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M. C. Beaton - Agatha ​Raisin és az életveszélyes esküvő
Agatha ​és James Lacey esküvője napján ragyogó az idő, kitisztul az ég. Ám sokkal helyénvalóbbak lennének az előző napi viharfelhők, hiszen megjelenik Agatha rég halottnak hitt első férje, Jimmy Raisin, hogy megakadályozza Agathát abban, hogy bigámiát kövessen el. Az ezt követő felfordulásban Agatha megpróbálja a nagyon is élő és emlékeinél kétszer rondább férjet megfojtani. A kínos helyzetbe hozott James felbontja az eljegyzést. Így amikor másnap Jimmyt holtan találják, Agatha és James lesznek az első számú gyanúsítottak. Közösen kell felgöngyölíteniük az ügyet, hogy tisztázhassák magukat. De vajon az újbóli közeledésük – a sors iróniája, hogy a nyomozás során férjnek és feleségnek adják ki magukat – elég lesz-e, hogy Agatha ismét rabul ejtse James szívét?

M. C. Beaton - Miss ​Pym és a menekülő menyasszony
Miss ​Hannah Pym munkaadója halála után ötezer fontot örököl. A vénkisasszony felmondja házvezetőnői állását, és úgy dönt, postakocsin utazva kalandot keres a vidéki Angliában. De a kalandot nem is kell keresnie, az hamar rátalál Miss Pymre, Miss Emily Freemantle képében: az ibolyakék szemű, elkényeztetett szépség egy kiélt arisztokrata elől menekül, akihez a szülei akarják hozzákényszeríteni. Amikor a lány jóképű jegyese is felszáll a postakocsijukra, Miss Pym biztosra veszi, hogy Emily elhamarkodottan akar kiugrani ebből az előkelő partiból. Így amint az utasok megszállnak egy fogadóban, Miss Pym hozzálát a fiatalok összeboronálásához, és bár Lord Ranger Harley fennen hangoztatja, hogy sosem venne el egy hálátlan leányzót, Miss Pym úgy gyanítja, hogy meghitt környezetben, némi háztartási munka segítségével, minden romantikus bonyodalom megoldódik. "M. C. Beaton a régensség korabeli romantikus regények koronázatlan királynője."

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 és a páratlan vőlegény
Agatha ​Raisin bánatában, hogy csökkentse volt férje eljegyzése okozta fájdalmát, ismét egy vonzó férfi után vetődik, ám a sármos francia úriember körül egyre gyanúsabb események történnek. Nem elég, hogy a menyasszonyt, akit ő hozott össze Agatha exével, az esküvő napján holtan találják, de gyors tempóban két újabb hulla bukkan fel a színen – és természetesen mindkettőbe Agatha botlik bele. Ezzel ő maga is jókora slamasztikába kerül, hiszen féltékenysége okán kézenfekvőnek látszik az indítéka a menyasszonygyilkossághoz. Ám amikor a lányától megfosztott anya felbéreli, hogy találja meg a gyilkost, az elszánt nyomozó élete is veszélybe kerül, nem számít ugyanis arra, hogy a sármos álomférfi elképesztően ravasz fogásokkal próbálja csapdába csalni. Ráadásul megbízható detektívösztöne többször is csődöt mond, és Agatha hűséges barátainak és kollégáinak – de legfőképp a szárnya alá vett ifjú Toni Gilmournak – köszönheti, hogy ép bőrrel megússza a kalandokat. Az amúgy rettenthetetlen magándetektív levonja a végső következtetést: kiöregedett és eltompult, ideje visszavonulnia.

M. C. Beaton - Death ​of an Outsider
Dreary ​Cnothan's most hated man is dumped into a tank filled with lobsters then eaten in Britain's best restaurants. Exiled there with his dog Towser, Hamish Macbeth misses his beloved Highland village Lochdubh, Priscilla, and easy lazy days. His superiors want the business hushed up, a dark-haired lass wants his body, and a killer is out for more blood. On TV show.

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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - Beatrice ​Goes to Brighton
Lady ​Beatrice is fleeing an arranged marriage by stagecoach to Brighton, where the proud beauty meets her match in Miss Hannah Pym who is determined to find her a proper beau.

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 Village
Trouble ​is afoot in a Scottish fishing village as Constable Macbeth finds the pub empty, the church full, and the air permeated with fear. With the help of a journalist, Macbeth begins to ferret out the truth.

M. C. Beaton - Agatha ​Raisin e la quiche letale
Agatha ​Raisin, cinquantenne dal carattere difficile, decide di cambiare vita: chiude la società di PR, che le ha permesso di guadagnare un bel po’ di soldi, lascia Londra e si trasferisce nei Cotswolds, un’area di pittoresca bellezza nel cuore dell’Inghilterra. Carsely, il piccolo e perfetto villaggio dei suoi sogni, è sublime: gli abitanti sono stravaganti e gentili, il cottage comprato da Agatha è scomodo al punto giusto, abbondano i vestiti a fiori, tipo Laura Ashley, e la cordialità è un po’ di facciata. A Londra non si era accorta di non avere amici, ma giunta a Carsely si ritrova sola e isolata. Donna attiva e prepotente, Agatha non si accontenta di inserirsi nella nuova comunità ma vuole diventare anche popolare. Come fare? Partecipare a una gara culinaria. E se non si è in grado di cucinare? Andare a Londra e comprare un’ottima quiche. E se il giudice della gara muore mangiando la quiche? Ingiustamente accusata di aver provocato una morte e giustamente additata per aver imbrogliato, Agatha investiga... Agatha Raisin e la quiche letale è il primo libro dedicato all’eccentrica investigatrice: una serie ironica e leggera, intelligente e sarcastica.

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 - 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 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 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 - Belinda ​Goes to Bath
No ​sooner does Miss Pym board her next stagecoach than she finds herself embroiled in the plight of Miss Belinda Earle, a spirited heiress banished to Bath after swearing off the marriage market. When the coach founders near Baddell Castle, and the dashing Marquis of Frenton comes to the rescue, Miss Pym decides to give Fate a hand. Although the austere bachelor disdains romance, his furtive glances towards Belinda prove to Miss Pym that her expert matchmaking will soon turn this star-crossed couple into a heavenly match!

M. C. Beaton - Death ​of a Glutton
There's ​not a cloud in Constable Hamish Macbeth's sky.... Just plenty of warm sunshine and not quite enough of beautiful Priscilla Halburton-Smythe. But as eight hopeful members of the Checkmate Singles Club converge on Tommel Castle Hotel for a week of serious matchmaking, the clouds roll in. The four couples, carefully matched by dating director Maria Worth, immediately dislike each other. The arrival of Maria's gross, greedy partner, Peta, kills the last vestige of romance. And as love goes out the window, murder comes in the door. Peta soon slurps up her last meal, and Hamish is left with a baffling puzzle: who shared the fateful outing that left Peta dead with a big red apple in her mouth? Surely not one of those singles....

M. C. Beaton - Emily ​Goes to Exeter
A ​dead employer's legacy of five thousand pounds allows spinster Hannah Pym to resign from housekeeping and find adventure travelling the English countryside by stagecoach. But adventure soon finds Miss Pym in the form of Miss Emily Freemantle, a spoilt violet-eyed beauty fleeing an arranged marriage to a rake she has never met. What the girl's darkly handsome betrothed boards their stage, Miss Pym is certain Emily was rash to bolt from this aristocratic catch! And so as soon as the travellers repair to an inn, Miss Pym begins her matchmaking...and although Lord Ranger Harley complains he'll not marry an ungrateful minx, Miss Pym suspects once she's marshalled the couple into sharing intimate household chores, all romantic knots will be untangled!

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 Witch of Wyckhadden
Eye ​of newt, toe of frog...and murder most foul! Left with bald patches thanks to the wicked doings of a murderer from a previous investigation, Agatha flees to coastal Wyckhadden to re-grow her lost locks. With hair tonic supplied by a local witch, Agatha's tresses begin to flow - but the witch is found bludgeoned to death. The odd elderly residents of Agatha's elegantly faded hotel seem innocuous, but as she delves deeper she discovers secrets best left and powerful motives for revenge. Balancing the amorous attentions of police inspector Jimmy Jessop with an ever more treacherous search for the killer, Agatha is at her wits' end - and ready to cast a spell of her own. 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 - Death ​of a Gossip
When ​society widow and gossip columnist Lady Jane Winters joined the fishing class, she wasted no time in ruffling the feathers-or was it the fins-of those around her. Among the victims of her sharp tongue and unladylike manner was Lochdubh Constable Hamish Macbeth. Yet not even Hamish thought someone would permanently silence Lady Jane's shrills-until her strangled body is fished out of the river. Now with the help of the lovely Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, Hamish must angle through the choppy waters of the tattler's life to find the murderer. But with a school of suspects who aren't ready to talk and dead women telling no tales, Hamish may be in over his head, for he knows that secrets are dangerous, knowledge is power, and killers usually do strike again. Jane Winters--Lady Jane--was a noted gossip columnist enrolled in the Lachdubh School of Casting (fish casting, that is). She had something on everyone in class--and so, bobby Hamish Macbeth figured, any one of them could have killed her. Martin's.

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 - 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 - Penelope ​Goes to Portsmouth
Kind-hearted ​Miss Hannah Pym is off to Portsmouth in the company of the beautiful but practical Miss Penelope Wilkins. Miss Pym quickly realises that Penelope needs someone to enliven her sheltered life, someone perhaps like their handsome travelling companion, Lord Augustus Railton. Penelope, however, thinks Lord Augustus is a ne'er-do-well...Hannah's hopes for adventure, on the other hand, are fulfilled when the coach happens upon a footman who faces hanging for a crime he didn't commit.

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 - 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 - 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 i Camminatori di Dembley
Tornata ​da un lungo periodo lavorativo a Londra, Agatha ritrova il suo amato villaggio di Carsely e soprattutto il suo bel vicino James. Vero è che il fascinoso colonnello in pensione non sembra proprio in visibilio all’idea di riaverla lì, ma Agatha non fa neanche in tempo a elaborare nuove strategie di conquista che viene coinvolta in un omicidio sensazionale. Jessica Tartinck, provocatrice di professione, che ha trascorso gli ultimi mesi a capo dell’Associazione dei Camminatori di Dembley, cercando di trasformare dei pacifici passeggiatori della domenica in agguerriti sostenitori del diritto di passo nella campagna circostante, viene trovata brutalmente assassinata in un campo. E poiché Agatha non smette mai di sperare, da lì a poco cerca di convincere James a partecipare alle indagini, complicate dal fatto che davvero molti potrebbero essere i colpevoli...

M. C. Beaton - Agatha ​Raisin e il Mago di Evesham
Anche ​per Agatha è arrivato il momento da tante temuto: sono spuntati i primi capelli grigi. Dopo aver provato a risolvere il problema in modo casalingo, uscendo dal bagno con i capelli sfumati di un atroce color rosa, Agatha decide di provare quello che le signore locali definiscono il “mago”, e cioè John, il parrucchiere di Evesham. L’uomo sembra effettivamente di gran fascino, e Agatha si abbandona, come solo lei sa fare, a qualche sogno a occhi aperti: lei nelle braccia del Mago, James che la vede e finalmente capi¬sce… Torna quindi con una certa frequenza a Evesham, anche perché mai prima era stata così ben pettinata, ma presto le pare di capire che, nonostante tutti i complimenti circondano il par¬rucchiere, le donne lo temano. Non tutte ma molte. Finché un giorno, durante una messa in piega, il Mago cade a terra e muore, avvelenato. E cosa potrebbe fare Agatha se non indagare?

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