In the tenth installment of the Agatha Raisin mysteries by M.C. Beaton, former PR agent, Agatha Raisin, rents a small cottage in Norfolk after a fortune teller advises her that her destiny and true love, lies there. It doesn’t hurt that her neighbour and former fiancé, James Lacey, has been off travelling and ignoring Agatha (so rude).
Shortly after Agatha arrives in the small village of Fryfam, she begins noticing strange lights at the bottom of her garden hedges that disappear before she can get near. When she tries to bring up the strange lights with new acquaintances in the village, most change the subject, which naturally intrigues and infuriates Agatha. Adding to the mystery, random objects begin to go missing from people’s homes—including a large vase from Agatha’s cottage.
Agatha is just beginning to feel fed up with the flat landscape and cold weather of Norfolk, and debating returning to her snug cottage and friends in Carsely, when the local ‘lord of the manor’, Tolly Trumpington-James, winds up dead with his throat slashed and his Stubbs painting stolen. Intrigued, Agatha decides to stay on and try to find the murderer, with the help of visiting friend, Sir Charles Fraith.
Naturally, suspicion soon falls on Agatha and Charles for the murder, much to Agatha’s annoyance, and the villagers seem content to believe the twinkling lights are the work of fairies.
I must admit that I haven’t enjoyed a series quite so much in a long time. Agatha’s pugnaciousness never fails to amuse me and the situations she ends up in often have me laughing out loud. Every time a new Agatha Raisin novel comes in for me at the library, I always put aside whatever else I’m reading to focus on Agatha and her latest antics.
The Agatha Raisin mystery series are the only books I read where I don’t skip ahead to the end to find out who the murderer is! I enjoy them so much I usually end up finishing each book in a few days and am always eagerly anticipating the next in the series!