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Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley: Agatha Raisin, Book 4 Audio Download – Unabridged

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  • Listening Length: 4 hours and 40 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 1 July 2012
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008GMZPEU

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was pleasantly surprised to find that Agatha Raisin, the sleuth in this story, is an enjoyably cranky middle-aged British lady. She has retired from the high pressure of London business (public relations) to settle in the quiet Cotswolds, only to get caught up in a murder and mystery. Being a rather cranky, middle-aged female myself, I found Agatha charming in her cantankerousness. The writing is amusing without being cloying, and I actually chuckled aloud several times. This was my first foray into murder with Agatha Raisin, and I'll definitely seek out another adventure with her.
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Agatha is at her most endearing and infurating best. I snap up all the Agatha series books as soon as they come off press because I know I'm in for a wonderful read. Anyone who like to take their murders with a dose of good humor will love Ms. Beaton's Agatha series. (Although this title is listed as part of the Hamish Macbeth series, the Agatha Raisin character has never even met Constable Macbeth. Suggestion to the esteemed author: Send Agatha to Hamish's beloved Lochdubh on vacation, knock off some offensive character and have Hamish and Agatha work together to solve the mystery. Your readers will be in for the ride of their lives!!)
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Ok, ok, I shouldn't like these books. Cosy crime is for women, right? Well, actually, no; Midsomer Murders, Marple, Poirot - they are cosy crime and both men and women like them. But Agatha Raisin isn't an entirely loveable character, is she? No, she isn't, but the aforementioned Poirot can be annoying. And James Lacey seems to do at least as much of the detective work as Agatha Raisin? Yes, he does, and unlike Holmes and Poirot, who both have stooges as accomplices, James Lacey is at least equal to Mrs Raisin. So why I love these books? Easy, cosy reading, with good stories moving at just the right pace. In this one, a group of hikers are led by a militant woman fighting the class-war by trampling across landowners' fields. She is found murdered and there are any number of people who might have done it. Agatha and James set off to find out who it was, blundering across the police's work but also finding out things the police wouldn't have got to. An excellent read if you don't want to tax your mind with 'heavy' reading. Each book in the series can be read on its own, but probably better to start with the first one ('the Quiche') and follow the trail.
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The walkers referred to in the title are a rather eclectic and somewhat pathetic bunch who traipse around with a chip on their shoulders just spoiling for a fight with area landowners. They seldom have any trouble finding conflict especially with their pushy, outspoken and obnoxious leader Jessica Tartinc leading the charge. As this book begins Jessica has gone too far even for her followers and she heads off to confront a local aristocrat on her own. When her body is found on said aristocrat's land the suspect list includes not only the gentry but also the walkers themselves. Because one of the walkers is the niece of Mrs. Mason, the President of the Carsely Ladies Society, and has therefore heard of Agatha and her amateur sleuthing Agatha's assistance is requested. Needless to say, this gives a big boost to Agatha's ego but by the end of the book she finds out that maybe the reference that she received wasn't nearly as complimentary as she had thought.

Much to Agatha's delight, the strategy decided upon requires her and her neighbor James Lacey to move into a flat in Dembley and pose as husband and wife in order to infiltrate the group of walkers. Agatha, who has been chasing Lacey since the first book of the series is soon dejected however because her pretend marriage just doesn't work out at all like she had planned. Unknown to her however she is much more attractive to James when she isn't trying to get her claws into him and he becomes more and more fond of her as the book progresses. This part of the plot in fact leads to a bombshell of sorts at the end of this book, which will leave the reader very anxious to get their hands on the next entry in the series.

Despite the bombshell however this is probably the least enjoyable of the first four books in this series.
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I'm reading these books in order, and while they are definitely 'light reading', books that are rather rushed through, not amazingly well-written and much shorter than the average novel, normally the characterisation is amusing and astute. However, this book is full of sexism from the get go, the author choosing to pass a lot more judgement against a certain type of woman (young, great breasts, feminist, protester, promiscuous, bossy - author's choice of description) than necessery. Since I quite enjoyed the first three, I hope this book is not an indication of quality of the rest of the novels in this series.
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I love Agatha Raisin. This is one of her earlier books. I have never yet managed to read them in order. This story introduces Sir Charles Raith (and his man Gustav) though Sir Charles doesn't play a large part he's still as drippy as ever. Though he apears to be as bit of a sexual preditor in this story (but only a bit). I can't figure out why woman are attracted to him .It can't be his good looks as he's discription is very bland. He really has no redeeming features and is a typical chinless wonder. Can't be anything other than his title. Had I not read other books I would swear he would never appear again. Gustav has more character than his master and a better description. Pity the author never developed him . Agatha pursues James Lacey (Tall dark & hansome. You can under stand women falling for him) and seems supprised at the outcome of this. Mrs Bloxby hasn't yet become the friend she will . Bill Wong is in evidence but only as a bit part. Agatha still blunders around and manages by default to come up with the answer. Can't wait for the next one silly really
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