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Title:
Agatha Raisin and the haunted house
Author:
Beaton, M. C.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 2003.
Physical Description:
246 pages ; 22 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780312207694
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Just back from an extended stay in London, Agatha Raisin finds herself greeted by torrential rains and an old, familiar feeling of boredom. When her handsome new neighbor, Paul Chatterton, shows up on her doorstep, she tries her best to ignore his obvious charms, but his sparkling black eyes and the promise of adventure soon lure her into another investigation.Paul has heard rumors about Agatha's reputation as the Cotswold village sleuth and wastes no time offering their services to the crotchety owner of a haunted house. Whispers, footsteps, and a cold white mist are plaguing Mrs. Witherspoon, but the police have failed to come up with any leads, supernatural or otherwise. The neighbors think it's all a desperate ploy for attention, but Paul and Agatha are sure something more devious is going on. Someone's playing tricks on Mrs. Witherspoon, andwhen she turns up dead under suspicious circumstances, Agatha finds herself caught up in another baffling murder mystery.


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

Publisher's Weekly Review

In M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House, the Cotswolds village sleuth investigates the murder of the owner of a supernaturally challenged house-and meets a handsome new neighbor. Besides the Hamish Macbeth series, Beaton is the author of Snobbery with Violence (Forecasts, June 2), an Edwardian mystery, writing as Marion Chesney. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

Agatha Raisin has some interesting things to take her mind off a boring summer first, a new, seemingly unattached next- door neighbor, and second, a ghost reported in a nearby village. Paul Chatterton initiates a friendship with Agatha and urges her to work with him to solve the riddle of the hauntings. Although it takes Agatha a long time to get dressed for each of their outings, they do finally make it to the house, only to be frightened away by its stalwart owner. When the owner is found dead, Paul and Agatha's interest in the case grows, but their petty jealousies cause them to pursue separate investigations. Donada Peters, an accomplished reader, never falters in her portrayal of the childish main characters. Her voice has a husky timbre that is ideal for the characters male and female and her use of local English accents is amusing. Juleigh Muirhead Clark, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Lib., Colonial Williamsburg Fdn., VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.