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M. C. Beaton - Hamish ​Macbeth és a szívek háborúja
Hamish ​Macbeth őrmesternek felhívják a figyelmét egy különös jövevényre, aki a szomszéd faluba költözött be. Az elbűvölően jóképű, gazdag fiatalember jócskán ki is használja természet adta adottságait: sorra csábítja el a középkorú nőket, akik a hegyek között megbújó, világvégi faluban boldogan omlanak az angol Adonisz karjaiba. A férfi azonban nem számol azzal, hogy a skót Felföld mocsaras kis szegletében milyen könnyen elszabadulnak az indulatok, és hogy játékának súlyos következményei lehetnek. Hamish Macbeth bűntényt szimatol a levegőben, s bár a felbőszült férjek és egymásra féltékenykedő asszonyok kavalkádja nem segíti a tisztánlátását, az események végül megérzéseit igazolják. Miközben a szépséges idegen Hamish menyasszonyával, Priscillával is kikezd, az őrmester egyre inkább megcsömörlik a lány tisztaságmániájától, örökös rendezkedésétől, na meg tartózkodásától, ami megkeseríti a kapcsolatukat. Hamish végül határozott lépésre szánja el magát…

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 nyársat nyelt rendőr
Agatha ​Raisinnek meggyűlik a baja egy túlbuzgó rendőrrel, aki megszállott bírságoló, és őt is megbünteti két „súlyos” vétségért. Agatha nem sokkal az eset után Winter Parvában, a hagyományőrző kis faluban látja viszont a bosszantó rendőrt, csakhogy egyenruha nélkül, mi több, egy nyárson forgatva anyaszült meztelenül a tűz fölött. A malacsütésnek indult szabadtéri mulatság igazi horrorba fordul, amikor a mindig éber detektívnő felfedezi a szörnyű gyilkosságot. Még furcsább, hogy a Raisin Nyomozóirodát a halott rendőr volt felesége keresi fel, és megbízást ad nekik, találják meg exférje gyilkosát. A nyomozással egy idő után még a rettenthetetlen Agathának is le kell állnia, mert olyan fenyegetést kap, ami a nyársra húzott tetem borzalmán is túltesz. Ám amikor Agatha volt férje, James hazatér utazgatásaiból, és mint mesteri „betörő” felajánlja segítéségét Mrs. Raisinnek, az nem tud ellenállni, és tovább folytatja a szimatolást. Mindeközben el kell simítani egy csúnya tettének következményeit is: a nyomozóirodába korábban felvett fiatal Simon Blacket egy ravasz húzással távolította el a csinos és tehetséges detektívlány, Toni közeléből, de nem számolt azzal, hogy mit lép erre a fiú.

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 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 - 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 - The ​Skeleton in the Closet
Ever ​since the death of his father, poor Fellworth Dolphin has slaved away as a waiter to support his miserly, cold-hearted mother. When his mother suddenly dies, Fellworth is shocked to discover that she has left him a sizable inheritance. confused, Fell teams up with Maggie, a plain girl with a similar background, to investigate the source of the riches. But what they find is a closet full of skeletons... Is it really possible Fell's father was involved in a long-ago train robbery? Who's the mysterious woman in the portrait hidden in his mother's wardrobe? As Maggie and Fell poke around the village for answers, they find themselves on a surprise-filled path to danger and adventure, and--just possibly--love. But Fell's sudden good fortune could come to an abrupt end if he doesn't stay one step ahead of a cunning killer...

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 - 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.

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 - 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 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 - Miss ​Pym és a léhűtő lord
A ​bájos Miss Hannah Pym ezúttal Portsmouthba utazik a gyönyörű és igényes Miss Penelope Wilkins társaságában. Miss Pym hamar felismeri, hogy Penelope-nak szüksége van valakire, aki színt visz a széltől is óvott, törékeny világába. Hannah a jóképű utastársukat, Lord Augustust szemeli ki erre a célra, azonban Penelope egyáltalán nincs jó véleménnyel a lordról. Az utazó házasságközvetítő-sorozat harmadik kötetében a gyakorlatias és rettenthetetlen, éles ésszel és ravaszsággal megáldott Miss Pym ismét ügyesen szövi a szálakat. Segít a Penelope és Lord Augustus közötti különbségeket áthidalni, miközben egy ártatlan inas akasztását is megakadályozza. A nagyszerűen megformált szereplők és a minden apró részletben életre keltett régensség korabeli Anglia színesen megfestett tablója még élvezetesebbé teszik ezt a rendkívül fordulatos és szórakoztatóan romantikus regényt.

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 - 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 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 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 - 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 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 - 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 - 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 Love from Hell
Love, ​like hell, is a four-letter word for Agatha...no happily ever after for her! Recently married to neighbour James Lacey, Agatha quickly finds that love is not all it's cracked up to be - soon the newly-weds are living in separate cottages and accusing each other of infidelity. Then, after a fight down the local pub, James vanishes - a bloodstain the only clue to his fate. Naturally, Agatha is Suspect Number One. Determined to clear her name - and find her husband - Agatha begins her investigation and promptly discovers a murdered mistress. 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 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 - 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 - 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 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 - 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 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 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 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...

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