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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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Paperback, 246 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 2003)
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Una Tiers
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.
Yvonne
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
Nancy
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
Amy
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
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Sallee
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
Dharia Scarab
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
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Anne
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
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Swapna
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
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Kenneth

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
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Lynne
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
Carole
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.
Gabriella Dominge
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
Dolly
Jun 06, 2014 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery fans
Shelves: 2014, english, mystery, pets
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
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Ann Boytim
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
Liana Martino
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
bookczuk
So enjoyed the first Agatha RAisin that I thought I'd try a second. I'd missed quite a lot of the back story (such as the man that Agatha was interested in was now her ex husbnad) but it was still enjoyable.

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Just back from an extended stay in London, Agatha Raisin finds herself greeted by torrential rains and an old, familiar feeling of boredom. When her handsome new neighbor, Paul Chatterton, shows up on her doorstep, she tries her best to ignore his obvious charms, but his sp
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Gerry
'"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
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Brooke Bumgardner (Brooke Blogs)
Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House is my first foray into the world of Agatha Raisin (and also the world of audio books). This was a great story. Agatha Raisin is a smart, sassy sleuth. The narration by Penelope Keith was flawless. She did all of the characters wonderfully, and her voice fit perfectly with the story. This was a fast listen for me. I was quickly intrigued, not only with the mystery of the haunted house, but also with Agatha’s mysterious, handsome neighbor Paul Chatterton.

I enjoy
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Gary M.
This is actually the tenth book in the series though the first I've read. I'd discovered the character through the excellent Radio 4 series based on the books, so I knew much of the back story. One of the stand out character in the radio series is Agatha's camp gay friend, Roy but in this book his characterization seems different, not weaker though not as full. Still Roy had a minor part so I'm not sure if he will be more flushed out in other books in the series. Now I would have given this book ...more
Maria
Apr 09, 2013 Maria rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Cozies.
Shelves: murder-mystery
This book takes place in England in a small village. The town "old bat" is complaining that her house is haunted, but nobody takes her seriously until she turns up dead. This book is apparently part of a series in which Agatha Raisin is a middle-aged busybody who blunders about and solves mysteries. She's also got hormones in high gear and fantasizes that every male who pays any attention to her is going to beg her to marry him and have some sort of grand affair. This is mostly in her head. She ...more
Julie
This might actually only get 2.5 stars from me. It was okay was a casual vacation read. Not spectacular. Not wonderful. But okay. This is my first Agatha Raisin book, and I found she is full of insecurities and issues which make her real, but also a little pathetic. I enjoyed visualizing the Cotswolds and learning a little about British history, particularly the British Civil War, but I found Agatha herself to be a little grating.
Mary
I did not like Agatha Raisin. Even if I can't relate, she should at least be somewhat endearing. She was just a crotchety almost old lady who bumbled her way through solving a mystery. I could tell where the author was trying to be funny. I do not like being able to identify the author's devices in a story. It's kind of like watching an actor stare into a bright light in order to produce tears. Just not very believable. It was interesting enough to finish but I won't be reading others in the ser ...more
Ed
#14 in the Agatha Raisin series.

Agatha Raisin, with her handsome new neighbor, look into the story of an old woman who claims her house is haunted. The woman is later found dead as the result of a suspicious fall. Agatha suspects that her house, and its possible connection to the English Civil War, is at the center of the mystery. Sir Charles Fraith appears to help Agatha wrap up.
Sara
My lesson learned (and I so knew this already) was to read the series in order. I managed to find this book in the airport bookstore and was thrilled, a short-lived bit of happy.

The 14th book in the series, The Haunted House was not my favorite. I had thoroughly enjoyed the first Agatha book--Quiche of Death so much! In this book, Agatha is much the same--a slightly bitter, nosey older single gal. Life in a small town just isn't her cup of tea--but amateur sleuthing is her forte. Soon she and he
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Ali

After another stint of PR in London, Agatha Raisin returns to her village to find another new neighbour has moved into her ex husband's cottage next door. Paul Chatterton is rather handsome, and rather married to a fiesty younger woman living in Spain. Having heard of Agatha's detecting abilities, he is keen to involve her and himself in the mystery of an apparent haunting in a neighbouring village. The victim - an elderly woman - is apparently disliked by everyone, and of course turns up murder
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Lucy
Will wonders never cease? After the last Agatha Raisin novel, I was growing weary of Agatha never thinking to call the police, no matter what evidence she uncovers or what dangerous confrontation she has planned. In The Haunted House, Agatha and Sir Charles both involve the police at multiple stages of their investigation . . . although they do this in a circumferential way by contacting their detective friend, Bill Wong, instead of contacting the actual investigating officer. And there is still ...more
Alan
The typical Carsley village hotbed of unrequited feelings. Agatha desperately tries to ignore her feelings for her new neighbour, Paul. Considering he is married, he seems unsure of his affection towards Agatha versus his wife. Sir Charles pops back into the picture, possibly hoping for more than friendship. Oh, yes, that's right - some people get murdered too.
Mary Aris
Once again Agatha Raisin has solved another mystery.
This time she joins forces with a mysterious neighbour named Paul, whom Agatha found attractive, to solve the mystery of their neighbour's aledged haunted house. The lady, an old biddy whom nobody likes, believes her house to be haunted. When the lady of the haunted house is found murdered, Agatha Raisin and Paul join forces to solve the mystery.

I enjoyed the book. The first Agatha Raisin book I read was Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death.
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Pat
I found more to laugh at in this book than I usually do in the Agatha Raisin books. Agatha and her new neighbor Paul Chatterton absolutely got into some situations that were so slapstick I had to laugh. The egos of both of them as they came on to members of the opposite sex, including one another, were laughable. Poor Agatha always tries so hard and never finds her dream man. Of course Sir Charles Fraith continues to drift in and out of her life at will and gets involved in her mystery solving. ...more
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