Penelope Keith - who starred as Agatha Raisin in the popular BBC Radio 4 series - reads M. C. Beaton's entertaining murder mystery.
Winter Parva, a traditional Cotswolds village next door to Carsely, has decided to throw a celebratory hog roast to mark the beginning of the winter holiday festivities and Agatha Raisin has arrived with friend and rival in the sleuthing business, Toni, to enjoy the merriment. But as the spit pig is carried towards the bed of fiery charcoal Agatha - and the rest of the village - realise that things aren't as they seem....
Very quickly it transpires that the spit pig is in fact Gary Beech, a policeman not much loved in Winter Parva. And although Agatha has every intention of leaving the affair to the police, she rapidly changes her mind when she finds out Gary's ex-wife has hired Toni to investigate. Cantankerous and competitive as Agatha is, she has now to join the fray and try and solve the case herself!
©2011 M.C. Beaton (P)2015 Audible, Inc
I was disappointed with this Agatha Raisin book. The last few have become far too convoluted and far fetched. The author's characterisation of the younger generation is not believable (I am in constant contact with the age group represented by Toni and Simon) Furthermore, there were errors in consistency between the previous book and this one which were extremely irritating. Penelope Keith, whilst being a national treasure, and delightful to watch and listen to, has unfortunately got a limited range of accents. I was able to forgive this in her previous renditions of Agatha Raisin books because the stories were good and the limitations of the reader were therefore not as critical. However with the weaker plot a stronger performance may have helped save my overall experience. Unfortunately, she used using an Irish accent when the story called for a Scottish one and it was an annoying flaw in her performance. Sadly, this was not a great listening experience and I regret that I have used all this month's credits to buy two more Raisin books.
"Can't go wrong with an Agatha Raisin mystery"
MC Beaton writes a wonderful story which is never dull, often incorporates an Aggie Raisin catch cry of 'snakes and bastards' and there is always an unexpected twist. The mystery rockets along at a really great pace and Penelope Keith reads the story brilliantly and captures all characters perfectly. Audible.com could you please get more Aggie Raisin stories.
"Agatha is still a cute read..."
It's not rocket science, but an easy read.
At least this time she doesn't leap into a new relationship!
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