The Witches' Tree

The Witches' Tree

An Agatha Raisin Mystery

Large Print - 2017
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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...
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press,, 2017
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781432841638
1432841637
Characteristics: 307 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
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gloryb
May 23, 2018

Agatha Raisin is the detective in this novel. The action is a bit of romp in the Cotswold. I read it, but can't say I really enjoyed it. The main characters behave quite silly, unlike any detective story I've read. Perhaps some readers like MC Beaton's humorous accounts, but I don't think I'll be tempted with another of her novels. In this novel several villagers' bodies are found dead around or on the village green tree, called the Witches' Tree. By the time, Beaton reveals the murderer, I had rather forgotten about those dead bodies - so much nonsense between the deed and this discovery.

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1_Great_Book
Apr 09, 2018

This one was a bit gruesome, but I love how Beaton revisits all the familiar characters and gets them involved in one way or another.

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IDKayjh
Mar 01, 2018

I adore M C Beaton and look forward to reading her books. This one however seemed a departure from what she had done before. There was a myriad of characters from different places and there was no real focus on what she was trying to accomplish. Usually easy reading turned into a study because many times I would have to go back through the book to get a focus on characters or locations. Finally got a notebook and tried to keep track of them that way. Had just finished Pushing Up Daisies. It didn't seem as disjointed as this book. I look forward to reading the next selection to see if it is easier to follow or if it is just me.

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Palomino
Feb 09, 2018

I enjoyed it, the author has a weird way of making you sympathetic to characters you dislike, while revealing ugly aspects of characters you like. Cozy as heck, but not cute.

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Spirit_of_Che
Dec 09, 2017

Although not quite up to the standard of her earlier works in this series, this is still a delightful read from Marion Chesney. The tried-and-true formula works for this tale, although the ending was a bit convoluted. Too quick of a resolution for the killers and a looney followup.

I did note a couple of references to Agatha's looks referring to her as sensual. This is something new in the series and my thoughts were, perhaps it was to justify the atrocious casting of Agatha in the TV series, which was nowhere near as good as the books.

I also noticed there was some confusion where her cats were. At the beginning of one chapter she gives them to her housekeeper. Later in the chapter she says she is going home to her cats. In the next chapter they are still at her housekeepers. The proofreaders should've caught that error.

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