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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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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.
I understand from reading other reviews on Amazon that this is not the best book in the series and I must say I was very disappointed with the whole experience. I found the storyline totally inane, the characters insipid and even the consummate actress Penelope Keith, 'the voice of Agatha', could not engage my interest.
I am sure M C Beaton has her loyal fans - but, alas, I shall not be joining them.
As a person who will read anything form Chick-Lit to Chaucer, I have no wish to offend devoted followers of M. C. Beaton. However, if an author is making a living by selling their wares to those same followers, I think that they should be treated with some respect. I don't remember what I paid for my copy but even at the reduced price, it wasn't worth it.
Although I'm a fan of M.C. Beaton I much prefer the Hamish Macbeth series. I think this is because the residents of Lochdubh are so amusingly varied. In Agatha's Cotswold community everyone is very middle class and it can be hard to tell characters apart, although Penelope Keith helps by doing a sterling job of getting her mouth round various accents.
I think Agatha fans will enjoy this outing but I may confine myself to her Scottish stablemate in the future.
There is a great imagination at work here; the characters are varied, the plot largely unpredictable, the mysteries original and the writing brilliant. There are one or two catch phrases but, despite being huge, there is no repetitive or clichéd dialog and each section feels new if somewhat detached from reality. It pays scant regard to forensics, CCTV, autopsies, experts or the fantastic tricks with computers that variously dominate many crime dramas and concentrates instead on intuition, witness statements and guesses.
If you're looking for a gritty, realistic crime drama Agatha Raisin is certainly not it. `Hiss and Hers' cannot quite be called `gentle' it's certainly genteel, set in a largely upper-middleclass village where people have money and are not tied to grim, nine to five jobs. With the rural idyll and titled persons, combined with the style of detection, there is more of Miss Marple here than there is of CSI, but it would be unfair to say it is like Miss Marple. Agatha is her own woman.
Penelope Keith, who also stars as Agatha in the BBC radio dramatisations, is the only voice used in this unabridged reading and while she's brilliant as Agatha and good as the many of the other characters she can give a whining, sometimes almost screeching, caricature of a voice to some of the lesser characters, especially those who are common. Otherwise her performance is good.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Having just re-read the previous 18 books in the series I decided to buy this one. Not sure why as 40% into the book and it is just a re-hash of the previous. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Linda Jones
Just love these books as light relief, i have read the first about 6 and bought this for my kindle to get back to them. Fun to read! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Suzie
Another classic tale from M C Beaton, once you start reading her series you cannot stop, great for birthday and Christmas presents.Published 2 months ago by Elizabeth Susan Anderson