Agatha Raisin: Something Borrowed, Someone Dead (Audiogo) Audio CD – Audiobook, 3 Oct 2013
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From the Back Cover
Praise for M. C. Beaton
'I know I once vowed to read only Agatha Christie for a year, but I've cheated. My No. 1 mistress: M. C. Beaton and her Agatha Raisin whodunits. Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life.' Entertainment Weekly
'The detective novels of M. C. Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status.' Anne Robinson, The Times
'I'm not sure I wouldn't back Agatha against Jack Reacher in a fight. She has the ruthlessness. The cunning. And the poisoned quiche.' Daily Telegraph--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From the Inside Flap
Incomer Gloria French is at first welcomed in the Cotswold village of Piddlebury. She seems like a do-gooder par excellence, raising funds for the church and caring for the elderly. But she has a bad habit of borrowing things and not giving them back, so when she is discovered dead, poisoned by a bottle of elderberry wine, folk in the village don't mourn her passing too intently.
Parish councillor Jerry Tarrant hires Agatha Raisin to track down the murderer. But the village is creepy and secretive and the residents don't seem to want Agatha to find out who the murderer is. Agatha's investigations are further hampered by the emotional upset of finding her ex, James Lacey, has fallen in love with young detective Toni Gilmour.
And now the murderer seems to be targeting Agatha!--This text refers to the Hardcover edition. See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
The actual novel seems to drift between two and four stars, that is why I have given it three. There are parts of this where you feel M C Beaton is on top form, only to be let down by what follows. In some ways I felt that this had been co-written, or if by one hand, then someone who was getting a bit bored. There is one part of a romantic nature (I won't say between whom, as I do not want to spoil this for those who haven't read the book), which is really just filler, there is no need to go into the actual events, just show the outcome, which Mrs Bloxby had already predicted. Parts of this story also seem to be cobbled together from other cases, and at times you feel a sensation of deja vu.
This is readable enough, and you do get some entertainment here, but it does jar in places, and you soon realise that this isn't up to the standards of other stories in the series, indeed in at least a couple of places you wonder if this is suddenly going to turn into some supernatural thriller.Read more ›
Has Agatha bitten off more than she can chew with this dangerous case and can she unmask the murderer before the murderer does for her and all her friends? Agatha is also grappling with jealousy as she realises her ex-husband, James Lacey, appears to have fallen in love with Toni Gilmour, one of Agatha's employees.
I enjoyed listening to this audio book read by Penelope Keith whose voice absolutely fits the character of Agatha Raisin in my opinion. I was a little disappointed by the swear words which have crept into this latest book in the series but on the other hand they are not used gratuitously and do fit the characters who use them.
Perhaps following a basic formula make it easier to churn out a regular supply for fans, but I really felt as if the writer has lost interest for huge chunks of this story. Dialogue between characters seemed to have been replaced by a hurried narrative; not unlike the ploy used in old films, where someone takes a phone call & repeats back the conversation in order to save shooting a scene. I also got the impression that more than one hand was involved in this book. There were shades of the earlier stories, but it felt as if a rather weak plot with a little narrative (and the little rants that often feature - e.g. how the smoking ban has affected pubs etc.) had been produced, then the rest just filled in around it to pad it out. To a regular reader of these books, the difference in styles stuck out like a sore thumb. If this is to be the future for Agatha Raisin, then it would be kinder to let Bill Wong arrive too late to save her! I will try the next book in hope that this was a temporary blip, but if it's the same then I'll read no more!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have thoroughly enjoyed the Agatha Raisin series in the past but unfortunately compared to the earlier ones found the storyline of this to be disjointed and at times lacking in... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Gillian
This book is a very well written murder story. Full of surprises and mischief it is one of the most amazing book ,from the Agatha Raisin seriesPublished 3 months ago by scott martin