Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryfram
A heartbroken Agatha goes to Fryfam in Norfolk, after James dumps her. Fryfam has it’s own mysteries, including strange lights and vanishing items that locals put down to fairies. It’s not long before the murders start happening. The first victim is the Lord of the Manor, Tolly, and the police suspect Agatha because she’s writing a novel called Death at the Manor, involving very similar circumstances. So she sets out to solve it, as she has done others in the past, to clear her name.
It’s another solid entry in the Agatha Raisin series, and the new character of Rosie, the pub owner is particularly interesting. She’s a pretty woman, and the men from the village refuse to allow their wives to accompany to the pub, while they go every night.
Agatha develops a friendship with three of the women, Amy, Harriet and Polly, and there’s a humorous scene where the four of them go to the pub, having a great time and ignoring all three of the husbands. Further humour comes from Tolly’s snobbery, and attempts to blend in with the hunting and fishing crowd, despite his background.
It’s a nice ending as well, as Agatha finally gets what she’s wanted for the entirety of the series up until this point. I couldn’t help but feel happy for the character, even though I know that it probably will not last for very long.
I'm a thirty something woman who lives in the north of England. I have been a writer for as long as I can remember, creating stories both written and verbal since childhood. While studying at Edge Hill College, I got several poems published by a small publisher in the USA, and in Europe. I have been part of several writing groups, and done quite a few courses in a attempt to hone my writing skills further. I love reading different genres of fiction, knowing that the best way to develop my own writing, and my vocabulary is by exposing myself to the different ways that other people choose to describe things.
The most recent writing course that I've been part of, run by a published author, included a exercise in which we were challenged to read things that we would never usually even look at.
It inspired me to take up a challenge. Namely to attempt to read at least one book by every author which is stocked in my local library. I soon realised that I was being far too ambitious, especially given the fact that every library rotates their stock too often for me to keep track.
I've decided to instead attempt to read a book every day, starting with a author whose surname begins with A, and ending with a author whose surname begins with Z. It doesn't matter what the topic of the book is, or if it's fiction or non fiction, everything is useful for me at the minute.
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