Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wyckhadden
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Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wyckhadden (Agatha Raisin #9)

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Book by Beaton, M. C.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 15th 2000 by Minotaur Books (first published 1999)
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Sara
Dec 29, 2011 Sara rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cozy mystery, mystery, British Cozy
Clever, Funny, British-cozy

Number 9 in the Agatha Raisin series, and this is one of my Agatha favorites! Murders follow Agatha wherever she goes and in this book she goes to the cold wintery coast of Wyckhadden. She is escaping James Lacey as she does not want him to see her hair--which she lost in her last mystery.

She knows from the start that she has made a mistake with Wyckhadden-everyone at the hotel is an old blue hair! She, being in her fifties is twenty years younger and cannot face the t...more
Nancy
No matter how much I adore Agatha Raisin, some books just aren’t as good as others. This is one of those that missed the mark for me. A little on the boring side with very little momentum to keep the storyline moving forward.

Since Agatha had quite the hair incident at the end of Wizard of Evesham, she has decided to take a holiday to the seaside town of Wyckhadden. She needs a break from her life and most definitely a break from James Lacey.

What she finds is a small hotel with horrible elderly...more
Kaye
Considering I'm on my 9th book in the series you would think I would give a higher recommendation. The writing is just okay and the mysteries are kind of by the book. But I do like Agatha and the characters that surround her. There is something about an aging, pushy, ex-PR executive that no one likes much that is appealing. Add into to the mix her unrequited love for man next door, the setting in the Cotswolds and a little death and mayhem and it makes for great light reading. This book had Agat...more
Hermioneginny
Pur non essendo particolarmente avvenente, Agatha è vanitosa, quindi quando si ritrova mezza calva (vedere avventura precedente), scappa a Wyckhadden per non farsi vedere da James. Qui alloggia in un albergo vecchio stile, con alcuni anziani ospiti fissi. Una di loro le consiglia di far visita a Francie, la strega locale. Poco dopo viene trovata morta. E Agatha, che si ritrova ancora una volta tra i sospetti, mette in campo le sue "doti" investigative, riuscendo anche a far innamorare di sé l'is...more
Anne
Anyone thinking that this is a nice cozy English village type of mystery should back off quickly. Agatha Raisin is grumpy without being the least bit likeable, and the whole book has a sour, unpleasant tone. After I started it I remembered having tried another book in the series once and not liking it, but I decided to give this one a go. That was a mistake.

The only good thing I can say of it is that it centers on a middle-aged woman and deals with the concerns of people aged 50+ without draggin...more
Judie
This is my first experience with Agatha Raisin. I can't decide about her. By the end of the book I thought she got just what she deserved. I'm not sure if I want to experience more of her or not.
Sarah
More "jolly good fun" with another Agatha Raisin mystery novel, this time in a gloomy seaside town, out of season. Very light reading, but that's all I can manage when I'm not on holiday.
bella
Agatha Raisin is recovering from a recent incident with a crazed killer that resulted in losing some of her hair. Rather than stay in Carsely, she opts to holiday in Wyckhadden, where she doesn't know anyone. Upon arriving a fellow guest recommends she visits the local "witch", to get a tonic to help her hair and Agatha gets a love potion as well. When the witch turns up dead, Agatha is worried that word will get around that she visited the witch and decides to investigate the murder herself.

I...more
Helene Harrison
ISBN? - 9781849011426

Genre? - Crime / Mystery / Murder

Characters? - Agatha Raisin / Charles Fraith / Jimmy Jessop / Mrs Bloxby / James Lacey / Daisy Jones / Jennifer Stobbs / Mary Dulsey / Colonel Lyche / Harry Berry

Setting? - Wyckhadden & Carsely (England)

Series? - Agatha Raisin #9

Title? - The title comes, like others in the series, from the murder victim - this time in the little town of Wyckhadden, a woman known locally as a witch is murdered.

Character Analysis? - The only one of the new...more
Dolly
This is the ninth book in the Agatha Raisin series by M.C. Beaton. The plot centers around Agatha's escape to the seashore while her hair recovers from the dipilatory treatment from the last book. It's a fairly typical story for the series, and I enjoyed reading about her experiences in the seaside town. But I must say that I was very disappointed by the numerous typos and grammar mistakes in the book (ie, "We'll ear later." (p. 166)) Ms. Beaton and her editor should do better than that.

I've be...more
Sallee
Another wonderful Agatha Raisin adventure. She finds herself in the seaside town of Wyckhadden. She goes there to spend time to allow her hair to grow back, having lost it when a hairdresser and murderer washes Agatha's hair with a hair remover. It is off season and she is surrounded by elderly people who recommend the local witch for a hair grow potion which Agatha uses and is pleased that it seems to be working so well. When the witch is found murdered, Agatha feels that one of the aging hote...more
Sukhi
I read this book very quickly, in one day. Agatha has chosen to run from her problems rather than face them head on, not an unusual M.O. for the amateur detective. She finds herself in Wyckhadden, a deserted seaside resort town in the south of England.

The story moves a little more slowly, with important events happening less frequently. I have to say I enjoy the slower pace in the past couple of books. It leaves more time for the reader to catch up with the changes in Agatha's life and personali...more
Alan
Agatha wants to get away from it all at the seaside, but finds that all the usual murder and relationship confusion follow her with a big dollop of bad weather. Nice to have a new love-interest but otherwise it's standard Agatha fare. I like these stories but find myself wishing Agatha would have better luck with men! Surely there's someone out there who can put up with her antics ...?
Pat
Poor Agatha Raisin is, as always, feeling lonely and grasping at straws in hopes of ending up married to someone who will adore her. As always, she encounters plenty of mystery and the occasional dead body. One thing to be said for her is that she is consistent. Interesting story.
Nancy Ellis
This series is relaxing and enjoyable...a good change of pace when you need it. The books are well-written and entertaining, even if Agatha does get a bit tiresome and aggravating at times. This strange middle-aged woman spends most of her time trying to win the affection of her next door neighbor and always seems to be around when there's a murder. She works so hard at impressing everybody with her detective abilities that she actually solves cases in spite of herself. In this book she is on ho...more
Tamra LeValley
Agatha has once again got muddled up into another murder mystery who-dun-it! Due to an unfortunate accident with her hairdresser Agatha has lost splotches of her hair and has decided to go out of town to heal until her hair returns. During her recuperation in a well to do hotel she is led to a local witch that can give her a potion to help her hair replenish quickly. The next day the witch is dead.

This definitely one of M.C. Beaton's better books. It had me laughing so hard in some places. The...more
Emma
After her run in with the crazy hairdressers of the last novel, Agatha decides to leave Carsley for a bit whilst her hair grows back in order that James Lacey doesn't see her looking far from her best. As ever, murder seems to follow Agatha around though and its not long before the local "witch" is found dead in her bed by Agatha herself who becomes chief suspect.

It's been a little while since I read my last Agatha Raisin book and I think the break has been good as I enjoyed the story line of t...more
Mickey
Ok to start off this did NOT get better. I thought the main character, Agatha, to be an annoying, bitchy old lady. I've come to know that she is compared to Miss Marple and others. Apart from them being female detectives there is nothing more similar to them. Since this is the 9th book I will see if my library has the first one--> it might be better. But since my library only had this one available at the time I borrowed it. Maybe I should have waited to get the first book.
In this particular...more
Fanficfan44
This read was another outing in the indomitable Agatha Raisin series. Poor Agatha is in poor shape, unlucky in love more than once, the victim of a vengeful hairdresser and stuck in a senior living facility disguised as a hotel. Still Agatha manages to find a murder or two, trace down the clues, adopt a cat and along the way she gets some things muddled and meddles in some other people’s lives. The character of Agatha Raisin is really the star, Agatha strives for love and companionship. She want...more
Michelle R.
This British, cozy mystery series is very entertaining.... I am an addict of these series and won't quit until I've devoured each and every story. I'm loving the experience and dreaming about occupying a Cotswold cottage myself....
Libbeth
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Dilly
I'm hooked on Agatha and her complete blundering about and hapless love life, it's great fun and whimsical murder mystery mayhem. She's a great character and you can't help but feel for her and rather like her!
Crystal
It took me a while to warm up to this character. She's a sort of obnoxious ex-PR person, obsessed with the man next door. But after reading a few of the books in the series, I really love them. They're light and fun reading. Agatha's comments and feelings about being middle-aged really resonate. For example, in an earlier book, she opined, does one ever age gracefully or is it a choice between going down fighting and giving up. The first book in this series is Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Dea...more
Ann
What a nice little mystery.

I've not read M.C. Beaton before and picked up this book at the local shop. Agatha Raisin is a no-nonsense woman, about my age, who seeks love in small English villages. She lives with her cats in Carsley and stumbles into most murder mysteries the way she stumbles into love, mostly accidentally. When she does determine to do something, it usually turns out wrong. But she tries. She's not a bumbling fool, just human, with humanity's predilection to think they know bes...more
JoAnne
This is the 9th Agatha Raisin story. Agatha wants to get away. So she just picked a town and ended up with Wyckhadden. The hotel she is staying at is full of old people. She is miserable. She meets a man Jimmy. they go on a date and some how she loses her wig. He sees that she has no hair and kind of freaks out. A hotel guest sends her to the town witch. Francie gives her a tonic and makes a nasty comment about her fur coat. The next day Agatha's fur is ruined. The police come and Agatha slips o...more
Ali
In this installment we find Agatha leaving her beloved Carsley for seaside town Wyckhadden. Here she meets the long time residents of The Garden hotel. Of course it isn't long before there is a murder that Agatha becomes mixed up with. Poor old Agatha's love life never ceases to become more complicated, and more hopeless, and this time she starts interferring with the lives of her fellow residents with dubious results. I couldn't help but feel that the murder took something of a back seat - and...more
cliffisimus
This Agatha Raisin is some character. I have a feeling she may have been inspired from Agatha Christie herself, or rather named after the Grand Dame of Mystery. But Mrs. Raisin is no Ms. Marple, or more like a spoof of her which is something new. She rather stumbles upon the solution of the crime with minimal sleuthing around. She's finicky and fickle-minded, especially with her cigarettes and her choice of men, which makes her very human. She has the knack of barging into other people's lives t...more
Karen
The setting of this book was a bit dreary and miserable and Agatha's mood and mindset seemed to reflect the atmosphere. I like the feisty Agatha and she was missing from this one. She is always needy and a bit insecure because of her Birmingham slum upbringing, but she usually fights back and shows her successful business woman/detective side. Also, I missed the usually constant characters like Mrs. Bloxby and Bill Wong who didn't factor in very much. Still, this was a quick and easy read and I...more
Lesley Kitchen
One of the best Agatha novels! She goes away for a "quiet" break and encounters three murders! Full of entertaining characters and, of course, Agatha herself!
Rebecca
The very first book that didn't send me to sleep as an audiobook! Agatha Raisin is back to no-nonsense, looking-for-love self, but on "vacation" in Wyckhadden. In this book, the local "witch" has just given Agatha hair tonic (and a love potion, but Agatha doesn't want to mention that to anyone) when later that evening, the witch dies. The colorful cast of retired characters at Agatha's hotel and Inspector Jessop (spelling?) help propel the story forward as Agatha gets drawn further and further i...more
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