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Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley by M.C. Beaton

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List Price: £6.99


Paperback: 256 Pages.

Published: 25 March 2010 by C & R Crime

ISBN: 1849011370

EAN: 9781849011372

An unexpected hike to the Other Side ...After time away, Agatha Raisin returns to her beloved Cotswold village of Carsely - and to her handsome neighbour, James Lacey. True, James seems less than thrilled to see her, but Agatha is soon distracted by a sensational murder. The victim, found in a field, is young hiker Jessica Tartinck, who spent her life enraging landowners by insisting on her right to roam. Hope springs eternal in Agatha's breast as she lures the reluctant James into her investigation. There are so many leads to follow, for Jessica's fellow walkers - not to mention the landowners - all seem able to commit murder.


5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Jane Shaw

Very easy to read

I've read lots of Agatha Raisin books now and I think Agatha grows on you, rather than finding her annoying I found her quite amusing, she gets herself into such situations because of her sometimes ridiculous views on things that it is laughable.

It is not a work of great heavy literature, but a good bit of light relief, rather like a trashy film, that gets terrible reviews, but everyone rather likes because it is just entertainment.

The books are amusing and flow well. If you want a bit of light relief that you can read in a couple of days, this is the book for you.

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Light and Easy to Read

This is a difficult book to review as I liked the story but loathed the character of Agatha Raisin. This fact does, naturally, colour my feelings about the book. Agatha Raisin is an opinionated, rude, deceitful, lying woman who seems to use her friends & opportunities in a most unplesant manner. Having said that, it does show the skill of the author that I can feel so strongly about the character!

The Agatha Raisin series of books are quite light & easy to read. There is a distinct lack of blood, guts & gore. There are no deep psychological undertones. This is just a simple detective story told in a simple manner. There are times when a book like this is a nice bit of light relief between somewhat heavier books. The book flows well. Only a few of the characters are developed in any depth but it is a short book & there is a lack of time to go into too much detail on the lesser characters.

I listened to this as an audio book read by Penelope Keith who was exactly the right person to read this.

If you want a light detective story without a complicated plot with excessive twists & turns then this is the book for you.

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