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Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House

(Agatha Raisin #14)

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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 sparkling black eyes and the promise of adventure soon lure her into another investigation.

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Cfabrication
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
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Paul E. Morph
Any hint of the supernatural was debunked far too quickly for my tastes, leaving a rather by-the-numbers murder mystery in its place.

The ending was good but it was a case of too little too late by that point.
Cherie
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Agatha Raisin novel that I have rated below 3 stars. She was so preoccupied with men, that the amateur detective could barely solve the case. I rolled my eyes so many times at her romantic fixation on her handsome "barely married" neighbor. Usually I like Agatha's personality, but this time she got on my nerves. The mystery itself was predictable, so this novel was a complete let down for me.
Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
I absolutely love the Agatha Raisin series of books, they are quick easy fun reads. They keep hold of my attention really easily and I have to admit I rarely figure out who the killer is , the books always keep me on my toes keeps my mind working to figure out who it could be.

The characters that feature in the story are very well described so that you get a vivid picture of each of the characters in your mind as your reading the novels, which also helps when you are trying to figure out who did
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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.
Mandy
Feb 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
3.5 stars.
I have read most of the Agatha Raisin books and enjoyed them. This one was no exception.
Agatha gets drawn into a mystery about what looks like a haunted house but quickly turns into murder.
She has a new sidekick in the shape of her new neighbour, Paul, but is still her usual bumbling self.
I like Agatha because she is so very real. I can imagine myself behaving in the way that she does, just blunder around until something happens. But there is a vulnerable side to Agatha, and this was
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Yvonne
Jul 04, 2015 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
Chrystyna
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
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Anastasia
Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House by M.C.Beaton is the 14th book in the Agatha Raisin mystery series. Agatha's new neighbour, Paul Chatterton asks Agatha to help him investigate a supposedly haunted house but when the owner is killed, they find themselves in the middle of a murder investigation with the possibility of hidden treasure from the past. I enjoyed this book very much. A quick read and I liked that Agatha recognises her short comings and bumbling manner, but doesn't give up and manag ...more
Shiloah
I love Agatha Raisin and all her imperfections. These books are funny, cozy, and beautifully British. They are a form of therapy for me during tough times.
The Flooze
Apr 26, 2016 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
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Lori
Oct 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Agatha Raisin investigates the alleged haunting of a home in a nearby community, but soon the woman who lived there dies under suspicious circumstances. Although Runcorn wants to chalk it up to accidental death, Agatha and her new neighbor Paul Chatterton decide to investigate on their own. Two more deaths occur that may or may not be related to the first. Sir Charles shows up to take part in the action before Agatha solves it. Although the mystery itself is acceptable, I find Agatha's man-crazi ...more
Suzanne
Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
3.5 stars. I really do enjoy Agatha, and she annoys me a lot less - maybe because I know about that lack of self confidence and good heart beneath that grumpy exterior.
Stacy-Ann
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great first read for me. Funny, Haunting, tense. I could not put it down. I love Agatha she is a lot of fun although she tend to do some stupid this where men is concern. The plot development was good as well as the story line.

A great read for Halloween. I am looking forward in reading her next book.
Nancy
Dec 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Cyndi
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Agatha is back to finding her footing. The new neighbor is a lost cause. Maybe there is something haunting that house. A crotchety old bachelor ghost who possesses every man who lives there. At least the indomitable Sir Charles is back. He's cheeky, lazy and cheap. Reminds me of boyfriends from days gone past.
Shanelle
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All in all the book was good. There was a few spelling errors and words missing letters. 4 stars because of that.
Colette
I liked this one a lot. I’m not sure which of the secondary characters I like the most:Roy, Mrs. Bloxby, Bill Wong or Charles. I do know that I’d love to see Charles & Agatha get together! ...more
Gerry
Feb 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'"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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Mike
After Paul, a ghostbusting neighbor, asks amateur sleuth Agatha Raisin to help him investigate a haunted house, the two quickly decide the homeowner is lying. But days later, when the homeowner turns up dead, Agatha and Paul know they must now search for a murderer.

Agatha Raisin is a middle aged woman who smokes, drinks, is cranky, and is an all-around disagreeable person -- but somehow she's still a really enjoyable character!

Although I picked this up for a Halloween read, the haunted house pl
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Jayne
May 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is a fun, easy to read, cozy mystery set in the English countryside and there's lots to love about it. It's pretty mindless, as each book follows the same basic formula. I enjoy the light-heartedness of it between "heavy" books, kind of like a palate cleanser between courses of a meal.

In this one, the formula got a little stale and there were some continuity issues. (When last heard from, Sir Charles had annulled his marriage because his wife lied about being pregnant with twins, no
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Berit☀️✨
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another single man moves in next door to Agatha, and as hard as she tries, her fantasies of happily ever after still start....
New neighbor Paul, comes to Agatha to see if she wants to help them Ghostbust A haunted house.... but is there really a ghost, or is it just a prank? The old lady's house who it is, is not much liked, and soon she is murdered... of course Agatha with The help of Paul this time, Jumps in to solve this murder...
Agatha is her usual cranky, blunt, overly obsessed with her lux
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Emily Cullen
Sep 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Rose
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was an easy read, so I understand why people might enjoy it, but it really wasn't a very good book. The plot was silly where it wasn't obvious, the characters were a strange mix of the bland and the ridiculous and the main character learned absolutely nothing over the course of the book. The style of writing is inconsistent, usually clinging to a close 3rd person with the main character but giving random flashes of other people's perspectives. The author has a strange obsession with outfit ch ...more
AngryGreyCat
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is number 14 in the delightful Agatha Raisin series. I am continuing to fill in books that I missed from the series. In this outing, Agatha and her new neighbor Paul, begin by investigating a house haunting. After putting aside the case as hoax, they end up finding themselves with a murder to investigate instead. I am more and more charmed by Agatha as this series progresses. Her vulnerability and desire to be liked is so human and relatable. The scenes where she dithers about getting ready ...more
Evelyn
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is number 14 in the Agatha Raisin series. I jumped from number 1 to here. Other than the subtle changes in Agatha's life in the interim, I was able to easily jump to this part of her history. I really enjoy reading about Agatha, partly because I am able to empathize with her fear of aging. I am now 65 years old myself and feel much older at times. Poor Agatha feels lonely at times, but she meets it head-on. She flirts shamelessly with her new neighbor, Paul, even though she knows that he is ...more
Gail
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Agatha Raisin book, and she is at it again! Unable to resist a sleuthing challenge, Agatha joins forces with her handsome new neighbour to try to solve a mystery in a nearby village where an elderly woman has been complaining of frightening sounds and eerie mists in her old house. When the woman is found dead at the bottom of her staircase, Agatha is determined to find the killer.
T
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Typical M.C Beaton - succinct writing, and a few funny plot anomalies.
Janet Martin
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
One of my favorites from the series. Agatha returns to the Cotswolds after some time off in London to find an attractive new neighbor next door. He quickly involves her in some ghost hunting, and the bodies pile up.
Carol lowkey.bookish
This was probably my least favorite in the series. I don’t ever recall other books in the series with so many descriptions about grooming, applying make up, re-applying make up, and outfits.
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