- "But home was waiting for her in Carsely, down in a fold of the Cotswold Hills."
- ―Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death
Carsely is a fictional village located in the Cotswolds. The majority of the series is set here.
Carsely has many neighbouring villages where some of the events of the series also take place, including Dembley, Ancombe and Hebberdon. Other towns and villages such as Mircester, Evesham, Cirencester and Winter Parva are also nearby.
History and traditions
The Carsely Village Fete has been an annual event in the village since 1908. Some of the competitions that occur at the fete include best quiche, largest vegetable and best flower arrangements. The prize for best quiche was £5 (£10 in the book). Judged by Andy Cummings-Browne, Sarah Bloxby had won the best quiche award three years in a row before Ella Cartwright went on to win this prestigious honour seven years in a row. (The Quiche of Death)
After the fete, the Green Man Harvest Festival occurs. Originally a pagan event, the festival celebrates fertile fields with Morris dancing. (The Quiche of Death)
Carsely has a historical society which remains active despite its low membership. (The Deadly Dance)
Carsely organises an annual charity week, with fundraising events such as smooth jazz concerts and auctions. (The Love from Hell)
The village prides itself on its traditional Christmas festivities. (The Busy Body)
Places in Carsely
- Village hall
- The Red Lion (books)/The White Horse (television)
- Lilac Lane
- Harveys Local
- Rice & Bladen
- Elm Cottage (Agatha Raisin's home)
- New Delhi (Sheila Barr/James Lacey's home)
- Barfield House (Charles Fraith's home)
- Vicarage (Jez and Sarah Bloxby's home)
- Plumtrees Cottage (Andy and Jo Cummings-Browne's home)
- Judd's Cottage (John and Ella Cartwright's home)
Residents of Carsely
Former residents of Carsely
- The real life village of Biddestone is used as the filming location for Carsely.
- London is only an hour and a half away by train. (BOOK: Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death)
- The local newspaper is 'The Cotswold Gazette', which costs one pound and ten pence. (TV: The Day the Floods Came, The Witch of Wyckhadden, The Wizard of Evesham, The Curious Curate, The Haunted House)
- The Carsely Parish Council Magazine costs sixty pence. (TV: The Curious Curate)
- In the television adaptation, Fryfam is said to be an hour's drive from Carsely. (TV: The Fairies of Fryfam)
- Carsely is located in the county of Gloucestershire. (BOOK: The Quiche of Death; TV: The Curious Curate)
- South Gloucestershire Police are responsible for law enforcement in Carsely. (TV: The Witch of Wyckhadden)
- The real life law enforcement for South Gloucestershire is actually the Avon and Somerset Constabulary.