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Agatha Raisin and the Wellspring of Death

(Agatha Raisin #7)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  8,460 ratings  ·  496 reviews
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
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Published December 1st 2012 by AudioGo (first published 1998)
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Cost little english village and a character aka Agatha which is just not that normal but quirky and unusually. Falling over a murdered person quite often ...sometimes I need this kind of books to get me distracted and it was the right time reading it. 7. Book of a series ...I didn’t even read all. I enjoyed it as it last.
Paul E. Morph
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book seven in the series has all of the author’s dry wit and manages to be actually quite exciting in places, particularly at the conclusion. I do find it hilarious that Agatha can’t seem to go six months without stumbling across a corpse.
Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
A water company is coming to the quiet, tranquil little village neighbouring Agatha's. They are there to tap into the natural wellspring and make some money from it. And then... of course... there's a murder. Agatha is the one who finds him, as per usual, so she raises the alarm and then the detection starts.

I liked this one. It's the usual Agatha Raisin story, and has all the great things that we've come to expect. Agatha is frosty and curt, she's also lonely and needy - but she'd never let you
I loved this one! Agatha is a brash, loveable, imperfect woman. She keeps trying, though. I love these books during my high stress times. She keeps on keeping on despite all odds (and her age) and I’m trying too. An upcoming wedding for my second daughter, son leaving on a mission, an intercontinental move to Korea all in the same month has “got me like” stress queen keeping on. I need more pitbull Agatha energy in my life to get things done.
May 06, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Feb 14, 2009 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
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, audio, murder
Wellspring of Death is a little thin on plot with the water company vs. environmentalism and landowners in a neighboring village. However, for me, it's all the things going on around feisty "get stuffed!" Agatha Raisin that I enjoy so much in this series.

Agatha's friend (with friends like Roy Silver, who needs enemies?) gets her to take on a PR case with his firm for a bottled water company. Unfortunately, there's a dead body in the spring leaking blood and brain fluid. Death sells, yes, but is
Mar 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I moved this one up my tbr in honor of M.C. Beaton. I enjoyed it and Agatha's antics, and find it incredibly sad that we have lost this esteemed author. RIP. ...more
Agatha Raisin and the Wellspring of Death is the 7th book in the Agatha Raisin mystery series set in the Cotswolds by M.C. Beaton. I have tried to read the stories in sequence but there are some gaps in the books I own so it's not always possible. It's useful to try to do so, I guess, just to keep track of Agatha's on and off again relationship with neighbor James. (Not critical though)

This story finds Agatha angry and upset because of her failed wedding with James in an earlier book. Agatha is
Dec 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
3 ½ Stars
Not as funny as the first 5 books in the series but a definite improvement on the sixth book. This was my favorite scene in this book.

"Can't you steer a straight course?" asked Agatha. "You nearly banged into that rowing-boat."
"We're doing fine," said Roy. "You just dig the pole in, Aggie, and thrust--"
To Agatha's horror, he pole-vaulted and landed face-down on the grassy bank while Agatha and the punt went shooting off in the other direction.
The punt hit the opposite bank with force as
Sharon Barrow Wilfong
A couple of murders and a town full of really unpleasant people, whom Raisin hopes to pin the murder on, because they are so rude and mean to her. But did they? If so, can she prove it? Being a nasty person doesn't necessarily make one a murderer? Then again, maybe one of them did.

I thought this mystery traveled at a good pace and if you can overlook the fact that Agatha Raisin has the morals of an alley cat, I enjoyed the book.

Ironically, I found myself agreeing with her politics and I want to
May 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 18, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
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Mar 06, 2009 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
Nov 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Another cozy set in the English Cotswolds. A nearby town council is set to vote on a proposal to bottle water from a sping and the local council are split 50/50 for/against. One remaining councilman has the deciding vote but before he can make a decision Agatha comes across his dead body in the aforementioned spring:)

Pretty typical of this series except this time there do not appear to be many suspects. Surprisingly, most of the people involved seem to really obnoxious and get the better of Agat
Mar 25, 2010 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.
Marilyn B
One of the duller Agatha Raisin books. I am so tired with her obsession with James Lacey - she has to move on! He is maddening and possessive and yet dismissive of her - I don’t see the appeal. And the mystery itself didn’t help anything, being rather dull too. No one really cared about the dead people, their death didn’t cause any woe or much issues for anyone or anything beyond a PR issue for a water company.
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do love Agatha Raisin! It's odd that she is now venturing out of Carsley to other neighboring villages to solve mysteries. So far the Carsley crew are my favorite. The people in this village were a bunch of miserable turds. Fortunately some of them were funny and Agatha's misadventures are always just what the doctor ordered. James....sigh......he really has to GO. My one and only beef about this series is Agatha's insistence that she needs a man, preferably that idiot, to be happy. Perhaps th ...more
This book was considerably better than the last book and I think that's because it took place in Carsely (more or less) with familiar characters. Agatha has been hired to do the PR for a mineral water company that is bottling the water from a local spring. But the parish council is totally against the idea. When one of the key members of the council turns up dead Agatha knows she has to solve the murder or else the whole deal will go down the drain. Unfortunately, James has returned to the villa ...more
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Katie J
3.5 stars. Agatha Raisin is that appalling friend with poor judgment and snippy remarks whom you enjoy regardless. Mid-sleuthing, she will take a break for a fete, a dinner date, a whiskey by the fire, or a punt down a river. These English village-life scenes often contribute nothing to the mystery plot, but who cares? Sometimes amateur detectives need a break from murder investigations.

In this installment, Agatha is trying to solve murder related to the opening of a water company in a nearby v
Not my favorite in the series, but still enjoyed it. Agatha does not seem to be treated well by the men in her life, except her friend Bill Wong. I wish she'd tell them all to go jump off a cliff. Well, actually, I guess she has! LOL
Beth Weed
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Always a good read.
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A joy to listen to! A joy! Penelope Keith is fabulous and the story is good.
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
09/20/ - finally back to what i really love about the agatha raisin series: mrs bloxby

10/01 - i was gunna write some kind of review of this, but honestly... i think i'm just going to leave it as this because mrs bloxby is the real mvp and i want to be her.
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