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Agatha Raisin and the Wizard of Evesham

(Agatha Raisin #8)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  8,875 ratings  ·  529 reviews
The local ladies all deem Mr John a wizard, so when Agatha finds a few grey hairs on her head, she makes a beeline for the handsome Evesham hairdresser. As well as sorting out her hair it soon becomes clear the charming man also has designs on her heart - but their future together is cut short when Mr John is fatally poisoned in his salon.
Audiobook, Unabridged, 6 pages
Published December 1st 2012 by AudioGo (first published April 1999)
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May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These books go so fast…this one is #8 and I’m already finished. Like the previous books, this one picks up right where the last one left off. This would really make a great TV series. Very similar to Murder, She Wrote.

Agatha is horrified to discover she has a few gray hairs. She tries to color to take care of it on her own but when her hair turns purple, she knows she needs professional help. She is referred to Mr. John, known as the Wizard of Evesham. Mr. John fixes her hair but he also seems q
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Agatha Raisin is a very complicated character. On the one hand, she is always worried about what others will think, how they will judge her, and how she can show them up. (Which to be fair to her, most of her village DOES judge everyone's moves, so she doesn't worry for no reason). But then on the other hand, she doesn't take any crap from anyone. If someone is rude to her or insults her, she can dish it right back and yell at them for it. I love her sass and her attitude, but it makes me sad wh ...more
Julie Davis
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listened, as always, to Penelope Keith's wonderful reading of this fluffy series.

I actually liked this one more than the recent ones. James Lacey was out of town and it was a relief to have only occasional mooning over him by Agatha. Also I liked Charles as a fellow detective. He's kind of like a cross between Rob and James, a cheerful companion in detecting. The murdered was obvious from the firstmappearance but that's not really what this series is about ... fooling the reader. We're along for
May 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amateur detective Agatha Raisin is at it again - much to the chagrin of police officer Bill Wong! With the help of an aristocratic friend she follows up a case of blackmail and murder, and despite a few false leads, eventually unveils the culprit. The love interest falters, as usual, throughout the very enjoyable novel with its delightful country setting.
Fiona MacDonald
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poor old Agatha. It seems like she can barely finish solving one crime before she stumbles headfirst into the next one, foul language and all! Still, this is exactly why we love her, and I personally enjoy seeing the repetition of her being questioned by her friend Bill Wong in each and every book, it makes it more 'cosy' to me somehow, and I feel more reassured that everything will work out fine in the end.
In Eversham there is great excitement when a new hairdresser opens on the high street.
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, Agatha....
Oct 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Agatha is a never ending source of entertainment for me. From storyline to storyline she manages to get herself in one jam after another with pretty much the same outcome. Though that sounds redundant, MC Beaton makes the books entertaining and at times downright laugh out loud funny.

Agatha should never be left to her own devices, when she is bored things go from bad to “Oh, Agatha” very quickly. So when James is out of the country, Bill is on vacation and Charles is a bit stand offish, Agatha d
Angela Oliver
Agatha Raisin is a fun and easy romp - a good light read. The antics of this middle-aged woman are a real lark. These little mysteries are fast-paced and intriguing, with plenty of humour muddled in with the more serious issues and a few little misadventures tossed in for good measure. Agatha has mellowed a little since her earlier days in the Cotswalds, but she is still a stubborn and determined woman, with good legs and a number of male admirers.

This particular instalment deals with the fatal
Una Tiers
Feb 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the earlier Agatha Raisin books with more thought put into the plot. I recommend it.
May 13, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Overall - 2.5/5
Story - 2/5
Writing - 2/5
Character - 3/5
Memorability - 2.5/5
Enjoyment - 3/5

Should technically round up to a 3 but can't bring myself to. It was kinda terrible but dammit I enjoyed myself.
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
The reader of this site may recall that I had a flurry of listening to Agatha Raisin audio books a while ago, when seemingly trapped in never-ending long driving days. They were fun, repetitive sure, a bit on the bitchy side ocassionally, and it turns out nothing like the TV series made of the same books. Which made for some amusement and confusion as THE WELLSPRING OF DEATH and THE WIZARD OF EVESHAM were aired on TV whilst I was listening to them in the car. Needless to say TV Agatha is nothing ...more
Stuart Douglas
Apr 22, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really hate being disappointed in a book. Not that I don't get annoyed at a disappointing movie or album or whatever, but there's something particularly unexpected and irksome about a poor book from a trusted writer. Note - not a disaster from a favourite writer; that'd be a cause for real concern, not my current feeling of vague irritation. Don't get me wrong, this is not John Irving's descent from the majesty of 'A Prayer for Owen Meaney' to that dull one about tattooists (or, on a muscial n ...more
Feb 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, murder, mystery
Between my scanning project at work and my cross stitch project at home, I listened to this cozy mystery in one day!

The Wizard of Evesham has a threadbare plot that isn't all that interesting. Mrs. Bloxby recommends a rock star hairstylist named Mr. John who has set up shop in a nearby village. Agatha decides to get a new hairstyle and finds herself on a new case when Mr. John up and croaks. Even though Charles Fraith is in this one a lot, he's more jerky and less humorous than in previous book
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Agatha find a gray hair, and immediately needs to get her hair done... she is recommended Mr. John, the hair wizard.... and he does her hair magnificently, the only problem is she needs to keep going back to him because she can't do it herself.... of course a little flirting begins, anything to distract Agatha from James... of course Mr. John soon ends up dead, and we all learn about the cutthroat world of being a hairdresser..... ...more
Susan Webb
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I spend a lot of time wondering if I even like the main character, Agatha Raisin, then the other times I am thinking she is awesome! Such a moody woman, but she can solve a murder and sometimes she almost causes her own when she does!
Another fun read. I do wish Agatha wasn't so desperate for love. ...more
Carrie Doyle
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I prefer it when James is not around.
Jan 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
3 1/2 stars
While Agatha pines for James, she looks for a distraction in a new case when she decides John the hairdresser is a blackmailer. I'm glad (view spoiler)
Lot's of funny things happen (view spoiler)
Sep 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this one as an audio book. it was ok, and the narrator did a good job. My two big complaints are the ones I have with the other books in this series- it takes about an hour and a half for the murder to actually occur which is a problem since the plot is pretty middling until it happens.
The other complaint is in regards to how Agatha seems to solve the murders in all these books. She jumps to some conclusion or another that has little to do with most of the information she's been ga
What rollicking good fun this book is as Agatha once again stumbles and bumbles her way to solving the murders of a blackmailing hairdresser and one of his victims. If only Agatha had as much luck with the men in her life that she has with solving crimes! Don’t expect a well thought out plot line or even clues that allow the reader to guess whodunit. This is just a fun, easy, quick to read cozy mystery. While each book stands on its own, you will get much more enjoyment from it if you embark on ...more
Oct 19, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: signal, didnt-finish
Was there supposed to be a mystery here? The book divides its time between inane factoids (details about the city, Agatha being catty about what restaurant she's eating at) and pointing out the main character's many faults. By the end of the first chapter I wanted to slap her, and it just got worse until I quit around chapter six.

In fairness I should note that I hadn't read the first N books in the series; it's possible I would have gotten more out of this book if I'd known these characters comi
What could possible go wrong when Agatha visits the hairdressers? Someone gets murdered of course!
If you've read any of the other books in this series then you will know how this goes. What starts out as a minor scandal quickly escalates to murder and of course Agatha has to poke her nose in. James is missing for most of this book, so her other on-again off-again partner Sir Charles Fraith steps in to 'help' her.

Good fun stuff and as usual Penelope Keith's narration is outstanding.
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Yet another fun Agatha adventure:) I find it much more enjoyable when James isn't around! Agatha's love life might be a disaster but at least Sir Charles' character is less uptight that James' ;) ...more
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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H. Daley
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The usual entertaining romp!
Sage Halford
I loved the first couple books but Beaton is calling it in now. Even Agatha is excited about her own story anymore. And what is with Aggie and a few others using, "oh I was drunk. I didnt mean to sleep with him." As an excuse. At least Aggie didnt sleep with the the new character in this one. ...more
Robert Connah

I must admit I didn't think this one was as good as previous ones I've read. It was still enjoyable though. The characters were as lovable as always and I'm a sucker for Sir Charles Fraith! No James either which was a pleasant bonus. Onto the next!
a fun, quick read from my favorite and ever hilarious amateur detective.
Charlotte Smith
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a bad book, not brilliant but I still enjoyed it.
Meg GlitteryOtters
3.5 stars
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