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Agatha Raisin: Hiss and Hers

Agatha Raisin: Hiss and Hers [Kindle Edition]

M.C. Beaton
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (237 customer reviews)

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Once again M C Beaton has concocted an amusing brew of mystery and romance that will keep her fans turning the pages (Publishers Weekly )

Book Description

The 23rd and very latest Agatha Raisin mystery to delight her many fans.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1322 KB
  • Print Length: 209 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1849019738
  • Publisher: C & R Crime (4 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0070TRCVE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (237 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,045 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Time to stop. 18 Feb 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Have loved reading 'Agatha' and 'Hamish' in the past, sadly with all the other books MC Beaton now churns out I feel she now insults her fans with this rubbish. Last couple have been no better than short stories,its like they have become a rush to finish and get out of way. Sorry MC but I will not be buying any more. Give up if thats the best you can be bothered to do!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars That's it. 9 Sep 2013
Perhaps I read too many of the books (actually all of them) but it was pretty clear from the beginning who the murderer is. The writing style is getting worse and again when reading of Simon's parents I got so angry that I couldn't concentrate on the rest of the book. His parents died in a car crash for heaven's sake. Yet in the last and in this book they are running around like Lazarus only that nobody notices the wonder!

And maybe, just maybe it is a bad thing having read all the books because the gaps in the character works are so visible it hurts my eyes and especially my intellect. The books have become more sloppy with every new story, the language is flat and the sentences careless. I have the impression that after the success of the first books the new ones have to follow each other as quickly as possible. So already the very first draft, which normally is being read and re-read and corrected etc, gets published and carted off to the book store without a second thought.

As I said, I read every books so far but with the latest books it grew harder and harder to ignore the lack of quality and inspiration. So that I am giving up now. I read to enjoy myself and not to see how beloved characters are being bullied around without past nor future.

I just want to make clear that I blame this not only on the author but also on the publishers. Shame on you for ruining a series that began so promising.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This review is for the unabridged audiobook narrated by Penelope Keith.

When she finds her latest beau dead from snakebite, Agatha Raisin sets out with her trademark acid tongue to find the murderer - and to have a chat with some of the other women in his life. In this tongue in cheek take on the world of amateur sleuths such as Miss Marple, MC Beaton provides us with a decent well written plot, with some nice twists and turns, and believable characters. The joy of the story is the sense of humour, and Agatha's constant stream of acerbicness. It's an entertaining story.

Having played MC Beaton's detective creation in a radio series, Penelope Keith seems a natural choice for narrating this audiobook version of her 23rd adventure. The vocal characterisation is great, especially for Agatha herself. She is an actress of versatility and able to imbue the different characters with a unique voice. The six hours just sail by.

The set contains 6 discs, in a case about the size of a double jewel case. In all a great way to pass 6 hours in the car.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars as crazy as a sack full of adders 23 Jan 2013
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This next episode in the investigative (and love) life of the intrepid Agatha Raisin is delightfully read by her alter ego Penelope Keith who has so enmeshed in M.C.Beaton's character that it is difficult, now, to tell them apart. Indeed should Mrs Raisin ever make it to the small screen I, for one, would be shocked to see anybody else but Ms Keith in the role.

This book rivals Midsomer in almost every way but most especially in the bizarre form of the murders executed (pun intended). In "Hiss and Hers" a one legged Lothario who romances all the unloveables in Carsley and has a history of Casanovaesque exploits in previous Oxford villages. It is no spoiler to tell you that he is discovered in a compost heap with a bag over his head that has recently been the home of a nest of deadly snakes ~ how biblical is that?

As in all the Agatha Raisin novels despite the horror of the deaths the usual suspects carry the story along at a wonderful pace and Penelope Keith's reading is a joy as she "does" all the voices from Mrs Bloxby to Roy Silver with great elan

No true fan of the series will be disappointed
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hiss and Hers 7 Oct 2012
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Agatha has fallen in love again with George Marston a hunky gardener/handyman. The trouble is that many of the ladies in the village of Carsely have also fallen for his rugged charms. When George is found dead in his own compost heap in a particular vicious murder involving snakes, Agatha is determined to find out who did it.

Her colleagues, Toni, Simon, Phil and Patrick are all keen to help her as they don't like to see Agatha upset. All are worried for Agatha's safety when she starts to receive some very dubious attentions from an unknown source. Agatha herself is frightened and her private life seems to be falling apart when long time friend and occasional lover Sir Charles Fraith announces his engagement.

I really enjoyed this entertaining mystery and read it in less than twenty four hours. The plot is quite complex and I liked seeing more of Agatha's employees. I like the way the series characters are developing with everyone rallying round Agatha even while they accept she can be intensely annoying at times.

There are many amusing incidents in the story and there are also many where Agatha appears at her best such as in her dealings with the rival detective agency. She jumps to conclusions and puts herself in danger but her hunches are usually good and even the police are starting to pay more attention to what she says - while at the same time treating her as a loose cannon.

There were a few darker strands in this novel with the way the villagers are turned against Agatha by a few comments made by a few people. Some of the suspects are very dubious as well yet standing above it all is Mrs Bloxby, the vicar's wife, with her aura of calm. The episode with the vicar and the talking grave is absolutely priceless. This latest in the Agatha Raisin series is well worth reading especially if you have wondered whether the character was becoming a little tired of late. M C Beaton is well on form with this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wiity and entertaining
A completley different take on a detective story. The lead is taken by a mature lady who does not fit the normal profile of a private eye and nor do her staff! Very entertaining!
Published 4 days ago by ELizabeth Scrivens
5.0 out of 5 stars Always a good read
M.C. Beatons Agatha Raisin is fantastic, the amusing antics she gets up to in order to get her Way, or her Man
Never fali to entertain
Published 6 days ago by Marilyn Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Great service
I was very happy with both the product and the very prompt service I received .would certainly use again. Thanks
Published 6 days ago by stroodvalen
4.0 out of 5 stars Review
This is a Great book good condition arrived quickly . She's a brilliant writer funny witty romantic I loved it .
Published 11 days ago by angela singleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Raisin Hiss and Hers
I love all M C Beaton Books especially the Agatha Raisin books and so thoroughly enjoyed this book once again a little humour with a good story.
Published 12 days ago by voni
3.0 out of 5 stars Something nasty in the Cotswolds
Reasonably good romp thro' a classic murder mystery. Don't know what the Cotswolds have done to deserve such villany. Fails to provide total satisfaction.
Published 19 days ago by Rosemary Muntus
3.0 out of 5 stars Hiss and Hers
Not one of the best Agatha Raisin books - plot too complicated. Am getting frustrated by Agatha's attitude to the men in her life.
Published 20 days ago by conowl
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit stilted
I read this with difficulty as I found the language awkward and plodding. I didn't really like the main character! I struggled to the end. Weird plot!
Published 22 days ago by K
1.0 out of 5 stars badly written
I love Agatha in the radio, but the books are poorly written . A bit like a story by a clever twelve year old. Disappointing.
Published 23 days ago by Ruth Coppard
4.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Raisin
A good read. MC Beaton has created a great character. I'm looking forward to reading many more Agatha Raisin books.
Published 1 month ago by Lin Holdeman
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