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Agatha Raisin: Something Borrowed, Someone Dead

Agatha Raisin: Something Borrowed, Someone Dead [Kindle Edition]

M.C. Beaton
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Book Description

The bossy, vain and irresistible Agatha is back in her latest adventure - her 25th in the series.

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Incomer Gloria French is at first welcomed in the Cotswold village of Piddlebury. She seems like a do-gooder par excellence, raising funds for the church and caring for the elderly. But she has a bad habit of borrowing things and not giving them back, so when she is discovered dead, poisoned by a bottle of elderberry wine, folk in the village don't mourn her passing too intently.

Parish councillor Jerry Tarrant hires Agatha Raisin to track down the murderer. But the village is creepy and secretive and the residents don't seem to want Agatha to find who the murderer is, and Agatha's investigations are hampered by the emotional upset of finding her ex, James Lacey, has fallen in love with young detective Toni Gilmour.

And now the murderer is targeting Agatha!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 897 KB
  • Print Length: 209 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1849019746
  • Publisher: C & R Crime (3 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472105001
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472105004
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,456 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Agatha Raisin. 30 Oct 2013
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Full of drama, wit and humour, I always look forward to another Agatha audiobook not least because Penelope Keith is the narrator. Her voice just makes this series. Along with Stephen Fry she is THE narrator to listen to.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Piddlebury Poisoner 6 Oct 2013
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It is that time of year again when we have a new 'Aggie' novel to devour, and so today I had my feet up on a nice quiet Sunday and relaxed to what I hoped would be an enjoyable read. Unfortunately I was very surprised with this book. Like many other people who love this series, I am looking for a bit of a mystery and some humour, and it has to be admitted that on the whole you do get that with this book. Agatha Raisin finds herself investigating a case in the quaint hamlet of Piddlebury, in the Cotswold. You do have strange characters, some romance and humour, just like what you would expect in a Raisin story, but this doesn't really deliver such an enjoyable read.

The actual novel seems to drift between two and four stars, that is why I have given it three. There are parts of this where you feel M C Beaton is on top form, only to be let down by what follows. In some ways I felt that this had been co-written, or if by one hand, then someone who was getting a bit bored. There is one part of a romantic nature (I won't say between whom, as I do not want to spoil this for those who haven't read the book), which is really just filler, there is no need to go into the actual events, just show the outcome, which Mrs Bloxby had already predicted. Parts of this story also seem to be cobbled together from other cases, and at times you feel a sensation of deja vu.

This is readable enough, and you do get some entertainment here, but it does jar in places, and you soon realise that this isn't up to the standards of other stories in the series, indeed in at least a couple of places you wonder if this is suddenly going to turn into some supernatural thriller.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lightweight 7 Feb 2014
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All possible scenarios have been written about - now they get more and more far fetched. I have not more to say
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I've read all the Agatha Raisin books so far, & on the whole I have enjoyed them. There are usually 2 or 3 murders. Agatha usually has a brush with death, & then Police come in at the end & whip away the credit from her.
Perhaps following a basic formula make it easier to churn out a regular supply for fans, but I really felt as if the writer has lost interest for huge chunks of this story. Dialogue between characters seemed to have been replaced by a hurried narrative; not unlike the ploy used in old films, where someone takes a phone call & repeats back the conversation in order to save shooting a scene. I also got the impression that more than one hand was involved in this book. There were shades of the earlier stories, but it felt as if a rather weak plot with a little narrative (and the little rants that often feature - e.g. how the smoking ban has affected pubs etc.) had been produced, then the rest just filled in around it to pad it out. To a regular reader of these books, the difference in styles stuck out like a sore thumb. If this is to be the future for Agatha Raisin, then it would be kinder to let Bill Wong arrive too late to save her! I will try the next book in hope that this was a temporary blip, but if it's the same then I'll read no more!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars where has Aggie gone? 9 Oct 2013
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Having put up with some fairly lack luster plots and characters in recent Agatha Raisin novels, I had convinced myself that this new release would see the formidable caustic amateur sleuth back to her best in another 'whodunnit' that provides wit and charm, in what is M.C.Beatons, brilliant style. This was not the case, and what I found was a book that it s hard to believe is written only by the author herself. There are flashes of the original Agatha, but then a few pages later the reader finds themselves reading about an Agatha who is a pale comparison of her former fiesty self. I accept that a character as well established as Agatha, may be difficult to sustain, but this book reads more as an allegory to a supporting cast of characters than to the exploits of the heroin herself. For a seasoned reader it will be another instalment in the series, not the best and it certainly will leave you wondering whether Agatha needs a shot of adrenalin and a better editor, for new readers this will leave you wondering what the fuss was all about. Read it without expectation and it will be worth it, but only out of a sense of nostalgia for the old Aggie.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Agatha has borrowed a much duller persona 7 Oct 2013
By Claire
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Oh dear, the latest Agatha flits across the pages with one dimensional characters ,leaving our beloved main characters with confusing bit parts. I love Agatha and could not wait for this new investigation. I ended up skim reading most of it and couldn't have cared less if James had perished down a well. Agatha seems to have lost her sparkle and acerbic edge we know and love. Will be rereading some vintage Raisin investigations to remind myself what a fabulous character she truly is !!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars nice twist with james falling for toni 11 July 2014
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again an enjoyable read, nice twist with james falling for toni, then reconising the age difference, thoughtful
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Read it and loved it!
Published 5 days ago by Stephen Foster
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Published 6 days ago by Jassim
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Agatha Raisin murder myster!
I love all M C Beaton books especially Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth.When you have read them all as I have, you become quite attached to the main characters. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Jo Lound
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another great book, could not put it down
Published 16 days ago by Bobjazz
3.0 out of 5 stars Great story as usual
Great story as usual. I have most of the Agatha Beaton CDs now. Didn't love the presentation of the CDs - in a cardboard slip and some of the beginings of the CDs are 'jumpy'
Published 16 days ago by ms penny younger
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Agatha Raisin adventure to enjoy over and over again
Another Agatha Raisin adventure to enjoy over and over again. I love these books which are fun to read, don't give me nightmares and leave me gasping at the behaviour of our... Read more
Published 21 days ago by nana
5.0 out of 5 stars Beaton's books are just the most fantastic read. I love all her...
M.C.Beaton's books are just the most fantastic read. I love all her characters.
Published 23 days ago by Pamela Mold
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Always a great read. I have to chuckle to myself when reading Agatha's antics.
Published 1 month ago by mrs. l. stewart
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Those of you that love Agatha will find this the usual kind of story we enjoy but not exceptional.
Published 1 month ago by Tracy Gee
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant read, love Agatha Raisin
Published 1 month ago by brookie
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