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Living in a haunted lighthouse in the small town of Sea Breeze, California with her two elderly aunts, Agatha Bright has everything she wants. She owns and runs a bookstore / soup shop on the beach, and her soups are loved by everyone in town. Her life is regimented and organized. * But Agatha has secrets that might get her in big trouble. Dark secrets. * When a woman goes Living in a haunted lighthouse in the small town of Sea Breeze, California with her two elderly aunts, Agatha Bright has everything she wants. She owns and runs a bookstore / soup shop on the beach, and her soups are loved by everyone in town. Her life is regimented and organized. * But Agatha has secrets that might get her in big trouble. Dark secrets. * When a woman goes missing, the suspicion falls on Agatha and her soups, turning her life upside down. The new detective in town, Remington Cumberbatch, has seen a lot of weird things as a detective in nearby Cannes, California, but he’s in for a surprise with Agatha, her family, and the quirky town of Sea Breeze. He begins to investigate Agatha as the number one suspect, but the attraction is immediate. * When the missing woman turns out to be murdered, the mystery deepens, and Agatha must help Remington find the killer before she winds up in prison…or worse. * The Fear Hunter is the first installment of the Agatha Bright Mysteries, a funny, romantic, small town cozy mystery series with a touch of magic. It is a spin-off series of the Matchmaker Mysteries and the Goodnight Mysteries with some characters from both.


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Living in a haunted lighthouse in the small town of Sea Breeze, California with her two elderly aunts, Agatha Bright has everything she wants. She owns and runs a bookstore / soup shop on the beach, and her soups are loved by everyone in town. Her life is regimented and organized. * But Agatha has secrets that might get her in big trouble. Dark secrets. * When a woman goes Living in a haunted lighthouse in the small town of Sea Breeze, California with her two elderly aunts, Agatha Bright has everything she wants. She owns and runs a bookstore / soup shop on the beach, and her soups are loved by everyone in town. Her life is regimented and organized. * But Agatha has secrets that might get her in big trouble. Dark secrets. * When a woman goes missing, the suspicion falls on Agatha and her soups, turning her life upside down. The new detective in town, Remington Cumberbatch, has seen a lot of weird things as a detective in nearby Cannes, California, but he’s in for a surprise with Agatha, her family, and the quirky town of Sea Breeze. He begins to investigate Agatha as the number one suspect, but the attraction is immediate. * When the missing woman turns out to be murdered, the mystery deepens, and Agatha must help Remington find the killer before she winds up in prison…or worse. * The Fear Hunter is the first installment of the Agatha Bright Mysteries, a funny, romantic, small town cozy mystery series with a touch of magic. It is a spin-off series of the Matchmaker Mysteries and the Goodnight Mysteries with some characters from both.

30 review for The Fear Hunter

  1. 4 out of 5

    Richard Derus

    Real Rating: 2.5* of five Rounding down because I won't be reading more in the series. The premise is fun. The first couple chapters are fun. Then the muddle hits: Agatha is centuries old (she says this in the first chapter) and a virgin (see above) and her Aunts are even older, apparently immortal, but one of them dies somehow. And Agatha has to go run the stereotypical wacky-neighbor small town's soup shop-cum-book store. And the wack continues...there's an Area 51 analogue called Area 38 that ev Real Rating: 2.5* of five Rounding down because I won't be reading more in the series. The premise is fun. The first couple chapters are fun. Then the muddle hits: Agatha is centuries old (she says this in the first chapter) and a virgin (see above) and her Aunts are even older, apparently immortal, but one of them dies somehow. And Agatha has to go run the stereotypical wacky-neighbor small town's soup shop-cum-book store. And the wack continues...there's an Area 51 analogue called Area 38 that everyone knows about, a bunch of basement-dwelling conspiracy theorists, a hot boxer-cum-police detective (in a rinkydink little town?!), I will now bring up the NINE (9) w-bombs the author drops, a couple of dirtbags with a clear criminal plot get murdered (so what?), and the ghost who lives with the Brights does something at the very end that is just so...damn...squicky. It wasn't well organized, the author lost sight of aspects of her premise, the title relates to absolutely nothing that I can see, and (view spoiler)[the whole Salem Witch Trials thing at (hide spoiler)] the ending wasn't making the squicky actions of the ghost better in any way. So, in a nutshell, not so much. Darn it!

  2. 5 out of 5

    JoAn

    Move over Matilda because Agatha Bright is now in the spotlight. Ms. Sax has written another charming, laugh filled new adventure. With Tilly and Remington in this new setting, you know things will become "interesting". I'm ready for the next one. Move over Matilda because Agatha Bright is now in the spotlight. Ms. Sax has written another charming, laugh filled new adventure. With Tilly and Remington in this new setting, you know things will become "interesting". I'm ready for the next one.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mummy's Naughty Corner

    Well I liked this but I didn't love it. I liked the idea that she was trying to work out how to solve mysteries while solving the mystery. The characters were good and I liked the mystery part. I just felt that the author was trying too hard to add humor through out and it just made parts awkward. The MC seemed immature and stupid at times. I liked the romance but it didn't go anywhere. I like the third murder that was a good idea which I've never come across before. Well I liked this but I didn't love it. I liked the idea that she was trying to work out how to solve mysteries while solving the mystery. The characters were good and I liked the mystery part. I just felt that the author was trying too hard to add humor through out and it just made parts awkward. The MC seemed immature and stupid at times. I liked the romance but it didn't go anywhere. I like the third murder that was a good idea which I've never come across before.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nola Arganbright

    Not what it seems. Agatha has spent many years taking care of the lighthouse which is attached to the Victorian home that she and her aunts share. With the death of one of her aunts she is reassigned to the making of soups in their small restaurant. The finds her new position boring and monotonous until a local murder and a handsome detective inspire her to take up detectiving. A funny and witty book with excellent quirky characters and a good well developed plot and subplots. A recommend this bo Not what it seems. Agatha has spent many years taking care of the lighthouse which is attached to the Victorian home that she and her aunts share. With the death of one of her aunts she is reassigned to the making of soups in their small restaurant. The finds her new position boring and monotonous until a local murder and a handsome detective inspire her to take up detectiving. A funny and witty book with excellent quirky characters and a good well developed plot and subplots. A recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a hearty laugh.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Louise Buege

    It was a fun read, it. kept going all the way through. The ending was not what I expected, but a good one.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Paulette

    I liked this book a lot. It was light and amusing. I even laughed out loud several times. I'm going to give the next one in the series a try. I liked this book a lot. It was light and amusing. I even laughed out loud several times. I'm going to give the next one in the series a try.

  7. 4 out of 5

    ☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎

    First time with this author I took me awhile to get this review in because I'm not sure about what to write about this book. It was great but It was terrible either. It had its funny moment but also some weird ones to that confused me. It was just ok for me. I may do a re-read when things aren't so busy at home and see if I missed something. First time with this author I took me awhile to get this review in because I'm not sure about what to write about this book. It was great but It was terrible either. It had its funny moment but also some weird ones to that confused me. It was just ok for me. I may do a re-read when things aren't so busy at home and see if I missed something.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn

    Some unusual murders This was a different kind of murder mystery, that's for sure. Light and funny. Quite enjoyable when you can't sleep. Each murdered person was killed in a very unusual way. Greed and deceit played a part. The craziest part was the detective was a witch. Some unusual murders This was a different kind of murder mystery, that's for sure. Light and funny. Quite enjoyable when you can't sleep. Each murdered person was killed in a very unusual way. Greed and deceit played a part. The craziest part was the detective was a witch.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nancy J. Thomas

    Fast Paced mystery which keeps you intrigued to the end. This novel is both humorous and entertaining, keeps you guessing until the end. Hard to put this book down. You have to keep reading to find out what happens next.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    This would make a great "Learn to rewrite" assignment for students. I don't believe I have ever given a one star. Trying to get through this book worse than a dentist appointment. At least with the dentist, you get drugs to dull the pain. The characters were flat, empty, and totally unbelievable. It was as if there was no plot, no outline, no story just random musings changing from one to the next with odd occurrences thrown in to give another step. I won't go into the bad editing here...its salt This would make a great "Learn to rewrite" assignment for students. I don't believe I have ever given a one star. Trying to get through this book worse than a dentist appointment. At least with the dentist, you get drugs to dull the pain. The characters were flat, empty, and totally unbelievable. It was as if there was no plot, no outline, no story just random musings changing from one to the next with odd occurrences thrown in to give another step. I won't go into the bad editing here...its salt in the wound.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Elise Sax has created another town of wacky, lovable characters. Agatha Bright is a woman used to staying out of the public eye. Now she’s thrust into running a soup/book shop and detectiving! A couple of eccentric Aunts and a hot cop kept me glued to the pages. I can’t wait to see what else Ms. Sax has in store for Agatha!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lise

    3.5 Stars Normally Elise Sax's books are spot on, but this one felt as though there was a massive in-joke that I wasn't getting. All the background noise - the aunts, the ghost, the soup/bookstore - was enjoyable but the players themselves just felt off. 3.5 Stars Normally Elise Sax's books are spot on, but this one felt as though there was a massive in-joke that I wasn't getting. All the background noise - the aunts, the ghost, the soup/bookstore - was enjoyable but the players themselves just felt off.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Myfanwy

    I only picked this book up because it was free, and, having struggled through half of it before finally giving up, I can see why it was.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    What utter nonsense I have no idea how I managed to read 200 pages of utter rambling nonsense. This whole book seemed liked a contrived acid trip.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sally906

    Possibly one of the strangest mysteries I have ever read. Still not sure what is going on with the MC - she is strange, or not fully revealed. Yes there was a Murder, or three, and yes the mystery was solved. But I felt that I was missing so much of the background threads. It was if all the characters were sharing secrets - wacky secrets that didn’t connect to the actual story. I got to the end and felt I missed most of the plot. I doubt I will read anymore of this series - oh, and some of the s Possibly one of the strangest mysteries I have ever read. Still not sure what is going on with the MC - she is strange, or not fully revealed. Yes there was a Murder, or three, and yes the mystery was solved. But I felt that I was missing so much of the background threads. It was if all the characters were sharing secrets - wacky secrets that didn’t connect to the actual story. I got to the end and felt I missed most of the plot. I doubt I will read anymore of this series - oh, and some of the soup recipes used in the cafe might of been a nice touch.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    I just could not get into this new series. I have loved Elise Sax other series so auto purchased this one without fully reading the description of the characters. If you like paranormal, or whatever this is labelled as, then the strangeness of the characters won't bother you. The story is well written and the characters are interesting even if they are strange. I threw in the towel after 10 chapters. I just could not get into this new series. I have loved Elise Sax other series so auto purchased this one without fully reading the description of the characters. If you like paranormal, or whatever this is labelled as, then the strangeness of the characters won't bother you. The story is well written and the characters are interesting even if they are strange. I threw in the towel after 10 chapters.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    Agatha the ancient with the social experience of a teenager. She lives in Sea Breeze California the sewage beach. When her aunt dies she "had" to take over the soup and book shop. After a customer winds up missing the merry mystery begins. Witty, mystery, romance, paranormal, with plenty of zany characters. A keeper. Agatha the ancient with the social experience of a teenager. She lives in Sea Breeze California the sewage beach. When her aunt dies she "had" to take over the soup and book shop. After a customer winds up missing the merry mystery begins. Witty, mystery, romance, paranormal, with plenty of zany characters. A keeper.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I really enjoyed this book. It was exactly what I was looking for - a little mystery, silliness and humor, a touch of romance, and a different premise than I've read before. I am looking forward to reading more by this author, most definitely from this series. I really enjoyed this book. It was exactly what I was looking for - a little mystery, silliness and humor, a touch of romance, and a different premise than I've read before. I am looking forward to reading more by this author, most definitely from this series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rachelle Steward

    Everything you want in a cozy mystery Only read this book of you want to feel good. It will warm your heart and intrigue your mind. I adore happy endings, so this story was very satisfying to read. Great mystery with some side mysteries to make you scratch your head. All solutions revealed, of course. Happy to have found this author!!!

  20. 5 out of 5

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  21. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    A very enjoyable read!! Agatha Bright lives in a haunted lighthouse with her aunts. The lighthouse is located in Sea Breeze, California. Agatha has always been in charge of the lighthouse and never had to deal with the public. Then with the death of one of her aunts, Agatha is assigned to step up and run her deceased aunts soup & book shop. She needs to make four kinds of soup every day. When there is a murder in Sea Breeze, Agatha decides to play detective to solve the murder. Then another murder occurs. A very enjoyable read!! Agatha Bright lives in a haunted lighthouse with her aunts. The lighthouse is located in Sea Breeze, California. Agatha has always been in charge of the lighthouse and never had to deal with the public. Then with the death of one of her aunts, Agatha is assigned to step up and run her deceased aunts soup & book shop. She needs to make four kinds of soup every day. When there is a murder in Sea Breeze, Agatha decides to play detective to solve the murder. Then another murder occurs. The handsome Detective Remington Cumberbatch is a large inspiration in Agatha to discover the culprit. There are a lot of quirky, well created and well meaning characters in this small town to be viable suspects. A quick, fun read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kam

    Completely bonkers, fun to read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    E J

    I dunno if it’s because I read this at like midnight but for some reason I found the bizarre, unworldly, witchy protagonist quite funny. Hated the love interests and the ending unfortunately. Lots and lots sort of just tossed into this book. There’s a lot going on and if you’ve read any of sax’s other books, you’ll be familiar with most of it because she didn’t really manage to dig up any new characters or shenanigans. Indistinct and haphazard at times, but pretty enjoyable as a quick bite.

  24. 4 out of 5

    a s h l e y y

    This was fun! I really enjoyed it & time seemed to just fly while reading it. I think its a great book to start my fall off with 🧡 with that being said I wasn't really a fan of the romantic interest, it seemed a little rushed as with the ending, but nonetheless it was a cozy little mystery and I enjoyed it. It really gave me practical magic vibes too! This was fun! I really enjoyed it & time seemed to just fly while reading it. I think its a great book to start my fall off with 🧡 with that being said I wasn't really a fan of the romantic interest, it seemed a little rushed as with the ending, but nonetheless it was a cozy little mystery and I enjoyed it. It really gave me practical magic vibes too!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Celeste Reyes

    Really like this one, it has some hilarious moments that I had to chuckled. This is different from other cozy mysteries I read. Will be reading the rest of this series. Great Elise Sax.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

    Mystery and more Is this a mystery? Yes. Is it farce? Yes. Ridiculous? Absurdly It’s as if a handful of writers came together, mapped out some characters, and each went to separate rooms to write a story of murder. They came back together, threw in some ghostly magical comic relief, and the romance writer tossed together a conclusion. Why did I keep reading? Can’t begin to imagine. Must’ve been under a spell. No book 2 for me.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Infinity Sisters Reviews

    Elise Sax has created a unique mystery that is zany, whimsical, funny, romantic, and features the perfect blend of knitting, ghosts, and murder. Agatha Bright has her work cut out for her trying to calm down the knitting club, mediate between two bickering aunts, dealing with a complicated relationship with a ghost, and facing a strong attraction to a handsome cop. 1.) Bickering Aunts Agatha's two aunts are constantly bickering and pulling Agatha into the middle of their squabbles yet their dynam Elise Sax has created a unique mystery that is zany, whimsical, funny, romantic, and features the perfect blend of knitting, ghosts, and murder. Agatha Bright has her work cut out for her trying to calm down the knitting club, mediate between two bickering aunts, dealing with a complicated relationship with a ghost, and facing a strong attraction to a handsome cop. 1.) Bickering Aunts Agatha's two aunts are constantly bickering and pulling Agatha into the middle of their squabbles yet their dynamic creates a comic relief throughout the mystery. They both clearly love Agatha and though they argue constantly, they're both Agatha's support system which helps ground her among these eccentric characters. We always love to see characters that have strong familial bonds and to see those connections so we were completely on board for this crazy dynamic. 2.) Love Triangle The love triangle is subtly woven throughout the mystery with her complicated history with a ghost named John and the handsome cop Remington. She has a very complicated relationship with the ghost that gives us some mixed feelings. Agatha has been in love with him for quite a while and he's chosen to disappear for 'her own good' while being old-fashioned, protective, and harboring quite the reveal. Remington is new and handsome, shaking things up for her with a teasing personality and a strong attraction with her that comes with the chemistry of something new. With the way this book ended, we're curious to see what happens in book two. 3.) Power of the Bright Women One of our favorite moments in the book is when Agatha goes to her aunts for help and together they draw upon the power of the Bright women. Female empowerment along with familial empowerment is one, among many, reason we enjoyed Sax's "Fear Hunter." We always navigate towards stories that are zany, eccentric, whimsical, funny, and women-powered. We recommend "The Fear Hunter" for those that enjoy cozy mysteries, murder mysteries, and paranormal mysteries. It's also perfect for those that like zany stories and romantic plots with headstrong women, ghosts, and handsome cops.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    While I enjoyed this, I didn’t rate it as highly as others by this author. The humor wasn’t gut splitting and the plot was a little all over the place. That said, I really like this new heroine and will continue the series hoping it gets better as the various characters get developed. I know from other books that the quirky side characters are really where this author shines, but in this first installment, they were pretty flat. The way the author slowly revealed Agatha’s history was the best pa While I enjoyed this, I didn’t rate it as highly as others by this author. The humor wasn’t gut splitting and the plot was a little all over the place. That said, I really like this new heroine and will continue the series hoping it gets better as the various characters get developed. I know from other books that the quirky side characters are really where this author shines, but in this first installment, they were pretty flat. The way the author slowly revealed Agatha’s history was the best part of this book, and I look forward to getting more of that. Tilly might have been the best part of the Goodnight series, but there’s no rhythm to her humor as one of Agatha’s crazy aunts. I hope that gets fixed. Also, Remington was dull compared to the heroes of Matchmaker and Goodnight. I was really looking forward to him being the primary love interest after enjoying his character in the Matchmaker series. So I hope he gets better, too.

  29. 5 out of 5

    bex

    Didn't really work for me I struggled to finish this book. It was too far into the unreal and the characters kept annoying me. So I ended up not caring about the mystery, because the situations were ridiculous, and waiting for the MC to get into trouble because I didn't like her. Didn't really work for me I struggled to finish this book. It was too far into the unreal and the characters kept annoying me. So I ended up not caring about the mystery, because the situations were ridiculous, and waiting for the MC to get into trouble because I didn't like her.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    This ‘whole lot of crazy’ wasn’t for me.

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