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

M. C. Beaton - Death ​of 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 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 - 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 - 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 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?

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

M. C. Beaton - Agatha ​Raisin and the 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 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 - 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 - The ​Blood of an Englishman
"Fee, ​fie, fo, fum. I smell the blood of an Englishman..."Even though Agatha Raisin loathes amateur dramatics, her friend Mrs. Bloxby, the vicar’s wife, has persuaded her to support the local pantomime. Stifling a yawn at the production of "Babes in the Woods," Agatha watches the baker playing an ogre strut and threaten on the stage, until a trapdoor opens...followed by a scream and then silence. Surely this isn't the way the scene was rehearsed? When it turns out the popular baker has been murdered, Agatha puts her team of private detectives on the case. They soon discover more feuds and temperamental behavior in amateur theatrics than in a professional stage show—and face more and more danger as the team gets too close to the killer.The Blood of an Englishman is Agatha's 25th adventure, and you'd think she would have learned by now not to keep making the same mistakes. Alas, no—yet Agatha's flaws only make her more endearing. In this sparkling new entry in M. C. Beaton's New York Times bestselling series of modern cozies, Agatha Raisin once again "manages to infuriate, amuse, and solicit our deepest sympathies as we watch her blunder her way boldly through another murder mystery" (Bookreporter.com).

M. C. Beaton - Agatha ​Raisin és a tünékeny tündérek
James ​már megint felültette Agathát, aki haragjában egy javasasszony tanácsát követve az igaz szerelem nyomában Fryfam tündéri falvában bérel magának házikót. Ám a faluban zajló furcsa történések sorozata egy csapásra szétzilálja a romantikus ábrándokat. Rejtélyes fények jelennek meg Agatha hátsó kertjében, majd értelmezhetetlen események sorozata veszi kezdetét. Mindennek tetejébe még Agatha hőn szeretett macskáinak is nyoma vész. Aztán holtan találják a helyi földesurat. Agatha nyughatatlan természete egy féltékenységgel és zsarolással megspékelt történetbe sodorja, miközben a gyilkos mindent elkövet azért, hogy Fryfamben tartsa a kíváncsiskodó Aggie-t – hullaként!

M. C. Beaton - Lady ​Fortescue Steps Out
Elderly ​widow Lady Fortescue must escape genteel poverty. If each of five geriatrics relieve a rich relative of a costly trifle, they can turn her house into a hotel for the ton. Her nephew, Duke of Rowcester, is horrified, until he meets hotel chef Miss Harriet James, green-eyed beauty who remembers their waltz - before she lost parents and inherited debts.

M. C. Beaton - Agatha ​Raisin and the Case of the Curious Curate
He ​was a vicar to die for - and he did! Agatha is going through a man-hating phase and so is unmoved by news of the captivating new curate. But when she meets the golden-haired, blue eyed Tristan Delon, she is swept off her feet... along with every other female in the village. She is positively ecstatic when he invites her to dine with him but the next day Agatha is left with a hangover from hell - and his cold corpse suggests that, once again, she's in the frame for murder! 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 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 - 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 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 és a parázna lódoktor
Agatha ​Raisin felszámolja londoni életét és leköltözik a mesés nyugalmú, festői Cotswoldsba. A kellemes falucska ugyan kissé unalmas hely Agatha ízléséhez képest, de az új állatorvos megérkezése egészen felvillanyozza. Abban reménykedik, hogy véget érnek a férfiínséges évek. Ám még mielőtt bármi történhetne, a jóképű Dr. Paul Bladen egy véletlen balesetben meghal. De valóban baleset történt? A körülmények határozottan gyanúsak. Agatha hamarosan rájön, nem ő volt az egyetlen, aki a vonzó állatorvos szerelmét áhította. Kiderül, jó néhány falubeli hölgy táplált hasonló reményeket – miközben sokat szenvedett volt felesége nem győzött örülni, hogy végre-valahára megszabadult a doktortól. Agatha érdeklődése újra a szomszédja, James Lacey felé fordul, akit korábban sikertelenül próbált meghódítani. Azt reméli, közös nyomozásuk majd összehozza őket. A falubeliek azonban úgy gondolják, jobban tennék, ha felhagynának a detektívesdivel, mielőtt újabb tragédia történik. 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 rajongók egyaránt megszerették, a sorozat már a 21. kötetnél tart. „M. C. Beaton tökéletlen hősnője egy valódi drágakő.” PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

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 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 - Agatha ​Raisin and the Wellspring of Death
Agatha ​Raisin's neighbouring village of Ancombe is usually the epitome of quiet rural charm, but the arrival of a new mineral-water company - which intends to tap into the village spring - sends tempers flaring and divides the parish council into two stubborn camps. When Agatha, who just happens to be handling the PR for the water company, finds the council chairman murdered at the basin of the spring, tongues start wagging. Could one of the council members have polished off the chairman before he could cast the deciding vote? Poor Agatha, still nursing a bruised heart from one of her unsuccessful romantic encounters, must get cracking, investigate the councillors and solve the crime. Praise for the "Agatha Raisin" series: 'M.C. Beaton's imperfect heroine is an absolute gem' - "Publishers Weekly". 'The detective novels of M.C. Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status' - "The Times". 'Being a cranky, middle-aged female myself, I found Agatha charming' - Amazon customer review. '"Agatha Raisin" is sharp, witty, hugely intelligent, unfailingly entertaining, delightfully intolerant and oh so magnificently non PC. M C Beaton has created a new national treasure...the stories zing along and are irresistible, unputdownable, a joy. If you buy one book a year, let it be this. "Agatha Raisin" is "The Strongest Link"' - Anne Robinson.

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

M. C. Beaton - 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 - Agatha ​Raisin e la strega di Wyckhadden
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