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The Witches' Tree
September 26, 2017
The Witches' Tree An Agatha Raisin Mystery by M. C. Beaton St. Martin's Press Minotaur Books Mystery & Thrillers Pub Date 03 Oct 2017
The Witches’ Tree is a terrific addition to the Agatha Raisin series. It is clever, funny, and has a wonderful cast of quirky characters- both series favourites and new additions.
The Witches Tree begins with a village Vicar and his wife discovering the body of one of the church volunteers hanging on The Witches’ Tree in the center of the green. But this body is only the first. Hungry for excitement and tired of the lost pets and divorce cases that are the bread and butter of her business, Agatha eagerly tackles the case. It helps that the local squire is willing to pay in hopes of getting the credit.
As in all her mysteries, Agatha gets into plenty of trouble both with her nosy questions and romantic daydreams. Thankfully she has the help of her friends and colleagues. The interplay between Agatha and Sir Charles is part of what makes Beaton’s novels so fun. She has a great way of mixing the real and the comically absurd - I loved the local witches. I adore the Agatha Raisin mysteries, and The Witches’ Tree is no exception. Whether you are a current fan or a newcomer to the series The Witches’ Tree is certain to please.
5 / 5
I received a copy of The Witches’ Tree from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
The Witches’ Tree continues the tradition in M. C. Beaton's beloved Agatha Raisin mystery series—now a hit show on Acorn TV and public television.
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, to tell the truth, 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...