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

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Agatha Raisin 50s obeys fortune teller and rents in Fryfam. Lights flicker in garden mist then vase vanishes. After pricey painting disappears from manor, her manuscript 'Death at the Manor' points to her and visitor Sir Charles 40s as suspects. Squire Tolly similarly has throat cut with old fashioned razor. Aggie faces jealousy, blackmail, iffy liaisons, and a killer.
Mass Market Paperback, 197 pages
Published April 15th 2001 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 2000)
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Ali
Aug 01, 2010 Ali rated it really liked it


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
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Sukhi
Jun 14, 2015 Sukhi rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
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
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Kate
Jun 25, 2016 Kate rated it liked it
Recommended to Kate by: Simon Savidge
Shelves: 2016-books
Needed something light and breezy and Agatha Raisin always fits the bill. In this episode, Agatha has fled to Fryfam, a hamlet in Norwich and her buddy Sir Charles Fraith joins her. Of course, there are several murders and awful town folk. This was a better than recent books in the series. I enjoy Agatha's edge and it was on full display in this episode as she brusquely question the people in this small closed town.
Gerry
Dec 01, 2010 Gerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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The Flooze
Apr 21, 2016 The Flooze rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't help but enjoy the detecting duo of Agatha and Charles.

Yes, our Sir Charles is quite the piece of work - always wanting to hop into bed with the nearest attractive woman and always and forever "forgetting" his wallet. But he's entertaining and serves as a perfect foil for James' cold companionship. Charles accepts Agatha as she is and delights in her contrary, curious ways. They are bored, buttinski kindred spirits.

As you can guess, the spectre of James Lacey continues to haunt our Aga
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Stephen Lawton
This installment of Agatha Raisin was mistitled and ought to be called "Death at the Manor" as the fairy plot was weak and insignificant. As with the Witches book Sir Charles joins Agatha in Norfolk. Agatha spends most of the book being grumpier than usual as James has gone away and it's uncertain when he'll return, hence Agatha renting a cottage if Fryfam. This was a fun escapade of the seething subterranean passion below the quiet village surface variety.
Connie
Jan 20, 2008 Connie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Heather
Aug 11, 2010 Heather rated it did not like it
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
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Elizabeth
Oct 31, 2015 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I actually finished this book after three days of reading. To say Ive missed a fair few of the books i really enjoyed this one partly because james lacey barely featured. This was a good story that kept me engaged and i loved the relationship between agatha and sir charles...have we found her one true love? I still love that you get the next chapter at the end of her books and though it made me feel disappointed in agatha i would love to read it. Well done M.C. Beaton you've made me hate and now ...more
Kaye
May 20, 2009 Kaye rated it liked it
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
D.S. Nelson
Jun 13, 2016 D.S. Nelson rated it liked it
Not the best Agatha Raisin in my opinion, however it has all the necessary humour, sharp wit and romping through the countryside we expect from a Raisin mystery.

Agatha Raisin is heartbroken and decides to rent a cottage in Norfolk to cure her of her obsession with the dapper James.

As soon as she arrives she discovers a mystery. Strange lights are dancing at the bottom of her garden and items from the house go missing but no one in the village wants to talk. Alone in a village with residents who
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Ed
Feb 20, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it
#10 in the Agatha Raisin series.

#10 - Cotswold villager Agatha Raisin series - When a fortune-teller tells Agatha Raisin that her destiny lies in Norfolk, she doesn't think twice about renting a cottage sight unseen in a county she's never visited. Of course, Agatha has been spurned by the love of her life, her Cotswolds' neighbor James Lacey, which has a lot to do with her removing herself and her two cats, Hodge and Boswell, to the village of Fryfam. There she meets the members of the Fryfam's
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The Hobbit
Jan 24, 2016 The Hobbit rated it really liked it
#10 in the Agatha Raisin series. A fortune teller has predicted that Agatha will find her future in Norfolk. So she closes her eyes, puts a pin in a map, and rents a cottage in the tiny Norfolk village of Fryfam, a village so backward that only the men go to the pub. Strange dancing lights at the end of her garden and missing items make Agatha uneasy. An invitation to the village manor introduces Agatha to a most unlikely couple, the middle aged frumpy Tolly, a former owner of a shower company a ...more
Jasbr
Jan 27, 2016 Jasbr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: krimi
Agatha hat die Nase voll und braucht einen Ortswechsel. Deswegen mietet sie sich mehr oder weniger spontan in Fryfam ein - irgendwie anders und dann doch irgendwie ihrem Heimatort Carsley. Und dort begegnen ihr nicht nur mysteriöse Lichter, sondern auch der ein oder andere Mord.
Mir hat dieser Ortswechsel sehr gut gefallen. Zwar war es am Anfang etwas komisch, dass nicht mehr alle bekannten Figuren anwesend waren, doch zum Glück müssen die Leser nicht auf Mrs Bloxly verzichten :)
Der Fall, in den
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Trin
Jul 24, 2016 Trin rated it liked it
I find it odd that Beaton chose to follow up Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wyckhadden with another book where Agatha is away from Carsley. This book suffered in comparison, having a much less engaging mystery -- all the sitting around in rooms, discussing the clues of the case reminded me of Dorothy L. Sayers' Have His Carcase, except Agatha and Charles are no Harriet and Peter.

I'm pleased that there's apparently some momentum in Agatha and James', and Agatha and Charles', relationships now. I'
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Hermioneginny
Jan 06, 2015 Hermioneginny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Su consiglio di un'indovina, Agatha prende in affitto un cottage nel Norfolk e da subito comincia a vedere piccole luci in fondo al giardino. Le nuove vicine sono donne frustrate e insoddisfatte e per mettersi in mostra Agatha dice di essere una scrittrice. Ed effettivamente scrive una manciata di pagine intitolate "Omicidio al maniero". Ovviamente quando al maniero avviene davvero un omicidio, la polizia trova quelle pagine...

Sono ancora sotto shock per la fine! Non c'entra niente con l'indagin
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Aly Cokeley
Feb 07, 2016 Aly Cokeley rated it liked it
Murder follows wherever Agatha Raisin goes!

Disillusioned with men in general, and the enigmatic James Lacey in particular, Agatha decides some time away will be just the thing to mend her broken heart. She sticks a pin in the map and goes where it lands - Fryfam, a tiny village in Norfolk. When she arrives, she immediately regrets her decision. The rental cottage is awful and the narrow minded villagers are distant and suspicious of this incomer. But the new Agatha Raisin is going to stick it ou
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Catherine
Feb 17, 2012 Catherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcrossing
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.
Julia
Jan 30, 2009 Julia rated it did not like it
I can't believe this is the same author who writes the Hamish Macbeth series--which I love. Agatha Raisin is a crotchety, middle-aged amateur detective, but she's not funny or endearing or anything. Give this series a miss.
Emily Cullen
Jul 29, 2015 Emily Cullen rated it really liked it
In the last book of this M.C. Beaton cozy mystery series, Agatha Raisin is told by a fortune teller that her true love lies in Norfolk so she rents a cottage in the village of Fryfam. She also wants to get her on again-off again boyfriend, James, out of her head once and for all. Strange things go on in the village, such as mysterious lights which the villagers believe are fairies. When a prominent villager is murdered, Agatha becomes the main suspect and needs to investigate. This book was real ...more
Saloni Sharma
Apr 16, 2013 Saloni Sharma rated it it was ok
The Raisin escapades are getting a little tedious. The plots are unvaried, the characters are unidimensional and the final confessional mode is, frankly, trite.
Dina
Jul 01, 2016 Dina rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
3.5 stars. Not my favorite Agatha book but I did love the ending! Put a hold on the next one so I can see what happens between Agatha and James. :-)
Lindsay
Apr 08, 2016 Lindsay rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries
This one looked like it would be interesting, but I found it kind of boring. Starting to get annoyed with Agatha and her obsession with James.
An Odd1
Feb 20, 2015 An Odd1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Agatha Raisin "well-preserved fifties" p 53 obeys fortune teller and rents in Fryfam village. Flickering lights down in the garden presage missing vase. After pricey painting vanishes from manor, PC p 51 "Framp guarding the house" p 63 "stand outside in the rain all night" p 61.

Typing manuscript for 'Death at the Manor' p 67, she and visitor Sir Charles 40s are suspect when squire wannabe Tolly Trumpington-James similarly has throat cut by "one of those old fashioned cutthroat razors" p 68. Dru
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Beth
Agatha has headed off to Fryfam to find her destiny since a fortune teller(in the previous mystery) told her this was where she was meant to be. At first she is lonely and irritable as she encounters some unfriendly locals, no central heating in her rented cottage, and odd lights in her garden that the superstitious locals tell her are fairies. Soon a valuable painting is stolen, and Charles arrives on Agatha's doorstep just in time for the bodies to start piling up. The strange village setting ...more
Lea
Aug 19, 2016 Lea rated it did not like it
I found this book at a book sale but now I'm really unsure what to do with it. I was thinking of leaving it in one of the little free libraries around my town but I'm not sure I want to inflict the ending on anyone else, even a stranger.
It started out strange, dated and vaguely interesting but ended really poorly. The crime was solved but the wrap up felt forced and also completely disjointed. Suddenly the story was no longer that of the main character but about her. It's hard to explain but it
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Sybil Rivers
Jan 13, 2015 Sybil Rivers rated it liked it
I took a break and it dawned on me that, a. I didn't have my Kindle and, b. that I didn't have a book with me. So I picked up this book that someone had returned for a quick read.
I got into it. I really enjoyed the comedic characters. Agatha Raisen needs a break from her life and decides to "randomly" pick a location to relocate. And, of course, as is with any mystery, murder follows her.
This was the tenth book in the series but I felt that M.C. Barton gave enough background about the characte
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Darlene
Beaton takes us away from Carsley again in the tenth installment of the Agatha Raisin series. In the previous book in the series, a fortune-teller told Agatha that the love of her life is in Norfolk. Agatha is still bereft over her failed romance with James Lacey and, with nothing to lose, she puts a pin in a map which leads her to Fryfam. She rents a cottage there, and we meet a new group of people. The local residents blame fairies for the mysterious goings-on, and soon a villager is found mur ...more
Fanficfan44
Aug 11, 2013 Fanficfan44 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-mystery
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
Dolly
Jul 01, 2012 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  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
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