Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House

Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House Just back from an extended stay in London Agatha Raisin finds herself greeted by torrential rains and an old familiar feeling of boredom When her handsome new neighbor Paul Chatterton shows up on

  • Title: Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House
  • Author: M.C. Beaton
  • ISBN: 9780312994822
  • Page: 227
  • Format: Paperback
  • Just back from an extended stay in London, Agatha Raisin finds herself greeted by torrential rains and an old, familiar feeling of boredom When her handsome new neighbor, Paul Chatterton, shows up on her doorstep, she tries her best to ignore his obvious charms, but his sparkling black eyes and the promise of adventure soon lure her into another investigation.Paul has heaJust back from an extended stay in London, Agatha Raisin finds herself greeted by torrential rains and an old, familiar feeling of boredom When her handsome new neighbor, Paul Chatterton, shows up on her doorstep, she tries her best to ignore his obvious charms, but his sparkling black eyes and the promise of adventure soon lure her into another investigation.Paul has heard rumors about Agatha s reputation as the Cotswold village sleuth and wastes no time offering their services to the crotchety owner of a haunted house Whispers, footsteps, and a cold white mist are plaguing Mrs Witherspoon, but the police have failed to come up with any leads, supernatural or otherwise The neighbors think it s all a desperate ploy for attention, but Paul and Agatha are sure something devious is going on Someone s playing tricks on Mrs Witherspoon, and when she turns up dead under suspicious circumstances, Agatha finds herself caught up in another baffling murder mystery.

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    Like her on Facebook Learn on her website Watch a video of Marion discussing the casting of the AGATHA RAISIN Christmas specialMarion Chesney Gibbonsaka Ann Fairfax, Jennie Tremaine, Helen Crampton, Marion Chesney, Charlotte Ward, Sarah Chester Marion Chesney was born on 1936 in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, and started her first job as a bookseller in charge of the fiction department in John Smith Sons Ltd While bookselling, by chance, she got an offer from the Scottish Daily Mail to review variety shows and quickly rose to be their theatre critic She left Smith s to join Scottish Field magazine as a secretary in the advertising department, without any shorthand or typing, but quickly got the job of fashion editor instead She then moved to the Scottish Daily Express where she reported mostly on crime This was followed by a move to Fleet Street to the Daily Express where she became chief woman reporter After marrying Harry Scott Gibbons and having a son, Charles, Marion went to the United States where Harry had been offered the job of editor of the Oyster Bay Guardian When that didn t work out, they went to Virginia and Marion worked as a waitress in a greasy spoon on the Jefferson Davies in Alexandria while Harry washed the dishes Both then got jobs on Rupert Murdoch s new tabloid, The Star, and moved to New York.Anxious to spend time at home with her small son, Marion, urged by her husband, started to write historical romances in 1977 After she had written over 100 of them under her maiden name, Marion Chesney, and under the pseudonyms Ann Fairfax, Jennie Tremaine, Helen Crampton, Charlotte Ward, and Sarah Chester, she getting fed up with 1714 to 1910, she began to write detectives stories in 1985 under the pseudonym of M C Beaton On a trip from the States to Sutherland on holiday, a course at a fishing school inspired the first Constable Hamish Macbeth story They returned to Britain and bought a croft house and croft in Sutherland where Harry reared a flock of black sheep But Charles was at school, in London so when he finished and both tired of the long commute to the north of Scotland, they moved to the Cotswolds where Agatha Raisin was created.


  • It's difficult to divide a visit with old friends and the strength of this book in the Agatha Raisin series. Agatha is again mesmerized with the latest man living next door while she pines under it all for the goofy James Lacey. Her aging comes out well when she can't get up out of a lawn chair gracefully. Some character continuity is lacking. To see Agatha run because she thought she saw a ghost? Certainly inconsistent, but still real.In the end, I enjoyed the book.

  • 3.5 stars.I have read most of the Agatha Raisin books and enjoyed them. This one was no exception. Agatha gets drawn into a mystery about what looks like a haunted house but quickly turns into murder.She has a new sidekick in the shape of her new neighbour, Paul, but is still her usual bumbling self.I like Agatha because she is so very real. I can imagine myself behaving in the way that she does, just blunder around until something happens. But there is a vulnerable side to Agatha, and this was [...]

  • Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House (#14) by MC Beaton - average at bestNot sure why I keep reading these. The formula is pretty standard. Agatha returns from some London assignment to find a new man moved in next door. She immediately imagines some 'happy ever after' with him and obsesses about her appearance. Meanwhile she sticks her nose into someone else's business and there is a murder. The police flail about, Agatha enlists the help of the new guy and they solve the murder. At various poin [...]

  • The small town of Carsley is once again hit with a brand new mystery. An old woman reports that her home is haunted and she needs a ghost hunter. Feeling bored, Agatha Raisin volunteers and this time she’s accompanied by her handsome new neighbor, Paul Chatterton. It’s not long before they discover that the woman is very well hated and most likely the victim of a prank. When the woman winds up dead, Agatha is right there to lend her services as a private investigator. She might not officiall [...]

  • 3.5 stars. I really do enjoy Agatha, and she annoys me a lot less - maybe because I know about that lack of self confidence and good heart beneath that grumpy exterior.

  • As I have said before, the Agatha Raisin books are no longer about the dead body in the other room; they are about the interactions between the recurring cast of characters and the maturing of Agatha. As she comes to realize that she is important and that people do care about her - even if she tries to stare them down with her bear like eyes and doesn’t understand that when she spout off at the mouth there is a living breathing human being at the pointy end of her jabs – they just have to be [...]

  • Continuity errors - how I hate them. You can't embroil a man in a juicy marriage scandal complete with fake pregnancy and then later claim he's got children! It's the sort of character inconsistency that stands out.Apart from that, this was an engaging case. Beginning with a supposedly haunted house, four bodies are dropped before all is resolved. Agatha is her amusing, gruff self. Her new neighbor, Paul, is a keen co-conspirator for most of the tale. And of course there's the reappearance of an [...]

  • She must have redone her makeup fifty times. The author forgot that she'd already told us about the new thinner Charles. Also, I thought his children where a fake - wife never actually had been pregnant. Suddenly, a few months later, "they are little aliens refusing to speak English?" I realize the time sense in these isn't all that clearly drawn, but why would he be seeing his nonexistent children with a wife his lawyers were trying to get rid based on the fraudulent pregnancy the last time we [...]

  • Agatha is back to finding her footing. The new neighbor is a lost cause. Maybe there is something haunting that house. A crotchety old bachelor ghost who possesses every man who lives there. At least the indomitable Sir Charles is back. He's cheeky, lazy and cheap. Reminds me of boyfriends from days gone past.

  • Another Agatha Raisin book, and she is at it again! Unable to resist a sleuthing challenge, Agatha joins forces with her handsome new neighbour to try to solve a mystery in a nearby village where an elderly woman has been complaining of frightening sounds and eerie mists in her old house. When the woman is found dead at the bottom of her staircase, Agatha is determined to find the killer.

  • One of my favorites from the series. Agatha returns to the Cotswolds after some time off in London to find an attractive new neighbor next door. He quickly involves her in some ghost hunting, and the bodies pile up.

  • Agatha Raisin is a funny woman, sarcastic, rude, but very smart. Though she should probably reel in her libido, or her thoughts about the men she meets. She blunders about, yet figures things out in ways that have you saying, hmm, never thought of that. Interesting read.

  • '"Just wait one sodding minute! I am not the invisible woman. I have solved cases for you before. This is the twenty-first century. How dare you all go on as if I don't exist and have nothing to contribute?"''Agatha felt a burden had been lifted from her as she drove towards Mircester. She was on her own again and it felt good. Sex had impaired her usually brilliant detective abilities, she told herself.'That dangerous-to-live-in Carsely is losing residents again; three of them to be precise. No [...]

  • After Paul, a ghostbusting neighbor, asks amateur sleuth Agatha Raisin to help him investigate a haunted house, the two quickly decide the homeowner is lying. But days later, when the homeowner turns up dead, Agatha and Paul know they must now search for a murderer.Agatha Raisin is a middle aged woman who smokes, drinks, is cranky, and is an all-around disagreeable person -- but somehow she's still a really enjoyable character! Although I picked this up for a Halloween read, the haunted house pl [...]

  • I was completely unaware of the Agatha Raisin books until just a few days ago, and I am really happy to have found a new mystery series I enjoy! The character of Agatha Raisin is so well written! I love the juxtaposition of her crankiness and her vulnerability, and it has been a long time since I've read a character that crackles with so much life! I was absolutely amazed at the economy of words in this book, and yet somehow those few words merged to create wonderful, vivid images, and a rich st [...]

  • Another single man moves in next door to Agatha, and as hard as she tries, her fantasies of happily ever after still start.New neighbor Paul, comes to Agatha to see if she wants to help them Ghostbust A haunted house. but is there really a ghost, or is it just a prank? The old lady's house who it is, is not much liked, and soon she is murdered of course Agatha with The help of Paul this time, Jumps in to solve this murderAgatha is her usual cranky, blunt, overly obsessed with her luxe self, But [...]

  • Agatha Raisin has a handsome new neighbor and a mystery on her hands when the two decide to investigate a haunted house. When the owner of the house ends up dead the two can't resist figuring out who did it. This is another delightful book of the series in the British cozy mystery genre. It will make you want to travel to the English countryside! All of the Agatha Raisin series are great fun to read, especially if you are looking for something light with a little bit of a twist to it!

  • Reading this book reaffirmed why I don't like this series. Agatha Raisin is probably the rudest, most unlikable character around. I keep trying to like her, but this books certainly didn't change that opinion.

  • This book ended up being less than the sum of its original parts. It started promisingly with some good humour and the character of Paul was a refreshing change from James and Charles in that increasingly tedious love triangle.However, it then became very Enid Blytonish with secret passages and treasure. The main plot and mystery were somewhat thin, becoming less of a whodunnit and more of a proving Agatha's right about whodunnit. In addition, Paul became too much like James, wanting it all ways [...]

  • I always feel like I'm at least three steps ahead of Agatha Raisin in solving these mysteries. Is that deliberate, so I'll feel really smart? The other thing I've noticed, although this is only the third book I've read (or rather, listened to), is that everyone who gets killed is roundly disliked by just about everyone. I'm not sure if this is so the reader won't feel too sorry for the victim, or if disliking someone is supposed to be a legitimate motive for murder.In this book, the story is as [...]

  • This one was quite inventive, and I was quite excited to see Agatha solve a mystery that didn't revolve around murder. but - this isn't really a spoiler, I don't think - (view spoiler)[ inevitably someone ends up dead(hide spoiler)]. I liked the introduction of the new neighbour, and was hoping Agatha would experience him in an entirely unsexual/romantic way, but she can't help herself. And the conclusion between them - well, that is spoilery, but fair to say I liked it.I think the only thing th [...]

  • Another in the on going saga of Agatha Raisin and the murder and mayhem that crop up all round the Cotswolds. That pretty corner of England seems to be rapidly becoming the murder capital of the UK! A new neighbour has moved into James's cottage. Quickly, Agatha gets the hots for him and they go off sleuthing together, but love does not go well when his Spanish wife turns up and then Sir Charles. Other readers of the series will know what to expect - really the same as always!Once again I need t [...]

  • I didn't realize how much not connecting with the MC could spoil a book for me I couldn't enjoy the book when I disliked Agatha so much. For one thing the constant changing of clothes and having to read while she kept changing her mind over and over again drive me crazy. Ok to be fair that happens in a lot of books I read at least once but this seemed to be every time she went to leave the house. I'm also wondering though this is the first book I 've read of the series if maybe I started with th [...]

  • A first time read from this series for me and I enjoyed the British main character. She’s middle aged but still very worried about how she looks in front of men as she is still on the hunt for a companion. When rumors of a ghost at nearby estate comes Agatha Raisin’s way she starts to investigate with the help of her new attractive neighbor who just coincidentally lives in her ex’s cottage. They find more than a ghost and some local history as they research the location after the estate’ [...]

  • Penelope Keith does a wonderful job narrating these novels and making the characters come alive. They are the perfect accompaniment to crafting as they keep my mind engaged but I can still concentrate on what I'm doing. Which means this is another mind candy novel of the somewhat vain Agatha working a case with her new neighbor who turns out to have some drawbacks-like an absent wife who shows up.

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