Agatha does to try to find out all she can about her. When Jill is found strangled to death in her office two days' later, Agatha finds herself under suspicion - and must fight to clear her name.

M. C. Beaton - Death ​of a Maid
Armed ​with a bucket and mop, blackmailer Mrs Mavis Gillespie brings misery to constable Hamish Macbeth when he wins her maid services in a church raffle. She is more likely to snoop than clean, and soon turns up bludgeoned by her own pail. Plus Macbeth's former girlfriend Elspeth Grant holidays in Scottish Highland Lochdubh village with her new boyfriend.

M. C. Beaton - Agatha ​Raisin and the Wizard of Evesham
The ​local ladies all deem Mr John a wizard, so when Agatha finds a few grey hairs on her head - and the rinse she tries at home turns her hair purple - she makes a beeline for the handsome Evesham hairdresser. And as well as sorting out her hair it soon becomes clear the charming man also has designs on her heart - but their future together is cut short when Mr John is fatally poisoned in his salon. Once again Agatha finds herself embroiled in a murder case. Was it one of Mr John's many customers, all of whom divulged to him their darkest secrets? 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. '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.

M. C. Beaton - Agatha ​Raisin and the Quiche of Death
Putting ​all her eggs in one basket, Agatha Raisin gives up her successful PR firm, sells her London flat, and samples a taste of early retirement in the quiet village of Carsely. Bored, lonely and used to getting her way, she enters a local baking contest: Surely a blue ribbon for the best quiche will make her the toast of the town. But her recipe for social advancement sours when Judge Cummings-Browne not only snubs her entry—but falls over dead! After her quiche’s secret ingredient turns out to be poison, she must reveal the unsavory truth… Agatha has never baked a thing in her life! In fact, she bought her entry ready-made from an upper crust London quicherie. Grating on the nerves of several Carsely residents, she is soon receiving sinister notes. Has her cheating and meddling landed her in hot water, or are the threats related to the suspicious death? It may mean the difference between egg on her face and a coroner’s tag on her toe…

M. C. Beaton - His ​Lordship's Pleasure
Annabelle ​Carruthers could only dream of being kissed by a man as dashing as Lord Darkwood. She remained locked in misery - married to a rakish drunk who gambled their lives into financial and social ruin. His sudden death - and rumors of spies and treachery - only made matters worse. Burdened with gambling debts, Annabelle feared she was on her way to the poorhouse. The only solution Annabelle could see was to offer herself up as mistress to the mysterious Lord Darkwood! Darkwood, however, was too much of a gentleman to take advantage of a lady such as Annabelle. Still, he was quite interested in rumors of her husband's espionage - a curiosity that would soon place them both in grave danger.

M. C. Beaton - Agatha ​Raisin e la turista terribile
Devastata ​dal fallito matrimonio con James, Agatha davvero non sa più cosa fare. E, come spesso le succede, decide per il peggio. Segue James a Cipro, dove il marito mancato è andato per cercare di riprendersi dalla vergogna e dallo smacco subito. Arrivata in albergo e non trovando James, Agatha si concede una gita in barca e lì conosce un gruppo mal assortito di turisti inglesi. "Tre, due uomini e una donna, erano tipici esponenti delle classi alte, con abiti costosi e voci raglianti. Appartenevano a quello strato sociale che ha adottato tutti i modi peggiori dell'aristocrazia, e nessuno di quelli migliori." In modo assolutamente incomprensibile, il gruppetto fa amicizia con un altro trio, due uomini e una donna, che sono l'esatto opposto. Provenienti dalle classi popolari, si sono arricchiti durante gli anni della Thatcher, e potrebbero comprarsi in un boccone il trio che li guardava con tanto disprezzo. Agatha segue con un certo stupore l'evolversi dei rapporti tra questi personaggi così diversi tra loro e, non trovando James, li frequenta per un po'. Fino a quando una del gruppo non viene assassinata...

M. C. Beaton - Agatha ​Raisin and a Spoonful of Poison
Agatha ​Raisin's detective agency has become so successful that she decides to take time off for rest and relaxation. But as soon as she does, she remembers that when she does have time on her hands, she doesn't know what to do with it. So it doesn't take much for the vicar of a nearby village to persuade her to help publicize the church fete - especially when the event organizer, George Selby, turns out to be a handsome widower. Agatha brings out the crowds for the fete all right, but there's more going on than innocent village fun. Several of the offerings in the jam-tasting booth turn out to be poisoned and the festive entertainment becomes the scene of two murders. Along with her young assistant, Toni, Agatha must lift the lid on the jam tampering, see to the safety of the church funds, and root out the nasty secrets lurking in the village. Quite a tall order while she is attempting to flirt with gorgeous George, who probably has a few secrets of his own! Praise for "The Agatha Raisin Series": 'M.C. Beaton's imperfect heroine is an absolute gem' - "Publishers Weekly". 'Clever red herrings and some wicked unfinished business guarantees that the listener will pant for a sequel' - "The Times Audio Review".

M. C. Beaton - Agatha ​Raisin e il veterinario crudele
Agatha ​Raisin, una cinquantenne imperfetta e per questo adorabile, che ha deciso di chiudere la propria società di PR per ritirarsi in campagna, è in dubbio se restare a Carsely o abbandonare tutto e tornare a Londra. La vita nei Cotswolds è un po’ noiosa e i suoi tentativi di ammaliare James Lacey, il suo affascinante vicino, falliscono uno dopo l’altro. Nel frattempo scopre che in paese è arrivato un nuovo veterinario, nella cui sala d’aspetto c’è sempre una lunga fila di donne… Un po’ per competizione, un po’ per far ingelosire James, Agatha porta il suo sanissimo gatto a fare una visita e ne esce con un invito a cena. Ma la storia dura poco perché il veterinario muore in seguito a un incidente. Morte accidentale o omicidio? L’unico modo che Agatha trova per riallacciare i rapporti con James è quello di convincerlo che giocare ai detective può essere divertente. Il gioco comincia...

M. C. Beaton - Agatha ​Raisin e la giardiniera invasata
Al ​ritorno dalle vacanze Agatha non può che rimanere sconvolta nello scoprire che una nuova donna si è intrufolata nelle simpatie del suo attraente vicino James Lacey. La bellissima Mary Fortune le è superiore in ogni cosa, soprattutto nel giardinaggio, e con l’imminente Giornata dei Giardini Aperti di Carsely Agatha si sente profondamente inadeguata. Nel frattempo cominciano a succedere cose strane: alcuni giardini vengono devastati, i pesciolini rossi del vecchio Bernard Spott vengono uccisi, e la nuova arrivata si comporta davvero in modo bizzarro, quasi un po’ crudele. Agatha, stramba, irritabile, gelosa, e convinta che le donne non invecchino con grazia, è la persona giusta per scoprire se la bella Mary, giardiniera provetta, è davvero quel che sembra…

M. C. Beaton - Agatha ​Raisin e l'amore infernale
E ​così Agatha è riuscita a sposare James. Chi l’avrebbe mai detto! Un matrimonio felice? Proprio no. Le diversità tra i due – notate da tutti tranne che dagli sposi – emergono quasi subito e a soffrirne di più sembra essere Agatha, cui non pare vero aver patito così tanto per ottenere in cambio una relazione davvero poco soddisfacente. Tuttavia, i litigi provocati dall’attitudine donnaiola di James e dalla totale insipienza casalinga di Agatha da lì a poco perdono di importanza: viene infatti trovata morta Melissa Sheppard, l’ultima fiamma di James prima (solo prima?) delle nozze. Ma James è sparito e i sospetti cadono su di lui. Quale migliore occasione per Agatha di investigare, visto che si tratta di scagionare (e trovare) suo marito?

M. C. Beaton - Death ​of a Chimney Sweep
In ​the south of Scotland, residents get their chimneys vacuum-cleaned. But in the isolated villages in the very north of Scotland, the villagers rely on the services of the itinerant sweep, Pete Ray, and his old-fashioned brushes. Pete is always able to find work in the Scottish highlands, until one day when Police Constable Hamish Macbeth notices blood dripping onto the floor of a villager's fireplace, and a dead body stuffed inside the chimney. The entire town of Lochdubh is certain Pete is the culprit, but Hamish doesn't believe that the affable chimney sweep is capable of committing murder. Then Pete's body is found on the Scottish moors, and the mystery deepens. Once again, it's up to Hamish to discover who's responsible for the dirty deed--and this time, the murderer may be closer than he realizes.

M. C. Beaton - Death ​of a Celebrity
Murder ​on the Telly Lochdubh, a remote village reached only by a one-track lane, nestles serenely amid Scotland's hills...until well-known TV reporter Crystal French races into town in her bright BMW. And Constable Hamish Macbeth, dourly wed to duty instead of the fiancee who dumped him, promptly gives her a summons for reckless driving. Outraged, Crystal makes Macbeth's life a misery with a TV report on policing in the Highlands. When she also rakes up old local scandals for her new hit show, Macbeth notes that someone besides himself might be dead keen to stop her. Then someone does-with stealth and violence. Now, finding out who did it will lead the laconic Macbeth down roads he never envisioned, into a dark story of passion and vengeance...and perhaps a crisis of the heart all his own.

M. C. Beaton - Death ​of a Charming Man
With ​this tenth book in a series that fans of British mysteries have come to relish more than fish 'n chips and a pint at the pub, M. C. Beaton returns with another baffling case for Hamish Macbeth, the stubborn, red-haired, one-man police department of the Highland village of Lochdubh. Praised for her wonderful characterizations, wry humor, and authentic local color, M. C. Beaton again adds the essential ingredient for an outstanding whodunit - a plot that keeps readers guessing right up to the very end. Hamish Macbeth's unofficial engagement to the stunning Priscilla Halburton-Smythe is reminding the constable of the old adage about answered prayers. His lovely fiancee has replaced his cozy wood stove with a modern electric one and is busy trying to "make a man of him." The only man Hamish wants to be is the one who slouches about the village, gossiping, fishing, and deftly solving a crime or two. Deciding that this may be a good time for a little retreat, Hamish ambles over to the nearby backwater of Drim - ostensibly to check out a posh English chap who's causing a most unusual problem. Single, wealthy, and terribly attractive, newcomer Peter Hynd has thrown the middle-aged matrons of Drim into a flutter, and put their men, dour Highlanders whose feelings run deep, on a slow burn. Hamish's instincts tell him this seemingly charming young man likes to stir up trouble, and it's not long before the seething emotions transform the sleepy village into a hotbed of threats, domestic rows, and violent murder. With Hamish's own relationship raising doubts about hearts and flowers, he's more than ready to do what he now must - investigate the darker side of love . . .

M. C. Beaton - Agatha ​Raisin and the Murderous Marriage
The ​morning of Agatha's marriage to James Lacey dawns bright and clear. But her luck runs out in the church when Jimmy, the husband she had believed long dead, turns up large as life and twice as ugly. Agatha has a go at strangling him. James breaks off the engagement. So when Jimmy is found murdered next day, Agatha and James are both the prime suspects. And they'll have to work together in order to clear their names... 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.

M. C. Beaton - Hamish ​Macbeth és a torkos társkereső
„Manapság ​nagyon nehéz randizni, Hamish” – magyarázza a langaléta felföldi rendőrnek élete hajdani szerelme, Priscilla Halburton-Smyth. A férfi ugyanis nem érti, miért fordul épeszű ember társkereső ügynökséghez. A kérdés egyébként azért vetődik fel benne, mert a Tommel-kastélyszálló legújabb vendégei, a Magányos Szívek Klubjának tagjai abból a célból utaztak Londonból a messzi skót Felföldre, hogy az ügynökség közvetítésével találják meg a párjukat. A nyolc „szingli” közt van szürke virágbolt-tulajdonos, leányiskolai tanárnő, felkapaszkodni vágyó ifjú bróker, szende jogi titkárnő, gazdag playboy, középkorú áruházlánc-tulajdonos, idős államügyész és infantilis könyvkiadói alkalmazott egyaránt. Egyvalami közös bennük: mindannyian jól szituáltak. Maria Worth, a társkereső cég rátermett társtulajdonosa mindent ragyogóan megszervezett, ám egyvalamire nem számított: az üzlettársa megjelenésére. Peta Gore – aki gyönyörű unokahúgát is magával hozta az alkalomra – förtelmes étkezési szokásaival és kacérságával nem csupán a társaság gyűlöletét ébreszti fel, a sorsot is kihívja maga ellen… Az Agatha Raisin-könyvek népszerű írónőjének Hamish Macbeth-sorozata olyannyira sikeres, hogy turisták özönlenek Észak-Skóciába, ahogyan régen Sherlock Holmes „szülővárosába”. Eddig 30 kötet jelent meg, s a regényekből a BBC televíziós sorozatot készített, amelyben Robert Carlyle személyesíti meg Hamisht.

M. C. Beaton - Yvonne ​Goes to York
No ​coach journey is ever dull with Miss Pym aboard, and this one proves no exception: Hannah meets Yvonne Grenier, fleeing the Horror in France, and very soon determines to find a suitable match for this beautiful and charming Frenchwoman.

M. C. Beaton - Agatha ​Raisin and the Day the Floods Came
Drowned ​brides are like buses: nothing for ages, then two come along at the same time ...! Abandoned by husband James, Agatha hops on a plane to the South Pacific, hoping to mend her broken heart. But there she meets a happy honeymooning couple, for whom disaster strikes when, tragically, the bride drowns. Back home, alarm bells start ringing for Agatha when a woman, dressed in a wedding gown, is swept down river. The police say suicide, but Agatha, spurred on by recent memories, particularly her own disastrous marriage, sets out to prove them wrong. Praise for the "Agatha Raisin" series: 'Sharp, witty, hugely intelligent, unfailingly entertaining, delightfully intolerant and oh so magnificently non-PC, M.C. Beaton has created a national treasure' - Anne Robinson. 'M.C. Beaton's imperfect heroine is an absolute gem' - "Publishers Weekly". 'The Miss Marple-like Raisin is a refreshing, sensible, wonderfully eccentric, thoroughly likeable heroine' - "Booklist". 'Once started, you'll have a job to put it down until you've finished' - Amazon reader, Kent. 'Another wonderful tale about Agatha and her chums ...Long live Aggie!' - Bookworm, Essex.

M. C. Beaton - Hiss ​and Hers
Agatha ​Raisin is as feisty as ever - armed with her famous wit and biting sense of humor. This time, though, there's some biting of a whole other sort going on. Agatha has fallen head over heels in love - again - for Cotswold gardener George Marston, but so have others, a long suspect list. She foots the bill for a charity ball just for the chance to dance with him, but he fails to show. Agatha finds his body in a compost heap - dead from snake bite

M. C. Beaton - Death ​of a Nag
After ​his engagement is broken, Constable Hamish Macbeth is looking forward to rest and relaxation in the coastal town of Skay. But when he arrives at the somewhat dismal bed and breakfast, his fellow guests include the annoying Miss Gunnery, a London family, and Bob Harris, who so nags his wife that everyone wants to kill him. And then someone does.

M. C. Beaton - Death ​of a Travelling Man
Sergeant ​Hamish Macbeth finds Sean Gourlay too handsome. The agent of evil pretends to be gypsy traveller with gutter-mouth Cheryl, disrupts Lochdubh village. The doctor is missing drugs. The Ladies' Club is missing money. Spinsters Nessie and Jessie want to move. Did one of the ladies kill Sean?

M. C. Beaton - Death ​of a Perfect Wife
Although ​the Thomases were not initially liked by villagers, Trixie Thomas has become a model of domestic efficiency--the perfect wife. So it comes as a great shock to everyone when she is found dead--to everyone but police inspector Hamish Macbeth.

M. C. Beaton - Agatha ​Raisin and the Fairies of Fryfam
Agatha's ​away with the fairies...and the little folk are causing big trouble for her! Angry at being jilted by new husband James, Agatha follows a fortune-teller's advice and rents a cottage in pretty Fryfam. There, she hopes, true love will come chasing after her. But her romantic notions are dispelled by a series of odd goings-on in the village: strange lights start appearing in her back garden; there are thefts of paintings and pottery; and, her beloved cats vanish. And then the local squire is found dead. Agatha's nose for trouble ensnares her in a maelstrom of jealousy, blackmail and dangerous liaisons, especially with a murderer who plans to keep irrepressible Agatha permanently in Fryfam - as a resident corpse! Praise for "The Agatha Raisin Series": 'Sharp, witty, hugely intelligent, unfailingly entertaining, delightfully intolerant and oh so magnificently non-PC, M.C. Beaton has created a national treasure' - Anne Robinson. 'M.C. Beaton's imperfect heroine is an absolute gem' - "Publishers Weekly". 'The Miss Marple-like Raisin is a refreshing, sensible, wonderfully eccentric, thoroughly likeable heroine' - "Booklist".

M. C. Beaton - Hamish ​Macbeth és a tökéletes oldalborda
Az ​álmos észak-skóciai faluban, Lochdubh-ban immár két hete süt a nap, ami nagy szó a borongós, esős nyárhoz szokott felföldieknek. Hamish Macbeth, a helybéli rendőr is roppantul élvezi komótos, eseménytelen júliusi életét. Ám új emberek költöznek a faluba: Trixie Thomas, az eszményi háziasszony, és gyámoltalan férje, Paul. Trixi térül-fordul, s máris fölbolydul a falu. A hitvesek megszállottan tökéletesek akarnak lenni, a férjeket viszont az őrületbe kergetik, és valakit – tán többeket is? – gyilkosságba… Hamish a maga találékony módján lát hozzá az eset kibogozásához, és ezúttal nem csak az önelégült Blair felügyelőt kell kicseleznie, hanem örök szerelme, Priscilla milliomos londoni lovagját is.

M. C. Beaton - Agatha ​Raisin and the Christmas Crumble
Agatha ​is spending Christmas at home in the Cotswolds - and in a fit of goodwill towards all men (and women) she invites six of Carsley's oldest residents to come around and share Christmas lunch with her. Christmas jollity soon turns to disaster as Agatha accidentally kills one of her guests with a gruesome homemade Christmas pudding... so will it be Christmas in the cells for Agatha? Or can she fix an escape out of this particular festive mess!

M. C. Beaton - Death ​of a Dreamer
The ​rugged landscape of Scotland attracts dreamers who move north, wrapped in fantasies of enjoying the simple life. They usually don't last, but it looks as if Effie Garrard has come to stay. When Constable Hamish Macbeth calls on her, he's amazed that she weathered the difficult winter. But Effie is quite delusional, imagining that she's engaged to local artist Jock Fleming. Later, Effie is found in the mountains, poisoned by hemlock.

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