Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wyckhadden review

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There is nothing more depressing for a middle-aged lovelorn woman with bald patches on her head than to find herself in an English seaside resort out of season. Agatha Raisin, her hair falling out after a run-in with a hairdresser-cum-murderess from a previous investigation, travels to an old-fashioned hotel in order to repair the damage away from the neighbors in her all-too-cozy Cotswolds village. Unhappy about the slow results and prompted by the elderly residents of the resort, she consults the local witch for help. Agatha purchases a hair tonic (and a love potion, just in case!) and is soon sprouting hairs and capturing the fancy of the village police inspector. But the quiet town is stunned by the murder of the witch. Which one of the graying guests is capable of such a brutal crime? The brassy yet endearing Agatha won’t stop until she finds the culprit–and, of course, a little love, too.

Yep, I started and finished it in the same shift as I finished the other one.  Nothing else going on so might as well read.

Agatha gets herself embroiled in a group of very strange and quite mad elderly people who are by far more active than any people their age that I have ever met.  Maybe the British know something we don’t about aging.  LOL

The story is good and kept me interested all night.  Agatha admits in the story that she does not figure out the murders, that she simply blunders around in people’s business until someone confesses.

I liked it better than the previous one so give it a B+.

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Agatha Raisin and the Wizard of Evesham review

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The local ladies all deem Mr John a wizard, so when Agatha finds a few grey hairs on her head, she makes a beeline for the handsome Evesham hairdresser. As well as sorting out her hair it soon becomes clear the charming man also has designs on her heart – but their future together is cut short when Mr John is fatally poisoned in his salon.

Have decided that I will finish this series this year.  I am not a big fan of Agatha Raisin – she seems like a egotistical, rich woman who spends her time meddling in other people’s business.  She has terrible taste in men and constantly finds one of them back-stabbing her.

However, I started the series last year and can’t let it go without finishing it.  Besides, I like it well enough to use it as a distraction here at work.

OK, that aside, Agatha finds herself in another murder mystery and spends an unholy amount of money going to hairstylist seemingly every other day to try and suss out who the murderer is.

The story was decent and I was entertained.  The time did go by faster and now I’m at the end of the book figuring I will go on to #9.  I give the book a B-.

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Goodreads: From the Gulf of Mexico’s warm shallow waters…to the deepest parts of the Pacific…terror comes to the surface…

Six-year-old Paul Haines watches as two older boys dive into a coastal river…and don’t come up. His mother, Carolyn, a charter boat captain on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, finds herself embroiled in the tragedy to an extent she could never have imagined.

Carolyn joins the marine biologist Alan Freeman in the hunt for a creature that is terrorizing the waters along the Gulf Coast. But neither of them could have envisioned exactly what kind of danger they are facing.

Yet one man, Admiral Vandiver, does know what this creature is, and how it has come into the shallows. And his secret obsession with it will force him, as well as Paul, Carolyn and Alan, into a race against time…and a race toward death.

Just started this book so can’t tell much about it yet.

Awesome!

So I have been trying to figure out how I am going to make my Goodreads book challenge this year when I am so picky about the books I read.  You know, monster books are one of my favorite genres at the moment – actual monsters or perhaps a ghost, but not vampires.  This genre needs more writers and is often overlooked by libraries – at least it seems so to me.

I work overnights now and had time in the wee hours of the morning to peruse the library’s digital collection for something to read.  Going off my long (100+) list on Goodreads, I typed in title after title only to be told the library doesn’t have it.  Talk about frustrating!

Many times in the past I have hit the “recommend” button asking the library to buy a title only to hear nothing back from them.  Even so, I pushed it just once last night, expecting nothing.  However, this afternoon I got an email from the library saying they purchased the book and I could download it immediately.

It made me wish I had pushed the button on several other books higher up on my wish list.  But still, how awesome to see such quick results! I love the library – always have and always will.  🙂 The book was “House of Lost Souls” by F.G. Cottam.

2018 Reading Goals

Every year, Goodreads gives us the option of declaring how many books we plan to read and then tracks our progress towards that goal. I elected to read 35 books which is 15 more than I read last year. To achieve this goal, I will have to open up the genre limitations of the past two years to include mysteries and maybe even biographies.  There just doesn’t seem to be enough good creature features out there to make the count.

What I need is a new series, like the Hamish Macbeth mysteries, to start.  The year I started the Hamish series, I read 70+ books which is a far cry from the 20 I read last year.  I have already read several series but if someone knows of a good one, please share it with me.

Also, I am striving to write more on this blog – I know I have lost a lot of readers due to my neglect of it.  As such, I will be resurrecting some of the weekly posts about books/movies.

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