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The Witches' Tree:  An Agatha Raisin Mystery
Author: Beaton, M. C.
Series: Agatha Raisin mysteries, 28 Publisher: Minotaur Books Parent Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Age: Adult  LC: PR6053.H 
ISBN-10: 1250057469  ISBN-13: 9781250057464  Brodart No: 118901427 
Language: English 
Demand: Hot  Print Run: 75000 
Pub Date: 10/03/2017
Availability: Available
List: $25.99
Physical Description: 277 pages ; 22 cm LCCN: 2017017670 
LC Series:
Brodart Sources: Brodart's Blockbuster List
Brodart's Insight Catalog: Adult
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TIPS Subjects: Mystery/Detective Fiction SEARS Subjects: Mystery fiction
Women detectives, Fiction
Women private investigators, Fiction
LC Subjects: Murder, Investigation, Fiction
Mystery fiction
Raisin, Agatha, (Fictitious character), Fiction
Women private investigators, England, Cotswold Hills, Fiction
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Brodart's TOP Adult Titles | 07/01/2017
Publisher Annotation: Cotswolds inhabitants are used to inclement weather, but the night sky is especially foggy as Rory and Molly Devere, the new vicar and his wife, drive slowly home from a dinner party in their village of Sumpton Harcourt. They strain to see the road ahead and then suddenly brake, screeching to a halt. Right in front of them, aglow in the headlights, a body hangs from a gnarled tree at the edge of town. Margaret Darby, an elderly spinster, has been murdered―and the villagers are bewildered as to who would commit such a crime. Agatha Raisin rises to the occasion (a little glad for the excitement, after a long run of lost cats and divorces on the books). But Sumpton Harcourt is a small and private village, she finds―a place that poses more questions than answers. And when two more murders follow the first, Agatha begins to fear for her reputation―and even her life. That the village has its own coven of witches certainly doesn't make her feel any better... Agatha Raisin mysteries series, 288pp., 75K
 Journal Reviews
Booklist | 09/15/2017
Agatha Raisin is drawn into investigating the death of church helper Margaret Darby, who is found hanging from a tree, when she is hired by Sir Edward Chumble to find the killer. Chumble envisions himself as lord of the manor and wants Agatha to unmask the culprit so he can reveal the murderer in the manner of an Agatha Christie mystery. In short order, a police officer is found dead, and Agatha finds herself trying to locate a local coven of witches. Agatha and her employee, Toni, are attacked and drugged, and, later, Agatha is attacked yet again. This final attack so demoralizes Agatha that she considers leaving her detective business entirely. Longtime friend and sometime romantic interest Sir Charles Fraith assists Agatha with her investigation, as the spirit moves him, but he proves as fickle as ever, disappointing Agatha, who is still obsessed with finding a husband. The usual cast of characters is present in this humorous cozy, which is sure to please Agatha's fans and those who love village mysteries. O'Brien, Sue. 288p. AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, c2017.
Library Journal | 10/01/2017
Agatha Raisin is as vulnerable and awkward as ever in her 28th outing (after Pushing Up Daisies). Following a dinner party, the vicar and his wife discover a body hanging from the witches' tree in a Cotswolds village. When the police don't immediately find the killer, Agatha nudges Sir Edward Chumble to hire her to solve the case. Fans of the books and the TV series will enjoy Beaton's characters and humor. Lesa Holstine. 288p. LIBRARY JOURNAL, c2017.
Library Journal Prepub Alert | 04/17/2017
One foggy night, an elderly spinster from the little town of Sumpton Harcourt is found hanging from a bent and twisted tree, and even as intrepid Agatha Raisin starts to investigate, more murders occur. What do you expect in a town that has its own witches' coven? A New York Times best-selling series celebrating its 25th anniversary, and there's now a series that airs on Britain's Sky 1 channel. Barbara Hoffert. 304p. LJ Prepub Alert Online Review. LIBRARY JOURNAL, c2017.
Publishers Weekly | 08/14/2017
In bestseller Beaton's disappointing 28th Agatha Raisin mystery (after 2016's Pushing Up Daisies), Rory Harris, a vicar recently arrived from London, and his beautiful wife, Molly, are driving home from a dinner party to the Cotswolds village of Sumpton Harcourt when they spot a body hanging from what is known as the witches' tree. The body turns out to be that of elderly Margaret Darby, a church helper. Did the poor woman commit suicide, Molly wonders, or was she murdered? Agatha, who heads her own detective agency, takes a break from obsessing about her dismal personal life and her endless quest for romance and sex to befriend Rory and Molly--and to look into what is ruled a case of homicide. More murders follow. Agatha's friend Sir Charles Fraith, a selfish and manipulative man who drops in and out of her life, assists on occasion. For large chunks of the book, it's possible to forget that there are unsolved murders and wallow instead in the frustrations of a smart but rather pathetic middle-aged woman. Agent: Barbara Lowenstein, Lowenstein Associates. (Oct.). 288p. PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, c2017.