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Agatha Raisin and The Haunted House
Agatha Raisin series #14

by M C Beaton

      Agatha has a new neighbor in this fourteenth novel in the series, a handsome computer geek with some time on his hands... and an absentee wife. When a local woman complains that her house is haunted, the pair asks her if they can spend the night there. Not long after that she is found murdered, so both the police and Agatha are wondering who might have wanted her dead, and why?

This is perhaps the least inventive and fresh of the series, with little new to offer except an entertaining but unremarkable story. It is a pity that the amateur dramatics society only appears offstage, as a description of a production of Macbeth set in Bosnia and featuring clansmen wearing gasmasks would have been utterly hilarious. Instead, Agatha falls for another unsuitable man whose cavalier treatment of her perhaps fits in with the Civil War theme, as well as the series as a whole. To say that the novel is not Ms Beatonís sparkling best is true, but it is nonetheless a lively enough yarn with plenty of plot twists and turns and a denouement which I did not guess. As with all her other books it is a model of fast-paced, witty and well plotted writing that authors of wordier tomes would do well to peruse.

The Book

Constable (Constable & Robinson)
9 November 2006
ISBN-13: 9781845293802
ISBN-10: 1845293800
Contemporary Crime - Cotswolds, UK
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The Reviewer

Rachel A Hyde
Reviewed 2007
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