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The Witches' Tree (Agatha Raisin) by M.C. Beaton
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Review by Joseph B. Hoyos
Minotaur Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781250057464
Date: 03 October 2017 List Price $25.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Wishing to ingratiate himself into the quaint village life of Cuckleton, the boorish Sir Edward Chumble hosts a dinner party. While driving home from this dreary event, Vicar Rory Harris and his wife, Molly, discover the dead body of a spinster, Margaret Darby, hanging from the Witches' Tree. Chumble hires Agatha Raisin to determine which one of his eccentric guests at the dinner party could have killed Margaret. Soon, there are more dead bodies found in and around the tree. Agatha finds herself the target of a murderous witches' coven.

From official release/information:

Product Description: The Witches' Tree continues the tradition in M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin mystery series--now a hit show on Acorn TV and public television.

Cotswolds inhabitants are used to inclement weather, but the night sky is especially foggy as Rory and Molly Devere, the new vicar and his wife, drive slowly home from a dinner party in their village of Sumpton Harcourt. They strain to see the road ahead--and then suddenly brake, screeching to a halt. Right in front of them, aglow in the headlights, a body hangs from a gnarled tree at the edge of town. Margaret Darby, an elderly spinster, has been murdered--and the villagers are bewildered as to who would commit such a crime.

Agatha Raisin rises to the occasion (a little glad for the excitement, to tell the truth, after a long run of lost cats and divorces on the books). But Sumpton Harcourt is a small and private village, she finds―a place that poses more questions than answers. And when two more murders follow the first, Agatha begins to fear for her reputation―and even her life. That the village has its own coven of witches certainly doesn't make her feel any better.

(Source: Minotaur Books)

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