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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,348 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: August 2015 ISBN: 9781504670081
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Crankier than ever, Agatha Raisin wants to forget that her husband left her to enter a monastery—a turn of affairs more humiliating than when she caught him with a mistress. She feels abandoned, fat, frumpy, and absolutely furious.

What are her options? She takes an island vacation and joins a Pilates class. But what finally lifts her spirits is finding a corpse. The dead girl was a member of Agatha’s exercise class, afloat in a rain-swollen river, dressed in a bridal gown, and clutching a wedding bouquet. Agatha’s policeman friend Bill Wong suggests she leave this macabre murder to the Worcester CID. Pah! What do they know? Once she enlists the aid of the bachelor mystery writer next door, puts on a disguise, and interviews some likely suspects, Agatha will be her brash, redoubtable self again—unless she becomes the killer’s next victim first …

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A true village mystery with a heroine so timely and real, you’ll want to meet her at the pub.”

    St. Petersburg Times

  • “Funny, breezy, and very enjoyable.”

    Midwest Book Review

  • “The Agatha Raisin stories are always well plotted, but the real attraction is the quirky characters of Agatha, Sir Charles, and James. Fans will be thrilled to catch up with the titanic trio.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “The real story in M. C. Beaton’s Agatha Raisin and the Day the Floods Came takes place upon Agatha’s return to her Cotswold home, when she learns of a young woman’s apparent suicide and decides to investigate with the aid of her new neighbor, the dashing, cultured, and vaguely lascivious writer John Armitage, and her own surprising flair for deceit and disguise.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Beaton’s Agatha Raisin series just about defines the British cozy: she gives us an individualistic sleuth working out of a thatched cottage in an achingly picturesque Cotswold village.”

    Booklist, praise for the series

  • “Penelope Keith as Agatha shines.”

    AudioFile, praise for the narrator

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 1/23/2014

    " This was an interesting turn in which Agatha kind of predicts a crime before it happens, then sees the anticipated victim floating down a flooded waterway, presumably a flood victim. This book introduces a new neighbor, Johm Armitage, a mystery writer, who decides fiction is easier than fact. As usual, Agatha nearly gets killed, but in the end helps the police nab the murderer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 1/19/2014

    " Why does Agatha get eligible (ish) blokes moving in just next door? I'm sure if it happened to me, I could enjoy their presence and daydream without getting quite so besotted ;o) Mind you, neither do I find a juicy murder to investigate every few months, so perhaps that's why Agatha's adventures & mishaps continue to entertain, even when gobbled down over only a few late nights. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Hilton | 1/17/2014

    " Agatha finds a new friend to help her amateur detecting, as murder never takes a holiday in the Cotswolds, it seems. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Sampson | 1/15/2014

    " Another adventure of agatha that was a good read. "

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

    " I am liking this enough to stick with this series to the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacula | 1/11/2014

    " Book 12 in the Agatha Raisin series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donald | 1/6/2014

    " Not really a fan of the new neighbour. . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 12/30/2013

    " Agatha continues to sleuth in the Cotswolds, in her own inimitable way, with assistance from a blonde wig and a new neighbour. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dianne | 12/28/2013

    " It was ok. Sufficiently interesting to keep me reading as I didn't have anything else. A little simple for my taste. I wouldn't buy these books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fluffychick | 12/12/2013

    " Enjoyed this more than the past few as the dreadful James is out of the picture! Although there are a few mentions of him, Agatha is back to her thin-skinned yet truculent self! The fact that Chrles only appears briefly is another plus. The murder plot is a bit thin, but I think Aggie is fab! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mailis Viiand | 11/24/2013

    " I read this one by the pool sipping cocktails so i might have been positively biased to it all and in generous mindset, but i consider it to be solid village murder mystery, that can be read in a one big gulp and is recommended to christie fans... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 11/15/2013

    " Good series but I have read them too close together. Let this be a lesson when reading a long series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 10/28/2013

    " An enjoyable enough read but not nearly as wacky as other instalments in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 10/27/2013

    " frozen bride under the bridge "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andree | 8/15/2013

    " Nice book, but poor Agatha. It ends sadly for her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynne | 8/12/2013

    " I love Agatha Raisin books! Totally addictive and fun to read - they always have the knack of making me laugh, and sometimes this is exactly what's needed. An Agatha Raisin book a cup of coffee and some chocolate...or maybe a glass of wine! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy Reid | 5/10/2013

    " Agatha Raisin is one crazy lady but I can't help but like her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 4/6/2013

    " Another fun tale with Agatha! Thank goodness no James or Charles but rather a NEW neighbor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita | 3/18/2013

    " This is my first Agatha Raisin book, although this is the 12th in the series. The main character is not particularly likeable. Readable murder mystery, but I won't go out of my way to read another. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 3/10/2013

    " I enjoy the Agatha Raisin mysteries. They can be a little silly but they are fun. I love that they are set in England. Such great fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 3/5/2013

    " Guess who shows up at the end? I am so glad I have the next book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ladiibbug | 2/24/2013

    " #12 Agatha Raisin - cozy mystery "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilyn | 2/18/2013

    " There were times I actually felt sorry for Agatha in this book! "

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

    " 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 Foxglow | 1/7/2013

    " Agatha herself is becoming more endearing. But I can always figure out "whodunit" before the end of the book. "

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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—award-winning actress and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire—has appeared on stage and in many television programs but is perhaps best known for her roles in To the Manor Born and The Good Life.