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VINE VOICEon 26 March 2013
Format: Audio CD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
It is like Christmas and birthday all rolled into one joyous time when a new Penelope Keith read Agatha Raisin mystery plops onto my desk.
This is an old book back from 2001 and deals with the aftermath of Agatha finally getting her heart's desire and marrying the ever elusive neighbour James Lacey who is, basically, just not the man of her dreams and is certainly not designed for holy wedlock!!

Rowing within minutes over the least domestic irritation ~ though the dyeing of James's clothes lurid pink is cause enough for instant divorce methinks ~ this is not a marriage made in heaven.

As ever Ms Keith brings all her acting talents to the telling of this story that swoops and whirls round the Cotswalds and beyond in dizzying fashion we have come to expect from Mrs Beaton.

No fan will be disappointed in this glorious telling of an Agatha tale
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Poor old Agatha Raisin, when everything seems to start going normally something always upset the apple cart. Now she has married the love of her life things should be rosy, but nothing could be easy in Agatha's life. Unknown to her her husband has a brain tumour, and she goes ballistic when she finds that he has been having an affair. Due to arguments and threats Agatha becomes a prime suspect when her husband disapears leaving only bloodstains behind him. Then the woman that her husband was seeing suddenly turns up dead, making him a suspect as well.

With her inimitable clumsy way Agatha decides to solve the mystery herself, with the aid of her friend and sometime lover Sir Charles Fraith. With a host of mad characters and threats, along with housebreaking will Agatha ever get to the bottom of what has been going on? Also will she find her husband?

As with all the Agatha Raisin tales this is another madcap murder mystery. I should warn you though that reading these books is seriously addictive.
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VINE VOICEon 11 May 2013
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This is the Audio book, 6 CDs narrated by Penelope Keith.

I generally rather enjoy MC Beaton's books, and this is no exception. I have read a few of the series, probably no more than half a dozen, in the past. There is no doubt that Agatha is a cantankerous (not that old) soul, and is prone to stumbling her way to a correct conclusion; what is the real mystery is why any one likes her at all. And so we come to her marriage to James from next door, having bumped along for several volumes. Quite clearly it is a mistake, possibly more so than we might have expected, and another surprise is that it doesn't seem to all be Agatha's fault! When a woman Agatha suspects of having an affair with her husband is killed, and James himself vanishes after a loud argument with Agatha, she is set to recover her self esteem by tracking down the murderer - not James, of course, that would be too straight forward for her.

The story is read by Penelope Keith, in the tones you can imagine from her television appearances (and quite suitable to Agatha retired in the Cotswolds). This is the first audio book of the series for me; 7 hours listening to something light that I would read in probably under half the time isn't a compromise that the voice acting can compensate for, even when as good as here.

If you like MC Beaton, Agatha Raisin, or mildly humorous detective stories set in the English countryside, this is your cup of tea.
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on 10 May 2013
I LOVE Agatha Raisin books - for me they are the perfect antidote to stress. The Washington Post's review sums them up perfectly " Like Lemon Meringue pie. Light and fluffy but tart at the heart." and so they make me smile and relax.Each book follows a similar process/theme but this one was so ridiculously unexpected in places it was quite outrageous. Liberties are occasionally taken with the plot but as long as you enjoy them for what they are, I think they are a fun, pacey read with quite complex plots at the heart. Much more tongue in cheek than Agatha Christie's dramas, deliberately much less serious - almost, I feel, as though they were designed to take the mick out of Miss Marple but then became successful and had to carry on being written.
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Agatha's marriage to James Lacey has not started off very well. They are living in their own cottages and he seems to be having an affair with Melissa Shepherd - a glamorous newcomer to the village of Carsely. Then James disappears, having been attacked and Melissa is found dead. Agatha is immediately suspected as is the absent James.

Sir Charles Fraith comes to Agatha's aid and together they try to find the murderer and track down the missing James. Both tasks prove difficult and dangerous. I enjoyed this story because it develops the relationship between Agatha and Charles as well as Bill Wong. There are plenty of suspects as no one seems to have liked Melissa very much even though on the surface she seemed quite charming.

There are some dark undercurrents to the story though it can be read as light entertainment as well. I enjoyed it - even on second reading. Maybe not a good one to start with if you have not tried the Agatha Raisin series as you need to know a bit more about the main characters to understand all the nuances.

As ever Penelope Keith is the ideal reader for the unabridged audio book version.
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This latest story to be released by AudioGo is read with gusto by Penelope Keith and as a long time fan of the works of M C Beaton I have to say that it is Agatha Raisin as a character that I enjoy most. I see that the book may have been originally published in 2001 but I have not read it. I have always heard the references to the unsuccessful marriage to James Lacey and followed their activities both before and after. Penelope Keith does all the character ever so well. I do wish however that they would do some more dramatisations as they were all superb.
Presented across 6 CDs this makes for easy listening of 1 CD a day and with a good story it is quickly picked up the following day. These AudioGo books are good value.
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THIS IS A REVIEW OF THE AUDIO BOOK READ BY PENELOPE KEITH.

This audio version of the book is complete and unabridged and last a full 7 hours and 15 minutes spread over 6 CDs.

It comes in one of those nylon like plastic boxes which always seem more durable to me especially in the car.

Penelope Keith is the voice of Agatha.
She has read all the audio releases so far. She narrates them well and this book is not the exception.
She has done a good job.
The story is one of those where if you like Agatha Raisin you will enjoy it.
If not then perhaps you need to listen to the other books first to get a taste of Agatha's character brought to life so well by Miss Keith.
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VINE VOICEon 11 June 2013
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This is another entertaining listen from M.C.Beaton .....the Agatha Raisin mysteries are entertaining and funny...

Penelope Keith is fantastic as Agatha and reads this complete and unabridged story well...
It is on 6 CD's and is approx & hours and fifteen minutes long.....

Agatha is causing trouble again and is getting herself into trouble through being her usual stubborn self....I thoroughly enjoyed this...BUT...as ever I do have to say I enjoy the dramatisations of these stories more than the unabridged versions....So try both styles....its worth it....
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VINE VOICEon 4 August 2013
When we last met Agatha she had finally snared her man and neighbour, James Lacey and is hoping that she is going to start something of a domestic quiet married life. And as a reader you sort of hope that for her too. But you know it is bound to be doomed.

Agatha has maintained her name, her home and her irritable habits. James is trying to change all of them. But it is simply not working and all Agatha wants is to be loved. Trouble is her jealousy and his causes them to distrust the most innocent of meetings. But are they innocent and when James disappears it looks like Agatha has got her revenge.

When the newcomer to the village, Melissa brags about her 'time' spent with James it seems that Agatha may have a rival and that might explain James disappearance but when she dies the truth is much harder to find.

Agatha, ably or irritatingly assisted by Charles Fraith, local tight-fisted landowner and sir to boot seems to flit in and out of Agatha's life as if she is a toy to be played with. But he has his uses and between them and Bill Wong who is still yet to see how his parents affect any potential girlfriend, the truth is discovered but is James ever found?

These books are what they are, they fill a hungry hole in reading and should be used as pure escapism. It is interesting to see how the characters are developing and as the books go on we learn a lot more about the background and start to see what really makes Agatha tick, but something makes me say she will never be happy.
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VINE VOICEon 22 June 2013
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A story with a difference this time because at long last Agatha and James Lacey have finally got it together and married. But is this a marriage which will last? James has been a bachelor too long and has quite decided views about the role of a wife. Alas Agatha doesn't agree with James and they continue to live in their own cottages altho still next door to each other.
And then James and Agatha have a big row when she takes a job and he really disapproves and they start to accuse each other of infidelity after only a few weeks from returning from a blissful honeymoon.
And then it happens, James disappears leaving blood stains on his door step and Agatha is accused of being involved but does she have a good alibi? The story races along with Sir Charles getting involved, Bill Wong tries to persuade Agatha to go away as she is in danger and many of the characters from earlier books/cds are involved in the story. However, do not worry if this is the first Agatha Raisin cd you have listened to, all the people who are involved have their own distinctive characters and you wont feel you've missed too much if this is your first introduction to them.
I do wonder why I enjoy Agatha Raisin stories so much - she is quite amoral, can be a bit of a hasty unfeeling woman, only concerned for herself yet nonetheless I do enjoy her adventures.
M.C.Beaton has written countless stories about Agatha and each are quite unique altho, of course, Agatha remains the same person throughout.
The cds are excellent to listen to on long car journeys; do buy; you wont be disappointed.
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