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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: C & R Crime (17 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849019754
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849019750
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (234 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status.' (Anne Robinson The Times)

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) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The bossy, vain and irresistible Agatha is back in her latest adventure - her 25th in the series.

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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Oct. 2013
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It is that time of year again when we have a new 'Aggie' novel to devour, and so today I had my feet up on a nice quiet Sunday and relaxed to what I hoped would be an enjoyable read. Unfortunately I was very surprised with this book. Like many other people who love this series, I am looking for a bit of a mystery and some humour, and it has to be admitted that on the whole you do get that with this book. Agatha Raisin finds herself investigating a case in the quaint hamlet of Piddlebury, in the Cotswold. You do have strange characters, some romance and humour, just like what you would expect in a Raisin story, but this doesn't really deliver such an enjoyable read.

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.
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Having put up with some fairly lack luster plots and characters in recent Agatha Raisin novels, I had convinced myself that this new release would see the formidable caustic amateur sleuth back to her best in another 'whodunnit' that provides wit and charm, in what is M.C.Beatons, brilliant style. This was not the case, and what I found was a book that it s hard to believe is written only by the author herself. There are flashes of the original Agatha, but then a few pages later the reader finds themselves reading about an Agatha who is a pale comparison of her former fiesty self. I accept that a character as well established as Agatha, may be difficult to sustain, but this book reads more as an allegory to a supporting cast of characters than to the exploits of the heroin herself. For a seasoned reader it will be another instalment in the series, not the best and it certainly will leave you wondering whether Agatha needs a shot of adrenalin and a better editor, for new readers this will leave you wondering what the fuss was all about. Read it without expectation and it will be worth it, but only out of a sense of nostalgia for the old Aggie.
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Agatha Raisin books are addictive! Once my friend recommended them to me as perfect for someone who likes amateur sleuthing adventures, I bought 'The Quiche of Death' and I have been hooked ever since! This is another fun yarn from MC Beaton which doesn't disappoint. You don't have to have ever read another Agatha Raisin book to pick up any in the series and get into the stories - highly recommended!
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Oh dear, the latest Agatha flits across the pages with one dimensional characters ,leaving our beloved main characters with confusing bit parts. I love Agatha and could not wait for this new investigation. I ended up skim reading most of it and couldn't have cared less if James had perished down a well. Agatha seems to have lost her sparkle and acerbic edge we know and love. Will be rereading some vintage Raisin investigations to remind myself what a fabulous character she truly is !!
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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Nov. 2013
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Gloria French - a newcomer to the village of Piddlebury - is found dead after drinking a poisoned bottle of wine. Agatha Raisin is asked to investigate by Jerry Tarrant, a fellow resident of the same village. He thinks the police may be missing something. Piddlebury has some singularly unpleasant inhabitants and they very soon close ranks when Agatha starts asking questions.

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.
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Full of drama, wit and humour, I always look forward to another Agatha audiobook not least because Penelope Keith is the narrator. Her voice just makes this series. Along with Stephen Fry she is THE narrator to listen to.
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I've read all the Agatha Raisin books so far, & on the whole I have enjoyed them. There are usually 2 or 3 murders. Agatha usually has a brush with death, & then Police come in at the end & whip away the credit from her.
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!
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