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Agatha Raisin and the Wizard of Evesham (Agatha Raisin #8)

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The local ladies all deem Mr John a wizard, so when Agatha finds a few grey hairs on her head, she makes a beeline for the handsome Evesham hairdresser. As well as sorting out her hair it soon becomes clear the charming man also has designs on her heart - but their future together is cut short when Mr John is fatally poisoned in his salon.
Paperback, 196 pages
Published December 15th 1999 by Minotaur Books (first published April 1999)
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Una Tiers
This is one of the earlier Agatha Raisin books with more thought put into the plot. I recommend it.
Agatha is a never ending source of entertainment for me. From storyline to storyline she manages to get herself in one jam after another with pretty much the same outcome. Though that sounds redundant, MC Beaton makes the books entertaining and at times downright laugh out loud funny.

Agatha should never be left to her own devices, when she is bored things go from bad to “Oh, Agatha” very quickly. So when James is out of the country, Bill is on vacation and Charles is a bit stand offish, Agatha d
Stuart Douglas
I really hate being disappointed in a book. Not that I don't get annoyed at a disappointing movie or album or whatever, but there's something particularly unexpected and irksome about a poor book from a trusted writer. Note - not a disaster from a favourite writer; that'd be a cause for real concern, not my current feeling of vague irritation. Don't get me wrong, this is not John Irving's descent from the majesty of 'A Prayer for Owen Meaney' to that dull one about tattooists (or, on a muscial n ...more
Angela Oliver
Agatha Raisin is a fun and easy romp - a good light read. The antics of this middle-aged woman are a real lark. These little mysteries are fast-paced and intriguing, with plenty of humour muddled in with the more serious issues and a few little misadventures tossed in for good measure. Agatha has mellowed a little since her earlier days in the Cotswalds, but she is still a stubborn and determined woman, with good legs and a number of male admirers.

This particular instalment deals with the fatal
What rollicking good fun this book is as Agatha once again stumbles and bumbles her way to solving the murders of a blackmailing hairdresser and one of his victims. If only Agatha had as much luck with the men in her life that she has with solving crimes! Don’t expect a well thought out plot line or even clues that allow the reader to guess whodunit. This is just a fun, easy, quick to read cozy mystery. While each book stands on its own, you will get much more enjoyment from it if you embark on ...more
Was there supposed to be a mystery here? The book divides its time between inane factoids (details about the city, Agatha being catty about what restaurant she's eating at) and pointing out the main character's many faults. By the end of the first chapter I wanted to slap her, and it just got worse until I quit around chapter six.

In fairness I should note that I hadn't read the first N books in the series; it's possible I would have gotten more out of this book if I'd known these characters comi
Amateur detective Agatha Raisin is at it again - much to the chagrin of police officer Bill Wong! With the help of an aristocratic friend she follows up a case of blackmail and murder, and despite a few false leads, eventually unveils the culprit. The love interest falters, as usual, throughout the very enjoyable novel with its delightful country setting.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says about this book: "anyone interested in a few hours' worth of intelligent, amusing reading will want to make the acquaintance of Mrs. agatha Raisin." says Agatha Raisin is an updated Miss Marple. I don't know what book those reviewers read, but it couldn't possibly be the same one I read. What I read was about a very rude, often obnoxious, know-it-all, middle aged woman who has way too much time on her hands, so occasionally she plays at being an a ...more
Stephen Lawton
As usual over far too quickly but these are such fun as we watch Agatha go through a delayed adolescence and bumble her way through another murder mystery, this time accompanied by Sir Charles rather than James Lacy. Plenty of slapstick and of course lots of cups of tea with the ever calming Mrs Bloxly.
He was a hairdresser to dye for... The local ladies all deem Mr John a wizard, so when Agatha finds a few grey hairs on her head - and the rinse she tries at home turns her hair purple - she makes a beeline for the handsome Evesham hairdresser. And as well as sorting out her hair it soon becomes clear the charming man also has designs on her heart - but thier budding romance is cut short when Mr John is fatally poisoned in his salon. Once again Agatha finds herself embroiled in a murder case. Wa ...more
Funny, Cozy, Simple

The 8th in the series...

Spunky difficult Agatha Raisin just reminds me of someone and her antics seem like those of a gal twenty years younger. Agatha has lived her life alone, a lifelong spinster of sorts. Agatha doesn't understand men and spends much of her time consulting the preacher's wife, one tolerant lady indeed.

Agatha is a trouble magnet, so when a fabulous and attractive hairdresser catches her eye she decides to investigate him. A nosy busybody, she manages to be i
The Wizard of Evesham is the 8th Agatha Raisin mystery, and with this one I felt she was back on form. James Lacey is away, and so it is baronet Charles Fraith who is Agatha's sidekick on this mystery. Poor old Agatha gets herslef into some scrapes, and makes more visits to various hairdressing establishments than I think I have made in 5 years. I was quite amused by how much of this book is set in Evesham, a less unremarkable place after all, it would be hard to find - a fact that is hinted at ...more
The eighth in the series, another fun and easy read. This time Agatha visits a new hairdresser in Evesham when she discovers her first grey hairs and is amazed by the miracles he performs. However, not everyone is so keen on the wizard of evesham and, in the usual format, he ends up dead and Agatha decides to investigate. This time, she has no help from James Lacey who is away travelling, but instead her baronet friend Charles Fraith assists - if you can call it that! I always enjoy these, they ...more
Stef Rozitis
OK so this is about an unlikeable, whingy, rich white woman and her tendency to hang out with a completely odious, emotionally abusive (in the push-pull sense) richer white male privileged aristocrat. Agatha is a self-pitying, image obsessed, lazy (that part was a bit fun), bored woman who solves murders as a hobby because her life has no more meaningful activity (seemingly) than going to the hairdresser all the time.

She feel depressed a lot. I am not surprised. Her cynicism, narcissm, absolute
I can imagine Patricia Routledge portraying Agatha Raisin perhaps 20 years ago. She's getting a little old for the part now.
I am not reading these in order so this is before she opens her own detective agency. I had not read an Agatha Raisin in a while and I always find them refreshing somehow. The murderer was a surprise to me but mostly because the character was not even mentioned until a good way through the book.
A good read!
Another fun read.
I love Agatha Raisin books! Totally addictive and fun to read - they always have the knack of making me laugh, and sometimes this is exactly what's needed. An Agatha Raisin book a cup of coffee and some chocolate...or maybe a glass of wine!
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This was the first Agatha Raisin for me. I love M.C. Beaton so I thought I'd give this series a try. I'm going to back and read previous ones so I get all the history.
Enjoyed listening to this during the hours and hours it took to clean up the kitchen after the plasterers. Penelope Keith is a fantastic narrator.
From BBC Radio 4 Extra:
5/6 The alarmed sleuth discovers her hairdresser and his clients are harbouring a dark secret.
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"And ya sucks boo to you to" said Agatha when she and Charles emerged into the pouring rain" p 100.

Agatha enlists Sir Charles to query Mrs Friendly, frightened of hairdresser Mr John. But her husband intervenes, rudely swings golf clubs. His and Agatha's retorts are pure Chesney fun.

Dining with Roy, Agatha sighs "Oh, James, you were never mean" p 150. "Revenge is mine" when Charles reluctantly loses younger girl. His crush "I'm in love" p 144 ignores him for her age "newcomer" p 150 joini
Ann Boytim
Agatha has some strange goings on in this book, she gets involved with a hairdresser and then he is murdered. Agatha is missing her next door neighbor and former lover and investigator James but he is off on his travels again so she teams up with her friend Sir Charles and they get in a lot of trouble before they help solve the murder. Agatha has to go into hiding as a vengeful hairdresser puts stuff on her hair and makes it fall out and she has bald spots on her head so Agatha goes away to a sm ...more
Agatha Raisin is at it again! This time, the mystery revolves around a hair dresser who seems to have magical fingers for hair. Unfortunately, he turns out to be a blackmailer, and is murdered.

I complained about an earlier book (or two) that Agatha's character has changed over the course of the series, and it seemed to have changed for the worse. Well, Agatha's character is continuing to change. However, it seems like the new character development is revealing a more realistic Agatha. Yes, it st
DelAnne Frazee
Title: Agatha Raisin and the Wizard of Evesham
Author: M. C. Beaton
Reader: Penelope Keith
Published By: BBC Audiobooks LLC 12-1-2012
Unabridged 5h 49min MP3

Agatha Raisin, a widow whose husband was murdered, is a brusque woman in her 50's who sold her PR firm in London and retired early to the small village of Carsley. Agatha feels like a fish out of water in the small village, but perseveres to fit in. Her love interest James is away on holiday mainly because of Agatha's indiscretion with her frien
Helene Harrison
ISBN? - 9781845293208

Publishing - 2006 by Constable and Robinson (first published 1999)

Genre? - Crime / Mystery / Murder

Characters? - Agatha Raisin / Charles Fraith / Mr John / Mrs Bloxby / Alf Bloxby / James Lacey / Mrs Darry / Mrs Friendly

Setting? - Carsely & Evesham, Cotswolds (England)

Series? - Agatha Raisin #8

Title? - So called because Mr John was a hairdresser, considered a wizard at it. Agatha suggested that if he moved to London and set up there, he should call the salon the 'Wizard
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It's well-established by now that these books are my comfort reads: easy, light, and a fun little foray into the surprisingly criminal Cotswolds. However, I found this one to be disappointing. Agatha's sidekick in this book is Sir Charles Fraith, a character I found to be less likable, and certainly less warm, that Agatha's previous crime-solving partner and sometime love interest, James. I actually enjoy it when Agatha is sleuthing
Jennifer Bagby
Nov 25, 2013 Jennifer Bagby marked it as to-read
Agatha Raisin
1. Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death (1992)
2. Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet (1993)
3. Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener (1994)
4. Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley (1995)
5. Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage (1996)
6. Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist (1997)
7. Agatha Raisin and the Wellspring of Death (1998)
8. Agatha Raisin and the Wizard of Evesham (1999)
9. Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wyckhadden (1999)
10. Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryfam (2000)
Mr. John, a new hairdresser in the area, is considered to be a wizard by his female clients. Agatha Raisin is intrigued, bored, and when she finds a few grey hairs, she immediately books an appointment for a dye job. Mr. John is as charming as the gossip promised and before Agatha knows it, her heart, as well as her hair, is in Mr. John's hands. But, unfortunately, Mr. John is fatally poisoned is his salon and Agatha is determined to find out what happened and who is responsible.
Kirsten E. Hughes
Agatha Needs A Better Man!

Our poor Agatha, again she stumbles into murder and mayhem and another fling with a flighty male. I love the Agatha Raisin series, but I would love to see her find a good man! Bugger James and Charles! This book seemed to have a more biting sense of humor than some of the previous books, it moved along fluently and was a pleasure to read. I can't wait to see what mess Agatha finds herself in next!
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