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Agatha Raisin: The Terrible Tourist: AND The Fairies of Fryfam Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook


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Product details

  • Audio CD: 2 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd; abridged edition edition (7 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408426153
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408426159
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 14.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,669 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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About the Author

In addition to the popular Hamish Macbeth series, M.C. Beaton also writes the Agatha Raisin mystery series and Regency romances under her real name, Marion Chesney. She lives in the Cotswolds in England with her husband.

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ms M on 13 Jan. 2010
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The wonderful Penelope Keith stars once again as the feisty Agatha Raisin in two adaptations of MC Beaton's popular books. The episodes are easy to listen to, and I find that they make a welcome relief from the radio or music CD's.

In "The Terrible Tourist", Agatha goes in search of her beloved James, whom jilted her in the previous episode. Following him into Europe, she finds him on the island where they were supposed to take their honeymoon. Whilst she is there, a fellow tourist is murdered and Agatha sets about finding out who killed them and why, discovering that things are not what they seem with her fellow hotel guests.

In "The Fairies of Fryfam", Agatha decides that she needs to get away from Carsley, and James, and takes a holiday to Cornwall. There, she rents out a cottage with some suspicious lights dancing at the end of her garden. Agatha decides to investigate if these lights are connected somehow to the murder of a local millionaire.

Penelope Keith plays Agatha beautifully, encapsulating Agatha's strong, fiery attitude, which masks Agatha's underlying vulnerability, with ease.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. S. Bundy VINE VOICE on 25 Mar. 2010
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I have always enjoyed the Agatha Raisin books, they are comfortable, curl with a cup of tea and a cat, sorts of books. Usually set in and around Agatha's home village in the Cotswolds they seem to blend murder most foul with the parochialism of village life in a quaint old fashioned way. Agatha, however is not the most likeable of sleuths, rude, over bearing and a tough cookie, she is definitely not a Jane Marple. Her long suffering neighbour, lover, some-time fiancée and now ex, provides a fantastic dynamic and sounding board.

These two BBC audio recordings are both set away from Agatha's village of Carsley and provide the opportunity for some nicely drawn one off characters. The first sees us on a fairytale Mediterranean island where James and Agatha were to have spent their honeymoon, and the second in a very insular Cornish village. As well as loving the books I have always enjoyed the BBC dramatisations and whilst physically, Penelope Keith could not be further from Agatha, vocally and performance wise she is spot on. Malcolm Sinclair's James is a delight and in my mind I seem to have a vision of Oliver Stirling from the Archers. Its not the same actor, but there is something about the character!

I often think that for gentle, British who-dunnits, abridged dramatisations work better than straight forward readings and these are a great example. I really look forward to more and hope that Agatha is back in Carsley soon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Roche VINE VOICE on 16 Jun. 2010
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As a huge Hamish Macbeth fan, I have previous form with M. C. Beaton. I really enjoy her style of writing and although I think the Macbeth books are better than the Agatha Raisin series (especially Death of a Macho Man (Hamish Macbeth)), she still creates a feisty and entertaining character.

I enjoy a lot of the BBC's radio productions, they have an excellent track record of quality casting and production values and with The Terrible Tourist and The Fairies of Fryfam, this is continued. Penelope Keith is perfect as the wrinkly Raisin who has bucketloads of attitude, and the other vocal performances are all excellent.

Unfortunately, this dramatisation is let down (hence the three stars) by the somewhat over-zealous adaptation of the source material. These are incredibly short stories and are pretty much over before they've begun. The writing is tight and there are some great lines which will have you snorting into your coffee (or something stronger if you're a bit like Agatha) but it's just too short.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charlie-CJ HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 25 Feb. 2011
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The formidable Agatha Raisin is brought to life with gusto by Penelope Keith, who I quite liked in the role [probably having not read the books, I had no preconceptions about how Agatha would sound]. Agatha is the frustrated but endearing politically-incorrect star of the Agatha Raisin murder mystery books, set in the friendly Cotswold village of Carsely. These are full cast plays with 5 or 6 other voice actors, rather than Penelope Keith just reading the books out aloud. The stories are black comedy drama, and are quite funny, with middle aged Agatha having no difficulties in expressing herself, with sarcasm rather than swearing, e.g. male hotel porter: 'Bonjour Madame', Agatha: 'And the same to you'. Her first book is charmingly entitled "Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death". After a successful career in PR, Agatha sells up and chooses the Cotswolds to live in as it was the only place her unemployed drunken parents ever took her for a holiday (the one long weekend highlight of her deprived inner city Birmingham childhood).

This audio CD is an adaptation of the following two Agatha Raisin murder investigation books, and they were first broadcast on Radio 4 in November 2006.

- Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist: The sixth in the Agatha Raisin murder mysteries. "Spurned at the altar, she follows her fleeing fiancé James Lacey to Cyprus, where, instead of enjoying the honeymoon they'd planned, they witness the killing of an obnoxious tourist in a disco."

- Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryfam: The tenth in the Agatha Raisin murder mysteries. "Angry at being jilted by new husband James, Agatha follows a fortune-teller's advice and rents a Cornish cottage in pretty Fryfam. There, she hopes, true love will come chasing after her.
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