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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 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 - 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 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 - 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 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 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 - 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 Liar
Sergeant ​Hamish Macbeth is alarmed to receive a report from a woman in the small village of Cronish in the Scottish Highlands. She has been brutally attacked and the criminal is on the loose. But upon further investigation, Hamish discovers that she was lying about the crime. So when the same woman calls him back about an intruder, he simply marvels at her compulsion to lie. This time, though, she is telling the truth. Her body is found in her home and Hamish must sort through all of her lies to solve the crime.

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 - 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 - 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 Ghost
Sergeant ​Hamish Macbeth--Scotland's most quick-witted but unambitious policeman--returns in M.C. Beaton's new mystery in her New York Times bestselling series DEATH OF A GHOST When Police Sergeant Hamish Macbeth hears reports of a haunted castle near Drim, he assumes the eerie noises and lights reported by the villagers are just local teenagers going there to smoke pot or, worse, inject themselves with drugs. Still, Hamish decides that he and his policeman, Charlie "Clumsy" Carson, will spend the night at the ruined castle to get to the bottom of the rumors once and for all. There's no sign of any ghost...but then Charlie disappears through the floor. It turns out he's fallen into the cellar. And what Hamish and Charlie find there is worse than a ghost: a dead body propped against the wall. Waiting for help to arrive, Hamish and Charlie leave the castle just for a moment--to eat bacon baps--but when they return, the body is nowhere to be seen. It's clear something strange--and deadly--is going on at the castle, and Hamish must get to the bottom of it before the "ghost" can strike again...

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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 és a kígyónyelvű asszonyok
Abban ​semmi meglepő nincs, hogy Agatha Raisint, a merész magándetektívet ismét hatalmába keríti a romantikus lángolás, ám annál meghökkentőbb, hogy milyen hamar és kegyetlenül oltja ki e lángot a sors – vagy talán egy őrült gonosztevő? George Marston, a szédítően jóképű kertész ígéretével ellentétben nem jelenik meg a bálon, amelyet Agatha épp az ő meghódítása céljából szervez. Amikor a nyomozó a férfi keresésére indul, borzalmas bűnténybe botlik, amelynek kegyetlensége felülmúlja minden eddigi esetét. Agatha Raisin és kis csapata munkába lendül, de csakhamar kiderül, hogy az imádott George nem volt épp szentéletű ember: Carselyben tucatjával hódította a hölgyeket, de furcsamód nem a fiatal és szép nőstények között vadászott. Agatha a kérdezősködéssel magára is haragítja a lakosokat, olyannyira, hogy a gyanút is igyekeznek ráterelni: miért ne követhette volna el féltékenységében ő maga a szörnyű tettet? A falubéli nők sorából igencsak kilóg a hétvégenként Carselyben pihenő gyönyörűséges szappanoperasztár, aki még Agatha beosztottja, az ifjú Simon eszét is elveszi. Simon rajongása kis híján végzetes következményekkel jár, ám végül épp a végzetet előzi meg a fiatal nyomozó hevessége. "Nagyon szeretem a krimit, Agatha Raisin nyomozásai pedig mindig felüdítenek. Intrikák, gonosz férfiak, még véletlenül sem őszinte asszonyok, párkapcsolati viszonyok mozgatta történetszövés és néhány oldalanként egy nagy nevetés. Pont erre van szükségünk." Fejős Éva

M. C. Beaton - Agatha ​Raisin and the Vicious Vet
Agatha ​Raisin believes the new village vet has taken a shine to her, but before romance can bloom, he accidently kills himself. Oh well, there is still her distinguished military neighbour, and perhaps a common interest like a murder investigation will bring them closer together.

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 - Agatha ​Raisin és a sziszifuszi szerelem
Agatha ​Raisin számára nincs holtomiglan-holtodiglan. Alig ment hozzá a szomszédjához, James Laceyhez, és máris rá kell döbbennie, hogy a szerelem bizony nem fenékig tejfel. A friss házasok hamarosan különköltöznek, miközben mindketten a másikat vádolják hűtlenséggel. Aztán egy kocsmai összezördülést követően James nyomtalanul eltűnik, csupán egy vérfolt marad utána. Természetesen Agatha lesz a fő gyanúsított, aki elhatározza, hogy tisztázza a nevét, és a férje keresésére indul, csakhogy már a nyomozás kezdetén egy meggyilkolt szeretőre bukkan…

M. C. Beaton - Egy ​holttest és más semmi?
Fellworth ​Dolphin udvarias, szorgalmas fiatalember, aki még mindig az anyjával él együtt. Szerény körülmények, örök takarékoskodás, szoros póráz - ahogy azt Fellworth kiskorától megszokta. Amikor a (nem igazán) kedves mama elhalálozik, Fellworth, ne szépítsük, megkönnyebbül. De az igazi meglepetés csak ezután következik: kiderül, hogy Fellworth hatalmas vagyont örökölt az anyjától. Vajon honnan a temérdek pénz? Tényleg részt vett Fellworth apja egy hajdani, híres vonatrablásban? És ki a titokzatos hölgy azon a festményen, amelyet anyja a gardróbszekrényben rejtegetett? Nincs más hátra, ki kell deríteni az igazságot! Fellworth összeszövetkezik Maggie-vel, egy helyes, talpraesett lánnyal, hogy kinyomozzák a rejtélyes vagyon eredetét.

M. C. Beaton - Agatha ​Raisin és a hivatalnok hullája
Egy ​túlbuzgó egészségbiztosítási hivatalnok borzolja a kedélyeket a Cotswoldi-dombság falvaiban, mindenhol veszélyes szabálytalanságok után szimatol. Hamar kivívja magának a közutálatot, de amikor betiltja a közös karácsonyfa-állítást és az ünnepi díszkivilágítást is, az egyik faluban elszabadulnak az indulatok. A buzgómócsing tisztviselő egy szalon ablaküvegére kenődve leheli ki a lelkét, ahol odabent történetesen ott ül Agatha Raisin is. Az elszánt magándetektívnek nehéz a dolga, ezúttal ugyanis nincs olyan ember a faluban, aki ne akarta volna az undok spicli halálát. Ráadásul kisvártatva egy újabb hulla is felbukkan a színen, és a rendőrség számára kézenfekvő, hogy a tettes ugyanaz. Agatha a szimatolás közben ismeri meg az Amerikából érkezett jóképű Tom Courtney-t, és a férfi hatására ismét tombolni kezdenek a hormonjai. Úgy érzi, itt az utolsó nagy lehetősége egy vad éjszakára, ám a sors közbeszól, amikor régi barátja, Roy, életveszélybe kerül. Agatha csak később jön rá, hogy Roy segélyhívása mekkora baklövéstől mentette meg, és ennek köszönhetően egy lépéssel közelebb került a fantomhoz, aki után addig csak a sötétben tapogatózott.

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 - Agatha ​Raisin e il matrimonio assassino
Agatha ​ce l’ha fatta! Dopo che l’ultima indagine ha permesso a lei e a James di vivere qualche giorno insieme, James inaspettatamente le chiede di sposarlo. Stupore, un minimo di incertezza e poi Agatha accetta con entusiasmo! Nel corso degli anni ha dato diverse versioni sulla fine di Jimmy Raisin, il suo primo marito: ad alcuni ha detto che è morto, ad altri che non ne ha più saputo niente. Giunta ora al momento fatidico, per paura che una lunga attesa possa indurre James a ritirare la proposta, Agatha sostiene di essere vedova, e senza ulteriori tentennamenti si prepara al gran passo. La mattina del matrimonio comincia male: una nuova crema antirughe le procura un imbarazzante sfogo sul viso. Ma questo è niente: poco prima del fatidico sì, ecco arrivare proprio Jimmy Raisin. Stupore, rabbia, imbarazzo: James, furibondo, intima ad Agatha di non farsi più vedere, e Jimmy tenta di estorcere dei soldi ad Agatha, che lo caccia in malo modo. La successiva apparizione di Jimmy è in forma di cadavere, assassinato nei pressi di Carsely. Inizia così l’indagine più importante di Agatha, che non solo vede allontanarsi del tutto l’amato James, ma è accusata di omicidio…

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 és a halálos tánc
Agatha ​megnyitja hőn áhított nyomozóirodáját, ám be kell látnia, a Cotswoldsban a magándetektíveknek nincs könnyű dolguk. Hamarosan ráébred, hogy az életben nem megy minden olyan simán, mint a regényekben. Egy szép napon besétál hozzá az elvált Mrs. Laggat-Brown, akinek a bőre alatt is pénz van, és beindul az üzlet. Halálos fenyegetések sora, és zsarolás veszi kezdetét, Agatha pedig ismét beleveti magát a nyomozásba, hogy barátoknak és ellenségeknek egyaránt megmutassa, mire képes a Raisin Nyomozóiroda. 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 21. kötetnél tart.

M. C. Beaton - Agatha ​Raisin e la Sorgente della morte
Delusa ​per l’ennesima volta da James, che a Cipro l’ha addirittura abbandonata, Agatha torna a casa depressa e apatica. Cerca di distrarsi partecipando alle riunioni delle Dame di Carsely, ma anche lì non trova nulla che la interessi. Si dibatte, infatti, della proposta che l’azienda idrica appena fondata ha fatto al consiglio comunale di Ancombe, un villaggio vicino, e cioè di prelevare giornalmente l’acqua della sorgente del posto, dietro pagamento. Nel consiglio ci sono due schieramenti opposti, chi pensa sia bene accettare, perché il comune incassa dei soldi e non si fa del male a nessuno, e chi sostiene che sarebbe un’indegna commercializzazione di un bene comune… Agatha trova tutto ciò piuttosto noioso, fino a quando, su richiesta del suo vecchio amico-nemico Roy Silver, decide di curare il lancio dell’azienda idrica. E appena presa la decisione, s’imbatte nel corpo del presidente del consiglio comunale proprio sotto la sorgente. Era piuttosto anziano, il morto: è scivolato e ha battuto la testa o qualcuno lo ha ucciso? Agatha si mette a investigare: riuscirà a ottenere l’aiuto di James e a riprendere in tal modo la loro relazione?

M. C. Beaton - Love, ​Lies and Liquor
Sea, ​sand - and the slammer for Agatha! Agatha Raisin thinks she's in for a treat when her ex-husband James Lacey invites her on holiday but - horrors - his idea of an idyllic break is the small, run-down resort of Burryhill-on-Sea. And from there on things go from bad to worse, so when a fellow guest in their hotel is found murdered, Agatha herself is chief suspect - and has to solve this case from a locked police cell! Praise for "The Agatha Raisin Series": 'Sharp, witty, hugely intelligent, unfailingly entertaining... M. C. Beaton has created a national treasure' - Anne Robinson. 'M. C. Beaton's imperfect heroine is an absolute gem' - "Publishers Weekly". 'An enchanting series...M. C. Beaton has a foolproof plot for the village mystery' - "New York Times Book Review".

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 - 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.

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