📖 Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryfam by M.C. Beaton (2000) ⭐⭐

Hello, my fellow bookworms, today I am bringing you my thoughts on Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryfam by M.C. Beaton, the tenth book in Beaton’s long-running, cosy-crime series, that was published in 2000. This is my go-to series for comfort, so I picked this up for a light, fun read for the R.I.P 2021 reading event back in October.

In the last book, Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wykhaddenour smart dressing, retired-PR executive Agatha Raisin was told by a fortune teller that her destiny – and true love – lies in Norfolk. So of course Agatha promptly packs her bags, leaves her Carsely friends behind again and heads to an old, cold rented cottage in the quaint village of Fryfam, on the Norfolk Broads.

However no sooner has Agatha arrived, then strange things start happening. Like random objects going missing and little lights being seen dancing at the bottom of the villagers’ gardens. Soon whispered stories of fairies abound, but no one will openly talk to Agatha and generally, her welcome has been cool and cautious – Making her miss the Carsely ladies even more. 🧚‍♀️

However Agatha is too stubborn to admit this move was a bad idea… Thankfully, the lovely Mrs Bloxby, the vicar of Carsely’s wife, passes on Agatha’s number to their friend the charming niggard, Sir Charles Fraith. Who promptly invites himself down to keep ‘old Aggie’ company. But then the local squire, a loud and brash London-incomer, self-styled ‘Tolly’ is robbed of a priceless artwork and found murdered!

Even if the clique residents of Fryham’s suspicions hadn’t fallen on her and Charles, we all know how much they love a good mystery, so they brush aside the fairy nonsense and step up their sleuthing for a killer! As per usual Agatha is not subtle and goes barging in like a bull in a china shop, leaving a trail of espoused lies, affairs and petty misdemeanours in her wake, and riling up even more dislike for her.

Of course this is all part of the entertainment factor of this character for us the readers. Being away from Carsely and in an unwelcoming place, full of closed off people, brings out a lot of Agatha’s old bullying and defensive traits. While this does make for many amusing moments, it also has Agatha and us all wishing to be back in lovely Carsely with our old friends! 💕

As for the mystery itself, it is pretty straight forward, and has a satisfactory ending. The real shocker comes when Agatha returns to Carsely and is re-united with her handsome neighbour, James Lacey… I can’t say anymore without spoilers! Needless to say she mopes after him for most of this book and for the life of me I still can’t understand why. I would much rather have the morally challenged Charles! 🤦‍♀️

So to wrap this up, I thought Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryfam by M.C. Beaton was another fun, light mystery with our prickly but endearing amateur detective – Nothing ground-breaking and not my favourite of the series, however it was the nice break from heavier reads I needed. As I sadly don’t have the next book lined up, I will be on the look-out for a copy of Agatha Raisin and the Love from Hell. Good read ⭐⭐

Have you read this? Or any of the other Agatha Raisin mysteries? Any recommendations of other cosy mystery series I should check out? Please let me know in the comments below!


6 thoughts on “📖 Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryfam by M.C. Beaton (2000) ⭐⭐

  1. I’ve only read the first and it’s been so long ago, I should probably re-read it. Every time you review one, it reminds me that it’s a series I know I’d enjoy. I love the cover on this one!

  2. I just love the titles for these series and think they keep getting better. Maybe not a favourite from the series but still a nice comfort read by the sounds of it.
    Lynn 😀

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