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The Walkers of Dembley: An Agatha Raisin Mystery (Agatha Raisin Mysteries Book 4) Kindle Edition
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“Beaton captures perfectly the tenor of life in a quiet, quaint English village.”—Booklist
“Beaton has a winner in the irrepressible, romance-hungry Agatha.”—Chicago Sun-Times
“Among writers of cozy village mystery series, count M.C. Beaton as one who creates a nice tea party.”—Associated Press
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This trail leads to a dead end.
After six months in London, Agatha Raisin returns to her beloved Cotswold village―and her dashing neighbor, James Lacey. Well, sort of. James might not be so interested in Agatha. But soon enough, Agatha becomes consumed by her other passion: crime-solving. A woman has been found dead in a lonely field nearby. Her name is Jessica Tartinck, a hiker who infuriated wealthy landowners by insisting on her hiking club's right to trek across their properties.
Now it's up to Agatha, with James's help, to launch an investigation. Together, they will follow no shortage of leads; many of Jessica's fellow Dembley walkers seem all too willing and able to commit murder. But the trail of a killer is as easy to lose as your heart―and your life. So Agatha and James had better watch their every step. . .
"Beaton has a winner in the irrepressible, romance-hungry Agatha."―Chicago Sun-Times--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B003UES8SY
- Publisher : Minotaur Books; 20th anniversary edition (August 31, 2010)
- Publication date : August 31, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 984 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 136 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #112,889 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book is only eight chapters long so it is fast-paced. Since Sir Charles is more or less cleared of the crime, the investigation focus falls upon the remaining Dembley hiking club members. M.C. Beaton keeps the action going by having James Lacey and Agatha pose as a married couple and move to Dembley in order to get insight into the lives, and possible motives, of the club’s members. While acting as a married couple, for the first time, Agatha becomes more mature in her dealings with James. She acts less like the “sexually immature teenager” fretting endlessly over James‘, seemingly, lack of interest.
The clues are there, but subtle. Look for them. It wasn’t until Agatha gasped at a particular piece of information that I knew who the murderer was. You will have lots of fun with this murder mystery and want to read more books by M.C. Beaton. However, a small matter(London) is still not cleared up as this novel ends. I imagine it will be dealt with in a future story.
The Dembley setting was fine, but the potential suspects were not likeable and there were so many scenes written around them that I completely lost interest in trying to remember the relationships between the characters. Thank goodness Mrs. Mason was mentioned a few times throughout the book or I would have thought I’d fallen into another series.
I liked the pretense of Agatha and James being married and appreciated that Agatha realized it might not be the dream she had imagined. It was good that she saw him for what he is rather than what she wants him to be.
I started this series with the first book, The Quiche of Death, and was delighted to have found the series. This was the first book in the series that slightly disappointed me, but I’ve read through book six and I’m still hooked on this English village coziness!
When Jessica Tartinck, who runs a hiking club called the Dembley Walkers that treks across the properties of others without so much as a by your leave, turn up murdered in a local field, Agatha Raisin perks up. Once again she is able to join forces with James Lacey, and together this amateur crime fighting duo will try to solve the murder. Perhaps, it just takes murder to warm the cockles of his heart towards Agatha.
This book is notable for its introduction of the recurring character, Sir Charles Fraith. As always, the book is filled with droll humor and the central characters and their relationships continue to evolve. As with all cozy mysteries, the murder in almost secondary, as it is simply the glue that binds. This is a fun and highly addictive series, entertaining and peppered with a host of quirky characters. Well-plotted, the dialogue is credible, and the pace is brisk. Fans of the cozy mystery genre will love this series.
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I love Agatha Raisin and some of the main characters but my advice is the same as I would give about smoking, don't start because its really hard to quit.
Also found this murder plot unconvincing & dull, & hope there's more of a return to form in the next book.
I'm sure I'm not alone going through the trials and tribulations of Agatha's life, and enjoying all the twists and turns. And meeting the pivotal chatacter in this book is good, as he dips in and out of Agatha's life to come.
Thoroughly enjoyable read, and I can't recommend the series highly enough.
This is the third series of books by M C Beaton I have read, and love them all. I'm sure others wii too, an enjoyable fairly easy read, which make you reach for the kindle to buy the next one at 3am, all too frequently !