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The Agatha Raisin Companion [Kindle Edition]

M. C. Beaton
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This book is a celebration of all things Agatha Raisin. It includes an introduction by M C Beaton, Agatha’s biography, her background and retirement to the Cotswolds, her complex love life and the details of village life in Carsely.

There are brief biogs of all the men in her life (there are many), a piece on her cats Hodge and Boswell, and a section on Agatha’s Cotswolds, both real and fictitious. Plot summaries of all twenty titles in the series, a quiz to test your Agatha knowledge and a selection of her favourite dishes in Raisin's Recipes rounds off the complete Agatha Companion.

It also features line drawings by Alice Tait - the artist of the all new covers in the Agatha Raisin series - throughout.

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Book Description

To commemorate twenty years of Agatha Raisin - a celebration of the woman, her escapades and all the other characters in Carsely!

About the Author

M. C. BEATON is the prolific author of the bestselling Agatha Raisin murder mysteries (featuring man-mad PR-guru-turned-private eye Agatha Raisin), the acclaimed Hamish Macbeth mysteries, a quartet of Edwardian murder mysteries and numerous Regency romances, all published by Constable & Robinson. Born in Scotland, M. C. Beaton worked for many years as a journalist on Fleet Street. She divides her time between Paris and a Cotswolds village very much like Agatha's beloved Carsely. Visit for more on M. C. Beaton and her books.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 850 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Constable (25 Oct. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849013195
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849013192
  • ASIN: B004918LV6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #103,625 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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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Agatha Raisin Companion 15 Nov. 2010
By E. Todd
Disappointing really. Not many good illustrations and only a few recipes. A quick description of each character and then just briefly states what happened in each book. This book could of been very good but sadly wasn't. It was written by someone else and MC Beaton only did an introduction. I would of expected her to of written this herself. The books are so great that this is really an anticlimax.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Agatha in order 27 Nov. 2010
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A small book, paper quality not brilliant, content okay. If you have all the Agatha books then this fits nicely as part of a collection. I had expected something better from M.C.Beaton but it seems that she wrote only an introduction.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
This was a delight. I had read the first book in the series 'Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death' and have to confess had not taken to Agatha. She struck me as selfish, self centred and at times downright unpleasant. The second book in the series 'Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet' did little to improve my original impression of her. But after a long gap I picked up 'Agatha Raisin: There Goes the Bride' and found myself enjoying it. The most recent book, 'Agatha Raisin and the Busy Body' had me warming to her. I suspect that Agatha says what many of us long to say but good manners forbids us to do so, maybe we should be more like Agatha.

Reading the background to the books was interesting and enlightening as to how her character came about. Also the insight into her background made some of her faults endearing in that they are rooted in her past. So for me a really interesting and useful book not only for the background to Agatha Raisin but how M C Beaton became a writer. Whether you like Agatha Raisin or not, 'The Agatha Raisin Companion' is a worth a go.
Lizzie Hayes
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Agatha Raisin Companion 6 Nov. 2012
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This useful little book follows what is rapidly becoming the usual format for companions to series. There is an introductory essay by M C Beaton which gives a brief autobiography and explains how she came to start writing the series.

Following that there are brief descriptions of what happens in each book - not to be read if you haven't already read those books as they contain spoilers. There are pen portraits of the main series characters such as James Lacey and Bill Wong and some recipes.

I found the book entertaining reading though others may feel there isn't enough information in it. It very much depends what you consider a companion to a series should contain. Readers need to bear in mind that it doesn't cover all the books in the series as the series is not yet complete.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Raisin's life! 25 Jan. 2013
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I love the Agatha Raisin books and have them all. I wasn't really sure what I was buying when I bought this, however I would recommend it to anyone who hasn't read any of the books, as a taster. It explains her background, her life, her retirement, her friends etc. etc. I would say though don't bother with this, start off with 'The Quiche of Death' and work your way through the series you'll really enjoy learning about Agatha that way.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars passes an hour! 7 Dec. 2012
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I am a real fan of MC Beaton and her characters. In particular Agatha Raisin and as the purchase price for the kindle edition was reduced I purchased it. However, I was disappointed with the content. Perhaps it was because I felt I knew the characters/settings so well in the first place (I've read all of the books several times over) that there was nothing extra in the companion to what I already know. That said it passed an hour and for the reduced price I can't grumble. If I had paid full price I would have felt I'd wasted my money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it now 12 Feb. 2013
By Davyboy
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If you like Agatha Raisin buy this book now. It list's all the books with a short synopsis.of each story. Well worth reading.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Raisin Companion 22 Jan. 2013
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Probably for younger reader
Found it rather boring, infact I didn't finish it
Just not my kind of book, sorry
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars a very good read.
Yes it did prove to be exactly what i expected ,a very good read.Thankyou
Published 1 month ago by Brian Asher
5.0 out of 5 stars The Companion Book
The companion book explains a little about how she got into writing, a little of how she lays out her books, I found this interesting as I like all the Agatha Raisin stories.
Published 3 months ago by Marion
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
bought as a present
Published 7 months ago by G A Bloor
4.0 out of 5 stars Agatha essential
If you are an Agatha nerd you will like this but it could have had some maps in it to help with logistics (although then we may learn the true location of Carsley)
Published 7 months ago by B. Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars fab
If you love Agatha Raison you will like this it gives you the low down on the character and if you read this before the other books it will wet your appetite for the rest of her... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ruth Stafford
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful and interesting
Really good for remembering novells you have read and for expaining the characters and sub-plots...Well presentes and carefully packaged in cardboard
Published 18 months ago by tomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Review
Just love the M C Beaton Agatha Raisin books. Fantastic read - don't want to put the back down until I've read it from start to finish. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jen
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting
lots of interesting info in this book and very handy to have. there's nothing I don't like in it and I've nothing else to say!
Published 21 months ago by L. V. Andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars An Agatha Raison fan
Agatha Raisin just like marmite you'll either love her or hate her. I for one love her stories and this was no let down in the whole series. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Margaret Day
5.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I thought!
But was very interesting and helped me to recognise which books I had missed out on.
Gave good insight into some of the characters in all her books (Agatha Raisin books)
Published on 13 Feb. 2013 by Mrs. Pearl Elston
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