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Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryfam (Agatha Raisin #10)

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  2,461 ratings  ·  124 reviews
When a fortune teller from a previous case informs Agatha Raisin that her destiny-and true love-lies in Norfolk, she promptly rents a cottage in the quaint village of Fryfam. No sooner does she arrive than strange things start happening. Random objects go missing from people's homes and odd little lights are seen dancing in the villagers' gardens and yards. Stories soon be...more
Mass Market Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 15th 2001 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 2000)
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I found myself thoroughly enjoying and devouring this 10th installment of the Agatha Raisin series. Another book where Agatha is not in Carsley- this time opting for a cottage in Norfolk to get away from James Lacey her neighbour in Carsley who Agatha has become a tad obsessed with over the course of the series. Therefore some of our usual friends are a rather absent in this book, however that didn't spoil my enjoyment, as there were plenty of strange characters in Fryfam for Agatha to investiga...more
Fair warning: there are going to be a lot of spoilers in this review. Please don't read it unless you want to ruin your reading experience.

I began this book with high hopes. In the previous installment in this series, Agatha Raisin has been making steady progress at moving past her obsession with James Lacey, and is really coming into her own as a mature woman. Of course, like all of us, "Aggie" still has her insecurities, which make her a normal person. However, she is working on moving on with...more
Agatha sticks a pin in a map of Norfolk and finds herself in Fryfam. She settles down, reluctantly without the love of her life James Lacey, and then, surprise, surprise, a murder takes place ... and then another! And also to contend with is the flashing lights in the back garden of her rented cottage. Could they be fairies as local legend had it?

How can Agatha investigate when the company she is keeping in her new environment is more or less unknown to her? But as one expects she does ... in he...more
I came across the Agatha Raisin mystery books at my library when I was looking for some books on tape to listen to while I do dishes at night (note: books on tape are an excellent way to get your house work done with as little pain as possible.) The mystery series are fun, light hearted, and the characters are what make the book. I think I have gone through all the mysteries available on tape at my library. The first book in the series is Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death, so you might want...more
Man, I loathe Agatha Raisen. Does she have ANY redeeming qualities to make one like her at all? No. Are these mysteries detailed and interesting enough to continue reading them although one despises the main characters? No.

Read Laurie R. King instead. Or Ngaio Marsh. or Ms. Sayers. or ANYONE. If you have to have Beaton's "popcorn for the soul" then read the Hamish Macbeth series instead. At elast there the characters aren't terribly stupid and annoying and self centered. Or not as much as Agatha...more
Agatha rents a cottage in the village of Fryfam to get away from her neighbor James. She announces she is writing a novel, Murder at the Manor. Unfortunately, a murder at the manor occurs and Agatha is in the middle. Barron Charles shows up to stay with Agatha and help solve the mystery. Charles is more pleasant in this one and Agatha always seems more capable (less "fish out of water") when she is away from her home. This was quick and easy. In fact listened to the whole novel while doing erran...more
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Agatha Raisin is heading north for a vacation, following some psychic advice that she will find love in the north. However in the sleepy town of Fryham she finds not love, but murder. Agatha doesn't feel at home in Fryham and she's almost relieved when her friend, Sir Charles Fraith, turns up. However they soon have their hands full trying to solve a murder, which could be difficult to do since the locals don't seem to trust them.

I really love the Agatha Raisin mysteries. I prefer the funnier my...more
Read on a lazy Sunday only a day after it arrived on Mount Toobie.

Agatha moves location and, as usual, manages to find trouble and rub at least some of the locals up the wrong way. In spite of all that, her mooning over James and ambivalence towards Charles, she's still rather a sweety really, especially in this tale.
Agatha Raisin is one of my very favorite sleuths. I love that you can’t keep her down. She is always trying to solve her problems, even though sometimes in very ill advised ways. In this book, she is trying to get over James, still, yet again and so decides to move away from her little cottage and move to a village, Fryfam, in Norfolk. Of course, being Agatha once she arrives there is a murder in the sleepy little village which she has to solve. Her loyal sidekick, Sir Charles Fraith assists aga...more
Jul 01, 2012 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
This is the tenth book in the Agatha Raisin series by M.C. Beaton. The plot centers around Agatha's escape to the village of Fryfam to get away from James and her troubles. Of course, she encounters more death, deception and danger along the way. It's a fairly typical story for the series, and not nearly as violent as some, and I enjoyed reading about her experiences in the Norfolk area. The ending is quite abrupt and shocking, but I'm sure the drama over Agatha's poor choices in life will conti...more
Helene Harrison
ISBN? - 9781849011433

Genre? - Crime / Mystery / Murder

Characters? - Agatha Raisin / Charles Fraith / Tolly Trumpington-James / Lucy Trumpington-James / Mrs Bloxby / James Lacey / Rosie / Amy

Setting? - Carsely, Cotswolds & Fryfam, Norfolk (England)

Series? - Agatha Raisin #10

Title? - There are shining lights at the bottom of gardens in Fryfam and the residents believe that it is fairies when things go mysteriously missing from houses.

Character Analysis? - Agatha really annoyed me in this one,...more
Michelle R.
I enjoy a good cozy mystery and this fits the bill..... I like the descriptions of the English cottages and countryside. Agatha's middle life crises are identifiable and her issues with men and the pursuit of "true love" are funny and quite relatable...perhaps we, the readers, are getting a glimpse of the author's own experiences.
I will continue to search out and read more of Agatha's tales and also those of Hamish Macbeth as well also written by M.C. Beaton.
Book Wormy
My favourite Aggie so far, mind you I think I say that with each new one I finish.

Aggie is just a great character and I love the cosy mystery aspects of the books not too much blood and guts everywhere.

I always find myself longing to know more about Aggie and the men in her life.
This wasn't my favourite Agatha Raisin book - maybe it was me but I found it hard to maintain my interest and didn't really warm to the characters or town of Fryfam. While she liked having Charles on hand, Agatha spent the whole book being unhappy and miserable. I hope she'll be happier in the next book!
Jeanne Quigley
I enjoyed this installment of Agatha Raisin. It was a good change-of-scenery from her village of Carsely, her detective agency, and the usual cast of characters. Agatha is still her irascible self, and her adventures with friend Sir Charles are entertaining.
I really enjoyed this book. I couldn't put the book down. I liked the storyline was shocked at the end cause wasn't expecting what happened to happen. Can't wait to read the next in the series
Jack Chapman
For a long time I resisted the famous Agatha Raisin series as I thought they'd be just too cosy. Well there's an element of cosiness about this book but it's tempered by Ms Raisin's acerbic and forceful personality. The mystery itself is nothing special, the Fairies seem to be a complete red herring (and how often are book titles designed simply to attract the attention rather than accurately describe the contents of the book! One star deducted for that Miss Beaton!) But it's the characters that...more
Fun little book. Enjoyed it enough that I'll probably check out the rest of the series.
Nice quick weekend read. Oh Agatha--be careful what you wish for!
Just starting to get a little bored with the character by this stage.
Nancy Ellis
Every once in awhile I need a break, so I read an Agatha Raisin book. They are always entertaining in a comical way and never take themselves too seriously. It's fun to read a book where there are plenty of laughs, even if Aggie does get exasperating! And there are always plenty of "eccentric" characters to enjoy, and, of course, wherever Agatha goes, there's a murder! A pleasant relief from the sometimes too realistic and/or overly descriptive books that are so common now. And they're such quic...more
Super series! I've been reading this series on & off for quite a few years now. Having read 18 books so far, I struggle to remember details of each book individually, so this is a general review.

This is such an enjoyable modern day Miss Marple. Agatha Raisin is so annoying at times, I've felt the desire to shake sense into her. Despite that, I can't help but like her. These books are filled with murder, mystery, quirky characters, country living & village gossip. I find they make quite a...more
Agatha has been told by a fortune teller that her destiny lies in Norfolk so she sticks a pin in the map and off she goes to the village of Fryfam. She rents a house and tells her new neighbours that she is writing a murder mystery, then, lo and behold, the lord of the manor is killed. Sir Charles Fraith turns up to help Aggie investigate.

The change of scenery from Carsley is good, it means the introduction of some new characters for Agatha to wind up in her usual fashion! A gentle read, followi...more
Agatha...always entertaining!
Jenny L
Read them! All of them. All 23. They are simply fabulous! I love them and love Agatha Raisin. The stories are set in the English Cotswolds - which is where I'm from, so that makes them extra special, but I cannot recommend them highly enough. If you want to read about an opinionated, outspoken, headstrong single woman in her middle years with no money worries, but men worries and murder at every turn, then you too will love Agatha Raisin. Just make sure you buy more than one at a time, because y...more
Elizabeth Olson
A "cozy" mystery in the sense that all the unpleasant aspects of the murder mystery take place 'off stage', so to speak, it features a distinctly uncozy heroine. Agatha Raisin is prickly, foul mouthed, could be suspected of liking cats better than people...and she solves the mystery just ahead of the police. The police claim they had already come to the same conclusion and were about to act on it. "Well, they *would* say that, wouldn't they?", says Agatha Raisin. "They'd have to, to cover up the...more
❂ Jennifer (reviews on BookLikes)
This is the first Agatha Raisin I've read and while I've enjoyed it, I'm not sure I'll continue with the series. Agatha, for being such a grump (which I sometimes enjoyed) is still a sympathetic character, but I found I just didn't care much about her or the other characters in the book. This one does take place 'away', so I didn't get much introduction to any of the steady characters. It had a good plot, not easily guessable, but I still don't think I'll go out of my way to read another.
Aug 04, 2007 Indira rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery lovers who love to laugh, readers of stephanie plum
Okay, so the overall writing isn't the best and I always find one or more typos, but I love Agatha Raisin. I've been a bit sad ever since I finished this last one - kinda like saying goodbye to a best friend who is going on a long trip. The good thing is, there's a whole slew of Agatha Raisin I haven't read yet. I found my first one at a used book shop, and so (like the Stephanie Plum series) I haven't read them in order, which would have been nice. I need another Agatha fix soon!
This is book 10 in the Agatha Raisin series, but the first one that I read. I had wanted to like this more than I did, as I am looking for another series to follow the characters through. I liked that the main character was in her 50's, crabby and it was set in England. I wish it had ended differently, but may read another in the series a few books further down the story-line. It didn't make me want to go and read the ones leading up to this one.
A short Agatha Raisin who-done-it, Thank God! The back story involves an Agatha whose moanings of love can only be compared to a love-sick tween!! I have read other Raisin stories however, this entry (#10) did not enhance the series. Never has a lead character been surrounded by so many self-absorbed, unloyal "friends". As far as the fairies in the title.. your guess is as good as mine! They were never satisfactorily explained.
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