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

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  2,322 ratings  ·  158 reviews
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 sparkling black eyes and the promise of adventure soon lure her into another investigation.

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Published April 1st 2010 by Minotaur Books (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.
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
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
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
Kathy Warren
This latest read wasn't as good as her last boos. Maybe it's time to let this series go.
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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
'"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
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
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
Apr 09, 2013 Maria rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Helene Harrison
ISBN? - 9781845293802

Genre? - Crime / Murder / Mystery

Characters? - Agatha Raisin / John Armitage / James Lacey / Roy Silver / Charles Fraith / Bill Wong / Mrs Bloxby

Setting? - Carsely (England)

Series? - Agatha Raisin #14

Title? - The title suggests that the book is based around a haunted house, and the beginning is, but then it drifts away.

Character Analysis? - The lack of James Lacey is annoying and John Armitage was just slimey, and didn't seem to fit in. Agatha was as entertaining as ever, b
#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.
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

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
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
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.
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
Kara Fogle
Not a bad read but I found the main character, Agatha Raisin, off-putting & overbearing!! I enjoyed the mystery story but not sure I enjoyed following Agatha bumbling into the solution. This was my first foray into the Miss Raisin stories & I will try another one to give it a fair shake.
Loverly October read. New man in Agatha's life, or one of the old ones? Death and deception, jolly fun ideas about their civil war. I really don't know much about theirs, will need to do a bit of studying to find the cavaliers and the round heard.
I find Agatha and her forays into detection amusing although I'm aware than not everyone does. The Agatha Raisin books are lighthearted cozy mysteries with a set of quirky village characters that entertain me every now and then.
I think I found a new (new to me) mystery series....... Agatha Raisin is quirky and fun....... this is the first I read and it is the 14th in the series, having not read ones before there were a few references but is a stand alone book.... I'll have to get to the Library and *start from the beginning*
I guess this is one of those books full of "real' characters, and thus,
you are bound to find a character that you can relate to. For myself, I found the whole lot rather silly.

Apparently, the sum total of Agatha's slething capabilities lies in being a gossip. Agatha is often described as being sulky, among many other faults. My overall feeling was that, as with so many English books, if your heroine is in anyway attractive or clever, then you have to offset it with a great deal of many other fau
Paul Pope
Not much for me to comment on other than the fact that I tolerated reading another cozy mystery book. I just despise Agatha Raisin as a character, don't think she's a good detective (but maybe that's the point). That being said I probably won't pick up another one of these books again.
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