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Agatha Raisin and the Wellspring of Death (Agatha Raisin Mysteries, No. 7) (original 1998; edition 1999)

by M. C. Beaton

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Title:Agatha Raisin and the Wellspring of Death (Agatha Raisin Mysteries, No. 7)
Authors:M. C. Beaton
Info:St. Martin's Dead Letter (1999), Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
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Our Agatha becomes a Public Relations person for a water company. The company wants to take a certain amount of water from an eighteenth century well in the village of Ancombe. Village tempers become frayed as groups form of for and against. It is not long before the inevitable murder occurs and Agatha finds herself in a very uncomfortable situation indeed. ( )
  devenish | Aug 12, 2013 |
I love Agatha Raisin, and she's back to her old tricks in this outing. Still on the outs with James Lacey after their disastrous trip abroad, James and Agatha are on something of the opposite sides of their sleuthing relationship with James going one way and Agatha another. When bodies start showing up after a dispute over a local water spring, Agatha is on the case! ( )
  lovejoy_rat | Aug 22, 2012 |
Vain, petulant, bossy, insecure, mouthy Agatha Raisin--I love her for her impulsive obsessions, her snotty retorts, her cut-the-crap directness, her pathetic vulnerability. The Wellspring of Death was as scathingly funny and improbable as any of the Agatha stories. Village politics heat up when a local landowner agrees to sell water rights to a bottled-water company. After the village council chair is found dead in the spring, Agatha agrees to do PR for the bottling company. Though officially retired from public relations, she is enticed by the attentions of one of the owners as well as the desire to ferret out more information about the murder. Agatha's characteristic poor judgement gets her in all kinds of hot water. Her uneasy relationship with neighbor James Lacey, and her friendship with the vicar's wife, Mrs. Bloxby make things interesting and complicated. But not too complicated to be a delightful and entertaining read. ( )
  Lynn_Barker | May 18, 2012 |
Not sure why but I didn't enjoy this 7th Agatha Raisin as much as the previous ones. I don't think it is as funny, and Agatha still seems a little sad and vulnerable - just as she was in the last book. She makes several disastrous romantic decisions, which I found frustrating. A light undemanding read, but it lacked something that the first few books had, not sure what that is though. as a character Agatha is brilliant though, and I will still be reading the rest - in time. ( )
  Heaven-Ali | Mar 27, 2010 |
Agatha Raisin is finding life in the small village of Carsley just a bit boring. The current village gossip concerns the spring of water in the neighbouring village of Ancombe. In the past water from the spring was thought to have restorative properties, but now public opinion is divided on whether a bid by a water company to buy and bottle the water will be a good thing for the village. Those who have lived in the villages all their lives make their feelings about commercialiastion and "incomers" very clear.

Feelings are running high, the local council is divided, and then Agatha finds the body of the Chairman of the Parish Council in the spring. Perverse as always Agatha decides to take a job as public relations for the water company.

Part of Agatha's misery concerns her relationship with her next door neighbour James Lacey, and so when the younger partner of the water company courts her, she is ripe for the picking.

I must admit the Agatha Raisin novels are growing on me. She is still a silly woman, and the situations she gets into are nearly all of her own making. But there are characters such as Agatha's loyal friends Roy Silver and the rector's wife Mrs Bloxby who sustain my interest. If you are looking for a light cozy then this may suit. ( )
  smik | Jan 13, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0312966954, Mass Market Paperback)

Agatha Raisin, the crusty, yet perversely self-conscious Londoner who has resettled in the ostensible calm of a Cotswold village stars in her seventh adventure by M.C. Beaton. In this episode, Agatha has agreed to come out of retirement to manage the publicity for the launch of water bottled from a village spring--much to the chagrin of some of her neighbors. Worried that the commodification of at least part of the village's charm might wreak havoc on their peaceful existence, some of the community try to stop it once and for all. Still, killing off a member of the village council and leaving the corpse in the spring itself seems a little extreme, especially as it makes Agatha's paying job a bit more difficult. Believing that a dead body might destroy the chances for a successful campaign to market her product, Agatha begins an investigation into who might have wanted the victim dead.

Agatha Raisin continues to be an engaging and slightly puzzling heroine in The Wellspring of Death. She careens around the Cotswolds asking impertinent questions regarding the personal lives of her neighbors, all the while wondering why so many of them are unpleasant to her. She manages to muddle her own romantic affairs to such an extent that she finds herself in bed with her young and handsome employer--to the dismay of her former fiancée. Yet, in spite of all this, she engages in the occasional humorous assessment of what life among charming façades and lovely vistas is really like (crowded shopping in too small stores) and has a peculiarly British obsession with class and accent. There is much to appreciate here and little that is daunting or dismal. --K.A. Crouch

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Opinion is divided in a village in the English Cotswolds to a company's request to bottle water from the village spring. One side sees economic benefits, the other a degraded environment. When the council chairman who was to make a decision is murdered, sleuth Agatha Raisin goes to work.… (more)

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