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Agatha Raisin and the Deadly Dance Paperback – 9 Nov 2006

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: C & R Crime; paperback / softback edition (9 Nov. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845293819
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845293819
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 702,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Agatha Raisin is sharp, witty, hugely intelligent, unfailingly entertaining, delightfully intolerant and oh so magnificently non PC. M C Beaton has created a new national treasure... the stories zing along and are irresistible, unput-downable, a joy. If you buy one book a year, let it be this. Agatha Raisin is The Strongest Link. (Anne Robinson)

Beaton's dry sense of humour and her unflattering but affectionate portrait of gruff, often adolescent acting Agatha make this... tale a bloom worth picking. (Publishers Weekly)

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Agatha waltzes into yet another murder investigation in this, the fifteenth Cotswold murder mystery.

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Format: Paperback
I like the Agatha Raisin books and have grown to like this fiesty heroine. In earlier books she is very sure of herself but is beginning to realise that she also may have failings which makes her more believable. In this book Agatha opens her own detective agency which quickly takes off. She very rapidly moves from finding cats to finding murderers. The book is positively littered with dead bodies and you never know what is going to happen next. I was kept guessing until the last minute, and the twists and turns made me want to keep reading. For those of you who like Agatha Raisin this is a good one. For those of you who have not, then start with any of them, including this one. I really enjoyed this and would like others to enjoy it too.
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By Marie TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Aug. 2011
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I am new to Agatha Raisin so I got this on a bit of a whim plus the existing reviews were very good.

I love audiobooks because they are something I can listen to while I am ironing or cooking to pass the time quicker. I did attempt to listen to them in bed for a while but I kept on nodding off and then losing my place.

Anyway, my Agatha Raisin CDs arrived just before we went on holiday. I copied the files over to my ipod (I have a brilliant little app called Audiobook and Podcast Player which has better controls than the bog standard ipod player) and I had something to listen to on the journey.

Right from the start I was captivated. Audiobooks can be a hit and miss affair depending on the narrator and I've listened to some which are really dull. Not so with this! Penelope Keith has a glorious voice to listen to - she 'acts' out the parts so well. I loved the audiobook as soon as it started and was sad when it finished.

Since listening to the Deadly Dance, I've purchased more Agatha Raisin books - some in audiobook version and some on the Kindle because I like reading books as well as listening to them.

If you've never tried Agatha Raisin books or audiobooks before - you're in for a treat.
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I have become a real MC Beaton fan. Having discovered the amazing Agatha Raisin quite by accident, I also found the author's wonderful Edwardian Murder Mysteries set of four books at Christmas and read them all voraciously at a rate of practically 1 per day. Beaton has a marvellous way with words and reading her mysteries is exceedingly easy. Penelope Keith's fantastic voice make listening just as easy as reading - plus there is the added bonus of being able to enjoy another gripping mystery when circumstances prevent the reading of it (e.g. whilst driving!)
If you a fan of a nice light-hearted mystery then this will be one for you. The crimes are not totally sanitised but are certainly not the glorified gory and darkly disturbing murders that you might come across elsewhere. Agatha is again her amazing self and Penelope Keith is perfect in her pitching of the female amateur sleuth.
Simply wonderful!
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Bossy, impulsive, and unlucky in love, the all-too-human Agatha Raisin has proved to be a surprisingly effective---and endearing---amateur sleuth. But can Agatha make it as a private investigator? After getting mugged on vacation, in what she will always think of as the Paris Incident, she decides to find out.

Agatha soon learns that running her own detective agency in the Cotswolds is not quite like starring in a Raymond Chandler movie. Instead of dames in distress with big shoulder pads, her clients are ladies with missing cats and a man whose son has run off with his car. Agatha even worries that she might be outclassed by her sixty-seven-year-old secretary, Emma Comfrey.
But then wealthy divorcée Catherine Laggat-Brown walks in with their first "real" case. Mrs. Laggat-Brown's daughter has received a death threat, and when Agatha thwarts an attack on the girl at a dinner dance, she recognizes an opportunity to show what Raisin Investigations can do. Even better, the case gives her a chance to reunite with her long-absent friend, Sir Charles Fraith. As they scour the Cotswolds in search of leads, Charles' insights prove invaluable and his charms irresistible, leading poor Emma to fall madly in love with him.

As ever, Agatha bumbles her way through the case, trying her friends' patience and flirting shamelessly with the chief suspect. Will she put her tiny agency on the map, or has even the outrageous Agatha finally bitten off more than she can chew?
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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Sept. 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Deadly Dance marks a great improvement in the Agatha Raisin series as she opens a detective agency in Mircester. Now, Agatha can be involved in more cases, increase the number of continuing characters in her investigations, and overcome the focus on finding an attractive man that dominated so many earlier books in the series. The main flaw in this book is that Agatha is very grumpy as the book opens, and it's not until she gets over her anger that the story becomes fully appealing. So stick with it, and you'll be well rewarded by this virtual satire of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.

Agatha decides to go to Paris alone, but her good time is spoiled when a thief on the Metro snatches her money. The French police are even more annoying when they condescend to her when she claims to be an amateur detective. Agatha returns to set up her detective agency. Her first hire turns out well when new next-door neighbor, sixty-seven-year-old Emma Comfrey, turns out to be a whiz at finding cats, getting clients to pay premium prices, and asking the right questions. Agatha is most excited, however, when Sir Charles Fraith sends a friend, Mrs. Laggat-Brown, along whose daughter, Cassandra, has received a death threat related to her forthcoming marriage to Jason Peterson, whose father has a shady past. Accompanied by Emma, the two attend Cassandra's engagement party where Agatha as usual makes a big splash.

Puzzled by who is after Cassandra, Agatha soon beefs up the detective agency with her friend, Miss Simms, a retired police officer, and various freelancers who can help track and photograph cheating spouses. Sir Charles eventually shows up and wants to join the action, as does her friend Roy Silver.
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