22.10.10

Book Review: Agatha Raisin and the Wizard of Evesham by M.C. Beaton

He was a hairdresser 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 bee-line for the handsome Evesham hairdresser. As well as undertaking to restyle her hair it soon becomes clear the charming man also has designs on her heart, but all too soon their budding romance 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 lady clients, all of whom seem to have divulged to him their darkest secrets? It's time for Agatha to get to the root of this hair-raising mystery. 
I love the Agatha Raisin series of books by M.C. Beaton. They are similar to the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series in that it is like catching up with old friends, you know you are going to have a great time. 
Agatha is the same as always, a bit bored and hoping some mystery will come along which it does in the form of Mr John, the Wizard of Evesham. Agatha really does not realise how much trouble she is going to get herself into, the dastardly deeds of Mr John are far worse that Agatha initially thought. 
Agatha's friendship with Mrs Bloxby, the vicars wife is developed a little more in this one , you can see that Agatha has really settled into country life and is part of the furniture, not that she would ever admit that to anyone.
I would recommend and of the books in this series, there are great characters, interesting mysteries, humour and you very quickly become involved in the exciting world of Agatha Raisin and her many adventures. 

4 comments:

Kim said...

I haven't read any of these books yet but they sound like the sort of stories I would enjoy. I will be on the look out for them now. Thanks for the review, Dot.

Dot said...

Kim- I think you would really enjoy this series, they're only short so you can fit them in when you want a nice light, entertaining read!

fiction-books said...

Hi Dot,

It's a shame you live quite so far North, as M.C. Beaton is making a rare personal appearance to sign copies of her latest book 'Agatha Raisin And The Busy Body'. Unfortunately it is to take place in the Cotswolds, where she lives.

I have only read one of her books, but will definitely buy more, if I come across them in a charity shop. They are almost Agatha Christie, Miss Marple'ish and a great infill between more serious reads.

Dot said...

fiction-books- That's a shame, I would love to meet her!

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