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Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House (Agatha Raisin #14)

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Agatha Raisin, snug and warm in her Carsley cottage, has that same old feeling-boredom-until a report of a haunted house sends her and new neighbor, handsome Paul Chatterton, to investigate. Suddenly, middle-aged Agatha is aglow with romance and excitement.

But the glow fades fast. It turns out Paul is a cad. The victim of the haunting is a universally disliked old biddy. A
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Published March 1st 2005 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 2003)
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Una Tiers
Jan 03, 2015 Una Tiers rated it liked it
It's difficult to divide a visit with old friends and the strength of this book in the Agatha Raisin series.
Agatha is again mesmerized with the latest man living next door while she pines under it all for the goofy James Lacey.
Her aging comes out well when she can't get up out of a lawn chair gracefully. Some character continuity is lacking. To see Agatha run because she thought she saw a ghost? Certainly inconsistent, but still real.
In the end, I enjoyed the book.
Jul 21, 2015 Yvonne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The small town of Carsley is once again hit with a brand new mystery. An old woman reports that her home is haunted and she needs a ghost hunter. Feeling bored, Agatha Raisin volunteers and this time she’s accompanied by her handsome new neighbor, Paul Chatterton. It’s not long before they discover that the woman is very well hated and most likely the victim of a prank. When the woman winds up dead, Agatha is right there to lend her services as a private investigator. She might not officially be ...more
Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House (#14) by MC Beaton - average at best

Not sure why I keep reading these. The formula is pretty standard. Agatha returns from some London assignment to find a new man moved in next door. She immediately imagines some 'happy ever after' with him and obsesses about her appearance. Meanwhile she sticks her nose into someone else's business and there is a murder. The police flail about, Agatha enlists the help of the new guy and they solve the murder. At various poin
Dec 16, 2011 Nancy rated it really liked it
As I have said before, the Agatha Raisin books are no longer about the dead body in the other room; they are about the interactions between the recurring cast of characters and the maturing of Agatha. As she comes to realize that she is important and that people do care about her - even if she tries to stare them down with her bear like eyes and doesn’t understand that when she spout off at the mouth there is a living breathing human being at the pointy end of her jabs – they just have to be wil ...more
Aug 14, 2016 Cfabrication rated it liked it
She must have redone her makeup fifty times.

The author forgot that she'd already told us about the new thinner Charles. Also, I thought his children where a fake - wife never actually had been pregnant. Suddenly, a few months later, "they are little aliens refusing to speak English?" I realize the time sense in these isn't all that clearly drawn, but why would he be seeing his nonexistent children with a wife his lawyers were trying to get rid based on the fraudulent pregnancy the last time we
Feb 25, 2012 Gerry rated it really liked it
'"Just wait one sodding minute! I am not the invisible woman. I have solved cases for you before. This is the twenty-first century. How dare you all go on as if I don't exist and have nothing to contribute?"'

'Agatha felt a burden had been lifted from her as she drove towards Mircester. She was on her own again and it felt good. Sex had impaired her usually brilliant detective abilities, she told herself.'

That dangerous-to-live-in Carsely is losing residents again; three of them to be precise. No
Jun 23, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was completely unaware of the Agatha Raisin books until just a few days ago, and I am really happy to have found a new mystery series I enjoy! The character of Agatha Raisin is so well written! I love the juxtaposition of her crankiness and her vulnerability, and it has been a long time since I've read a character that crackles with so much life!

I was absolutely amazed at the economy of words in this book, and yet somehow those few words merged to create wonderful, vivid images, and a rich st
Emily Cullen
Sep 15, 2015 Emily Cullen rated it really liked it
Agatha Raisin has a handsome new neighbor and a mystery on her hands when the two decide to investigate a haunted house. When the owner of the house ends up dead the two can't resist figuring out who did it. This is another delightful book of the series in the British cozy mystery genre. It will make you want to travel to the English countryside! All of the Agatha Raisin series are great fun to read, especially if you are looking for something light with a little bit of a twist to it!
The Flooze
Apr 27, 2016 The Flooze rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Continuity errors - how I hate them. You can't embroil a man in a juicy marriage scandal complete with fake pregnancy and then later claim he's got children! It's the sort of character inconsistency that stands out.

Apart from that, this was an engaging case. Beginning with a supposedly haunted house, four bodies are dropped before all is resolved. Agatha is her amusing, gruff self. Her new neighbor, Paul, is a keen co-conspirator for most of the tale. And of course there's the reappearance of an
May 09, 2016 Susan rated it really liked it
Agatha has a new neighbor, Paul Chatterton. He's moved in next door and although he is handsome, Agatha has had enough of men and therefore decides to avoid him. That is, until Paul wants to investigate a haunted house and invites Agatha along. Of course she can't resist, after all she does fancy herself as an amateur detective.

Ivy Cottage is supposedly haunted. Owned by old Mrs Witherspoon, who claims she hears noises, many villagers think she's just trying to get attention. It all seems harml
Mar 01, 2014 Sallee rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Agatha Raisin has another new neighbor in her former husband's cottage. He is Paul Chatterton and quite good looking. Right away the village women descend on his home with ploys for attention. Agatha is able to restrain herself. One day he shows up on her doorstep, having heard about her sleuthing abilities. He asks Agatha if she wants to help get to the bottom of the latest mystery, which is that Mrs. Witherspoon, an old grumpy owner of a very old Tudor house thinks her house is haunted. The p ...more
Jan 12, 2016 Geetanjali rated it it was ok
Agatha Raisin is not the usual detective. She is definitely not sharp and shrewd like Miss Marple or anything like Poirot or Sherlock Holmes. She is more like a (un)friendly neighbour who "blunders around" (a phrase used to describe her skills often in the book) asking questions and investigating and stumbles upon the solutions of course using a bit of intuition. While reading the book I was not thoroughly impressed with her sleuthing skills, however, apparently as per the story also it was not ...more
Dharia Scarab
Feb 23, 2015 Dharia Scarab rated it liked it
Just not a really fan of this author. Her characters are annoyingly obsessed with relationships and the opposite sex, which really adds nothing to the mystery.

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the
Jul 30, 2015 Anne rated it really liked it
Another brilliant read by M C Beaton. In this adventure, Agatha is drawn in by rumours of a haunted house. She investigates, and there is a comedic episode where Agatha flees the haunted house, convinced she's seen a ghostly presence. Feeling rather foolish when she discovers this is the current resident, an old but physically intimidating lady, universally disliked by family and neighbours.

Much mayhem ensues, not least in Agatha's love life which takes another interesting turn, still she carrie
Thalia Papadakis
Jul 24, 2016 Thalia Papadakis rated it really liked it
I have an affinity for cozy mysteries. They generally aren't written in pursuit of a spot on the bestseller list; rather, cozies are written to give the reader a sense of comfort and calm (ironically, by way of murder).

My mom read cozies to escape her three eccentric young daughters and grumpy husband: one daughter, the artist, painted five-foot tall green flowers on the side of the freshly painted rental when she was four; the adventurous daughter asked which way north was, and was found by ne
The Hobbit
#14 Agatha Raisin series. Old Mrs. Witherspoon swears that her house is haunted. The police have found nothing. Agatha Raisin and her new next door neighbor, Paul Chatterton, offer to stay in the house during the night. Strange white mist creeps under he door and Agatha gets the fright of her life. Shortly afterwards, Mrs Witherspoon is found dead - murdered! However, the cottage was all locked up - how did the murderer get in? The cottage was old enough to have been around during the English ci ...more
Dec 10, 2014 Swapna rated it did not like it
This was one book whose title and cover lured me into ordering it online (since MC Beaton books are hardly available here). But what a waste or shame, rather! What could have been a promising story for grown-ups with haunted houses and hidden treasures in the plot just fizzles out. Beaton sadly, has not been able to make the most of these childhood fascinations that we carry into our adult lives.
Also, if Agatha Raisin is portrayed as a tough woman, why does she need to rely on just about any ma
Nov 12, 2014 Kenneth rated it really liked it

I liked this book. The reason why I liked this book was because the plot and suspense of it dragged me and made me felt somewhat interested. For example, Mrs. Witherspoon has been murdered, and it was revealed that in page 117, Agatha and Paul came to her house at dusk in hopes of finding the secret passage. It was revealed that Agatha and Paul only found the diary, so they wiped out the footprints by using gloves and wiping out the part that they were ever there. Agatha and Paul did that so no
Jul 24, 2016 Eugene rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
A Mystery Book Club selection. I was rather underwhelmed by this book. A blurb on the cover proclaims, "...just about defines the British cozy." One sincerely hopes not! While easily readable and engagingly paced, the meat is scarce on the bone, and the interminable descriptions of Agatha's concerns about her makeup (regularly refreshed), her wardrobe (changed frequently) and her hairstyle (professionally tended to, often) - to say nothing of her obsession with any nearby live male body - were m ...more
Nov 04, 2014 Lynne rated it liked it
More of the usual entertaining nonsense, Beaton's books have become a guilty pleasure, perfect for a long soak in the bath. Agatha is now divorced from James (have to admit I had no idea they did tie the knot as I'm only dipping into the series when they're cheap in The Works) and trying not to fall for her new male neighbour, Paul, whose Spanish wife is conveniently back in Madrid. Sparked by stories of a local haunting, Agatha and Paul soon find themselves bound up in murder and mayhem in cont ...more
Jan 04, 2015 Carole rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-books-read
Agatha Raisin is at odds again. She's still pining for her ex-husband, James Lacey, who sold his house next door to her. A new man has bought his house, is attractive, claims to be married but says his wife is in Spain. Agatha chooses to think that Paul's making up having a wife to fend off all the old biddies in Carsely who are after him. He approaches Agatha about investigating a supposed haunting in a village nearby. She agrees because she thinks he is interested in her. Thus begins a mystery ...more
Kathy Warren
This latest read wasn't as good as her last boos. Maybe it's time to let this series go.
Toglietemi tutto, ma non i miei libri
Un intrigante caso che affonda le radici nel passato, una storia ricca di segreti, rivelazioni e scandali matrimoniali!
Tra uomini, scherzi ad anziane antipatiche, uscite in maschera e incursioni notturne, ce la farà Agatha a scoprire l’identità dell’assassino?
Non so se voi avete già letto altri libri di questa collana, ma io, sicuramente, non tarderò a completarla e a divertirmi assieme a questa bislacca e sfrontata ex PR, ora investigatrice dilettante e impicciona professionista.
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Gabriella Dominge
Nov 07, 2014 Gabriella Dominge rated it it was amazing
Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House, by M.C. Beaton is a very mysterious and eerie novel. Mrs. Witherspoon reports that her house is haunted, and of course Agatha Raisin decides to investigate. A few days later, Mrs.Witherspoon is found at the bottom of her stairs ... dead. The police suspected that it was murder, and asked Agatha to help them with the case. When Agatha was searching for the cold-blooded killer, she discovered that the old woman was universally disliked. Soon after her hopeless ...more
Jun 06, 2014 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery fans
Shelves: mystery, pets, english, 2014
I took such a long time to read this book. I kept it by my bedside and would read it before falling asleep. Typically, I would only get to read a page or two before dropping off, so I never really made any progress until I picked it up to read during my daily commute.

It's the fourteenth book in the Agatha Raisin series by M.C. Beaton. It is a fairly typical book for the series and once again, the story is riddled with Aggie's disastrous decisions concerning her love life. I like that Aggie final
Jan 03, 2016 Eleonora rated it liked it
I'm not sure regarding this book. The mystery plot was ok but I didn't like Agatha raisin. She is a middle aged woman so I can understand her self consciousness in front of younger girls but I hate that she regards every man as a possible husband and behave as a consequence. So I was tempted to give less stars. But then I thought that in this story she is a newly divorced middle aged woman so maybe her self esteem is very low and her attitude towards men is a consequence of her situation. I will ...more
In the 14th book of the Agatha Raisin series, Agatha has a new neighbour, Paul Chatterton. He actually enlists her help to investigate a reportedly haunted house owned by Mrs. Witherspoon. Are the neighbours playing tricks on poor Mrs. Witherspoon to drive her batty? It seems that there aren’t too many people who like the woman. Paul and Agatha offer to stay the night to bag the ghost, and Agatha gets frightened off by Mrs. Witherspoon in a face mask! It seems unusual that Agatha would get so ra ...more
Oct 17, 2015 Edel rated it it was amazing
As it is October I thought it was fitting to read a book with a little bit of creepiness in it but that would also make me smile. Who does not love a book that will leave them with a big grin on their face and a shiver down their back !
Agatha is a wickedly funny character with an acid tongue and laid back look on life teemed with a good dose of nosiness which makes her perfect at trying to be an amateur detective in the small village of Caraley where everyone knows everyone else's business and l
Ann Boytim
Jun 15, 2015 Ann Boytim rated it really liked it
OK Agatha is at it again what a wacky wonderful character she is. Investigating a ghost in an old house and gets scared out of her wits and runs our of the house leaving her partner laughing as it's the old woman who lives in the house with a facial mask on. Agatha continues to find men a trial as well as good companions, she is seeking something she cannot find. Investigating again takes top priority in her life and she really wants to best the police department in everything she does. Agatha l ...more
Jan 19, 2014 Liana rated it liked it
I would have given this four stars, but I think MC Beaton needs a better editor or needs to keep track over her own storyline from boom to book. Book #13 reveals that Sir Charles was tricked into marriage by the French woman who was not pregnant, and he was suing for divorce. This book states that there were children and she divorced him for another man. That's a HUGE difference and a serious lack of continuity that either speaks to the author's disregard for the serial novel or a VERY poor edit ...more
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