Agatha Raisin and the Wizard of Evesham by MC Beaton

I’m not a fast reader as I read every word and comma but I started reading this one at bedtime last night and finished it this morning. As ever with Agatha Raisin, cat-loving grump that she is, it was an enjoyable romp, with Agatha being surprised by the reaction of some of the village women to an Evesham hairdresser. She sees fear on their faces and is told by some that they wouldn’t go near his salon, despite the fact that he is the best hairdresser in the town by far. Of course Agatha smells a rat and must get to the bottom of it.

In pursuit of the truth Agatha and her hair spend a lot of time being dyed, back-combed and such, so much so that I began to think that if there were a Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Hair – I would definitely have reported her to it.

On the other hand – if I had been Agatha I would have expected to be awarded the George Cross for valour for being brave enough to frequent the various salons so often!

I got to the bottom of the mystery long before Agatha and company did but I think that that is part of the charm of the books and contributes to the popularity of them, people like to think they are smarter than the police and amateur detectives.

I’ll continue with the series now and again, just as I come across them in the library.

8 thoughts on “Agatha Raisin and the Wizard of Evesham by MC Beaton

  1. Have you read M.C. Beaton’s other series with Hamish Macbeth? I read a few books and then checked out videos of the series from the library. There were rather “strange” story lines but the scenery was beautiful.Lots of highland walking and misty areas. Some people were “seers” and mysterious things would happen.

    • Lorraine,
      No I haven’t seen those ones either, I think a lot of people watch things mainly for the lovely scenery. I remember that televised sheep dog trials used to be very popular, the dogs just rounded up sheep, but everybody loved the scenery.

  2. I have recently read this one too. I’m surprised her hair didn’t fall out! They are nice quick reads, great for escapism and I don’t think it matters that much if you don’t read them in order.

    • Jo,
      It’s just as well that Agatha did well from the sale of her London business, all those hairdos would bankrupt most people! I think you’re right, normally I would rather read books in order but it doesn’t seem to matter with this series.

  3. I just started reading The Quiche of Death, my first Agatha Raisin book. Haven’t got very far yet, but it’s quite amusing!

    • Ann,
      The books are good fun and especially if you know the Cotswolds and can picture it all. We went there for a holiday last summer for the first time and really like it. Thanks for dropping by.

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