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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: June 2014 ISBN: 9781483048840
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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

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 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... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donald | 1/27/2014

    " At last Agatha gets shot of her newest neighbour, not a great fan of this one and neither was Agatha lol "

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

    " Another lovely mystery to curl up with! You know what to expect and Agatha delivers! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacula | 1/19/2014

    " Book 13 in the Agatha Raisin series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick\ | 1/13/2014

    " Prickly, nosy, overweight, middle-aged and unloved, driven executive moves to the country to relax and become a tweedy villager. Doesn't work out as expected. A somewhat dark series of the drawing room type. Contemporary Romaticism where the need's goal is, close or far, always out of reach. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andree | 1/10/2014

    " Agatha may be growing up, and I may be losing my obsession with these books. I read one more text and then I switch to Kindle Fire! Whoo hooo! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi (awesome group member) | 12/31/2013

    " Another good Aggie book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 11/30/2013

    " I revised several of the other cozies down after reading this one. This characters are so real! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tom | 11/11/2013

    " This one didn't really appeal to me. I took it back to the library this morning. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie Hilton | 9/24/2013

    " This is a good Agatha Raisin whodunit, with Agatha investigating the murder of a shady man of the cloth who arrives in her village. She is assisted by a new neighbor, but this relationship fizzles rather than sizzles. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 9/22/2013

    " Yet another delightful Agatha Raisin adventure! I particularly liked the plot & characters in this installment, a very entertaining read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 9/15/2013

    " Typical Agatha Rasisn book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa Greer | 8/17/2013

    " Meh... didn't grab me. So, I didn't continue. I know many others like this series, so maybe I'll try one of the most recent ones. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miriam | 8/14/2013

    " Good o'e middle-aged English woman Agatha Raisin. At it again trying to be a detective. Quite like-able albeit irreverent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 7/15/2013

    " Agatha gets involved in yet another murder investigation aided by her neighbor John, who is falling out of favour. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynne Tull | 7/6/2013

    " 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! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 7/3/2013

    " Agatha Raisin and the Case of the Curious Curate (Agatha Raisin Mysteries) by M. C. Beaton (2004) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 5/31/2013

    " I don't read mysteries. This was only my second or third, but I quite liked it. Mindless, fun, easy to read, fast-paced. I also didn't guess whodunnit, which is quite thrilling! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 5/26/2013

    " I found this appealing - I tend to like those English mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 4/17/2013

    " Just a general thought about all the Agatha Raisin books: I'm so tired of her fancying herself in love with everything in trousers. She's a strong, smart, successful woman who has ZERO self-confidence and it's REALLY annoying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MommaLaura | 4/16/2013

    " Well done Agatha! Once again, Agatha Raisin bumbles around and saves the day! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 4/4/2013

    " Silly, lightweight reading. Fun, but not very thought-provoking. It's good to read something like this every once in a while. "

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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. Born in Scotland, she now divides her time between Paris and the English Cotswolds.

About the Narrator

Penelope Keith is a narrator and an award-winning actress who is best known for her roles in To the Manor Born and The Good Life, but she has appeared in many other television programs, including No Job for a Lady and Law and Disorder. Her theater performances include The Norman Conquests, Hay Fever, and Mrs. Warren’s Profession. She has received several BAFTA Awards and in 2014 was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.