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Agatha Raisin and the Wellspring of Death (Agatha Raisin #7)

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Agatha Raisin's neighbouring village of Ancombe is usually the epitome of quiet rural charm, but the arrival of a new mineral-water company - which intends to tap into the village spring - sends tempers flaring and divides the parish council into two stubborn camps.

When Agatha, who just happens to be handling the PR for the water company, finds the council chairman murder
Hardcover, LC 98014177, 184 pages
Published August 1998 by St. Martin's Press (first published 1998)
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Jul 16, 2017 Rachele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Come sempre i libri sull'investigatrice un pó anomala Agatha Raisin non deludono mai!!la storia è avvincente e ti coinvolge fino alle ultime pagine. Ritroviamo i personaggi di sempre più alcune new entry davvero spassose!non vedo l'ora di leggere la prossima avventura
Feb 14, 2009 Gerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here she is again. Retired London PR executive Agatha who lives a quiet and secluded life (???) in a Cotswold village gets back into the business with a water company. And, surprise, surprise, a coupld of murders take place under her very nose. Flirtatious, jealous, cigarette-smoking, outspoken she may be but her charm remains and her penchant for sniffing out a villain is still there! With the aid of a friendly detective, an ex-colleague and her ever-present, or as the case may be, absent, hear ...more
May 06, 2015 Yvonne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A new mineral water company invades Agatha Raisin’s neighboring village of Ancombe and everyone is angry that it will tap into the village spring. When Agatha stumbles upon the murdered body of the council chairman, who hasn’t yet cast his vote for the water company, she puts herself right into the middle of things. First, she accepts a PR job for the water company and then she starts asking questions. As usual, she sticks her nose where it doesn’t belong making everyone angry.

Still mooning over
Aug 04, 2013 Damaskcat rated it it was amazing
In the nearby village of Ancombe there is a spring which runs through a garden and then into a drinking fountain. When a company wants to bottle and sell the water the parish council members are divided about whether this is a good thing or a bad thing. Agatha Raisin is asked to do the PR for the company as she lives locally. When a member of the parish council is found dead in the spring things threaten to go pear shaped.

Naturally Agatha feels the need to get involved in the investigation into
Mar 06, 2009 Catherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcrossing
Arrived in the post, started straight away and finished before I did anything else, including ea. I'd arrived home tired and lazy so a nice cosy mystery with familiar characters was just what I needed in order to wind down. Agatha fitted the bill perfectly. I think I'm more or less up to date with her now: the stories are discrete enough not to suffer too badly from reading out of sequence, although I can see that they might be a bit much read all in one go.
In this episode, Agatha is still at th
May 12, 2016 RebeccaS rated it really liked it
Another confusing murder in a small village. This time it's not Agatha's town, but a neighboring one. This books is full of the grumpy and hostile suspects that don't appreciate Agatha snooping around. Though it seems like everything Agatha tries to do turns out worse than expected, in the end she has some success. I hope she stops working for Roy's company and takes a holiday or something. She is in another tiff with James and who knows if that will every get solved; they are never on the same ...more
Mar 17, 2011 Jolene rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy, reviewed
I love cozies, but usually after book 5 or 6 in a series I get bored with it (really how many villagers can be killed off before everyone leaves?). That is not the case with the Agatha Raisin books. I love the characters, the village, and I haven't been able to guess the killer in any of the books. Every time I think I've figured it out there's a new twist. This title was a nice addition to the series. The only thing I didn't care for is how Agatha keeps letting Roy into her life. He is no frien ...more
Mar 25, 2010 Ali rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure why but I didn't enjoy this 7th Agatha Raisin as much as the previous ones. I don't think it is as funny, and Agatha still seems a little sad and vulnerable - just as she was in the last book. She makes several disastrous romantic decisions, which I found frustrating. A light undemanding read, but it lacked something that the first few books had, not sure what that is though. as a character Agatha is brilliant though, and I will still be reading the rest - in time.
Feb 03, 2012 Emma rated it really liked it
I felt this was much more the Agatha Raisin I enjoy back in Carsley then the last outing on Cyprus. Agatha is back to her best, but this time is engaged by a water company that wants to take water from Ancombe Wellspring so seems more of a reluctant sleuth when the head of Ancombe council is found dead at the Wellspring. A return of Mrs Bloxby and Ray Silver also made this book more enjoyable.
Apr 16, 2012 Carol rated it liked it
I enjoy her books, but have a hard time rating them 4 stars. Why I keep reading them I am not sure. Maybe it is because Agatha is so spunky.

Agatha is still moody over the way JAmes is treating her. Yet another mystery occurs. This time a local is killed over water.
Aug 02, 2016 Cyndi rated it it was amazing
If you think that Agatha is Miss Marple, umm, not so much. She is brash and very cool while she battles middle age.
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May 20, 2016 Lese lust rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: krimi, 2016
das ist so eine Art"guilty pleasure".... ich weiß von Anfang an, dass ich nicht viel zu erwarten habe, lese es trotzdem und ein kleines bisschen ärgere ich mich dann am Ende darüber. ..
Snarky, oh-so-British Agatha Raisin has become a reliable go-to when I need a light, diverting listen. Set in the Cotswolds, this is not great literature but for those of us who, like dear Aggie, are a bit "past our prime" but unwilling to quietly fade into the woodwork, this series is great fun. Many thanks to Simon of The Readers podcast for admitting to be a closet Agatha Raisin fan, who, come to think of it, isn't yet nearly past his prime but also quite enjoys this series. That prompted me ...more
It's been over a year since I last read Agatha. I've missed her. How could I forget her last two outings with a disastrous marriage and honeymoon trip which was hilariously entertaining. Now Agatha is back home in the Cotswolds. Things are much the same as they always were. Except there is an annoying hateful neighbour in Mrs. Darry and James is avoiding her. Agatha is asked to help do PR for a company that's tapping Spring water from a local village to sell. Before she can even begin her new jo ...more
Jan 18, 2009 Kristen rated it did not like it
Shelves: mysteries
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The seventh book in the Agatha Raisin series brings us back to the Cotswolds. In the last book, I missed the villagers of Carsely because the book took place predominantly in Cypress. I was happy to be reunited with the familiar characters of Bill Wong, Mrs. Bloxby, and Roy Silver.

Agatha comes out of retirement to do some PR work for a water company, whose spring is in the village of nearby Ancombe. Not all the residents feel that bottling water from the local spring is a good idea and, when one
Sep 07, 2013 bella rated it it was amazing
Agatha Raisin is called in to help her old publicity firm to assist a new water company and their bid to buy water from a local spring in Ancombe and market it for sale. The town of Ancombe is in uproar that their spring is going to be used for capitalism, with everyone on the parish council taking sides. When the chairman of the parish council turns up dead, it would seem that he has been killed for the way he would vote (either for or against, no one knows). Agatha decides to investigate and t ...more
Jan 13, 2013 Denise rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Poor Agatha! James is ignoring her and nasty when he does talk to her. There's a new woman in the village who is a nasty piece of work. Her former colleague Roy Silver talks her into taking a PR job for a new bottled water company that is marketing water from a nearby village, but everything goes wrong, including her finding a murdered man in the spring. And the main suspects are that village's council, who don't get along and seem to take delight in insulting Agatha. The only bright spot is one ...more
Kate Millin
Jun 12, 2010 Kate Millin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the back of the book:
'Agatha Raisin's neighbouring village of Ancombe is usually the epitome of quiet rural charm, but the arrival of a new mineral water company - which intends to tap into the village spring - sends tempers flaring and divides the parish council into two stubborn camps'

...and of course murder follows on. Agatha gets mixed up in a number of ways - sleuthing but also acting as a PR person for the water company. She is still mooning over James - but that is not going to chang
Feb 14, 2012 Adam rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks-a-z
Post Listen Review: Yet another dull entry in the Agatha Raisin series. Surprise, surprise Agatha comes across a body and solves a mystery. The first sentence was "Agatha Raisin was bored and unhappy." That is how I felt through the whole book and that is about the end of my identifying with her. She is always complaining about how her "boobs are not perky like they used to be" or how she is getting older and how she is getting fatter and fatter. Yet she is sleeping with more than one guy. She i ...more
Oct 14, 2016 Berit☀️✨ rated it really liked it
Something I like about these books, is you know what you're going to get....
Somehow Agatha is talked into doing the PR for a company who is purchasing the rights to some local water... of course there are villagers supporting this and not supporting this, so it will come down to a vote... and then guess what? People start getting killed! Seriously if I ever run into this Agatha i'm running fast.... now James and Agatha continue with the miscommunication, even though they are trying to solve the
Aug 27, 2015 Paula rated it it was ok
This book was not my cut of tea. I have read other Agatha books I have liked better. I simply cannot imagine people being rude saying shove off, etc. and the mystery, what little there was of it, took second place to Agatha's amorous goings on. I cannot recommend this book.
Attila Benő
Jul 23, 2016 Attila Benő rated it did not like it
This is no longer a mystery. This series has become a very dull and boring drama. This is the book where I say it's enough. It seems very unlikely to me that the series will get any better and I don't want to read 1-star and 2-star books.
Leigh R
Jan 11, 2016 Leigh R rated it it was ok
I had a hard time keeping the characters straight, even for such a short book. It may be because this is the first Agatha Raisin mystery I've read. Some parts were endearing but the story and the characters never really caught my interest.
May 14, 2015 Parvathy rated it did not like it
A badly done modern day Miss Marple. Terribly dreary. Never to be repeated.
May 20, 2017 Dyana rated it liked it
I need to ask myself a question - why do I keep reading this series? The would-be heroine of these cozy mysteries (?) is such an unlikeable character. Agatha Raisin is moody, says mean things to most people, man-hungry even though she pines after her ex-fiancé, always worrying about aging, and is abrasive. In this book most of the other characters seem to be short-tempered and spiteful harpies also. Her on-again, off-again relationship with James Lacey is becoming annoying - I want to sit them d ...more
Linda C
Jul 04, 2017 Linda C rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, european, tower
Agatha Raisin is feeling depressed about her strained relationship with ex-fiance James when she comes across a body at the wellspring in Ancombe. The wellspring which flows from a garden through a wall into a public fountain has recently become the source of controversy when the owner allows a Water Company to draw water from the fountain to sell. The victim was the Chairman of the Ancombe Council with the deciding vote on the sale. Coincidentally Agatha is offered the PR job for the Water Comp ...more
Jul 01, 2017 Ancy rated it really liked it
not as cool as Agatha Raisin and Love From Hell. This book should be named as James and Wellspring Of death since James is the one who finds the culprit behind the murders and it's a little bit boring because of the absence of Charles! but altogether Excellent
Caroline Venables
May 04, 2017 Caroline Venables rated it really liked it
This is the seventh instalment in the series, and sees Agatha reprising her role in advertising. She is trying to market water from a local village. However not everyone is happy with the publicity, and Agatha is trying to get herself a new man.
The whole Agatha and James thing is getting old now, it's time to move on Agatha although thankfully it seems she is
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