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M.C. Beaton
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27 May 2010 Agatha Raisin (Book 13)

He was a vicar to die for - and he did!

Agatha is going through a man-hating phase and so is unmoved by news of the captivating new curate. But when she meets the golden-haired, blue eyed Tristan Delon, she is swept off her feet . . . along with every other female in the village. She is positively ecstatic when he invites her to dine with him but the next day Agatha is left with a hangover from hell - and his cold corpse suggests that, once again, she's in the frame for murder!

Praise for the Agatha Raisin series:

'Sharp, witty, hugely intelligent, unfailingly entertaining, delightfully intolerant and oh so magnificently non-PC, M.C. Beaton has created a national treasure' Anne Robinson

'M.C. Beaton's imperfect heroine is an absolute gem' Publishers Weekly

'The Miss Marple-like Raisin is a refreshing, sensible, wonderfully eccentric, thoroughly likeable heroine.' Booklist

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: C & R Crime (27 May 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 184901146X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849011464
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 11.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,555 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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Number 13 in the bestselling Agatha Raisin murder mystery series with brand new cover design

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Light, Easy Reading 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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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the better Agatha Raisins 7 Nov 2008
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
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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2.0 out of 5 stars M C Beaton and the Curiously Throwaway Novel 10 Dec 2010
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 11 July 2014
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following in the great agatha raisin format, another enjoyable read that made an afternoon on the beach perfect
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5.0 out of 5 stars Evelyn 8 July 2014
By Evelyn
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I always enjoy reading about Agatha and look forward to the next book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cosy slipper book 7 July 2014
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I have read numerous Agatha Raisin books and it does fit into the 'cosy slipper' of the others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 30 Jun 2014
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Nice easy read, lots of humour
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book 30 May 2014
By alan
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book it made me laugh as well as being a good story Agatha Raisin is not perfect and that's what makes her believable would recommend to others
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