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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,265 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: M. C. Beaton Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Agatha Raisin Mysteries Release Date: December 2015 ISBN: 9781504677981
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Agatha Raisin’s detective agency has become so successful that now all she wants is some R&R. But as soon as she cuts back her hours, Agatha remembers that when she has too much quality time, she doesn’t know what to do with it. So it doesn’t take much for the vicar of a nearby village to persuade her to help publicize the church fete, especially when the fair’s organizer, George Selby, happens to be a gorgeous widower.

The problem is that several of the offerings in the jam-tasting booth turn out to be poisoned, and the festive family event soon becomes a murder scene. Now Agatha must uncover the truth behind the jam tampering and expose the nasty secrets lurking in the seemingly innocent village—all while falling for handsome George, who just may have some secrets of his own.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Terrific…A must-read.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A clever tale…featuring irascible, lovable Agatha Raisin. A Spoonful of Poison will go down just fine.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • “Features an intricate plot that starts off rather innocuously, then expands to reveal a murderer and the lives of others in the village. In the middle of it all is Agatha, who has half her mind on detecting while the other half is again on the lookout for a new romance.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

  • “In bestseller Beaton’s saucy nineteenth Agatha Raisin mystery…Beaton’s sly humor enhances the cozy-style plotting, while updates on Agatha’s and Toni’s respective romantic travails are delightful as ever. The open-ended resolution points to more madcap mayhem to come.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaye | 2/17/2014

    " Agatha is back and managing a church fete at a nearby village. Only things don't go smoothly and some jam with LSD leads to a death. Throw in a handsome widower who might have murdered his wife and you've a case for Agatha. These cozy mysteries aren't great literature but Agatha has grown on me enough to continue the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 1/28/2014

    " Another Agatha Raisin! You have to feel sorry for Agatha, she is such an immature adult!!! Ms Beaton needs to find her a soulmate. Though that might take the edge off and then she wouldn't be so funny and quirky. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 1/21/2014

    " Another fun and enjoyable Agatha Raisin mystery. She is cranky yet loveable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 1/14/2014

    " Fun little, easy-reading mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 1/12/2014

    " Another quick and enjoyable little murder mystery in the picturesque Cotswolds, solved by plucky Agatha and her team of detectives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Foxglow | 11/22/2013

    " MC Beaton is able to pull yet another new plot out of Agatha. Giving us a new twist on the same old murder and mayhem "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carrie | 11/12/2013

    " Liked her others much better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 11/5/2013

    " Another Agatha Raisin in the same vein as all the others but still a light hearted read that I enjoy as a break from all the much heavier stuff "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andree | 10/3/2013

    " It's great to be back with Agatha after nearly a year. She continues to feel her age and this still continues to be a tad boring. I have vowed to read a not-Agatha book before I read another. I'm running out of titles toread! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Colleen | 10/3/2013

    " This was my first introduction to Agatha Raisin and, frankly, this immature character turned me off. The mystery itself was fun and the small town life it protrayed was spot on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 10/3/2013

    " Another fun read with Agatha Raisin and her crew. love the twists in plots. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 9/11/2013

    " Agatha, the protagonist, is quite a character, as is the rest of her detectives. This who-done-it has enough going on to keep you reading. Still, I can only give it a middling rating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynne Tull | 8/8/2013

    " Agatha Raisin is not my favorite character. However, I love M. C. Beaton/Marion Chesney books. I confess I just got caught up in the series because of that! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Trea | 7/18/2013

    " Did not like this, was rather boring but of course I had to read to the end to find out "who dunnit" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Bergin | 5/8/2013

    " Another enjoyable Agatha Raisin, Cotswolds set murder mystery. Agatha is so wonderfully awful, you cant help but love her. I really enjoy this series, very quick to read with great characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 4/14/2013

    " Yet another enjoyable Agatha Raisin book. A nice mindless read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 4/10/2013

    " Not really my cup of tea. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie | 1/9/2013

    " 19th in Agatha Raisin series. This one was really quite funny. Some of the things Agatha said and did were really funny. It appears Toni and Harry are going to be in competition with Agatha in the future. Agatha may find a new boy friend too call Sylvan. Loved this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shelly | 6/30/2012

    " A "so, so" book. The writing is very choppy and I really couldn't get myself to even like the main character. She's supposed to be "cranky, yet loveable", but I just don't see it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nattaporn | 3/20/2012

    " This is The first book of M.C. Beaton that I read. And it's good! I like her style of telling story and feel like real since the main character is like a real person you could meet in your life. Nonody perfect even a smart one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 *Babs* | 3/17/2012

    " I love reading about Agatha and what she is working on. This is one of my favorite series. Agatha can make some things worse and stumble on other things that make you wonder how she does it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 3/3/2012

    " surprisingly delightful "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie | 10/25/2011

    " An easy piece of fluff to read. Face it - we all need one sometimes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 7/21/2011

    " This one reminded me of the first Agatha Raisin book where she murdered someone through her purchasing of a quiche., instead of baking one herself. Very enjoyable read. Took us all along the countryside to various locales. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Esmee | 4/12/2011

    " Agatha Raisin is not my favorite character. However, I love M. C. Beaton/Marion Chesney books. I confess I just got caught up in the series because of that! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/12/2011

    " Another enjoyable Agatha Raisin, Cotswolds set murder mystery. Agatha is so wonderfully awful, you cant help but love her. I really enjoy this series, very quick to read with great characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dee | 8/31/2010

    " The detective, Agatha Raisin, is a middle-aged divorcee, who is a petty, jealous person who wants all the attention and thinks she need a man in her life to be fulfilled. She is not the type of person that I enjoy reading about as the protagonist of a book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Darla | 8/27/2010

    " Quick read. Unfortunately not as good as Beaton's series with Hamish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 8/4/2010

    " Another Agatha Raisin in the same vein as all the others but still a light hearted read that I enjoy as a break from all the much heavier stuff "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina | 7/27/2010

    " This was a fun and easy read. Not a real nail-biter, but just enough adventure to be a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Momruns5 | 5/26/2010

    " A good fast read. I like Agatha Raisin. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joyce | 4/10/2010

    " Always a good read..... I really enjoy Agatha Raisin! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 4/5/2010

    " what's not to love--it's British, the heroine is my age, and it's a fast, entertaining read. I think I've started yet another series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 2/26/2010

    " Another enjoyable Agatha Raisin mystery! "

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About the Author

M. C. Beaton has won international acclaim for her bestselling Hamish Macbeth mysteries and the Agatha Raisin mystery series. She is also the author of more than one hundred romance titles and a series of romantic suspense novels, the Edwardian Mystery series.

About the Narrator

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.