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Agatha Raisin: Hiss and Hers Kindle Edition

4.2 out of 5 stars 326 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 )

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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1330 KB
  • Print Length: 209 pages
  • Publisher: C & R Crime (4 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0070TRCVE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 326 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,458 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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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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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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Marion Chesney is an impressively prolific and popular writer and in the guise of 'M C Beaton' she has published a string of 'Agatha Raisin' books and this was my opportunity to sample her work. Hiss and Hers is the twenty-third Agatha Raisin story and I listened to the story on a set of six CD's read by Penelope Keith.

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.
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I was introduced to the Agatha Raisin books quite a while ago and I must have enjoyed the first one because I've read others on and off over the years. I won't be reading any more. Although, in the interest of fairness, I might go back and re-read the original one to see whether it's the book or my taste in reading that has changed. If I'm being kind then this book wasn't very good but if I'm being honest I thought that it was puerile. I won't be giving any plot spoilers because, just a few weeks after reading it, I couldn't tell you what the point of it was. I remember 'who dunnit' but I have no idea why. Character-wise, I imagine that Agatha is supposed to be a strong, modern woman but to me she came across as self-centred and petulant.
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.
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Agatha Raisin begins her latest adventure by shamelessly pursuing (along with most of the other single women in her village) one of its newest residents, George the gardener, who has blond streaks in his hair as well as a war injury. Sadly, her pledge to take a rest from her sleuthing business doesn't last long...

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.
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While I have heard a few of the Agatha Raisin series but not all of them, and certainly not in order, I find I don't need to know what happened in the previous books to enjoy the latest one. Where you need to know about the past, it tells you so newcomers need not feel they need start with the first book in the series.

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.
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