16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Not Bad, Not Great,
This review is from: Agatha Raisin as the Pig Turns (BBC Audio) (Audio CD)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)I've not read/listened to an Agatha Raisin story before so came to this having no idea what to expect.
Following a brief introduction as we are introduced to our main character & a few of the locals in her village a murder is committed very publicly to be quickly followed by another.
Our heroine finds herself up against both a ruthless killer & her inability to keep her mouth shut which gets her into trouble.
The story bobs along at a perfectly reasonable pace and has enough surprises & depth to keep the listener on board.
The characters too are varied, opinionated & interesting. The amount of dislikeable characters is unusual & makes for a more lifelike setting.
The real problem/ attraction, depending on your point of view, is Agatha herself. Bossy, interfering & something of a snob are not necessarily winning traits for a main character.
I feel that there is a real age & class divide that the author refuses to compromise on. The elderly are seldom wrong & the upper middle classes never.
But despite being an interfering busybody, think Miss Marple without the charm, Agatha still appeals. It makes a change not to have a `people person' in charge & it's difficult not to admire her determination & spirit.
Her demands that the entire planet revolve around her & her opinions are, frankly, quite realistic.
This is certainly not a classic by any means but neither is it poor. It occupies a comfortable middle ground. If you can get it for a reasonable price then give it a try. Give it time & the characters will grow on you.
One point of concern is the use of Penelope Keith to read. As Agatha she is perfect & she would be ideal in a radio play. However, as much as I love Penelope, her attempts at accents are variable to say the least & she founders when faced with voicing the great unwashed.
Avoiding a cosy approach & keeping matters moving mean that this is worth a try.