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Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death Audiobook

Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death: Agatha Raisin, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Meet Agatha Raisin, high-flying public relations boss turned village sleuth. After her many years of bullying and cajoling others, her early retirement to a picture-perfect village in the Cotswolds is a dream come true.

©2004 M.C. Beaton (P)2015 Audible, Inc

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    Emilia London, United Kingdom 05/10/2012
    Emilia London, United Kingdom 05/10/2012 Member Since 2013
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    "Completely loved it!"

    I'm now hooked on this series after listening to this audio book! Highly recommended if you enjoy Agatha Christie and midsummer murders for a bit of light entertainment.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10/07/2013 Member Since 2016
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    "Thoroughly recommended"
    What made the experience of listening to Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death the most enjoyable?

    The first Agatha Raisin, 'lady detective', novel establishes Agatha as a newcomer to the English countryside, vacillating about staying, and surprising herself by making new friends and becoming actually popular for the first time in her pushy, go-getting, high-flying life. As a successor to Agatha Christie's Miss Marple, she is certainly very recognisable to most modern readers, and her transformation from waspish business owner to respected country-dweller is at least as interesting as the tale of her investigations into the death of a local husband. Excellently written, excellently read (of course!), and a thoroughly romping listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author takes the time to establish the characters in a way that blends subtlety with humour, and their interactions are fascinating to observe.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    There were so many great scenes, I would be hard pressed to pick one that stood out above the rest.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    How hard can it be for a city high-flyer to turn country-dweller?


    Any additional comments?

    The performance from Penelope Keith was impeccable, as one would expect.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Louise Hockley, United Kingdom 03/07/2013
    Louise Hockley, United Kingdom 03/07/2013 Member Since 2015
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    "Laugh out loud"

    This is the first book in the Agatha Raisin story and to begin with I did not like the main character Agatha Raisin, but she grew on me as the story developed until I saw her as a crazy aunt. The narrator was very good and told the story very well and with the plot there were parts where I had tears of laughter but it was still a murder mystery which had you guessing all the way through.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda 07/04/2013
    Amanda 07/04/2013 Member Since 2016
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    "Very enjoyable listen"

    I love Penelope Keith narrating this series, and The Quiche of Death is one of the best for pure fun. Perfect listening for a Sunday afternoon with tea and cake!

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    Tracy Wilsden 16/11/2016
    Tracy Wilsden 16/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful!"

    Absolutely delightful! An amusing and gentle storyline brought to life by the wonderful Penelope Keith, who had me laughing out loud at times, particularly when narrating the parts of 'Ray'. I'm definitely going to download more from this series.

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    Celticprincess 29/09/2016
    Celticprincess 29/09/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Nice story, lovely narration"
    What did you like most about Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death?

    I was looking for a light read and this was perfect. I loved how acid Agatha is. At first, it doesn;t seem an endearing character, but it does become one after a few pages.


    What other book might you compare Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death to, and why?

    I don't think I can compare it to another book since I'm don't read many whodunnits, but I think it's a combination of Miss Marple and Aunty Acid...


    Which character – as performed by Penelope Keith – was your favourite?

    Agatha and Bill.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When she has her big change of heart and mind.


    Any additional comments?

    Perfect book for one of those moments when life is a bit too hectic and you need a light but witty read.

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    Mrs. C. 27/09/2016
    Mrs. C. 27/09/2016 Listener Since 2009
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    "Good story"

    Kept you wondering from beginning to end and was most enjoyable to listen to. I look forward to listening to more titles in the series.

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    Claire Kendall-Price 05/09/2016 Member Since 2012
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    "LOVE Agatha Raisin!"

    I previously read the books, but Penelope Keith brings them alive. She IS Agatha Raisin.

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    susan harper 31/07/2016
    susan harper 31/07/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "So refreshing"

    I listen to lots of thrillers and murder mysteries, sometimes I need something light..Agatha Raisin makes me happy... Perfect for getting me off to sleep at night and giving me the feel good factor.....love her. Nothing like the TV series...100% better. I have all the books and will listen over and over again.

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    P. F. Mcwilliams County Durham UK. 17/07/2016
    P. F. Mcwilliams County Durham UK. 17/07/2016 Member Since 2012
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    "Better than the DVD"
    What made the experience of listening to Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death the most enjoyable?

    I had just watched the DVD, and although very enjoyable in a 'Midsomer Murder' sort of way, I had in the back of my mind a memory of the BBC Radio 4 dramatization.This of course had Penelope Keith as Agatha, who seemed to me to be the perfect 'voice' of Agatha !


    What about Penelope Keith’s performance did you like?

    Penelope Keith has a simply wonderful expressive voice. Beautifully articulate with a talent for accent that serves the large cast of characters well.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Thoroughly captivated by the characterization throughout [see above !]


    Any additional comments?

    Although this is an unabridged reading, the pace was quite brisk, never boring.The characters had all been changed a little for the DVD,
    Agatha is a little older in the book and the changes to the secondary characters are enough to make the two versions different enough to make it worth having both !
    Going to order next one now.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Rachel
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    29/08/12
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    "Exactly what I was after!"

    M.C.Beaton has introduced a lovely invention in Agatha Raisin; a late middle-aged lady who has sold up her PR business in London to realise a lifelong dream of living in a cottage in the Cotswolds. Far from being a paragon, Agatha has spent her working life bullying and manipulating to succeed in a cutthroat business and finds with a shock that her new idyllic setting may require her to, as one potential friend suggests, "learn to like people".
    The plotline is entertaining, the characters colourful, the heroine amusingly flawed, and the performance by Penelope Keith is truly masterful.
    If you are looking to be entertained this won't fail to please!

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