By M. C. Beaton

There is not anything extra miserable for a middle-aged lovelorn girl with bald patches on her head than to discover herself in an English seashore lodge out of season. Agatha Raisin, her hair falling out after a run-in with a hairdresser-cum-murderess from a prior research, travels to an old style resort for you to fix the wear clear of the friends in her all-too-cozy Cotswolds village. unsatisfied in regards to the gradual effects and brought on by way of the aged citizens of the lodge, she consults the neighborhood witch for aid. Agatha purchases a hair tonic (and a love potion, simply in case!) and is quickly sprouting hairs and shooting the partiality of the village police inspector. however the quiet city is surprised through the homicide of the witch. Which one of many graying site visitors is in a position to one of these brutal crime? The brassy but endearing Agatha will not cease until eventually she reveals the culprit--and, after all, a bit love, too.

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Do you want tea or anything? ’ requested Agatha. ‘No, I simply are looking to speak. ’ Agatha sat at the mattress. ‘So speak, Daisy. ’ Daisy regarded out back on the pouring rain. ‘Did you benefit from the movie? ’ ‘All correct until eventually we bought washed out. Is that what you desired to speak about? The movie? ’ ‘No, no, in fact no longer. ’ Daisy plucked nervously at her skirt. She’s a bag of nerves, proposal Agatha. It needs to be anything concerning the murders. Agatha waited patiently. Then Daisy acknowledged, ‘You went off for a drink with the colonel final evening. ’ ‘I did not,’ acknowledged Agatha crossly. ‘Last evening i used to be freezing to demise on the most sensible of a Ferris wheel. ’ ‘I’m sorry. I forgot. after all, it was once the night sooner than that. I observed you burst off with the colonel. ’ ‘We went for one drink, that’s all. ’ Daisy clasped her fingers and appeared beseechingly at Agatha. ‘Are you a fan of him? ’ ‘Colonel Lyche? No, frankly. Too outdated for me. ’ ‘But why did you burst off with him? ’ ‘I desired to ask him in regards to the murders. glance right here, Daisy, i locate it such a lot abnormal that there were murders devoted and but none of you ever are looking to speak about them. ’ ‘Murder isn't really a specific thing women discuss,’ acknowledged Daisy primly. Agatha checked out her in exasperation. ‘Is that truly all you desired to seek advice from me approximately? I suggest, to warn me off the colonel. ’ ‘I by no means –’ ‘I mean,’ acknowledged Agatha, her tone softening, ‘you are partial to the colonel and also you suggestion i would take him clear of you. ’ ‘Yes. ’ ‘Well, the colonel has little interest in me whatever. ’ ‘But I observed you strolling at the pier and he took your arm. ’ ‘He’s a gentleman. It was once a gentlemanly factor to do. That’s all. How lengthy have you ever been partial to the colonel? ’ ‘Years,’ stated Daisy unfortunately. ‘Have you ever considered asking him out for a drink? ’ ‘Oh, no, I couldn’t! ’ ‘Why? ’ ‘Ladies don’t. ’ ‘This is the nineties. They do now,’ stated Agatha. ‘Look, that Gilbert and Sullivan corporation has moved to Hadderton. you'll get a number of tickets and say they got to you by means of a pal, and may he prefer to use the opposite price ticket? ’ ‘I’ll attempt that,’ acknowledged Daisy, her eyes shining. ‘Do you ever learn any magazines? ’ requested Agatha interestingly. ‘Yes, I learn newspaper supplementations and infrequently sturdy house responsibilities. ’ ‘Not Cosmopolitan? ’ ‘No. Why? ’ ‘Just wondered,’ acknowledged Agatha, who were wondering the entire raunchy articles on intercourse that seemed in women’s magazines nowadays. ‘Go for it, Daisy. not less than you’ll have a night by yourself with him. ’ Daisy had simply left whilst the telephone rang. It was once Jimmy, who stated he used to be downstairs and wish to see her. Agatha deftly utilized a clean coat of makeup, wear excessive heels rather than her slippers and made her manner downstairs. ‘How are you? ’ requested Jimmy with that hot smile of his which consistently lifted Agatha’s middle. ‘I don’t appear to have suffered any harm at all,’ stated Agatha cheerfully. ‘Although I do look fated to get rainy. ’ She informed him approximately her stopover at to the cinema. ‘Let’s pass into the living room and feature a drink,’ acknowledged Jimmy. ‘I took a glance. No one’s in there now. ’ They walked in and sat down in entrance of the fireplace.

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