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.
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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.
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.
The author takes the time to establish the characters in a way that blends subtlety with humour, and their interactions are fascinating to observe.
There were so many great scenes, I would be hard pressed to pick one that stood out above the rest.
How hard can it be for a city high-flyer to turn country-dweller?
The performance from Penelope Keith was impeccable, as one would expect.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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...
Agatha and Bill.
When she has her big change of heart and mind.
Perfect book for one of those moments when life is a bit too hectic and you need a light but witty read.
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.
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 !
Penelope Keith has a simply wonderful expressive voice. Beautifully articulate with a talent for accent that serves the large cast of characters well.
Thoroughly captivated by the characterization throughout [see above !]
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.
"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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