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Agatha Raisin Cotswold Murder Mystery Books for Sale

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Agatha Raisin and Kissing Christmas Goodbye ~ M.C. Beaton
2007 English hardback first edition, first impression published by Constable in London
A fine book in fine dust jacket
The book has no names or stamps and nice clean white pages
Tight binding and square spine
The dustwrapper is price clipped and has no loss or tears, clean and bright

Synopsis - What this Story is About
A manor house and the mysterious poisoning of a woman using hemlock has all the ingredients for a classic English House Murder Mystery. Also who'll be with Agatha this Christmas ? Cracking stuff

A nice clean copy and hardcover firsts seem difficult to come across
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Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House ~ MC Beaton
2006 British paperback edition published by Robinson in London
A nice clean and tidy example
No real damage or wear

Synopsis - What this Story is About
Information that a haunted house soon have amateur sleuth of the haunting is a universally disliked old biddy on whom someone is playing a practical joke. However the old woman is killed - and for Agatha, cracking a crime is much more enjoyable than ghostbusting

A nice bright copy
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Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death ~ MC Beaton
2004 UK paperback edition published by Constable & Robinson in London
A bright book, clean and in good shape
No tears or marks etc

Synopsis - What this Story is About
This is the first book in the series and sets the scene when our heroine takes early retirement from a high profile job and moves into the picturesque Cotswolds. Needless to say murder and mystery soon abound.

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Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wyckhadden ~ MC Beaton
2009 UK softcover edition published by Robinson in London
Clean wrappers and pages, nice square spine and tight binding
No real damage or wear

Synopsis - What this Story is About
Needing to get away after her particularly hectic previous investigation AR heads off to the seaside. Seeking a cure for temporary hair loss, see previous escapade, she makes contact with a witch - of course it will all end in tears, not to mention murder !

A really nice solid book
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Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet ~ MC Beaton
2004 English softcover edition published by Constable & Robinson in London
A tidy solid book, clean and bright
In nice condition

Synopsis - What this Story is About
Our heroine seems to be getting the glad eye from a new and good-looking vet, but wouldn't you just know it, AC's luck strikes again - he gets murdered before love can blossom - isn't it always the way !

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Death of an Outsider ~ MC Beaton
2008 UK softcover edition published by Robinson in London
Clean wrappers and pages, nice square spine and tight binding
No real damage or wear

Synopsis - What this Story is About
Constable Hamish Macbeth looks into, quite literally, a tank of lobsters !

A clean example
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Death of a Gossip ~ MC Beaton
2008 UK paperback edition published by Constable & Robinson in London
A tidy solid book, clean and bright
In nice condition

Synopsis - What this Story is About
Hamish Macbeth in a mystery featuring a society widow, gossip columnist, a fishing club and murder !

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Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryfam ~ MC Beaton
2006 UK softcover edition published by Robinson in London
A lovely clean example
No real damage or wear

Synopsis - What this Story is About
AR is under the weather - jilted she looks for a change of scenery so rents a cottage and seeks the advice of a Fortune-Teller. It's not long before there's a heady brew of of blackmail and murder !

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Sample
Agatha Raisin was bored.
Her detective agency in the Cotswolds was thriving, but the cases were all small, niggling and unexciting, and yet took a great deal of time to solve. She sometimes felt if she had to deal with another missing cat or dog, she would scream.

Dreams and fantasies, that cushion she usually had against the realities of life, had, to her astonished mind, disappeared entirely. She had dreamed so long about her neighbour and ex-husband, James Lacey, that she would not accept the fact that she did not love him any more. She thought of him angrily as some sort of drug that had ceased to work.

So although it was only early October, she tried to fill her mind with thoughts of Christmas. Unlike quite a number of people, Agatha had not given up on Christmas, To have the perfect Christmas had been a childhood dream whilst surviving a rough upbringing in a Birmingham slum. Holly berries glistened, snow fell gently outside, and inside, all was Dickensian jollity. And in her dreams, James Lacey kissed her under the mistletoe, and, like a middle-aged Sleeping Beauty, she would awake to passion once more.

Her friend, the vicar's wife, Mrs Bloxby, had once pointed out that Christmas was to celebrate the birth of Christ, but Agatha's mind shied away from that. To her, Christmas was more Hollywood than church.

Agatha's figure, though stocky, had hitherto carried very little surplus fat. As she tried to fasten her skirt in the morning, she realized she had put on about an extra inch and a half around the waistline. In London, she had walked a lot, walking being quicker than sitting in a bus crawling through the traffic. But since she had come to Carsely, she had been using the car to go everywhere apart from short trips along the village. Carsely was not going to make Agatha Raisin let herself go!

She drove to a bicycle shop in Evesham and purchased a light, collapsible bicycle of the kind she could carry around in the boot of her car. She did not want to experiment cycling near the village until she felt she had remastered the knack. She had not cycled since the age of six.
She parked off the road next to one of the country walks, took out the little bicycle, and pushed it to the beginning of the grassy path.

Brief Biography
Marion Chesney, born 1936, is an extremely prolific writer with a huge number of books to her name. Given the nature of this site though we are only concerned with her mystery and detective fiction books.
These are written under the pseudonym of M.C. Beaton and there are two main series characters, Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth

The Agatha Raisin series has become hugely popular with readers and also now radio listeners as the series has been brought to Radio 4 with renowned English actress Penelope Keith taking the lead role.

If you've never tried these books then you're missing a treat, not only that but there's a prolific series to get your teeth into with no signs of it stopping any time soon

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