Monday, May 18, 2009

Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House by M.C. Beaton

Gloomy skies, torrential rains, and the feeling of familiar boredom setting in are not the only things that greet Agatha Raisin upon her return from London. Her handsome new neighbor Paul Chatterton, who has heard about her reputation as the Cotswold village sleuth, shows up on her doorstep asking for help: the police have so far been unsuccessful in their attempts to solve the case of the elderly Mrs. Witherspoon who is hearing whispers and footsteps inside her house. Is it really just a desperate ploy for attention as her neighbors claim, or is someone trying to make her believe the house is haunted? Agatha and Paul believe that someone is up to something. When Mrs. Witherspoon is suddenly found dead - under suspicious circumstances - adventure-prone Agatha finds herself involved in yet another puzzling murder mystery.



I love that Agatha was disgruntled with the tiny portions at the French restaurant and complained about the French, and when Paul was shocked, she said that the French were the only ones you could insult these days because they don't care what anyone thinks. That certainly sounds like them!

Paul felt vaguely off to me. There was something just not quite perfect to me. Roy and Charles are so well-developed, but Paul just felt off. Perhaps it is because I've known the others for so long and Paul was new. Although, this didn't happen with John Armitage. Maybe it was more that I didn't really like Paul.

It was nice to see Charles again, but I swear his situation has changed dramatically since the end of the last book. I'd thought that it was all resolved and the paperwork completed because of an incriminating telephone call recording. Very odd.

This one gets seven stars. It was a nice story, but I definitely do not like Paul, or Juanita for that matter. Charles was a nice addition, even with his confusing situation. The culprit was either quite obvious, or I"m getting better at figuring out who it is! And Agatha's decision at the end of the book will certainly open up all sorts of new adventures! Donada Peters did a lovely job with the reading, as always.

Rating: ★★★★★



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