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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 - Hamish ​Macbeth és a nagy lazacfogás
Amikor ​a legyezőhorgász-tanfolyamhoz csatlakozik egy munkáspárti főrend özvegye, Lady Jane Winters, aki mellesleg vitriolos tollú bulvárújságíró, rögtön felborzolódnak a kedélyek. Éles nyelve és nyers modora nem kíméli Hamish Macbethet, a helyi rendőrt sem, ám az még neki sem fordul meg a fejében, hogy valaki örökre el fogja hallgattatni a tolakodó hölgyet. Miután Lady Jane holttestét kihorgásszák a folyóból, Hamish a gyönyörű Priscilla Halburton-Smythe segítségével próbálja felkutatni a gyilkost. Ehhez először is az áldozat életét kell felgöngyölíteni. A rengeteg gyanúsítottat nem könnyű szóra bírni, a szószátyár áldozat viszont sajnos már nem beszél. Hamish tudja, hogy a titkok veszélyesek, a tudás hatalommal jár, és a gyilkosok rendszerint ismét lecsapnak… 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, és a regényekből a BBC televíziós sorozatot készített, amelyben Robert Carlyle személyesítette meg Hamisht.

M. C. Beaton - Hamish ​Macbeth és az eljegyzési vendég
A ​langaléta Macbeth őrmester első ránézésre kissé bambának tűnik, ám helyén van az esze és szíve. Mindkettőre szüksége is van, amikor újabb bűntény történik békés skót-felföldi falujában, pontosabban abban a kastélyban, ahol éppen Priscilla eljegyzését tartják. Az őrmester titokban már régóta szerelmes a lányba, de amikor az egyik vendéget -egy jóképű nőcsábászt- holtan találnak, a falusi rendőrt érzelmei nem akadályozzák meg abban, hogy elfogulatlan nyomozásba fogjon. A tettes felderítése azonban nem könnyű feladat, sokan haragudtak a "szépfiúra". Ki tehette? Melyik megbántott, megcsalt, félrevezetett hölgy? Vagy egy még jobban megbántott, felszarvazott férj? A helyzet csak bonyolódik, amikor az egyik vendég magára vállalja a gyilkosságot. Macbeth őrmester ezúttal is remekel, és a bűntett megoldása mindenki számára meglepetést tartogat. 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, és a regényekből a BBC televíziós sorozatot készített, amelyben Robert Carlyle személyesítette meg Hamisht.

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 - 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 - 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 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 - 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 - 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 and the Busy Body
Cranky, ​yet lovable Agatha Raisin has never been one for holiday cheer, but her cozy little village of Carsely has always prided itself on its decadent Christmas festivities. But this year the bells will not be ringing "Silent Night" as Mr. John Sunday, an officer with the Health and Safety Board, has gradually begun to crack down what he sees as gross misconduct by each and every man, woman, and child in town. The village shop is told it can no longer have wooden shelves which have been there since the time of Queen Victoria 'in case someone is inflicted with a splinter.' The village school is ordered to leave lights on at night 'to prevent unauthorized intruders from tripping in the dark.' And children are warned to not play with 'counterfeit banknotes' after passing around toy money. But the grinch going by the name of Mr. Sunday finally goes too far when he rules that there can not be a Christmas tree atop the church tower this year. Soon after the decry and just before Christmas, Agatha is sipping a cup of tea and trying to stay awake as minute by minute of the Carsely Ladies Society meeting at the vicarage drones on when a sudden scream wakes her from her stupor. The ladies rush out of the vicarage and into the garden to find Sunday, enemy #1 of all of Carsely, lying face down in the petunias. Agatha is on the case, but with so many people having threatened the life of the victim, it's almost impossible to know where to start.

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 - Agatha ​Raisin e le fate di Fryfam
Sempre ​più destabilizzata sentimentalmente – una fugace storia d’amore a Wyckhadden ha quasi distrutto l’autostima della nostra Agatha – e scoperto, al suo rientro a Carsely, che James, di nuovo in viaggio, ha permesso a una giovane bionda avvenente di vivere in casa sua, Agatha decide di seguire ciò che le ha predetto un’indovina: andare nel Norfolk dove dovrebbe trovare un nuovo grande amore, vedovo e biondo. In realtà, quando arriva a Fryfam, trova solo donne insoddisfatte e subisce scherzi incomprensibili, e per darsi un tono inizia a scrivere un romanzo, dal titolo Omicidio al maniero, in cui il proprietario viene sgozzato con un rasoio. Che dire, quindi, quando il lord del locale maniero viene ucciso proprio in quel modo?

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 - Agatha ​Raisin and the Deadly Dance
There ​may be trouble ahead... so will Agatha face the music? Can the feisty Agatha cut it as a private investigator? She soon learns that running her own detective agency in the Cotswolds is not quite like starring in a Raymond Chandler movie. But then walks in wealthy divorcee Catherine Laggat-Brown, and Agatha is given her first real case. Death threats, blackmail and physical attack soon follow, and once again Agatha is off scouring the countryside for clues and showing friends and enemies alike what Raisin Investigations can do! Praise for the "Agatha Raisin" series: 'A potent cocktail of satire, mystery and adventure that will leave you wanting more' - Myshelf.com. '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 - 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 Perfect Paragon
She's ​practically perfect in every way! After being nearly killed by both a hired hit man and her former secretary, Agatha Raisin could use some low-key cases. So when Robert Smedley walks through the door of her detective agency, determined to prove that his wife is cheating on him, Raisin Investigations immediately offers to help. Unfortunately for Agatha, Mabel Smedley appears to be the perfect wife: young, pretty, and a regular volunteer at church. But just as Agatha is ready to give up, Smedley is poisoned with weed killer, leaving Mabel, the prime suspect, to inherit a fortune. With no one left to pay her, Agatha has to drop the investigation ...that is, until her old friend Sir Charles Fraith turns up again to rekindle her curiosity in the case. 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 - 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 - 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 - Death ​of a Cad
When ​Priscilla Halburton-Smythe brings her London playwright fiance home to Lochdubh, the whole town is delighted - save perhaps for love-smitten bobby Hamish Macbeth. But the morning after a posh engagement party, one of the guests, Captain Bartlett, is murdered on a grouse hunt. Unfortunately, the prime suspects are the party guests. And a second murder soon follows the first. Now Hamish Macbeth must cut through the alibis before the killer strikes again . . . all the while trying to woo the lovely Priscilla from her jealous boyfriend.

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 - 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 - 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.

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 Haunted House
A ​vengeful ghost comes back to haunt the living? Reports of a haunted house soon have Agatha snooping around, but it turns out the victim of the haunting is a universally disliked old biddy on whom someone is playing a practical joke. And then the old lady is murdered - but for Agatha, solving a crime is much more fun than hunting a ghost! Very soon she's up to her usual tricks, involving the villagers, local police, and, of course, her handsome new neighbour. Praise for "The Agatha Raisin Series": 'Fast-paced, witty and well-plotted' - MyShelf.com. '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 - 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 - 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 - 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 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 - Death ​of a Prankster
"A ​case that Hamish Macbeth fans will relish." Booklist. A Hamish Macbeth Mystery by the author of "Death of a Snob." When it comes to murder, Constable Hamish Macbeth can't see the joke. Rich, old practical joker Andrew Trent summons his kin to remote Arrat House in the dead of winter for a deathbed farewell. But when they arrive, the old coot is in perfect health, cackling at his joke and ready to torment them with others. But it turns out the joke's on Trent. As the saying goes, he who laughs last, kills first! And when Trent is murdered, Constable Macbeth must step in and solve the crime before the punchline of the next killing joke knocks him right into an early grave!

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 - 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 - 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. A sorozat már a 26. kötetnél tart.

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