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Foul murder in a sleepy village!,
This review is from: Agatha Raisin: Something Borrowed, Someone Dead (Audiogo) (Audio CD)
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This CD is a splendid diversion and features the indomitable, detective, Mrs Raisin in a very curious mystery featuring the usual murder and mayhem that seems a frequent visitor to her part of the country. (For the uninitiated, it is worth mentioning that our heroine has been involved in many such adventures following her departure from the metropolis.)
Narrated by Penelope Keith, the perfect voice for depicting Cotswold life, we start the tale with the poisoning of the rather unpleasing Gloria French whom no-one likes at all. Agatha finds herself employed to uncover the culprit and then finds she has her work cut out to penetrate the veil of silence enshrouding the village of Piddlebury where, she thinks, someone knows who did the deed. There is blackmail in those streets! There is also an attempt on Agatha's life so someone is very serious about hiding the truth.
We have quite a parade of suspects. There is Sam, playing the part of the lady of the manor, Clarice the vicar's wife, the vicar himself and others. The plot is delightfully amusing and I was quite intrigued to see how it twisted on to the final surprising conclusion, which had the air of black comedy. Around this, is a little subplot featuring Toni, Agatha's very attractive assistant, who cannot help falling for older men, much to her employer's horror. To add to the fun, Mrs. Raisin is joined by her usual friends including the mean Sir Charles Fraith, her ex-husband, Simon, Mrs. Bloxby and Bill Wong from the local police force.
This made for six CDs of listening to and from work and they certainly made my journeys much more enjoyable. I must confess that this is the second set that I have listened to and I have been so absorbed by the stories that I now have a pile of the Raisin paperbacks through which to plough. They are wonderful for sleepless nights with untaxing and "homely" plots and have become excellent bedside companions.