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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,458 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: M. C. Beaton Narrator: Penelope Keith Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Agatha Raisin Mysteries Release Date:
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Amateur sleuth Agatha Raisin is going through a man-hating phase after being left by her husband, is bored with tottering around Carsley, and wishes men would just sod off, so she is unmoved by news of a captivating new curate. But when she meets the golden-haired, blue-eyed Tristan Delon, she is swept off her feet—along with every other female in the village. She is positively ecstatic when he invites her to dine with him, but the next day Agatha is left with a hangover from hell—and the curate is found dead. Carsley is whisked from time-warp monotony to a hotbed of murder and intrigue, and Agatha Raisin is back on track. As the corpses multiply, ever-obstinate Agatha trails clues from Lilac Lane to London, unmindful that someone wicked is arranging that Mrs. Raisin’s cats never again hear their mistress’ footfall on the path.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “At the core of every village cozy is a pinch of arsenic. In the Agatha Raisin Cotswold cozies, the arsenic is Agatha herself, a pushy, whiny, unsociable, self-pitying sort who investigates murders in the tiny village of Carsely the way other women might shop, as a distraction from boredom…Beaton revives a fairly routine plot with a whiff of Dorian Gray here.”

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  • “Beaton has a winner in the irrepressible, romance-hungry Agatha.”

    Chicago Sun-Times, praise for the series

  • “Anyone interested in a few hours’ worth of intelligent, amusing reading will want to make the acquaintance of Mrs. Agatha Raisin.”

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution, praise for the series

  • “The Miss Marple-like Raisin is refreshingly sensible and wonderfully eccentric.”

    Buffalo News, praise for the series

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nancy Ellis | 2/11/2014

    " Another enjoyable adventure with goofy Agatha! This time a handsome young curate is murdered....who would want to do a thing like that??!!! Naturally Agatha gets involved and manages to get herself into all kinds of trouble but eventually, of course, solves the mystery. These books are fun to read and so relaxing! Will dear old Agatha ever find a man??? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Thomas | 2/8/2014

    " Not bad. An Agatha Christie-type murder mystery without the Agatha Christie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dana Vasey | 2/6/2014

    " This has to be my favorite Agatha Raisin mystery so far. Not only did I come nowhere near to solving the mystery, the ending was a pure and complete shocker. Great book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Grace | 1/31/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. Like the others in the series it was easy to read as well as being entertaining. On to the next one... "

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