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Title:
Agatha Raisin and the wellspring of death
Author:
Beaton, M. C.
Personal Author:
Edition:
[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
Rockland, MA : Wheeler Pub., 1999.

©1998
Physical Description:
230 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781568957302
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Agatha Raisin's neighboring village of Ancombe is usually the picture of quiet English Cotswolds charm. Yet 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 new PR person for the company, finds the council chairman 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?

Village gossip takes on a life of its own and Agatha must weed her way through the council members' alibis, promote the water company, and try to resurrect her love life, all while pretending she is over her exfiance, James Lacey. This delightful seventh mystery featuring the pleasantly prickly Agatha Raisin and a cast of village eccentrics proves once again that no one writes a cozy mystery better than M.C. Beaton.


Author Notes

M. C. Beaton's real name is Marion Chesney. She was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1936. She has written over a hundred books under her own name and other pseudonyms: Ann Fairfax, Helen Crampton, Jennie Tremaine, Charlotte Ward, and Sarah Chester. She started her writing career while working as a fiction buyer for a bookstore in Glasgow.

Working at one time or another as a theater critic, newspaper reporter, and editor, she used her British background to write a series of regency romances set in England and Scotland. Some of her regency romances include The Folly, Colonel Sandhurst to the Rescue, and Regency Gold. In 1986, she was awarded the Romantic Times Award for Outstanding Regency Series Writer.

She has also written two mystery series under the pseudonym M. C. Beaton: The Hamish Macbeth Series, which became the inspiration for a television show in England, and The Agatha Raisin Series, about a retired advertising executive. Her title His and Hers made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

In a cottage in the Cotswolds, complete with garden and cats, the fiftysomething, widowed Mrs. Raisin presses on, with all her appetites intact. In this latest installment in an uneven series, Agatha comes out of retirement to take on a public relations assignment: a company wants to bottle the water from the Ancombe spring, which has flowed cheerily from a death's-head spout for generations. When Agatha visits the spring and finds a body there, her interest is piqued considerably. Local feeling is divided between those who welcome the attention the bottled water will bring to town, and those who resent tourists; the rabid local environmentalists make for complications, too. Agatha smokes and drinks and carries on appealingly, worrying about taking on a much younger but clearly smarmy lover: her true character flaw is an obsession with the old flame who lives next door. A definite hit in this hit-and-miss series. --GraceAnne A. DeCandido


Publisher's Weekly Review

Cotswolds snoop Agatha Raisin (Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist, 1997, etc.), still smarting from her broken engagement to neighbor James Lacey, returns in yet another cozy featuring backbiting provincial villagers. The Ancombe Water Company is trying to negotiate a deal with the parish council to bottle water from a historic village spring, a move that has sharply divided the council. When the body of Robert Struthers, the council chairman who had not yet committed on the issue, is found head-down in the spring, Agatha, who's doing PR for the water company, and James each decide to investigate. Bitterness keeps them apart, and 50-something Agatha is romanced by the much younger Guy Freemont, a company director. Beaton performs deftly, with Agatha pining for James while weighing the pros and cons of village life. Particularly entertaining elements include James's undercover stint in a militant environment group and, in a finale that follows a second murder, the introduction of a new side to Mrs. Bloxby, the vicar's usually plodding wife. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


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