Agatha Raisin: Something Borrowed, Someone Dead Paperback – 17 Apr 2014
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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.
The bossy, vain and irresistible Agatha is back in her latest adventure - her 25th in the series.See all Product Description
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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!
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Kept me entertained right to the end another exciting story by M.C. BeatonPublished 17 days ago by Mrs T Supple
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