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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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..
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 am an elderly widow, and I so enjoy Audible as I can relax and listen to all the lovely books I would otherwise find difficulty in reading
A better story line and not quite so silly
No, I have aways enjoyed the Agatha Raisin books in the past, just this one was not to my taste at all
I quite liked this short Christmas story. Even thought it was only over 1 hour long but still it was enjoyable detective plot. Narration wa well done.
A social butterfly in the LGBT community of London. Always seeking culture and fitness. Listening to books is just so much easier!
I'm not sure whether this is meant to be a children's book, a mystery novel or a book for the older generation.
It's quite linear and the investigation pretty dull. Quite pompous with nothing to really get excited about.
A person of many interests starting from history, religion and education, to IT, cooking and books in all their old and recently born forms.
She just knows her job. Her voice for this kind of a genre is just perfect.
I bought this as a Christmas treat and liked the story altogether. Agatha amuses me and even as a short story this was a time well spent.
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