"A not so merry DING-DONG!"
―Hell's Bells' tagline

Agatha Raisin: Hell's Bells is the second of three short stories that accompany the main Agatha Raisin Mysteries series by M. C. Beaton. The story was published February 13, 2013.


Widowed Mary Bolton, like Miss Jean Brodie, considers herself in her prime. Not satisfied with car boot sales, dances at the bowling club and reading to the elderly, she throws herself into bellringing with gusto - much to the annoyance of her neighbours.

But when the industrious Mary is found swinging from a bell rope, Jessica Brand - who only days before had threatened to strangle Mary with the very same rope - fears she will be accused. There's nothing left to do but call in private detective Agatha Raisin to untangle the web of sex, money, deceit ... and murder.


  • Agatha Raisin
  • Mary Bolton
  • Jessica Brand

Television adaptation

Main article: Hell's Bells

The events of this story were adapted as part of the first season of the Agatha Raisin television series, albeit with numerous changes. For example, the character of Mary Bolton became Amanda Ballard.

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