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by Constable, 26 April 2018. ISBN: 978-1-47211736-6 (PB)
is the latest in the long running Agatha Raison series of books. It is, as all
are, set in the beautiful Cotswolds.
one begins on a deeply foggy Autumnal evening as the local vicar Rory Devere along
with his wife, drive slowly home from a night at friends. As they strain to see
the road in front of them in the severe weather conditions, they pull up
sharply in front of a tree that has been struck by lightning. On closer
inspection they see a body is hanging from the tree. The body belongs to a
local spinster from the village, Margaret Darby.
Raison is a PI, and of late has had nothing but lost cats and mischievous
husbands to keep her in business. She is delighted when the local vicar calls
on her to help solve the murder.
inhabitants of the village of Sumpton Harcart seem to be very private people
and are not taking well to Agatha’s interference. Then two further murders
occur. Agatha realises that she herself is in mortal danger when she uncovers
the fact the fact that this village has a covert of witches.
one would expect with any Agatha Raison mystery this book is light-hearted and
pure fun. Her relationship with Charles features, as ever, and adds to make the
story pure escapism.
not her best Agatha Raison outing. But with such sharply observed and well-
drawn characters, and the setting a village we could only dream to live in, it
is always a joy to journey through her adventures. And with the holiday season right
here, what better a time than now to lie in the garden and do just that. Agatha
Raison books are on radio, and television and have sold in millions.
M.C. Beatonwas born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1936 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
more time at home with her small son, Marion, urged by her husband, started to
write Regency romances. After she had written over 100 of them under her maiden
name of Marion Chesney and getting fed up with 1811 to 1820, she began to write
detectives stories. On a trip from the States to Sutherland on holiday, a
course at a fishing school inspired the first 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.
Linda Reganis the
author of six police procedural crime novels. She is also an actress. She holds
a masters degree in critical writing and journalism, and writes a regular
column, including book reviews, for three magazines. She also presents the
book-club spot on BBC Radio Kent. She is an avid reader and welcomes
the chance to read new writers.
To read a review of Linda's most recent book Sisterhoods
click on the title.