Agatha Raisin

M.C. Beaton

Agatha Raisin

Agatha Raisin, gin-drinking, chain-smoking and unlucky-in-love PR guru, retires from her London agency to start a new life in the Cotswolds. Very soon the tedium of country living forces her to start a detective agency where solving murders is very much on the agenda...
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Agatha Raisin and the Blood of an Englishman

By M.C. Beaton

Even though Agatha Raisin loathes Christmas panto, her friend Mrs Bloxby, the vicar's wife, has persuaded her to support the local am dram society in their festive offering. Stifling a yawn at the production of Babes in the Wood, Agatha watches the baker playing an ogre strut and threaten on stage until a trapdoor opens... followed by a scream and silence!

Surely this wasn't the way the scene was rehearsed? When it turns out the local baker had been murdered most horribly, Agatha puts her team of detectives on the case. And they soon discover more feuds and temperamental behaviour in amateur dramatics than in a professional stage show - and face more and more danger as Agatha and her team get too close to the killer...

'The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status.'Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life.

Fee, fie, fo, fum. I smell the blood of an Englishman!
The eagerly-awaited new Agatha Raisin novel from international bestseller M.C. Beaton

He's behind you, Agatha!

Even though Agatha Raisin detests Christmas panto, her friend Mrs Bloxby, the vicar's wife, has persuaded her to support the local amateur dramatic society in their festive offering. Stifling a yawn at the production of Babes in the Wood, Agatha watches the local baker, playing the ogre, strut and threaten on stage until a trapdoor opens . . . followed by a scream and silence!

Surely this wasn't the way the scene was rehearsed? And when it turns out the baker has been murdered most horribly, Agatha puts her team of detectives on the case. They very soon discover more feuds and temperamental behaviour in amateur dramatics than in a professional stage show - and face more danger as they get too close to the killer . . .

Praise for M.C. Beaton

'I'm not sure I wouldn't back Agatha against Jack Reacher in a fight. She has the ruthlessness. The cunning. And the poisoned quiche.' Daily Telegraph

'Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life.' Entertainment Weekly

'The detective novels of M. C. Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status.' Anne Robinson, The Times

2013 was a high profile year for M.C. Beaton and Agatha Raisin and sales have rocketed as a result.M.C. Beaton was the 3rd most borrowed author from libraries in the UK in 2012.Hardback sales of the Agatha Raisin books tend to average at around 20,000 per novel.M.C. Beaton has a unique and fun social media presence, and is at the centre of C&R's new Village Green Mysteries site.

Fee, fie, fo, fum. I smell the blood of an Englishman! Even though Agatha Raisin loathes Christmas panto, her friend Mrs Bloxby, the vicar's wife, has persuaded her to support the local am dram society in their festive offering. Stifling a yawn at the production of Babes in the Wood, Agatha watches the baker playing an ogre strut and threaten on stage until a trapdoor opens. followed by a scream and silence!


Surely this wasn't the way the scene was rehearsed? When it turns out the local baker had been murdered most horribly, Agatha puts her team of detectives on the case. And they soon discover more feuds and temperamental behaviour in amateur dramatics than in a professional stage show - and face more and more danger as Agatha and her team get too close to the killer.

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Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener

By M.C. Beaton

Agatha goes digging where she shouldn't...

Agatha is taken aback when she finds a new woman ensconced in the affections of her attractive bachelor neighbour, James Lacey. The beautiful Mary Fortune is superior in every way, especially when it comes to gardening - and with Carsely Garden Open Day looming, Agatha feels this deficiency acutely.

So when Mary is discovered murdered, buried upside down in a pot, Agatha seizes the moment and immediately starts yanking up village secrets by their roots and digging the dirt on the hapless victim. But Agatha has an awkward secret too . . .

Praise for the Agatha Raisin series:

'Sharp, witty, hugely intelligent, unfailingly entertaining . . . M. C. Beaton has created a national treature.' Anne Robinson, The Times

'The Miss Marple-like Raisin is a refreshingly sensible, wonderfully eccentric, thoroughly likeable heroine.' Booklist

Agatha Raisin's third adventure complete with brand new cover design.Relaunch of the entire Agatha Raisin series with brand new cover designs.This Christmas an adaptation of the first book in the series, The Quiche of Death, is going to be shown on Sky1.With legions of Agatha fans already this new look will appeal to a whole new audience.Visit www.agatharaisin.com for more information on Agatha and M.C. Beaton's other books.

Agatha goes digging where she shouldn't...

Agatha is taken aback when she finds a new woman ensconced in the affections of her attractive bachelor neighbour, James Lacey. The beautiful Mary Fortune is superior in every way, especially when it comes to gardening - and with Carsely Garden Open Day looming, Agatha feels this deficiency acutely.

So when Mary is discovered murdered, buried upside down in a pot, Agatha seizes the moment and immediately starts yanking up village secrets by their roots and digging the dirt on the hapless victim. But Agatha has an awkward secret too . . .

Praise for the Agatha Raisin series:

'Sharp, witty, hugely intelligent, unfailingly entertaining . . . M. C. Beaton has created a national treature.' Anne Robinson, The Times

'The Miss Marple-like Raisin is a refreshingly sensible, wonderfully eccentric, thoroughly likeable heroine.' Booklist

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Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet

By M.C. Beaton

Agatha lets sleeping vets lie...

Retired PR boss Agatha Raisin is enjoying life in her pretty Cotswold village of Carsely. It even seems likely that the attractive new vet, Paul Bladen, has taken a shine to her. But before romance can blossom, Paul is killed in an accident with Lord Pendlebury's horse. Only the circumstances are rather suspicious.

Agatha decides she must once more play amateur investigator. And this cloud has a silver lining - she can persuade her usually stand-offish neighbour, James Lacey, to become her partner in the quest. As usual, Agatha is quite prepared to rush in, heedless of the lurking menace to both James and herself.

Praise for the Agatha Raisin series:

'Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, pack-a-day habit and major man lust. I think she may be living my dream life.' Entertainment Weekly

'Clever red herrings and some wicked unfinished business guarantees that the listener will pant for a sequel.' The Times Audiobook Review

The second in the Agatha Raisin murder mysteries complete with brand new cover design.

2014 marks the start of a complete relaunch of the entire Agatha Raisin series with brand new cover designs.An adaptation of first book in the series, The Quiche of Death, will appear on Sky1 this Christmas.With legions of Agatha fans already this new look will appeal to a whole new audience.Visit www.agatharaisin.com for more information on Agatha and M.C. Beaton's other books.

Agatha lets sleeping vets lie...

Retired PR boss Agatha Raisin is enjoying life in her pretty Cotswold village of Carsely. It even seems likely that the attractive new vet, Paul Bladen, has taken a shine to her. But before romance can blossom, Paul is killed in an accident with Lord Pendlebury's horse. Only the circumstances are rather suspicious.

Agatha decides she must once more play amateur investigator. And this cloud has a silver lining - she can persuade her usually stand-offish neighbour, James Lacey, to become her partner in the quest. As usual, Agatha is quite prepared to rush in, heedless of the lurking menace to both James and herself.

Praise for the Agatha Raisin series:

'Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, pack-a-day habit and major man lust. I think she may be living my dream life.' Entertainment Weekly

'Clever red herrings and some wicked unfinished business guarantees that the listener will pant for a sequel.' The Times Audiobook Review

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Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley

By M.C. Beaton

An unexpected hike to the Other Side . . .

After time away, Agatha Raisin returns to her beloved Cotswold village of Carsely - and to her handsome neighbour, James Lacey. True, James seems less than thrilled to see her, but Agatha is soon distracted by a sensational murder. The victim, found in a field, is young hiker Jessica Tartinck, who spent her life enraging landowners by insisting on her right to roam. Hope springs eternal in Agatha's breast as she lures the reluctant James into her investigation. There are so many leads to follow, for Jessica's fellow walkers - not to mention the landowners - all seem able to commit murder.

Praise for the Agatha Raisin series:

'M. C. Beaton's imperfect heroine is an absolute gem.' Publishers Weekly

'The detective novels of M. C. Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status.' The Times

'Being a cranky, middle-aged female myself, I found Agatha charming!' Amazon customer review

'I dream of being able to speak out like Aggie . . . she's a heroine!' A. Lucas, Essex, reader review

The fourth in the Agatha Raisin murder mysteries complete with brand new cover design.Relaunch of the entire Agatha Raisin series with brand new cover designs.This Christmas an adaptation of the first book in the series, The Quiche of Death, is going to be shown on Sky1.With legions of Agatha fans already this new look will appeal to a whole new audience.Visit www.agatharaisin.com for more information on Agatha and M.C. Beaton's other books.

An unexpected hike to the Other Side . . .

After time away, Agatha Raisin returns to her beloved Cotswold village of Carsely - and to her handsome neighbour, James Lacey. True, James seems less than thrilled to see her, but Agatha is soon distracted by a sensational murder. The victim, found in a field, is young hiker Jessica Tartinck, who spent her life enraging landowners by insisting on her right to roam. Hope springs eternal in Agatha's breast as she lures the reluctant James into her investigation. There are so many leads to follow, for Jessica's fellow walkers - not to mention the landowners - all seem able to commit murder.

Praise for the Agatha Raisin series:

'M. C. Beaton's imperfect heroine is an absolute gem.' Publishers Weekly

'The detective novels of M. C. Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status.' The Times

'Being a cranky, middle-aged female myself, I found Agatha charming!' Amazon customer review

'I dream of being able to speak out like Aggie . . . she's a heroine!' A. Lucas, Essex, reader review

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Agatha Raisin and the Wellspring of Death

By M.C. Beaton

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

When Agatha finds the council chairman murdered at the basin of Ancombe village spring, tongues start wagging. The seventh Agatha Raisin murder mystery with brand new cover design.

Praise for M.C. Beaton

'The detective novels of M.C. Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status' The Times

'Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life' Entertainment Weekly

Agatha braves murky waters . . .

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 happens to be the PR person 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 silenced the chairman before he could cast the deciding vote? It's up to Agatha to investigate the councillors, solve the crime - and promote the water company in the face of all this scandal!

Relaunch of the entire Agatha Raisin series with brand new cover designs.UK lifetime sales of the series exceed 700,000.With legions of Agatha fans already this new look will appeal to a whole new audience.Visit www.agatharaisin.com for more information on Agatha and M.C. Beaton's other books.
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Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage

By M.C. Beaton

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

Agatha and James are the prime suspects in this, the fifth Agatha Raisin murder mystery with brand new cover.

Praise for M.C. Beaton

'The detective novels of M.C. Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status' The Times

'Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life' Entertainment Weekly

ment Almost bigamy and absolute murder - Agatha's life is never dull . . .

The morning of Agatha's longed-for 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. It's all too much for James who breaks off the engagement.

So when Jimmy is found murdered the next day, Agatha and James are both suspects. And they'll have to work together in order to clear their names . . .

Relaunch of the entire Agatha Raisin series with brand new cover designs.UK lifetime sales of the series exceed 700,000.With legions of Agatha fans already this new look will appeal to a whole new audience.Visit www.agatharaisin.com for more information on Agatha and M.C. Beaton's other books.
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Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist

By M.C. Beaton

Cold-blooded murder heats up Agatha's summer holiday! Agatha travels to Cyprus, only to contend with her estranged fiance, an egregious group of truly terrible tourists, and a string of murders. . .

In this sixth entertaining outing Agatha leaves the sleepy Cotswold village of Carsely to pursue love - and finds a murderer. Spurned at the altar, she follows her fleeing fiancé James Lacey to Cyprus, where, instead of enjoying the honeymoon they'd planned, they witness the killing of an obnoxious tourist in a disco. Intrigue and a string of murders surround the unlikely couple, in a plot as scorching as the Cypriot sun!

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

"Anyone interested in a few hours" worth of intelligent, amusing reading will want to make the acquaintance of Mrs. Agatha Raisin." The Cleveland Pain Dealer

"M C Beaton has created a new national treasure... the stories zing along and are irresistible, unputdownable, a joy... Agatha Raisin is The Strongest Link." Anne Robinson

'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

The sixth in the Agatha Raisin murder mysteries complete with brand new cover design

Praise for M.C. Beaton

'The detective novels of M.C. Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status' The Times

'Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life' Entertainment Weekly

Agatha's Greek holiday may be too hot to handle . . .

Agatha Raisin, retired PR supremo, has been spurned at the altar by the man of her dreams, her attractive neighbour James Lacey. So temporarily deserting the sleepy Cotswolds village of Carsely, she pursues her fleeing fiancé to north Cyprus where, instead of enjoying a romantic honeymoon, they witness the killing of an obnoxious tourist in a bar.

Can the duo forget their differences, and resume their strangely successful sleuthing partnership?

Relaunch of the entire Agatha Raisin series with brand new cover designs.UK lifetime sales of the series exceed 700,000.With legions of Agatha fans already this new look will appeal to a whole new audience.Visit www.agatharaisin.com for more information on Agatha and M.C. Beaton's other books.
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Agatha's First Case

By M.C. Beaton

This brand new short story from international bestselling M. C. Beaton takes us back to Agatha Raisin's very first case - the case that started it all!

At the age of 26, Agatha Raisin has already come a long way. She has clawed her way up since leaving the slum where she was born. She's lost her Birmingham accent, run away from her drunken husband and found a job at a PR agency as a secretary. When her boss asks Agatha to go to the home of Brian Devese to tell him that he is soon going to be arrested for the murder of his wife and that the agency no longer wants to represent him, Agatha accepts the task - with some trepidation. Still, she's used to doing her boss's dirty work for her.

Brian, impressed with the pugnacious and fearless Agatha, asks her to handle his PR for him and even offers her an office and staff. So certainly the best thing Agatha can do for her first client is to find out who really murdered his wife and clear his name. And armed with only her wits and gumption, Agatha sets out to do just that.

'The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status.'Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life.

The case that started it all!

An entire new audience was introduced to the series with Sky's screening of the pilot episode of Agatha Raisin; viewing figures on Boxing Day totalled 1m+Hardback sales of the Agatha Raisin books average 20,000+ per novelUK & Com life sales total over 3.5mM.C. Beaton is the 3rd most borrowed author from libraries in the UK
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Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wyckhadden

By M.C. Beaton

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

The ninth in the Agatha Raisin murder mysteries with brand new cover design

Praise for M.C. Beaton

'The detective novels of M.C. Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status' The Times

'Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life' Entertainment Weekly

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 . . .

The TV adaptation of Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death was transmitted on Sky TV at Christmas and starring Ashley Jensen as PR turned detective Agatha Raisin.UK lifetime sales of the series exceed 700,000.With legions of Agatha fans already this new look will appeal to a whole new audience.Visit www.agatharaisin.com for more information on Agatha and M.C. Beaton's other books.

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

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Agatha Raisin and the Wizard of Evesham

By M.C. Beaton

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

The eighth in the Agatha Raisin murder mysteries complete with brand new cover design.

Praise for M.C. Beaton

'The detective novels of M.C. Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status' The Times

'Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life' Entertainment Weekly

The hairdresser is to dye for...

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?

The TV adaptation of Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death was transmitted on Sky TV at Christmas and starring Ashley Jensen as PR turned detective Agatha Raisin.UK lifetime sales of the series exceed 700,000.With legions of Agatha fans already this new look will appeal to a whole new audience.Visit www.agatharaisin.com for more information on Agatha and M.C. Beaton's other books.

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

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Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryfam

By M.C. Beaton

Agatha's away with the fairies . . .

And the little folk are causing big trouble for her! Angry at being jilted by new husband James, Agatha follows a fortune-teller's advice and rents a cottage in pretty Fryfam. There, she hopes, true love will come chasing after her. But her romantic notions are dispelled by a series of odd goings-on in the village: strange lights start appearing in her back garden; there are thefts of paintings and pottery; her beloved cats vanish. And then the local squire is found dead. Agatha's nose for trouble ensnares her in a maelstrom of jealousy, blackmail and dangerous liaisons, especially with a murderer who plans to keep irrepressible Agatha permanently in Fryfam - as a resident corpse!

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

The tenth in the Agatha Raisin murder mysteries complete with brand new cover design

Praise for M.C. Beaton

'The detective novels of M.C. Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status' The Times

'Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life' Entertainment Weekly

Agatha's away with the fairies . . .

And the little folk are causing big trouble for her! Angry at being jilted by new husband James, Agatha follows a fortune-teller's advice and rents a cottage in pretty Fryfam. There, she hopes, true love will come chasing after her. But her romantic notions are dispelled by a series of odd goings-on in the village: strange lights start appearing in her back garden; there are thefts of paintings and pottery; her beloved cats vanish. And then the local squire is found dead. Agatha's nose for trouble ensnares her in a maelstrom of jealousy, blackmail and dangerous liaisons, especially with a murderer who plans to keep irrepressible Agatha permanently in Fryfam - as a resident corpse!

The TV adaptation of Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death was transmitted on Sky TV at Christmas and starring Ashley Jensen as PR turned detective Agatha Raisin.UK lifetime sales of the series exceed 700,000.With legions of Agatha fans already this new look will appeal to a whole new audience.Visit www.agatharaisin.com for more information on Agatha and M.C. Beaton's other books.

Agatha's away with the fairies . . .

And the little folk are causing big trouble for her! Angry at being jilted by new husband James, Agatha follows a fortune-teller's advice and rents a cottage in pretty Fryfam. There, she hopes, true love will come chasing after her. But her romantic notions are dispelled by a series of odd goings-on in the village: strange lights start appearing in her back garden; there are thefts of paintings and pottery; her beloved cats vanish. And then the local squire is found dead. Agatha's nose for trouble ensnares her in a maelstrom of jealousy, blackmail and dangerous liaisons, especially with a murderer who plans to keep irrepressible Agatha permanently in Fryfam - as a resident corpse!

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

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Agatha Raisin and the Curious Curate

By M.C. Beaton

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

'The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status.'Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life.Number 13 in the bestselling Agatha Raisin murder mystery series

Praise for M.C. Beaton

'I'm not sure I wouldn't back Agatha against Jack Reacher in a fight. She has the ruthlessness. The cunning. And the poisoned quiche' Daily Telegraph

'Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life' Entertainment Weekly

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!

An entire new audience was introduced to the series with Sky's screening of the pilot episode of Agatha Raisin; viewing figures on Boxing Day totalled 1m+Eight further episodes of Agatha Raisin are in production for SKYThe pilot episode Quiche of Death was picked up by ABC in Australia - and screened on Anzac Day in a prime time slotHardback sales of the Agatha Raisin books average 20,000+ per novelUK & Com life sales total over 4mM.C. Beaton is the 3rd most borrowed author from libraries in the UK
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Agatha Raisin and the Love from Hell

By M.C. Beaton

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

'The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status.'Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life.The eleventh in the Agatha Raisin murder mysteries

Praise for M. C. Beaton:

'I'm not sure I wouldn't back Agatha against Jack Reacher in a fight. She has the ruthlessness. The cunning. And the poisoned quiche' Daily Telegraph

'The detective novels of M.C. Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status' The Times


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 . . .

An entire new audience was introduced to the series with Sky's screening of the pilot episode of Agatha Raisin; viewing figures on Boxing Day totalled 1m+Hardback sales of the Agatha Raisin books average 20,000+ per novelUK & Com life sales total over 3.5mM.C. Beaton is the 3rd most borrowed author from libraries in the UK
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Agatha Raisin and the Day the Floods Came

By M.C. Beaton

It can be hell in high water!

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

'The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status.'Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life.The twelfth in the Agatha Raisin murder mysteries

Praise for M.C. Beaton

'The detective novels of M.C. Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status' The Times

'Agatha Raisin - sharp, witty, hugely intelligent, unfailingly entertaining, delightfully intolerant and oh so magnificently non-PC. M.C. Beaton has created a national treasure' Anne Robinson

It can be hell in high water!

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.

An entire new audience was introduced to the series with Sky's screening of the pilot episode of Agatha Raisin; viewing figures on Boxing Day totalled 1m+Hardback sales of the Agatha Raisin books average 20,000+ per novelUK & Com life sales total over 3.5mM.C. Beaton is the 3rd most borrowed author from libraries in the UK
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Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House

By M.C. Beaton

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

'The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status.'Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life.Agatha investigates things that go bump in the night in the fourteenth book in the series, complete with brand new cover design

Praise for M.C. Beaton

'The detective novels of M.C. Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status' The Times

'Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life' Entertainment Weekly

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 . . .

An entire new audience was introduced to the series with Sky's screening of the pilot episode of Agatha Raisin; viewing figures on Boxing Day totalled 1m+Eight further episodes of Agatha Raisin are in production for SKYThe pilot episode Quiche of Death was picked up by ABC in Australia - and screened on Anzac Day in a prime time slotHardback sales of the Agatha Raisin books average 20,000+ per novelUK & Com life sales total over 4mM.C. Beaton is the 3rd most borrowed author from libraries in the UK
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Agatha Raisin and the Deadly Dance

By M.C. Beaton

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

'The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status.'Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life.Agatha waltzes into yet another murder investigation in the fifteenth book in the series, complete with brand new cover design.

Praise for M.C. Beaton

'The detective novels of M.C. Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status' The Times

'Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life' Entertainment Weekly

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!

An entire new audience was introduced to the series with Sky's screening of the pilot episode of Agatha Raisin; viewing figures on Boxing Day totalled 1m+Eight further episodes of Agatha Raisin are in production for SKYThe pilot episode Quiche of Death was picked up by ABC in Australia - and screened on Anzac Day in a prime time slotHardback sales of the Agatha Raisin books average 20,000+ per novelUK & Com life sales total over 4mM.C. Beaton is the 3rd most borrowed author from libraries in the UK
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Agatha Raisin and the Perfect Paragon

By M.C. Beaton

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

'The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status.'Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life.The sixteenth in the Agatha Raisin series, complete with brand new cover design

Praise for M.C. Beaton

'I'm not sure I wouldn't back Agatha against Jack Reacher in a fight. She has the ruthlessness. The cunning. And the poisoned quiche' Daily Telegraph

'Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life' Entertainment Weekly

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.

An entire new audience was introduced to the series with Sky's screening of the pilot episode of Agatha Raisin; viewing figures on Boxing Day totalled 1m+Eight further episodes of Agatha Raisin are in production for SKYThe pilot episode Quiche of Death was picked up by ABC in Australia - and screened on Anzac Day in a prime time slotHardback sales of the Agatha Raisin books average 20,000+ per novelUK & Com life sales total over 4mM.C. Beaton is the 3rd most borrowed author from libraries in the UK
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Agatha Raisin: Dishing the Dirt

By M.C. Beaton

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.

'The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status.'Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life.The eagerly-awaited new Agatha Raisin novel from international bestseller M.C. Beaton

Praise for M.C. Beaton

'I'm not sure I wouldn't back Agatha against Jack Reacher in a fight. She has the ruthlessness. The cunning. And the poisoned quiche' Daily Telegraph

'Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life' Entertainment Weekly

Agatha has a new rival - or is that 'had' . . .

When therapist Jill Davent moves into the village of Carsely, Agatha Raisin is not a fan. Not only is the therapist romancing her ex-husband James but she digs up details of Agatha's rather unsavoury origins; details she is happy to share with all in the village. Furthermore, Jill is counselling a woman, Gwen Simple, Agatha is convinced is a murderess - although she has no actual proof. Not one to keep her feelings to herself, Agatha tells anyone who cares to listen that Jill is a charlatan who is better off dead. So she can only sigh with relief when Jill takes offices in the nearby town of Mircester.

But then Jill is found strangled to death in her offices two days later and Agatha is the prime suspect! So, together with the detectives in her agency, she must prove her innocence and find the real culprit - before the murderer ensures that it's Agatha who's left pushing up the daisies!

An entire new audience was introduced to the series with Sky's screening of the pilot episode of Agatha Raisin; viewing figures on Boxing Day totalled 1m+Eight further episodes of Agatha Raisin are in production for SKYThe pilot episode Quiche of Death was picked up by ABC in Australia - and screened on Anzac Day in a prime time slotHardback sales of the Agatha Raisin books average 20,000+ per novelUK & Com life sales total over 4mM.C. Beaton is the 3rd most borrowed author from libraries in the UK
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Agatha Raisin and Kissing Christmas Goodbye

By M.C. Beaton

Yuletide overindulgence on the poison front . . .

During the dark, grey days of early December Agatha is obsessed by two things - the looming festivities, and her ex, James Lacey. In order to drive the latter from her thoughts, Agatha concentrates on planning the perfect Christmas for her friends.

Even the murder of a Mrs Tamworthy, poisoned with hemlock, does little to distract her and yet it should, as Mrs Tamworthy had written to Agatha, telling her that one of her family wanted to see her dead before the year was out. So slightly guiltily (and belatedly), Agatha sets out to solve the case before the 25th rolls around . . .

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

'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' Anne Robinson

'The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status.'Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life.Agatha gets festive in her 18th adventure, complete with brand new cover design.

Praise for M.C. Beaton

'The detective novels of M.C. Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status' The Times

'I'm not sure I wouldn't back Agatha against Jack Reacher in a fight. She has the ruthlessness. The cunning. And the poisoned quiche' Daily Telegraph

Yuletide overindulgence on the poison front . . .

During the dark, grey days of early December Agatha is obsessed by two things - the looming festivities, and her ex, James Lacey. In order to drive the latter from her thoughts, Agatha concentrates on planning the perfect Christmas for her friends.

Even the murder of a Mrs Tamworthy, poisoned with hemlock, does little to distract her and yet it should, as Mrs Tamworthy had written to Agatha, telling her that one of her family wanted to see her dead before the year was out. So slightly guiltily (and belatedly), Agatha sets out to solve the case before the 25th rolls around . . .

An entire new audience was introduced to the series with Sky's screening of the pilot episode of Agatha Raisin; viewing figures on Boxing Day totalled 1m+Eight further episodes of Agatha Raisin are in production for SKYThe pilot episode Quiche of Death was picked up by ABC in Australia - and screened on Anzac Day in a prime time slotHardback sales of the Agatha Raisin books average 20,000+ per novelUK & Com life sales total over 4mM.C. Beaton is the 3rd most borrowed author from libraries in the UK
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Agatha Raisin and a Spoonful of Poison

By M.C. Beaton

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 publicise the church fete - especially when the event organiser, 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)

'The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status.'Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life.Agatha gets herself into a very sticky situation in her 19th adventure, complete with brand new cover design.

Praise for M.C. Beaton

'I'm not sure I wouldn't back Agatha against Jack Reacher in a fight. She has the ruthlessness. The cunning. And the poisoned quiche' Daily Telegraph

'Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life' Entertainment Weekly

Agatha's in a bit of a sticky situation

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 publicise the church fete - especially when the event organiser, 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!

An entire new audience was introduced to the series with Sky's screening of the pilot episode of Agatha Raisin; viewing figures on Boxing Day totalled 1m+Eight further episodes of Agatha Raisin are in production for SKYThe pilot episode Quiche of Death was picked up by ABC in Australia - and screened on Anzac Day in a prime time slotHardback sales of the Agatha Raisin books average 20,000+ per novelUK & Com life sales total over 4mM.C. Beaton is the 3rd most borrowed author from libraries in the UK
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Agatha Raisin and Love, Lies and Liquor

By M.C. Beaton

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

'The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status.'Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life.A brand new cover design for Agatha's 17th adventure. It seems Agatha doesn't like to be beside the seaside...

Praise for M.C. Beaton

'The detective novels of M.C. Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status' The Times

'Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life' Entertainment Weekly

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!

An entire new audience was introduced to the series with Sky's screening of the pilot episode of Agatha Raisin; viewing figures on Boxing Day totalled 1m+Eight further episodes of Agatha Raisin are in production for SKYThe pilot episode Quiche of Death was picked up by ABC in Australia - and screened on Anzac Day in a prime time slotHardback sales of the Agatha Raisin books average 20,000+ per novelUK & Com life sales total over 4mM.C. Beaton is the 3rd most borrowed author from libraries in the UK
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Agatha Raisin: Pushing up Daisies

By M.C. Beaton

Allotment wars!

Lord Bellington has enraged locals by saying he is going to sell off their allotments to make way for a new housing development. So when he turns up dead, poisoned by antifreeze, nobody mourns his passing.

On another fine summer's day, Agatha visits Carsley's allotments where everything looks peaceful and perfect: people of all ages digging in the soil and working hard to grow their own fruit and veg. Agatha feels almost tempted to take on a strip herself . . . but common sense soon prevails. She doesn't really like getting her hands dirty.

She is introduced to three keen gardeners; Harry Perry, Bunty Daventry and Josephine Merriweather are lamenting the neglected condition of a patch that has become available. But as Harry starts to shovel through the weeds and grass his spade comes across something hard so he bends down and tries to move the object. And he starts to yell . . .

The body is that of Peta Currie, a newcomer to the village - but who would want to murder her? Blonde and beautiful, she's every local male's favourite. And then Lord Bellington's son engages Agatha to do some digging of her own and very soon Agatha is thrown into a world of petty feuds, jealousies and disputes over land. It would seem that far from being tiny gardens of Eden, Carsley's allotments are local battlefields where passions - and the bodycount - run high!

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

The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult statusAgatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life.Another winner for M.C. Beaton fans.Sharp, witty, hugely intelligent, unfailingly entertaining, delightfully intolerant and oh so magnificently non-PC, M.C. Beaton has created a national treasureM.C. Beaton's imperfect heroine is an absolute gemThe Miss Marple-like Raisin is a refreshing, sensible, wonderfully eccentric, thoroughly likeable heroineThe detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult statusAgatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life.Another winner for M.C. Beaton fans.Sharp, witty, hugely intelligent, unfailingly entertaining, delightfully intolerant and oh so magnificently non-PC, M.C. Beaton has created a national treasureM.C. Beaton's imperfect heroine is an absolute gemThe Miss Marple-like Raisin is a refreshing, sensible, wonderfully eccentric, thoroughly likeable heroineNext in the bestselling Agatha Raisin murder mystery series

Allotment wars!

Lord Bellingham, Carsely's biggest landholder, has enraged locals by saying he is going to sell off their allotments to make way for a new housing development. So when he turns up dead, poisoned by antifreeze, nobody mourns his passing.

On another fine summer's day Agatha visits Carsley's allotments where everything looks peaceful and perfect: people of all ages digging in the soil and working hard to grow their own fruit and veg. Agatha feels almost tempted to take on a strip herself . . . but common sense soon prevails. She doesn't really like getting her hands dirty.

She is introduced to three oldtimers who have just taken over a new strip; Harry Perry, Bunty Daventry and Josephine Merriweather are lamenting the neglected condition of the patch. But as Harry starts to shovel through the weeds and grass his spade comes across something hard so he bends down and tries to move the object. And then he starts to yell . . .

The body is that of Peta Currie, a newcomer to the village - but who would want to murder her? Blonde and beautiful she's every local male's favourite. And then Lord Bellingham's son engages Agatha to do some digging of her own and very soon Agatha is thrown into a world of petty feuds, jealousies and disputes over land. It would seem that far from being tiny gardens of Eden, Carsley's allotments are local battlefields where passions - and the bodycount - run high!

Praise for M. C. Beaton

'I'm not sure I wouldn't back Agatha against Reacher in a fight. She has the ruthlessness. The cunning. And the poisoned quiche' Daily Telegraph

'Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life' Entertainment Weekly

'The detective novels of M. C. Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status' The Times

An entire new audience was introduced to the series with Sky's screening of the pilot episode of Agatha Raisin; viewing figures on Boxing Day totalled 1m+Eight further episodes of Agatha Raisin are in production for SKYThe pilot episode Quiche of Death was picked up by ABC in Australia - and screened on Anzac Day in a prime time slotHardback sales of the Agatha Raisin books average 20,000+ per novelUK & Com life sales total over 4mM.C. Beaton is the 3rd most borrowed author from libraries in the UK
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Agatha Raisin: As The Pig Turns

By M.C. Beaton

Winter Parva, a traditional Cotswolds village next door to Carsely, has decided to throw a celebratory hog roast to mark the beginning of the winter holiday festivities and Agatha Raisin has arrived with friend and rival in the sleuthing business, Toni, to enjoy the merriment. But, as the spit pig is carried towards the bed of fiery charcoal, Agatha - and the rest of the village - realise that things aren't as they seem...

Very quickly it transpires that the spit pig is in fact Gary Beech, a policeman not much loved in Winter Parva. And although Agatha has every intention of leaving the affair to the police, she rapidly changes her mind when she finds out Gary's ex-wife has hired Toni to investigate. Cantankerous and competitive as Agatha is, she has to now join the fray and try and solve the case herself!

Praise for M C Beaton's Agatha Raisin series:

'I know I once vowed to read only Agatha Christie for a year but I cheated. My No. 1 mistress, M.C. Beaton and her Agatha Raisin whodunits. Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack a day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she may be living my dream life' Entertainment Weekly.

'Once again M. C. Beaton has concocted an amusing brew of mystery and romance that will keep her fans turning the pages' Publisher's Weekly.

'Pure entertainment' The Guardian.

'The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status.'Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life.The as ever eagerly awaited 22nd installment of Agatha Raisin.

Praise for M.C. Beaton

'I'm not sure I wouldn't back Agatha against Jack Reacher in a fight. She has the ruthlessness. The cunning. And the poisoned quiche' Daily Telegraph

'Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life' Entertainment Weekly


Winter Parva, a traditional Cotswolds village next door to Carsely, has decided to throw a celebratory hog roast to mark the beginning of the winter holiday festivities and Agatha Raisin has arrived with friend and rival in the sleuthing business, Toni, to enjoy the merriment. But as the spit pig is carried towards the bed of fiery charcoal Agatha - and the rest of the village - realise that things aren't as they seem...

Very quickly it transpires that the spit pig is in fact Gary Beech, a policeman not much loved in Winter Parva. And although Agatha has every intention of leaving the affair to the police, she rapidly changes her mind when she finds out Gary's ex-wife has hired Toni to investigate. Cantankerous and competitive as Agatha is, she has to now join the fray and try and solve the case herself!

An entire new audience was introduced to the series with Sky's screening of the pilot episode of Agatha Raisin; viewing figures on Boxing Day totalled 1m+Eight further episodes of Agatha Raisin are in production for SKYThe pilot episode Quiche of Death was picked up by ABC in Australia - and screened on Anzac Day in a prime time slotHardback sales of the Agatha Raisin books average 20,000+ per novelUK & Com life sales total over 4mM.C. Beaton is the 3rd most borrowed author from libraries in the UK
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Agatha Raisin: There Goes The Bride

By M.C. Beaton

Agatha's former husband James is engaged to be married to a beautiful, young woman and Agatha has been kindly invited to the wedding. To take her mind off this, Agatha decides she has fallen for Sylvan, a Frenchman she met at James' engagement party. To distract her still further she decides upon a holiday and flies to Istanbul, where unfortunately she bumps into James and his fiancée not once but twice - convincing him she is stalking them.

So when the bride is murdered on her wedding day, naturally Agatha is Suspect Number One - but then matters are turned on their head when the dead bride's mother engages Agatha to take on the case of her murdered daughter! And very soon Agatha's own life is in danger while she tries to solve the mystery of the corpse bride while fighting off (halfheartedly) the advances of a very attractive and determined Frenchman!


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

'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

'Being a cranky, middle-aged female myself, I found Agatha charming!' Amazon customer review

'The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status.'Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life.Paperback of the eagerly awaited 20th Agatha Raisin title with a brand new cover style.

Praise for M.C. Beaton

'The detective novels of M.C. Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status' The Times

'Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life' Entertainment Weekly

Agatha's former husband James is engaged to be married to a beautiful, young woman and Agatha has been kindly invited to the wedding. To take her mind off this, Agatha decides she has fallen for Sylvan, a Frenchman she met at James' engagement party. To distract her still further she decides upon a holiday and flies to Istanbul, where unfortunately she bumps into James and his fiancée not once but twice - convincing him she is stalking them.

So when the bride is murdered on her wedding day, naturally Agatha is Suspect Number One - but then matters are turned on their head when the dead bride's mother engages Agatha to take on the case of her murdered daughter! And very soon Agatha's own life is in danger while she tries to solve the mystery of the corpse bride while fighting off (halfheartedly) the advances of a very attractive and determined Frenchman!

An entire new audience was introduced to the series with Sky's screening of the pilot episode of Agatha Raisin; viewing figures on Boxing Day totalled 1m+Eight further episodes of Agatha Raisin are in production for SKYThe pilot episode Quiche of Death was picked up by ABC in Australia - and screened on Anzac Day in a prime time slotHardback sales of the Agatha Raisin books average 20,000+ per novelUK & Com life sales total over 4mM.C. Beaton is the 3rd most borrowed author from libraries in the UK
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Agatha Raisin and the Busy Body

By M.C. Beaton

Agatha Raisin has never been one for enforced holiday cheer, but her friendly little village of Carsely has always prided itself on its traditional Christmas festivities. But this year the bells will not be ringing out Silent Night as Mr John Sunday, an officer with the Cotswold Health and Safety Board, has chosen Christmas as the time to crack down on what he sees as gross misconduct by every man, woman and child in the vicinity.

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 unauthorised intruders from tripping in the dark.' And children are warned to not play with 'counterfeit banknotes' after passing around toy money in the playground.

But finally Mr Sunday goes too far when he rules that there cannot be a Christmas tree atop the church tower this year. Soon after the decree, 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 building and into the garden to find Sunday lying face down in the petunias, very much dead. Agatha is instantly on the case, but with so many people having threatened the life of the victim, it's almost impossible to know where to start!

Praise for the Agatha Raisin series:

'M C Beaton has created a national treasure... Agatha Raisin is the strongest link' Anne Robinson

'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 audiobook review

'The Miss Marple-like Agatha is a refreshingly sensible, wonderfully eccentric, thoroughly likeable heroine' Booklist

'The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status.'Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life.The eagerly awaited 21st Agatha Raisin murder mystery out now in paperback in the stunning new cover style.

Praise for M.C. Beaton

'The detective novels of M.C. Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status' The Times

'I'm not sure I wouldn't back Agatha against Jack Reacher in a fight. She has the ruthlessness. The cunning. And the poisoned quiche' Daily Telegraph

Sunday's not a day for rest but for murder!

Agatha Raisin has never been one for enforced holiday cheer, but her friendly little village of Carsely has always prided itself on its traditional Christmas festivities. But this year the bells will not be ringing out Silent Night as Mr John Sunday, an officer with the Cotswold Health and Safety Board, has chosen Christmas as the time to crack down on what he sees as gross misconduct by every man, woman and child in the vicinity.

But finally Mr Sunday goes too far when he rules that there cannot be a Christmas tree atop the church tower this year. Soon after the decree, 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 building and into the garden to find Sunday lying face down in the ground, very much dead. Agatha is instantly on the case, but with so many people having threatened the life of the victim, it's almost impossible to know where to start!

An entire new audience was introduced to the series with Sky's screening of the pilot episode of Agatha Raisin; viewing figures on Boxing Day totalled 1m+Eight further episodes of Agatha Raisin are in production for SKYThe pilot episode Quiche of Death was picked up by ABC in Australia - and screened on Anzac Day in a prime time slotHardback sales of the Agatha Raisin books average 20,000+ per novelUK & Com life sales total over 4mM.C. Beaton is the 3rd most borrowed author from libraries in the UK
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Agatha Raisin: Hiss and Hers

By M.C. Beaton

Agatha has fallen in love - again. This time it's the local gardener, George Marston, she has her eye on. But competition for his attention abounds. With her shameless determination Agatha will do anything to get her man - including footing the bill for a charity ball in town just for the chance to dance with him. But when George is a no-show Agatha goes looking for him - and finds he has been murdered, having been bitten by a poisonous snake and buried in a compost heap.

Agatha and the rest of her crew plunge into an investigation and discover that George had quite a complicated love life. And if Agatha now can't have George, at least she can have the satisfaction of confronting those women who have and finding a murderer in the process.

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)

'The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status.'Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life.

The 23rd Agatha Raisin mystery. Agatha has fallen in love - again . . .

Praise for M.C. Beaton

'I'm not sure I wouldn't back Agatha against Jack Reacher in a fight. She has the ruthlessness. The cunning. And the poisoned quiche' Daily Telegraph

'Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life' Entertainment Weekly

Beware, there's a snake in the grass

Agatha has fallen in love - again. This time it's the local gardener, George Marston, she has her eye on. But competition for his attention abounds. With her shameless determination Agatha will do anything to get her man - including footing the bill for a charity ball in town just for the chance to dance with him. But when George is a no-show Agatha goes looking for him - and finds he has been murdered, having been bitten by a poisonous snake and buried in a compost heap.

Agatha and the rest of her crew plunge into an investigation and discover that George had quite a complicated love life. And if Agatha now can't have George, at least she can have the satisfaction of confronting those women who have and finding a murderer in the process.

An entire new audience was introduced to the series with Sky's screening of the pilot episode of Agatha Raisin; viewing figures on Boxing Day totalled 1m+Eight further episodes of Agatha Raisin will air from June 2016The pilot episode Quiche of Death was picked up by ABC in Australia - and screened on Anzac Day in a prime time slotHardback sales of the Agatha Raisin books average 20,000+ per novelUK & Com life sales total over 4mM.C. Beaton is the 3rd most borrowed author from libraries in the UK
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Agatha Raisin: Something Borrowed, Someone Dead

By M.C. Beaton

Incomer Gloria French is at first welcomed in the Cotswold village of Piddlebury. She seems like a do-gooder par excellence, raising funds for the church and caring for the elderly. But she has a bad habit of borrowing things and not giving them back, so when she is discovered dead, poisoned by a bottle of elderberry wine, folk in the village don't mourn her passing too intently.

Parish councillor Jerry Tarrant hires Agatha Raisin to track down the murderer. But the village is creepy and secretive and the residents don't seem to want Agatha to find who the murderer is, and Agatha's investigations are hampered by the emotional upset of finding her ex, James Lacey, has fallen in love with young detective Toni Gilmour.

And now the murderer is targeting Agatha!

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)

'The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status.'Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life.The bossy, vain and irresistible Agatha is back in her latest adventure - her 24th in the series.

Praise for M.C. Beaton

'The detective novels of M.C. Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status' The Times

'Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life' Entertainment Weekly

Agatha will need a light-fingered touch for this case

Incomer Gloria French is at first welcomed in the Cotswold village of Piddlebury. She seems like a do-gooder par excellence, raising funds for the church and caring for the elderly. But she has a bad habit of borrowing things and not giving them back, so when she is discovered dead, poisoned by a bottle of elderberry wine, folk in the village don't mourn her passing too intently.

Parish councillor Jerry Tarrant hires Agatha Raisin to track down the murderer. But the village is creepy and secretive and the residents don't seem to want Agatha to find who the murderer is, and Agatha's investigations are hampered by the emotional upset of finding her ex, James Lacey, has fallen in love with young detective Toni Gilmour.

And now the murderer is targeting Agatha!

An entire new audience was introduced to the series with Sky's screening of the pilot episode of Agatha Raisin; viewing figures on Boxing Day totalled 1m+Eight further episodes of Agatha Raisin will air from June 2016The pilot episode Quiche of Death was picked up by ABC in Australia - and screened on Anzac Day in a prime time slotHardback sales of the Agatha Raisin books average 20,000+ per novelUK & Com life sales total over 4mM.C. Beaton is the 3rd most borrowed author from libraries in the UK
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Agatha Raisin: Pushing up Daisies

By M.C. Beaton

Allotment wars!

Lord Bellington, Carsely's biggest landholder, has enraged locals by saying he is going to sell off their allotments to make way for a new housing development. So when he turns up dead, poisoned by antifreeze, nobody mourns his passing.

On another fine summer's day Agatha visits Carsley's allotments where everything looks peaceful and perfect: people of all ages digging in the soil and working hard to grow their own fruit and veg. Agatha feels almost tempted to take on a strip herself . . . but common sense soon prevails. She doesn't really like getting her hands dirty.

She is introduced to three oldtimers who have just taken over a new strip; Harry Perry, Bunty Daventry and Josephine Merriweather are lamenting the neglected condition of the patch. But as Harry starts to shovel through the weeds and grass his spade comes across something hard so he bends down and tries to move the object. And then he starts to yell . . .

The body is that of Peta Currie, a newcomer to the village - but who would want to murder her? Blonde and beautiful she's every local male's favourite. And then Lord Bellingham's son engages Agatha to do some digging of her own and very soon Agatha is thrown into a world of petty feuds, jealousies and disputes over land. It would seem that far from being tiny gardens of Eden, Carsley's allotments are local battlefields where passions - and the bodycount - run high!

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

The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult statusAgatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life.Another winner for M.C. Beaton fans.Sharp, witty, hugely intelligent, unfailingly entertaining, delightfully intolerant and oh so magnificently non-PC, M.C. Beaton has created a national treasureM.C. Beaton's imperfect heroine is an absolute gemThe Miss Marple-like Raisin is a refreshing, sensible, wonderfully eccentric, thoroughly likeable heroineNext in the bestselling Agatha Raisin murder mystery seriesAn entire new audience was introduced to the series with Sky's screening of the pilot episode of Agatha Raisin; viewing figures on Boxing Day totalled 1m+Eight further episodes of Agatha Raisin are in production for SKYThe pilot episode Quiche of Death was picked up by ABC in Australia - and screened on Anzac Day in a prime time slotHardback sales of the Agatha Raisin books average 20,000+ per novelUK & Com life sales total over 4mM.C. Beaton is the 3rd most borrowed author from libraries in the UK
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Agatha Raisin and the Witches' Tree

By M.C. Beaton

The latest Agatha Raisin from bestselling author M. C. Beaton

Toil and trouble in store for Agatha!

Cotswolds inhabitants are used to bad weather, but the night sky is especially foggy as Rory and Molly Harris, the new vicar and his wife, drive slowly home from a dinner party in their village of Sumpton Harcourt. They struggle to see the road ahead - but then screech to a halt. Right in front of them, aglow in the headlights of their car, a body hangs from a lightning-blasted tree at the edge of town. But it's not suicide; Margaret Darby, an elderly spinster of the parish, has been murdered - and the villagers are bewildered as to who would commit such a crime, and why.

Agatha Raisin rises to the occasion, delighted to have some excitement back in her life as if truth be told, she was getting bored of the long run of lost cats and divorces on the books. But Sumpton Harcourt is an isolated and unfriendly village, she finds a place that poses more questions than answers. And when two more murders follow the first, Agatha begins to fear for her reputation - and her life. That the village has its own coven of witches certainly doesn't make her feel any better...

The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult statusA Beaton novel is like The Archers on speedAgatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream lifeM.C. Beaton has done it again. My favourite laugh aloud crimevillage crime author has, I think, a slightly darker touch in this latest offering, and it's still wonderful.Next in the bestselling Agatha Raisin murder mystery series

Toil and trouble in store for Agatha!

Cotswolds inhabitants are used to bad weather, but the night sky is especially foggy as Rory and Molly Harris, the new vicar and his wife, drive slowly home from a dinner party in their village of Sumpton Harcourt. They struggle to see the road ahead - but then screech to a halt. Right in front of them, aglow in the headlights of their car, a body hangs from a lightning-blasted tree at the edge of town. But it's not suicide; Margaret Darby, an elderly spinster of the parish, has been murdered - and the villagers are bewildered as to who would commit such a crime, and why.

Agatha Raisin rises to the occasion, delighted to have some excitement back in her life as, if truth be told, she was getting bored of the long run of lost cats and divorces on the books. But Sumpton Harcourt is an isolated and unfriendly village, she finds a place that poses more questions than answers. And when two more murders follow the first, Agatha begins to fear for her reputation - and her life. That the village has its own coven of witches certainly doesn't make her feel any better...

Praise for M. C. Beaton

'I'm not sure I wouldn't back Agatha against Reacher in a fight. She has the ruthlessness. The cunning. And the poisoned quiche' Daily Telegraph

'Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life' Entertainment Weekly

'The detective novels of M. C. Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status' The Times
'A Beaton novel is like The Archers on speed' Daily Mail

An entire new audience was introduced to the series with Sky's screening of the pilot episode of Agatha Raisin; viewing figures on Boxing Day totalled 1m+Eight further episodes of Agatha Raisin have been aired on SKY and picked up for transmission by ABC in Australia and SKY for New ZealandThe pilot episode Quiche of Death was picked up by ABC in Australia - and screened on Anzac Day in a prime time slotHardback sales of the Agatha Raisin books average 20,000+ per novelUK & Com life sales total over 4mM.C. Beaton is the 3rd most borrowed author from libraries in the UK
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Agatha Raisin and the Witches' Tree

By M.C. Beaton

Toil and trouble in store for Agatha!

Cotswolds inhabitants are used to bad weather, but the night sky is especially foggy as Rory and Molly Harris, the new vicar and his wife, drive slowly home from a dinner party in their village of Sumpton Harcourt. They struggle to see the road ahead - but then screech to a halt. Right in front of them, aglow in the headlights of their car, a body hangs from a lightning-blasted tree at the edge of town. But it's not suicide; Margaret Darby, an elderly spinster of the parish, has been murdered - and the villagers are bewildered as to who would commit such a crime, and why.

Agatha Raisin rises to the occasion, delighted to have some excitement back in her life as if truth be told, she was getting bored of the long run of lost cats and divorces on the books. But Sumpton Harcourt is an isolated and unfriendly village, she finds a place that poses more questions than answers. And when two more murders follow the first, Agatha begins to fear for her reputation - and her life. That the village has its own coven of witches certainly doesn't make her feel any better...

The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult statusA Beaton novel is like The Archers on speedAgatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream lifeM.C. Beaton has done it again. My favourite laugh aloud crimevillage crime author has, I think, a slightly darker touch in this latest offering, and it's still wonderful.Next in the bestselling Agatha Raisin murder mystery series

Praise for M. C. Beaton

'Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life' Entertainment Weekly

'The detective novels of M. C. Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status' The Times

Toil and trouble in store for Agatha!

Cotswolds inhabitants are used to bad weather, but the night sky is especially foggy as Rory and Molly Harris, the new vicar and his wife, drive slowly home from a dinner party in their village of Sumpton Harcourt. They struggle to see the road ahead - but then screech to a halt. Right in front of them, aglow in the headlights of their car, a body hangs from a lightning-blasted tree at the edge of town. But it's not suicide; Margaret Darby, an elderly spinster of the parish, has been murdered - and the villagers are bewildered as to who would commit such a crime, and why.

Agatha Raisin rises to the occasion, delighted to have some excitement back in her life as, if truth be told, she was getting bored of the long run of lost cats and divorces on the books. But Sumpton Harcourt is an isolated and unfriendly village, she finds a place that poses more questions than answers. And when two more murders follow the first, Agatha begins to fear for her reputation - and her life. That the village has its own coven of witches certainly doesn't make her feel any better...

An entire new audience was introduced to the series with Sky's screening of the pilot episode of Agatha Raisin; viewing figures on Boxing Day totalled 1m+Eight further episodes of Agatha Raisin have been aired on SKY and picked up for transmission by ABC in Australia and SKY for New ZealandThe pilot episode Quiche of Death was picked up by ABC in Australia - and screened on Anzac Day in a prime time slotHardback sales of the Agatha Raisin books average 20,000+ per novelUK & Com life sales total over 4mM.C. Beaton is the 3rd most borrowed author from libraries in the UK
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Agatha Raisin and the Dead Ringer

By M.C. Beaton

The latest Agatha Raisin mystery from bestselling author M. C. Beaton

The team of bells at St. Ethelred church is the pride and glory of the idyllic Cotswolds village of Thirk Magna, together with the most dedicated bell ringers in the whole of England: the twins Mavis and Millicent Dupin.

As the village gets ready for the Bishop's visit, the twins get overly-excited at the prospect of ringing the special peal of bells created for the occasion and start bullying the other bell ringers, forcing them to rehearse and rehearse . . . so much so that Joseph Kennell, a retired lawyer, yells at the sisters that he 'felt like killing them'!

When the twins' home is broken into one night and Millicent is found dead, struck from a hammer blow, suspicion falls onto the lawyer.

Will Agatha unmask the real killer and clear Joseph's name?

The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult statusA Beaton novel is like The Archers on speedAgatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream lifeAhead of Agatha's return to TV at Christmas (details to be confirmed nearer the time) we have the latest bestseller from M C BeatonM.C. Beaton is the author of both the Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth series, as well as numerous Regency romances. Her Agatha Raisin books are currently being turned into a TV series on Sky. She lives in Paris and in a Cotswold village that is very much like Agatha's beloved Carsely.

The idyllic Cotswolds village of Thirk Magna is best known for the medieval church of St Ethelred and it bells, which are the pride and glory of the whole community.

As the bell-ringers get ready for the visit of the incredibly handsome Bishop Peter Salver-Hinkley, the whole village is thrown into a frenzy. Meanwhile, Agatha convinces one of the bell-ringers, the charming lawyer Julian Brody, to hire her to investigate the mystery of the Bishop's ex-fiancée: a local heiress, Jennifer Toynby, who went missing years ago and whose body was never found...

Meanwhile, the bodies just keep on piling up: the corpse of Larry Jensen, a local policeman, is discovered in the crypt. Millicent Dupin, the famous bell-ringing twin, is murdered near the church. And Terry Fletcher, a journalist and (briefly) Agatha's lover, is found dead in her sitting room! Why this sudden spate of deaths; is it all connected to the bishop's visit? Agatha widens her investigation and very soon her main suspect is the handsome Bishop himself ... could he really be behind this series of violent killings, or is it someone who wants to bring him - and his reputation - down?

Praise for M. C. Beaton

'I'm not sure I wouldn't back Agatha against Reacher in a fight. She has the ruthlessness. The cunning. And the poisoned quiche' Daily Telegraph

'Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life' Entertainment Weekly

'The detective novels of M. C. Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status' The Times

'A Beaton novel is like The Archers on speed' Daily Mail

There will be three 90-min episodes based on Fairies of Fryfam, Curious Curate and Wizard of Evesham, featuring the original cast with Ashley Jensen as Agatha. TV distribution channel TBC.An entire new audience was introduced to the series with Sky's screening of the pilot episode of Agatha Raisin; viewing figures on Boxing Day totalled 1m+Hardback sales of the Agatha Raisin books average 20,000+ per novelUK & Com life sales total over 4m
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Agatha Raisin: There Goes The Bride

By M.C. Beaton

Agatha's former husband James is engaged to be married to a beautiful, young woman and Agatha has been kindly invited to the wedding. To take her mind off this, Agatha decides she has fallen for Sylvan, a Frenchman she met at James' engagement party. To distract her still further she decides upon a holiday and flies to Istanbul, where unfortunately she bumps into James and his fiancée not once but twice - convincing him she is stalking them.

So when the bride is murdered on her wedding day, naturally Agatha is Suspect Number One - but then matters are turned on their head when the dead bride's mother engages Agatha to take on the case of her murdered daughter! And very soon Agatha's own life is in danger while she tries to solve the mystery of the corpse bride while fighting off (halfheartedly) the advances of a very attractive and determined Frenchman!


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

'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

'Being a cranky, middle-aged female myself, I found Agatha charming!' Amazon customer review

Another winner from MC BeatonWitty and entertainingA must for all Agatha Raisin fansPaperback of the eagerly awaited 20th Agatha Raisin title with a brand new cover style.Agatha Raisin's 20th adventure which is a must-have for her numerous fans.UK lifetime sales of the series exceed 700,000.Brand new cover designs for the whole series, this new look will appeal to a whole new audience.Visit www.agatharaisin.com for more information on Agatha and M.C. Beaton's other books.

Agatha receives a less than welcome invitation to ex-husband James's wedding to a beautiful, younger woman. But it's one wedding and a funeral when the bride is murdered on her big day. Prime suspect Agatha's world turns topsy-turvy and not just because the bride's mother wants her to take on the case of her murdered daughter. Agatha's also fallen head over heels in love. But she's dependably on hand to catch the killer - and untangle her own love life.

. Agatha Raisin's 20th adventure, which will be a must-have for her numerous fans
. UK lifetime sales of the series exceed 700,000 copies - with latest hardback, Agatha Raisin and a Spoonful of Poison (2008), selling 20,000 copies
. BBC Radio 4 serialization with Penelope Keith as Agatha

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Agatha Raisin and a Spoonful of Poison

By M.C. Beaton

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

Agatha gets herself into a very sticky situation in her 19th adventure, complete with brand new cover design.Relaunch of the entire Agatha Raisin series with brand new cover designs.With legions of Agatha fans already this new look will appeal to a whole new audience.UK lifetime sales of the series exceed 700,000 copies. Agatha Raisin and a Spoonful of Poison sold 20,000 copies in hardback.Visit www.agatharaisin.com for more information on Agatha and M.C. Beaton's other books.

These days, Agatha has little time for the quiet rural activities with which she used to be so passionately involved - such as charity work, village competitions and the Carsely Ladies Society. But then in neighbouring St Twadey, tragedy strikes at the annual jam making competition. Someone has spiked the preserves with LSD! Mayhem ensues as the judges react like wasps in a jamjar and one or two of the unfortunate frailer villagers take a fatal trip. Of course the young folk are first to be suspected along with a few who have criminal records. But only blundering Agatha, with her odd flashes of intuition, would ever look twice at one of the pillars of the local community. Her intuitive detective skills are just what's needed to get St Twadey's out of this particular jam...

. New in paperback

. The 19th outing for Agatha Raisin, which will be a must-have for her numerous fans

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Agatha Raisin: Hiss and Hers

By M.C. Beaton

Agatha has fallen in love - again. This time it's the local gardener, George Marston, she has her eye on. But competition for his attention abounds. With her shameless determination Agatha will do anything to get her man - including footing the bill for a charity ball in town just for the chance to dance with him. But when George is a no-show Agatha goes looking for him - and finds he has been murdered, having been bitten by a poisonous snake and buried in a compost heap.

Agatha and the rest of her crew plunge into an investigation and discover that George had quite a complicated love life. And if Agatha now can't have George, at least she can have the satisfaction of confronting those women who have and finding a murderer in the process.

Once again M C Beaton has concocted an amusing brew of mystery and romance that will keep her fans turning the pagesAgatha Raisin: Hiss and Hers, the 23rd and very latest Agatha Raisin mystery. Agatha has fallen in love - again...Agatha Raisin's sales are rising each year with the last title As the Pig Turns selling 10,000 copies in paperback.M.C. Beaton is the doyenne of British cosy crime writers with legions of ordering fans.

Agatha Raisin has fallen in love - again. This time it's local gardener George Marston she has her eye on. But competition for his attention abounds. With her shameless determination, Agatha will do anything to get her man - including footing the bill for a charity ball in town just for the chance to dance with him.

But when George is a no-show Agatha goes looking for him - and finds him fatally bitten by a poisonous snake and buried in a compost heap. Agatha and the rest of her crew plunge into an investigation and discover George had quite a complicated love life. And if Agatha now can't have George, at least she can have the satisfaction of confronting those women who did and finding a murderer among them in the process.

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Agatha Raisin and Love, Lies and Liquor

By M.C. Beaton

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

A brand new cover design for Agatha's 17th adventure. It seems Agatha doesn't like to be beside the seaside...Relaunch of the entire Agatha Raisin series with brand new cover designs.With legions of Agatha fans already this new look will appeal to a whole new audience.UK lifetime sales of the series exceed 700,000 copies.Visit www.agatharaisin.com for more information on Agatha and M.C. Beaton's other books.

new jacket edition

Agatha Raisin thinks she's in for a treat when her old flame James Lacey invites her on a holiday, but to her horror, his idea of an exotic destination is a small, rundown town called Burryhill-on-Sea. Needless to say, the break doesn't go as planned. When a guest staying in the same hotel as Agatha and James is found murdered, Agatha quickly becomes prime suspect - and must solve this case from a prison cell!

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The Agatha Raisin Companion

By M.C. Beaton

This book is a celebration of all things Agatha Raisin. It includes an introduction by M C Beaton, Agatha's biography, her background and retirement to the Cotswolds, her complex love life and the details of village life in Carsely.

There are brief biogs of all the men in her life (there are many), a piece on her cats Hodge and Boswell, and a section on Agatha's Cotswolds, both real and fictitious. Plot summaries of all twenty titles in the series, a quiz to test your Agatha knowledge and a selection of her favourite dishes in Raisin's Recipes rounds off the complete Agatha Companion.

It also features line drawings by Alice Tait - the artist of the all new covers in the Agatha Raisin series - throughout.

To commemorate twenty years of Agatha Raisin - a celebration of the woman, her escapades and all the other characters in Carsely!The perfect Christmas gift for all those tens of thousands of Agatha Raisin fans.We know Agatha Raisin fans are insatiable for information about their heroine, and this Companion is be the perfect accompaniment to the whole series.It will be published in the same year that M C Beaton's twentieth Agatha Raisin mystery - There Goes the Bride - comes out in pb in the UK with an exciting new cover treatment.Sales of the Agatha Raisin series in the UK exceed 700,000.

Sharp, witty, hugely intelligent, unfailingly entertaining, delightfully intolerant and magnificently non-PC: awesome Agatha Raisin is M. C. Beaton's most endearing creation. This celebration of all things Agatha features all there is to know about the woman, her escapades and all the Carsely characters.

The complete Aggie almanack includes an in-depth interview and introduction from author M. C. Beaton as well as the official biography- Agatha's early years, complex love life, Cotswolds retirement and Carsely village life. Plus potted histories of all the men in Agatha's life; a look at her Cotswolds, real & fictitious; concise summaries of the 20 books in the series so far; Agatha's Appetites recipe selections. There are FAQs, too, from the Agatha Raisin official website: www.agatharaisin.com.

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Agatha Raisin: As The Pig Turns

By M.C. Beaton

Winter Parva, a traditional Cotswolds village next door to Carsely, has decided to throw a celebratory hog roast to mark the beginning of the winter holiday festivities and Agatha Raisin has arrived with friend and rival in the sleuthing business, Toni, to enjoy the merriment. But as the spit pig is carried towards the bed of fiery charcoal Agatha - and the rest of the village - realise that things aren't as they seem...

Very quickly it transpires that the spit pig is in fact Gary Beech, a policeman not much loved in Winter Parva. And although Agatha has every intention of leaving the affair to the police, she rapidly changes her mind when she finds out Gary's ex-wife has hired Toni to investigate. Cantankerous and competitive as Agatha is, she has to now join the fray and try and solve the case herself!

Praise for M C Beaton's Agatha Raisin series:

I know I once vowed to read only Agatha Christie for a year but I cheated. My No. 1 mistress, M.C. Beaton and her Agatha Raisin whodunits. Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack a day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she may be living my dream life. Entertainment Weekly.

Once again M. C. Beaton has concocted an amusing brew of mystery and romance that will keep her fans turning the pages. Publisher's Weekly.

Pure entertainment. The Guardian.

Like Midsomer Murders with wit and a bit of edge.The eagerly awaited 22nd installment in the Agatha Raisin seriesSales for Agatha Raisin in hardback continue to grow strongly with over 10,000 sold of Agatha Raisin and the Busy Body (9781845299545).The new jacket treatment for the entire series has brought in a whole new set of readers and fans.Winter Parva is hosting a celebratory winter hog roast, and Agatha Raisin comes from neighbouring Carsely to enjoy the festivities with friend and rival sleuth Toni. A good time is had by all ­- until the spit pig set before the fiery charcoal is revealed as unpopular local bobby Gary Beech. Agatha minds her Ps and Qs until Toni's hired to investigate, after which, ever cantankerous and competitive, she steps into the fray herself!
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Agatha Raisin Omnibus: The Quiche of Death, The Potted Gardener, The Vicious Vet and The Walkers of Dembley

By M.C. Beaton

THE FIRST FOUR TITLES IN THE ACERBIC, ECCENTRIC AND HILARIOUS AGATHA RAISIN SERIES AT A BARGAIN PRICE.

THE QUICHE OF DEATH
Revenge is a dish best served warm...

High-flying public relations supremo Agatha Raisin has decided to take early retirement. She's off to make a new life in a picture-perfect Cotswold village. To make friends, she enters the local quiche-making competition - and to make quite sure of first prize she secretly pays a visit to a London deli.Alas, the competition judge succumbs after tasting her perfect quiche, and Agatha is revealed as a cheat and potential poisoner. Definitely not the best start. So Agatha must turn amateur sleuth - she's absolutely got to track down the real killer!

THE POTTED GARDENER
Agatha goes digging where she shouldn't...

Agatha is taken aback when she finds a new woman ensconced in the affections of her attractive bachelor neighbour, James Lacey. The beautiful Mary Fortune is superior in every way, especially when it comes to gardening - and with Carsely Garden Open Day looming, Agatha feels this deficiency acutely.So when Mary is discovered murdered, buried upside down in a pot, Agatha seizes the moment and immediately starts yanking up village secrets by their roots and digging the dirt on the hapless victim. But Agatha has an awkward secret too . . .

THE VICIOUS VET
Agatha lets sleeping vets lie..

Retired PR boss Agatha Raisin is enjoying life in her pretty Cotswold village of Carsely. It even seems likely that the attractive new vet, Paul Bladen, has taken a shine to her. But before romance can blossom, Paul is killed in an accident with Lord Pendlebury's horse. Only the circumstances are rather suspicious.Agatha decides she must once more play amateur investigator. And this cloud has a silver lining - she can persuade her usually stand-offish neighbour, James Lacey, to become her partner in the quest. As usual, Agatha is quite prepared to rush in, heedless of the lurking menace to both James and herself.

THE WALKERS OF DEMBLEY
An unexpected hike to the Other Side . . .

After time away, Agatha Raisin returns to her beloved Cotswold village of Carsely - and to her handsome neighbour, James Lacey. True, James seems less than thrilled to see her, but Agatha is soon distracted by a sensational murder. The victim, found in a field, is young hiker Jessica Tartinck, who spent her life enraging landowners by insisting on her right to roam. Hope springs eternal in Agatha's breast as she lures the reluctant James into her investigation. There are so many leads to follow, for Jessica's fellow walkers - not to mention the landowners - all seem able to commit murder.

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Agatha Raisin and the Christmas Crumble

By M.C. Beaton

The bossy, vain and irresistible Agatha is back in this latest short story.


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!

TBF received
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Agatha Raisin: Hell's Bells

By M.C. Beaton

Widowed Mary Bolton, like Miss Jean Brodie, considers herself in her prime. Not satisfied with car boot sales, dances at the bowling club and reading to the elderly, she throws herself into bellringing with gusto - much to the annoyance of her neighbours.

But when the industrious Mary is found swinging from a bell rope, Jessica Brand - who only days before had threatened to strangle Mary with the very same rope - fears she will be accused. There's nothing left to do but call in private detective Agatha Raisin to untangle the web of sex, money, deceit ... and murder.