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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: C & R Crime; paperback / softback edition (12 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845293797
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845293796
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 464,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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M C Beaton was born in Scotland. She worked for many years as a journalist on Fleet Street.

As well as the bestselling Agatha Raisin series, she is the author of the acclaimed Hamish Macbeth mysteries.

She divides her time between the Cotswolds, where she lives in a village very much like Agatha's beloved Carsely, and Paris.

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Agatha Raisin is sharp, witty, hugely intelligent, unfailingly entertaining, delightfully intolerant and oh so magnificently non PC. M C Beaton has created a new national treasure... the stories zing along and are irresistible, unputdownable, a joy. If you buy one book a year, let it be this. Agatha Raisin is The Strongest Link. (Anne Robinson)

Beaton's dry sense of humour and her unflattering but affectionate portrait of gruff, often adolescent acting Agatha make this... tale a bloom worth picking. (Publishers Weekly)

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Agatha may be disheartened... but she's not better off dead! This is the thirteenth murder mystery featuring new national treasure Agatha Raisin.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 Aug. 2010
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I must admit that I wouldn't like to live in Carseley or the surrounding environs. Chances of being murdered must be nearly twice as high than if you live in Midsomer, and that's saying something. I am a big fan of the Agatha Raisin books, simply because they are fun to read and are pure escapism.

When Tristan Delon comes to Carseley as Alf Boxley's curate he definitely increases the size of the congregation as most of the women start swooning over him. Chatting up the women and being very friendly with the older ones it comes as a surprise when he is murdered at the vicarage. Could Alf have been his killer? But when the bodies start mounting up is there something about Trstan's death and his past life, or is something more sinister happening?

With Agatha and her neighbour on the case, surely everything will eventually be solved. This is one of the better Agatha Raisin tales. They are all good, but some are just better than others. With its mix of mystery, romance and humour the Raisin books are something that you can put your feet up to and relax and enjoy yourself. Some peope say that there is little or no characterisation to the tales, but at the end of the day this isn't high literature, and it doesn't purport to be. If you like something that is light and frothy that you can use to escape from everyday woes, then you can't really go wrong with a Raisin book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jo D'Arcy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Mar. 2014
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They say that thirteen is an unlucky number. But for this thirteenth outing for Agatha raisin, this is one of the stronger stories. Of course nothing is lucky for Agatha but then if you are a fan of the series then you will know that.

Agatha is certainly going through a man hating phase, James her ex husband is no longer around and no one knows where he is. The new neighbour made advances that Agatha was not prepared for and when the new curate, Tristan turns up it seems he is prepared to overlook Agatha as well.

Tristan is bringing the flock to church, but they are not there for any religious direction but to simply adore this man who has swept into the village and swept the hearts of many ladies away. The congregation is rather female dominated all of a sudden. The vicar, Alf Bloxby is starting to resent this intrusion into his vocation and Mrs Bloxby doesn't like the fact he is upsetting her husband. It all seems too good to be true.

When Tristan ends up dead, the last person having seen him alive being Agatha and the vicar being the prime suspect. Mrs Bloxby wants Agatha to try find out the truth, who really killed him and why.

Once again Agatha is one step ahead of the police but blundering about when she gets there, you know that there is going to be some scrapes that she is needing to get out of as she gets to the truth.

This is a good example of an Agatha Raisin story, you can see the vulnerability of being an unloved woman that agatha is, but also the brash hard faced parts of her that upset people and somehow get them to tell the truth.

Great escapism read and ideal if you want something short and light with no real guts or gore.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Tyler on 10 Dec. 2010
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The Agatha Raisin novels have never been the deepest in nature and instead should be taken as a light and breezy piece of crime fiction that you can sit down and finish in a session or two. `Agatha Raisin and the Curious Curate', takes the traditional paper think plots and makes the story so light that it floats away into non existence. This time Agatha is caught up in a series of murders in and around her village that seem to be linked to the first victim, a curate who may be less pure than he first seems. By going around to people's houses, chatting a bit, finding another clue and then visiting another house, Agatha plans to crack the case. The only problem is that the trawl through the various suspects, back and forth, is quite dull.

I have always liked the character of Agatha Raisin, but this time things end up going in a peculiar direction. Her on/off neighbour John convinces Agatha to pretend to be engaged to him, for no reason. It is just a mindless plot piece for M C Beaton to try and spice up the relationship, only to see it fail and write them off. Sometimes, Beaton's style of writing is like a stream of consciousness and that she never goes back and actually changes things that do not work. Too busy writing her next book. This is a weak entry in a series that can ill afford such writing - hopefully the next in the series will be a return to the pleasantly average.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER on 7 Nov. 2008
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I find the Agatha Raisin series quite uneven, with the earlier ones usually far better than the later ones. However this one is great! Agatha is as spiky, fierce and foolish as usual but there seems to me to be a bit more depth to some of the characters and emotions.

A new curate arrives in Carsley, a man of such beauty that the village church is packed constantly and all the ladies are falling over themselves to get near him. However he is killed after dinner with Agatha (of course!) and Alf Bloxley the vicar is one of the suspects which upsets his wife desperately. She urges Agatha to find the real murderer, but it seems there's a bit of a serial-killer on the loose in the Cotswolds...

Undoubtedly light, funny and tart this is pure entertainment. Kick off your shoes and sit back for a perfect switch-your-mind-off read.
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