The Walkers of Dembley (Agatha Raisin, #4)
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The Walkers of Dembley (Agatha Raisin #4)

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After six months in London, Agatha Raisin returns to her beloved Cotswold village—and her dashing neighbor, James Lacey. Well, sort of. James might not be so interested in Agatha. But soon enough, Agatha becomes consumed by her other passion: crime-solving. A woman has been found dead in a lonely field nearby. Her name is Jessica Tartinck, a hiker who infuriated wealthy la...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 4th 2009 by Minotaur Books (first published 1995)
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The Flooze
Oh, my. Oh, my!

Another neat, fast-paced mystery centering on ghastly murders in an otherwise ideal setting. When a rambler (hiker) from a nearby town is found dead in a field, Agatha is called upon to dig up all the info she can.

Of course, investigations are far more exciting with James Lacey in tow. And how much more exciting still to go undercover with the chap - as a married couple!

Though the mystery has its fair share of plausible, unsettling suspects, the highlight of this tale is the in...more
Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley by M.C. Beaton is fourth in Beaton's Agatha Raisin series. Agatha, a 50+ public relations' executive has retired from her London agency to live a quiet life in a small village and, hopefully, learn how to make friends and live peacefully with others.

In this mystery, Agatha (a very bright woman with an abrasive personality) has returned to do a stint of public relations' work. She succeeds at it brilliantly-but also falls back into all her old bad habits....more
'Nice quiet pursuit. Rambling never leads to murder,' says constable Bill Wong to Agatha Raisin when he learns that she has taken the hobby up on her return from a stressful time working in London. He should have known better because only 13 pages later a rambler is found dead and, not surprisingly, the comment is, 'Someone has murdered her.'

Enter the indomitable Agatha and her friend, who she thinks she is in love with, James Lacey. The pair of them investigate, on this occasion with the blessi...more
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What makes Agatha Raisin special? She's spunky. She's stubborn. She knows how to get results. As a woman who had to work her way to success, she also has a major chip on her shoulder when she comes face to face with the wealthy or "old rich." She doesn't take anyone's nonsense. She is a strong woman. She's also human and craves meaningful relationships. She makes a way to create these relationships with the residents of Carsely. At least that's what I thought of her before I picked up this book...more
Ivonne Rovira
I'm unusual in that I like the aggressive Agatha Raisin more than the lazy, unambitious Hamish MacBeth. This one is as good as the others in the series -- although the first one, Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death, is the best.

I suspect I liked the first book best because James Lacey played so little a part of it. The biggest mystery in this book, as in all of the them, is what lively, clever Agatha sees in the priggish James Lacey. He's a snob and a pill. There are women who think they're no...more
I didn't think much of this mystery. The writing is poor, the characterisation rather flat and unnecessarily crude in places (I especially didn't appreciate the rape "joke").

The premise was intriguing: a group of hikers take it upon themselves to open up the Medieval rights of way, when one of them disappears. I found the discussion about the rights of way interesting, but it was just a plot point and not very much was said about it.

I love the illustration on the cover of this copy. Pity the con...more
This is another fun mystery in the Agatha Raisin series by M.C. Beaton. I started reading this series this year and I like it; I will certainly be looking for the next book in the series soon. The stories are short, entertaining brain candy. This was an interesting story about a group of ramblers, and considering my recent trip to England, I can see how this kind of group would be popular. I did a lot of walking there, myself, and I'd like to think that it would be right up my alley (sans the mi...more
This time Agatha gets involved in a "ramblers" club. One of the walkers gets murdered. Hearing that Agatha is a "detective", another of the walkers asks her to find out what happened. In order to infiltrate the club members, Agatha poses as a married couple with her handsome next-door neighbor, James.

I didn't like this entry in the series as much as the first three even though Agatha finally gets her wish with James. I had problems with the last two CDs so I didn't get to hear the full story. T...more
I love this series of books. Agatha reminds me of a cross between Miss Marple (the original Margaret Rutherford characterisation, not the wimpy American versions - Miss Marple DIDN'T have an American accent!) and Peneople Keith's character Audrey on To The Manner Born! She's a lovable battle axe who's madly in love with her neighbout James Lacely and she seems to stumble onto murders with scary frequency in the sleepy Cotswold village of Carsely. These books are full of humour, eccentric, slight...more
With a four day weekend ahead of me and decent weather (for a change) all I had to look forward to was sitting out on the patio and making a dent in my ever growing to be read stack. First up a return to Carsely, the ever amusing Agatha Raisin and her fellow citizens. In this adventure, Agatha is finally returning home after six months in London. She is feeling low and depressed and hoping for some excitement, like a murder case to solve, and of course being pushed closer to beloved neighbour Ja...more
C.J. Prince
After compulsively reading 21 of the Hamish Macbeth series, I happened to pick up a copy of "Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley" by the same author. While waiting for the next Hamish Macbeth to arrive, I picked up this book, #4 in the Agatha series.

One thing I expect of my protagonist is some likability. I kept reading and not finding anything but an anger, self absorbed, judgmental,rude, annoying woman. There is no character arch. The changes she makes seem very superficial.

As always, M.C...more
In this the fourth Agatha Raisin novel, Agatha returns to Carsley after 6months back in the wicked world of London PR. A local ramblers group is at the centre of the latest murder that Agatha and her neighbour James Lacey become involved with. Their partnership this time yielding unexpected results. Agatha is her usual gruff self, brilliantly putting her foot squarly in her mouth during lunch at Sir Charles's Victorian mansion. Great light feel good stuff, perfect for a winter's Sunday afteroon.
Agatha returns to Carsley after 6 months in London to discover that James has been leading a ramblers group. It's fortuitous as there has been a murder of a rambler in a group in Dembley and one of the members called her Aunt in Carsley and asked if Agatha could investigate. She and James pose as husband and wife and proceed to do just that. They even have police blessing since the police have nothing and could use some amateur assistance. James and Agatha find themselves mired in not one murder...more
Beaton stumbles with this title and unless the next one is a great improvement, I won't be persevering with the series.

The new characters are one-dimensional stereotypes and there is a undertone of homophobia and misogyny.

Furthermore, the developments in Agatha's personal life stretch credulity and do not feel true to the characters as depicted in the previous books. Very disappointing.
If you are stuck inside on a frigid winter day, this book was the perfect read. Quick and enjoyable, a cozy mystery. I'm pleased to discover there are 23 so far in this series, so I'm set for several more winters to come! My only quibble is I didn't care for Agatha, I liked everyone else around her, though. Perhaps she'll be nicer once she gets married in the next book!
This is Book #4 in the Agatha Raisin mystery series. There's a protest about local landowners and the public footpaths, and disagreement turns to murder! Agatha is trying to snag her attractive and single next-door neighbor, so she involves him in trying to solve this case.
Lynne - The Book Squirrel
Another great read - short and sweet, good between the doorstops and serious books as these are light-hearted and don't take much time!
Love the foreshadowing style...Bill Wong says rambling never leads to murder, but you know it will! Beaton has a great way with teasing the reader at the end of her chapters...doesn't want you to put it down, even to go refill your teacup!

Raisin is at it again. I'm reading these out of order, so I was wondering when I'd meet Sir Charles, and here he is. I did not expect that James would know him (well, know of him, really) before Raisin. That's interesting, considering the later relationship bet...more
An Odd1
Agatha Raisin joins Dembley hiking club to pursue handsome Cotswold neighbor James Lacey. Angry member Jessica targets wealthy landowner Sir Charles Fraith, who retaliates with tea invitation, but her body is found dead on his grounds "struck savagely on the back of the head with a spade" p 89. Agatha and James investigate the crime, the group all hot to kill Jessica.

"Agatha, who had been writing romantic scripts for [James] all day, could not understand why he wasn't speaking any of the lines"...more
(3.5 stars) In the 4th book of the Agatha Raisin series, Agatha is relieved that her six month stint doing PR in London is over. She is very happy to return to her home in the Cotswolds, and decides to work on getting back in shape, plus spend more time with her neighbor James, by joining the village ramblers (a countryside walking group). Another local rambling club has become more militant when its leadership is taken over by Jessica, a woman with a past history of assorted protests. Jessica t...more
Georgiana 1792
Quanto può cambiare una persona a seconda del luogo in cui si trova e delle persone che frequenta? In questo romanzo vediamo una vera e propria trasformazione di Agatha Raisin da Dottor Jeckyll a Mr Hyde, o meglio, viceversa. Sì, perché l’Agatha di inizio romanzo è un vero e proprio squalo, una donna scaltra, abituata ai giochetti del suo ambiente di lavoro. Agatha è un’abilissima P.R., o meglio, lo era — ormai dovrebbe essere in pensione —, ma è dovuta tornare a Londra per alcuni mesi, nuovamen...more
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Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley is the fourth instalment in the Agatha Raisin series. In it, Agatha has just returned for a six month stint in London, where she briefly resumed her PR career as a favour to a friend. Relishing the thought of being back in Carsely, where she can potter about in sensible clothes and see to her cats, it isn’t long before Agatha finds herself embroiled in yet another murder mystery. The inhabita...more
Ann Boytim
Once again Agatha Raisin teams up with James her next door neighbor to solve crimes. Agatha is a strong opinionated woman who always seems to come out the best in lost of situations, Agatha came back from a six month working stint in London determined to settle back down in the village she has now retired to but she gets restless and her mind and body needs to keep busy. James and Agatha team up with detective Bill to solve the crimes
I've read many of the Agatha Raisins but I just posted this one as a group review of the series in general. M.C. Beaton is who you turn to when you've exhausted Agatha Christie. There is just nothing like a cozy British mystery and Beaton is one of the best writers of them around. I just can't go on vacation without a Hamish Macbeth or an Agatha Raisin in my suitcase.

I think I prefer the Agatha books to the Hamish books because Agatha is so abrassive. She's fun to read about because she's not to...more
Helene Harrison
ISBN? - 9781849011372

Genre? - Crime / Mystery

Characters? - Agatha Raisin / James Lacey / Charles Fraith / Mrs Bloxby / Deborah Camden / Jessica / Gary / Bill Wong

Setting? - Carsely & Dembley (England)

Series? - Agatha Raisin #4

Title? - The murder takes place within the rambling group at Dembley.

Character Analysis? - I loved the introduction of Sir Charles Fraith, and how Agatha meets him in a murder investigation, considering how close they later become. I really hated Jessica - the fact that...more
Stephen Lawton
I thoroughly enjoyed this latest outing for Agatha, not least of which because Agatha reveals herself to be quite the passionate person when pressed between the sheets. Perhaps Agatha's harebrained antics were missing but it was nonetheless fun watching her daydream while she payed married couple with James Lacy.
Marilyn Fontane
Having read early and late in M.C. Beaton's British cosy Agatha Raisin series, this book was a delight. It introduces Sir Charles Fraith to the gang because it is his life she saves when she rushes in to save Deborah from him. The irony is of course that it is Deborah who is attempting to do him in after having killed two others. Agatha is not at all interested in Sir Charles because she is so besotted with her neighbor James Lacey, who actually proposes at the end of the novel! I will have to f...more
Kate Millin
Agatha is relieved to finish her stint back in London but is not sure how James, her dishy neighbour will react when she gets back. She is very touched to find that he and the womens group have been making sure her garden stays nice, even though James is still avoiding her,

The Walkers of Dembley are a militant group who argue with landowners who have blocked ancient rights of way. In the end the leader is ostracised by the rest who find her too domineering so she goes on a last and fatal walk by...more
Lynda Hunter
Having said I would have a break from dear old Agatha recently I found myself reaching for the next in the series the other day after only a short break. This unlikely heroine makes me smile. She is such a fool for James Lacey. She is not exactly endearing in the usual sort of way but there is something about her just as there is something about these stories. They are fun, despite being about murders. Quirky I guess but also very readable. I needed to know what was going to happen next.....and...more
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