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

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When a fortune-teller 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 begin circulating a
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 29th 2006 by Robinson Publishing (first published June 2000)
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Barbara As mentioned, it does get explained as an afterthought (editor prolly caught it) and Mrs. Simpson did get it as Agatha felt like three cats were a bit…moreAs mentioned, it does get explained as an afterthought (editor prolly caught it) and Mrs. Simpson did get it as Agatha felt like three cats were a bit much to handle.
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Ali
Aug 01, 2010 Ali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


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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Cyndi
Sep 29, 2016 Cyndi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, Aggie. Love her and all her brashness. She never 'just let's things go.' She keeps digging until it blows up in her face. Everyone looks past the fairies, but not our Agatha. She wants answers. Murders, thefts, flirting husbands. Answers, or else!
If only she would tackle her romantic relationships with the same logical thinking she tackles the mysteries around her.
Sukhi
Jun 14, 2015 Sukhi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Gerry
Dec 01, 2010 Gerry rated it really liked it
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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Kate
Jun 25, 2016 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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.
Catherine
Feb 17, 2012 Catherine rated it really liked it
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Lindsay
Apr 08, 2016 Lindsay rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dina
Jul 01, 2016 Dina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. :-)
Saloni Sharma
The Raisin escapades are getting a little tedious. The plots are unvaried, the characters are unidimensional and the final confessional mode is, frankly, trite.
Berit☀️✨
Oct 27, 2016 Berit☀️✨ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Agatha needs to get away again, so she sticks a pin in a map and ends up in a small village....
I guess this village is in a part of England where the weather is worse than it is where she lives? Sorry I'm not really familiar with different parts of England... and it really doesn't make a difference, it was just part of the story, they kept complaining about the weather....
Anyways, one of her first night in this village she sees strange lights and here's weird voices in the backyard, and is told
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Sue
Agatha listens to the fortune teller in the previous novel who tells her she'll find true love in another county. So she rents a cottage in Fryfam and settles in to find strange lights in the garden, petty pilfering, and locals who won't talk about the fairies. Soon she is drawn into the murder of a local squire when Charles comes to visit her and they are the last to see him alive. The two of them set off investigating and turn up all sorts of interesting intrigue in the little village. Agatha ...more
Chiara171
Dec 15, 2016 Chiara171 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bellissima avventura di Agatha nel Norfolk, dove come sempre incappa in un omicidio, lo risolve con l'aiuto dello splendido sir Charles (personaggio adorabile) e la sua vita prende una piega inaspettata.
Una marcia in più per questa decima avventura della nostra investigatrice dilettante!
Carrisa
Nov 19, 2016 Carrisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
more of a 3.5
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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Tracey
Jan 07, 2017 Tracey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good series for listening to on road trips.
Gilbert G.
Sep 29, 2016 Gilbert G. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun book with a huge surprise. Once again where ever Agatha goes, murder will follow. Call me shallow but after reading intellectual books, Agatha Raisin is a terrific diversion.
The Hobbit
Jan 24, 2016 The Hobbit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#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
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
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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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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Aly Cokeley
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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D.S. Nelson
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
#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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Fanficfan44
Aug 11, 2013 Fanficfan44 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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