At home alone for the holidays, Agatha Raisin decides to host a dinner party for the elder residents in her Cotswold village of Winter Parva. Agatha's never been much of a homemaker, but she's dead set on making this the perfect holiday for the 'crumblies', as she affectionately calls them. She's decorated a tree while fending off her cats, Hodge and Boswell, and even made a (lumpy) Christmas pudding in between swigs of rum. But when Agatha dumps the pudding on the head of the local self-proclaimed lothario - an 85-year-old with a beer belly and fingers like sausages - his death by dessert proves more than a trifle as mysteries mount higher than the season's snowfall. So much for trying to do good by her neighbors. Now Agatha needs no less than a Christmas miracle to get herself out of this one.
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Penny Keith read the story incredibly well and her accents for each of the characters made the interaction of each person unique and more real.
A quick book to walk a dog too for the 1hr10 and you could be rewarded with the Done and Dusted merit badge for the stats.
My first interaction with Agatha Raisin and will have to consider engaging with her again in another book.
An amusing short that passed a long journey through the Highlands in an enjoyable fashion, narrated with aplomb by the lovely Penelope Keith. Quite an abrupt ending but enjoyable nonetheless.
I have read and listened to many of the AR books, they are all a bit twee but nonetheless quite fun and entertaining, but this..! Seriously bloody awful, could have been written by a 10 year old except that a 10 year old probably would not have written such appallingly sexist character descriptions of both women and men, though worse in relation to women. The cliché of the mean, waspish, jealous, frigid 'spinster' - just dreadful. Made worse by the reference to 'spinster' being unacceptable now owing to 'political correctness' - to be replaced by 'single'. Single is the correct, polite term AC Beaton, and people who resort to referencing 'political correctness' when they want to use a pejorative descriptor (and 'spinster' is pejorative) are third rate writers.
This book is hackneyed, the plot absurd and nonsensical and the characterisation two dimensional at best. And OMG the references to lacy knickers and things etc are embarrassingly stupid. I listened to the end in fascination as the story got worse and worse. James Lacey was brought in at the end for no good reason save to pad out the story and show he still exists. The physical description was a cut and paste job.
I can honestly say that this is the worst book I've come across in 40 years of keen reading. Not even good enough to be kitsch..
Fun Festive Froth
A good, plummy narration.
I bought this book because it was the deal of the day. It definitely isn't worth the £6.99 that it's currently priced at. But, that moan apart, it was a nice festive listen as I wrapped up the Christmas presents.
I love audiobooks and will listen to a book whilst gardening or doing things around the house.
Not sure how this short story ended up in my library.
The story is a bit silly, but the narration by Penelope Keith makes the best of this far fetched tale.
Not for me.
didn't enjoy this at all was really rather childish with the most dreadful plot niether a detective story not a comedy can't think of any genre or demographic this book would be suitable for.
Good characters well described as usual. Brilliant narration by Penelope Keith as always. The storyline was a little weaker than other Agatha Raisin books I have read.
Penelope Keith makes most books interesting by her gripping narration. The investigation was intriguing initially and was an average whodunnit- just not quite up to the standard of other Agatha Raisins. .
Yes! Excellent narration and character portrayal. Faultless!
A short play starring Penelope Keith and others from To the Manor Born maybe!
I'll admit that I didn't get the entire way through, I couldn't keep listening. What started off as an indulgent, tongue-in-cheek trip to middle England has evolved into lazy monologues about jealous middle aged women and a frankly alarming number out outdated stereotypes. Even with Penelope Keith's excellent narration I can't help getting constantly frustrated, and worse of all, just plain bored? I hope this is just a blip and that you M.C.Beaton is back on form for the next edition as I've had a lot of enjoyment from her novels in the past.
This story is ridiculous. I have never read any of the previous books and won't be, so maybe I am missing something.
The main character lies to the police about a possible murder, then stands on the moral high ground accusing someone else of another crime. There is no mystery to solve. It might be new, but it's dated already.
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