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3.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 5 3.77 (13 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: M. C. Beaton Narrator: Penelope Keith Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Agatha Raisin Mysteries Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538466353
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Agatha Raisin has never been one for forced holiday cheer, but her friendly little village of Carsely has always prided itself on its traditional Christmas festivities. But this year the bells will not be ringing out, as Mr. John Sunday, an officer with the Cotswold Health and Safety Board, has chosen Christmas as the time to crack down on safety hazards all around the community. But he goes too far when he rules that there cannot be a Christmas tree atop the church tower this year. Mr. Sunday is soon found facedown in the petunias, very much dead. Agatha is instantly on the case, but with so many people having threatened the life of the victim, it’s almost impossible to know where to start!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Beaton is a master of the cozy formula—there are plenty of red herrings, a large cast of suspects, and an eagle-eye view of village life.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “Terrific…Beaton, the pen name for Marion Chesney, does a brilliant job of depicting Agatha’s struggles with aging and keeping her detective agency afloat. Her romantic upheavals (will she ever marry close friend Sir Charles Fraith?) continue to tantalize.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • Testy Agatha, continuing her habit of falling for unsuitable men, scores again with a cunning mixture of satire and mystery.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colette | 5/22/2011

    " I have read the entire series and I am love with the 50 something detective who finds herself in the most peculiar situation. As a forty something non-detective who finds herself in the most peculiar situations. I can relate!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilyn | 5/18/2011

    " I like Agatha Raisin mysteries. Agatha is a believable character. Her exploits always amuse me. Looking back this is the 11th Agatha Raisin I have read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 5/1/2011

    " Ah to spend the day in the company of Agatha Raisin never fails to entertain. I had not read any of this series for awhile and was definitely delighted with this one. Fun to see all the old characters resurfacing even if only for a little while. I enjoyed my day in Cotswolds and you will too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 4/24/2011

    " I always enjoy Beaton's mysteries, Agatha is grumpy, not your usual cozy mystery detective. I think that is one of the things I enjoy about this series.
    Not the best of the series but I still liked it and fans will like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 3/27/2011

    " The series frequently gets an extra star because I am somewhat addicted to the self-focused Agatha Raisin. The books remind me how many times I kept tuning in to the "Murder She Wrote" TV mysteries to see Angela Lansbury play the Jessica Fletcher role. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Judith | 3/23/2011

    " Boring. Too cute and fragmented. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 3/20/2011

    " Fun read, as usual from MC Beaton "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 3/2/2011

    " The Agatha Raisin series by M.C.Beaton is one of my favorite adult series. Cranky self-centered Agatha is a hoot. In this book she solves the mystery of two seemingly unrelated deaths, murders, in a neighboring English village with all the usual troubles that only Agatha can encounter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 2/13/2011

    " The newest Agatha Raisin Mystery. I love this series. This one is not the best but still a fun time in the English countryside! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joann | 1/22/2011

    " I knew who did it from early on but you just keep reading beacause you want to know what the characters are doing. I feel sometimes like the characters are family and I just have to know about the lives of these peoploe. I love everyone from Agatha to her cats. Always a good light hearted read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miriam | 1/22/2011

    " I love Agatha she makes me laugh. Some of her off-the-cuff remarks are wonderful, and she always says what many of us think but don't say.
    The ending with Charles and James was priceless "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 1/19/2011

    " I love Agatha Raisin! While Busy Body isn't one of the strongest in the series, I enjoy the main character so much that any story which includes her is a winner for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/8/2011

    " Agatha is developing more depth as a character. "

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About the Author

M. C. Beaton has won international acclaim for her New York Times bestselling Hamish Macbeth mysteries, and the BBC has aired twenty-four episodes based on the series. Beaton is also the author of the bestselling Agatha Raisin novels, which aired as an eight-episode dramatic series on PBS, starring Ashley Jensen. M. C. Beaton’s books have been translated into seventeen languages. She lives in the Cotswolds. For more information, please visit MCBeaton.com.

About the Narrator

Penelope Keith is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and 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.