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Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryfam

(Agatha Raisin #10)

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When a fortune teller from a previous case informs Agatha Raisin that her destiny--and true love--lies in Norfolk, she promptly rents a cottage in the quaint village of Fryfam. No sooner does she arrive than strange things start happening. Random objects go missing from people's homes, and odd little lights are seen dancing in the villagers' gardens and yards. Stories soon ...more
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Published June 1st 2012 by AudioGo (first published June 2000)
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Sukhi
May 29, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
Fair warning: there are going to be a lot of spoilers in this review. Please don't read it unless you want to ruin your reading experience.

I began this book with high hopes. In the previous installment in this series, Agatha Raisin has been making steady progress at moving past her obsession with James Lacey, and is really coming into her own as a mature woman. Of course, like all of us, "Aggie" still has her insecurities, which make her a normal person. However, she is working on moving on with
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Ali
Jul 31, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


I found myself thoroughly enjoying and devouring this 10th installment of the Agatha Raisin series. Another book where Agatha is not in Carsley- this time opting for a cottage in Norfolk to get away from James Lacey her neighbour in Carsley who Agatha has become a tad obsessed with over the course of the series. Therefore some of our usual friends are a rather absent in this book, however that didn't spoil my enjoyment, as there were plenty of strange characters in Fryfam for Agatha to investiga
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Heather
Aug 11, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Man, I loathe Agatha Raisen. Does she have ANY redeeming qualities to make one like her at all? No. Are these mysteries detailed and interesting enough to continue reading them although one despises the main characters? No.

Read Laurie R. King instead. Or Ngaio Marsh. or Ms. Sayers. or ANYONE. If you have to have Beaton's "popcorn for the soul" then read the Hamish Macbeth series instead. At elast there the characters aren't terribly stupid and annoying and self centered. Or not as much as Agatha
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Amara
Jun 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another light Agatha to get me through a day of cooking.
Suzanne
Aug 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I've had this short book on my to read list for several years, and I'm glad I finally got to it. Remember, 3 stars means I liked it - the Agatha books are always easy comfort reads for me :)
Cyndi
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, Aggie. Love her and all her brashness. She never 'just let's things go.' She keeps digging until it blows up in her face. Everyone looks past the fairies, but not our Agatha. She wants answers. Murders, thefts, flirting husbands. Answers, or else!
If only she would tackle her romantic relationships with the same logical thinking she tackles the mysteries around her.
Michael ♤
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british, crime-novel
In this book, Agatha again leaves Carsley and rents a cottage in Fryfam. Of course she finds herself in the middle of the action again and finally, a murder happens. Agatha, just like every time, sets out to solve the murder.
What I liked most about this book - a point that makes it slightly better than it's forerunners - is, that James didn't play a big role and Agatha spent her time mostly with Charles, whom I like so much more. And there was a little fairy-mystery that I quite enjoyed.
The end
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Jolisa Gilchrist
Bored and a bit desperate, Agatha follows the advice of a fortune teller, sticks and pin in a map and leaves to find her destiny. Instead, in the not so quaint village of Fryfam, she finds murder. She had hoped to find something or someone to keep her mind off James so she was happy to see Charles when he showed up. The two of them set out to solve the murder because Charles sees it as a bit of a lark.

I love this series because it is good entertainment. So far it hasn't failed me.
Shabbeer Hassan
Mar 11, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, whodunit, brit-lit
As I finished this last Agatha Raisin book in my collection, I cannot but sigh in relief as I would no longer be harried in one of literature's finest examples of codswallop. With a central character who hovers on the borders of constant self-pitying, neurosis and bullying, she is laughingly supported by a dolt of a character Col. Lacey.

Ohh and did you know that until and unless a successful woman like Raisin hasn't met the chap of her life, she hasn't done anything yet and will remain the witc
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Gerry
Dec 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Agatha sticks a pin in a map of Norfolk and finds herself in Fryfam. She settles down, reluctantly without the love of her life James Lacey, and then, surprise, surprise, a murder takes place ... and then another! And also to contend with is the flashing lights in the back garden of her rented cottage. Could they be fairies as local legend had it?

How can Agatha investigate when the company she is keeping in her new environment is more or less unknown to her? But as one expects she does ... in he
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Berit☀️✨
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Agatha needs to get away again, so she sticks a pin in a map and ends up in a small village....
I guess this village is in a part of England where the weather is worse than it is where she lives? Sorry I'm not really familiar with different parts of England... and it really doesn't make a difference, it was just part of the story, they kept complaining about the weather....
Anyways, one of her first night in this village she sees strange lights and here's weird voices in the backyard, and is told
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Kate
Jun 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kate by: Simon Savidge
Shelves: 2016-books
Needed something light and breezy and Agatha Raisin always fits the bill. In this episode, Agatha has fled to Fryfam, a hamlet in Norwich and her buddy Sir Charles Fraith joins her. Of course, there are several murders and awful town folk. This was a better than recent books in the series. I enjoy Agatha's edge and it was on full display in this episode as she brusquely question the people in this small closed town.
Shiloah
Loved the ending especially on this one!
I love Agatha Raisin because she is so imperfectly human and loveable because of it. She’s also part pitbull,
which I sometimes feel is my “spirit animal.” That said, it can get depressing reading about so much immorality and despicable behavior amongst grown adults. Then, I finish the book and close it and think on my life with that much more gratitude. Thank goodness I don’t live in Carsley. But, I can visit any time I need an escape.
Demi
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good book because James Lacey wasn’t in it until the end and that almost ruined the whole story for me. I wish she would marry Charles he is my favourite character. The murder was fun but I’m worried there isn’t going to be much more original ideas left.
Julie Davis
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this one a lot, perhaps because James Lacey was largely absent and Charles helped Agatha solve the mystery. Now if those two would open a detective agency together it would be delightful.
Victoria Ellis
The tenth Agatha Raisin cosy murder mystery takes us to the village of Fryfam where Agatha has rented a cottage on the advice of a fortune teller. With strange lights at the bottom of the garden, which the locals claim to be faeries, a burglary, and a murder Agatha soon finds that she has her hands full. This was a really nice addition to the series and probably one of the better instalments. I am beginning to miss the Carsley crowd, but a new location does give us a fresh cast of characters, or ...more
Sinead
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm so sorry Louise
Mercedes
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listened to as an audio recording with the fabulous Penelope Keith and the hapless James. Amusing send up of British murder mysteries, very enjoyable.
Lynn Lowery
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: agatha-raisin
This is a young Agatha and i loved it. I was glad to see her get away from home and solve a very confusing mystery. These small villages have so many secrets and little quirks , it was a great and fun read.
Rebecca
I think I might be getting sick of this series. The aspects that used to make me chuckle are getting a bit stale, and this is only book 10. I don't care AT ALL about Agatha's obsession with James and how it fuels every action. I'm sick of her being wishy-washy about Charles. I keep coming back for the mysteries, but the characters are getting a bit boring. Maybe I'll skip to the later books and see if it gets spiced up at all.
Paula
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You've heard of the genre called "cozy mysteries," right? The Agatha Raisin series is what I call "cantankerous cozies." Agatha is one of a kind.
Janet Martin
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nothing to add plot wise to the many reviews already posted, but if you haven't tried the audiobooks for this series, you are missing a treat. Penelope Keith does a wonderful job as narrator! Start at the beginning and you will be hooked. This one is a worthy addition to a fun series, and probably uprated just because it was fun.
Connie
Jan 20, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came across the Agatha Raisin mystery books at my library when I was looking for some books on tape to listen to while I do dishes at night (note: books on tape are an excellent way to get your house work done with as little pain as possible.) The mystery series are fun, light hearted, and the characters are what make the book. I think I have gone through all the mysteries available on tape at my library. The first book in the series is Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death, so you might want ...more
Sue
Agatha listens to the fortune teller in the previous novel who tells her she'll find true love in another county. So she rents a cottage in Fryfam and settles in to find strange lights in the garden, petty pilfering, and locals who won't talk about the fairies. Soon she is drawn into the murder of a local squire when Charles comes to visit her and they are the last to see him alive. The two of them set off investigating and turn up all sorts of interesting intrigue in the little village. Agatha ...more
Kaye
Agatha rents a cottage in the village of Fryfam to get away from her neighbor James. She announces she is writing a novel, Murder at the Manor. Unfortunately, a murder at the manor occurs and Agatha is in the middle. Barron Charles shows up to stay with Agatha and help solve the mystery. Charles is more pleasant in this one and Agatha always seems more capable (less "fish out of water") when she is away from her home. This was quick and easy. In fact listened to the whole novel while doing erran ...more
Jules
Jan 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Super series! I've been reading this series on & off for quite a few years now. Having read 18 books so far, I struggle to remember details of each book individually, so this is a general review.

This is such an enjoyable modern day Miss Marple. Agatha Raisin is so annoying at times, I've felt the desire to shake sense into her. Despite that, I can't help but like her. These books are filled with murder, mystery, quirky characters, country living & village gossip. I find they make quite a good li
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Elizabeth
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I actually finished this book after three days of reading. To say Ive missed a fair few of the books i really enjoyed this one partly because james lacey barely featured. This was a good story that kept me engaged and i loved the relationship between agatha and sir charles...have we found her one true love? I still love that you get the next chapter at the end of her books and though it made me feel disappointed in agatha i would love to read it. Well done M.C. Beaton you've made me hate and now ...more
Stephen
This installment of Agatha Raisin was mistitled and ought to be called "Death at the Manor" as the fairy plot was weak and insignificant. As with the Witches book Sir Charles joins Agatha in Norfolk. Agatha spends most of the book being grumpier than usual as James has gone away and it's uncertain when he'll return, hence Agatha renting a cottage if Fryfam. This was a fun escapade of the seething subterranean passion below the quiet village surface variety.
Erick
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This garbage is a series? Oh hell to the no. That's what I was saying to myself as soon as I finished this book. Agatha is a horrid little woman who is mildly good at solving crimes, but much better at having horrible relationships and letting me run her life. Hardly a good book. I was surprised to find out this was the end to the series. With the way this book ended, it's probably because the readers of the rest of the series (not me), revolted.
Kris
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
I really enjoy Agatha Raisin stories as eAdudio books. They entertain me as I'm driving to and from work. Agatha is a smart, sassy, no nonsense character, but she's not perfect, which is what I like about her.

This a definitely what I'd call a "cozy mystery".

The version of the eAdudio book I listened of this story was a stage play; rather than having multiple characters perform the story, I prefer having the actual book read to me, although the story was well performed
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