Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House
Agatha has a new neighbor, Paul Chatterton. He's moved in next door and although he is handsome, Agatha has had enough of men and therefore decides to avoid him. That is, until Paul wants to investigate a haunted house and invites Agatha along. Of course she can't resist, after all she does fancy herself as an amateur detective.
Ivy Cottage is supposedly haunted. Owned by old Mrs Witherspoon, who claims she hears noises, many villagers think she's just trying to get attention. It all seems harmless until Mrs Witherspoon is discovered dead, and now Agatha and Paul are determined to find out what's been going on at Ivy Cottage.
This is an enjoyable cozy mystery set in the English countryside. It's hard not to love middle age Agatha, who struggles with her need to attract men and her attempts to present herself as strong and independent, hiding her vulnerabilities as best she can. All the while, stirring up a host of gossip in the small village of Carsely. There is something about Agatha that always keeps readers coming back for more.