After a lifetime spent in public relations, the drinking and smoking one-woman dynamo that is Agatha Raisin struggles to adapt to life in a quiet Cotswold village. Penelope Keith stars as Agatha Raisin, Miss Marple with attitude, in two full-cast dramas based on the best-selling books by M. C. Beaton.
"The Quiche of Death": In her first extended radio appearance, Agatha Raisin determines to make her mark by winning the local baking competition. When the judge is poisoned by her efforts, she investigates and uncovers a web of extra-marital sex and pastry-based favours.
"The Vicious Vet": A handsome vet is found stabbed with a syringe full of tranquiliser. Was it an accident or did someone put him to sleep? Agatha sets off on a tale of beastly behaviour and animal passion.
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Penelope Keith on top form as the meddling Agatha aided by the long suffering James (in the second tale) in two abridged dramatisations of M.C.Beatons' early Agatha Raisin novels.
Well performed and an absolute joy to listen to.
All too short but so worthwhile! Thoroughly recommended.
An easy listen murder mystery without the over explicit traits of some modern detective stories.
Hard to say as all the characters have a role to play in bringing village life and the stories to life.
An excellent dramatisation and Penelope Keith sounds perfect for Agatha.
It is rare for me to listen to a book in one sitting but I did with this one.
Well worth a listen.
The radio adaptations were my first introduction to the Agatha Raisin series - they are quite well adapted, often amusing and usually well cast. These two stories are adapted from the first two novels in the series, with each novel being shortened to two 30 minute episodes. If you've enjoyed the series on the radio, these are a great little listen for shorter car journeys or the Saturday morning chores.
"First time with this author and this character"
And I loved it. I hadn't caught that this was a performance versus an audiobook, so I was taken aback during the first few minutes. But I enjoyed myself thoroughly and can't wait to hear the next one! I see the next one is audio, not performance. I'm slighly disappointed but I'm sure since Penelope Keith is the narrator I'll be happy. I highly recommend this series, this narator and this performance.
"Dramatized Radio Production, Not Unabridged Book"
My rating is not a comment on the well-respected actors in this performance, it's a reflection of my disappointment when I realized this recording is not the unabridged book read by a single narrator but a short (approx 1 hour) dramatized production for radio. Now I know to check the file details before buying!
Penelope Brings Agatha Raisin to life, I enjoy hearing her so much I only wish they didn't change her out of the audio books. I won't buy any more audio books until they bring her back.
"I am a huge fan of Agatha BUT"
This is a very short production that doesn't do either book justice. Much of the plot lines have been changed and the most hilarious escapade Agatha has had (and I have read them all) does not occur. This is perhaps satisfying as a radio production if you don't know Agatha, but you will be disappointed if you are at all familiar with the Raisin series.
"Always a fun listen"
I like the characters that M.C. Beaton creates and I do like to listen to them frequently between some of the much longer much more involved mysteries.
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