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Summary

Suffering from bald patches thanks to a hair conditioner spiked with depilatory cream - supplied by the murderess in her last investigation - Agatha escapes to the coastal resort of Wyckhadden to allow her crowning glory to recover in privacy. A local witch provides her with hair tonic, and Agatha's lost locks begin to grow - but then the witch is found bludgeoned to death.

The elderly residents at Agatha's faded hotel seem innocuous enough, if a little odd. But, as she enquires into the murder, she turns up an alarming number of secrets....

©1999 M. C. Beaton (P)2015 Audible, Inc

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Another Agatha!

What made the experience of listening to Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wyckhadden the most enjoyable?

They do run along a sort of reliable format...I rather like that. I like the predictability of her stories. Penelope Keith knows when to raise Agatha's voice perfectly, much as I would do in my head were l reading it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Agatha!! There is no-one quite like her and a little bit of her in most of us. She is opinionated, self-serving, but also insecure and above all very, very funny :)

Which character – as performed by Penelope Keith – was your favourite?

Agatha!! Has to be, but you must imagine the accent is being affected rather than one she grew up with.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was rather upset that Agatha managed to ruin her chance of marrying a man who seemed to adore her :(

Any additional comments?

I love being in Agatha-Raisin land and very much hope that MC Beaton can keep up with me ;)

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New man for Agatha

Since the Agatha Raisin series is not available in German, I started reading them in English. Penepole Keith IS Agatha. I downloaded a lot of the audiobooks and after finishing one, I cant wait to start the next one.

I've been waiting how the Agatha / James / Charles triangle is working out - now there's this new guy!

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Not like the TV version

Much more immersive when read by Penelope Keith. Enjoy her performance and the original plot. Treat the TV version as a completely different take on already slightly comic characters.

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She is a one...

I enjoy the Agatha Raisin books. A lighthearted romp through implausible plot lines, populated by a regular cast of characters who are easily identifiable throughout the series and who display some all too human failings (some highly amusing and some irritating - as in life). All in all, pleasant escapism. I just prefer some storylines to others, hence the rating.

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Very Gloomy

I really enjoy the Agatha Raisin books and as usual Penelope Keith narrates this beautifully. However I found this story so gloomy and depressing that I am a little cautious about picking another one and finding it the same. please M C Beaton, Agatha Raisen is a character that makes me laugh out loud if I wanted to be depressed I would read Thomas Hardy. Hopefully the next book will be bit more cheery.

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Mystery in an eerie off-season seaside town.

Now, what a delight this was! I particularly enjoyed the flawlessly described atmosphere of an off-season seaside town, eerily empty and way too windy. A long, long time ago, I used to work summers in Torquay and already by the end of the season, a sense of lifelessness slowly started encompassing everything and everyone. I felt that acutely while reading "The Witch of Wyckhadden."
Also, the residents of Wyckhadden seemed to be written with more depth than the supporting characters earlier in the series, and I thoroughly enjoyed that.
As with every single Agatha Raisin mystery, all I can say about Penelope Keith's performance is that it was flawless and further elevated the book. Frankly, Ms Keith's narration is the main reason I keep listening to the series. And the character of Mrs Bloxby, whose kindness and wisdom remind me so much of my beloved Nan. (Sadly, we lost her on 19 July 2014.)
Overall, "The Witch of Wyckhadden," relaxing and fun, is my favourite entry in the series so far. Highly recommended!

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As always, good fun

Would you listen to Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wyckhadden again? Why?

Yes, mostly because I have already forgotten the story, and love Penelope Keith's acting.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wyckhadden?

Eeerm, can't remember

Have you listened to any of Penelope Keith’s other performances? How does this one compare?

She is always reliable good - this was as good as her other performances.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, the story is very lightweight, untaxing, relaxing, and good fun, but not really gripping.

Any additional comments?

A jolly good romp!

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It was 👌

It was OK, good listen, takes your mind off things, good bedtime story. Happy.

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Brilliant

Another lovely story. Not many left to go, so good I listened twice! Well done Penelope.

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Good story, well read

A great story, really well read. i watch the same story on TV, not a patch on the book.