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Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House
by M. C. Beaton
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St. Martin's, 2005 (2003)
Hardcover, Paperback

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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

This is the fifteenth Agatha Raisin mystery. If you have not read any of the series, drop what you're doing and obtain a copy. Now! If you don't, you're missing out on a fun read. Agatha Raisin is unpredictable, irascible, quick-tempered, vain, curt, downright rude at times, and one of the most lovable characters in a series today.

Agatha had her own PR firm in London and sold it at a price she couldn't turn down. Now retired in middle age, she has taken herself to the small village of Carsely where she has had nothing but bad luck with the available men she meets. Could new neighbor Paul Chatterton be better than the rest? Agatha has had some luck in helping the local police track down killers, and fancies herself as invaluable to the local authorities, but they have a different opinion. When a woman in a house she claims is haunted is killed in a fall, Agatha and the new neighbor collaborate to find the person responsible. So the fun begins.

Quickly read, this is a book to enjoy - from the first page to the last. I admire the author, M. C. Beaton. She also writes the Hamish MacBeth books, and between the two series, has yet to turn out one that is not first class.

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