Agatha Raisin is off and running - running away from home and the unrequited, unreturned love of her neighbor. She settles into a comfortable hotel in the seaside village of Fryham, to mend her heart and recover from a hair-raising experience. Here, Agatha confronts the next step after middle age, as well as finding herself in the middle of a murder investigation. Agatha plunges in with her usual abrasive style, winning hearts (the wrong ones, of course), making enemies (without even trying), misunderstood and misunderstanding, and never really knowing where exactly it is that she is headed. A terrifically terrifying prediction, a bottle of hair tonic and a love potion get Agatha in more trouble than she ever imagined.