Agatha Raisin's neighbouring village of Ancombe is usually the epitome of quiet rural charm, but the arrival of a new mineral water company - which intends to tap into the village spring - sends tempers flaring and divides the parish council into two stubborn camps. When Agatha, who happens to be the PR person for the water company, finds the council chairman murdered at the spring, tongues start wagging. Could one of the council members have silenced the chairman before he could cast the deciding vote?
It is up to Agatha, still nursing a bruised heart from her broken engagement, to investigate the councillors, solve the crime - and promote the water company in the face of all this scandal.
©1998 M. C. Beaton (P)2015 Audible, Inc
This is not my usual fare. I came across the first 4 novels in a compendium I bought by impulse in a sale. I read and thoroughly enjoyed them as a some holiday reading.
The audiobooks are well enough read by Penelope Keith. Some of the characterisations may be a bit lacking but the story telling is engaging.
As bed time listening they are recommended.
MC Beaton never disappoints. Her stories are always comforting and Agatha Raisin a comical and likeable lead. This book follows in the same vein as all the others, in that the murder often feels incidental to the rest of the plot line, with Agatha's personal life featuring front and centre. Read well, except for the odd dodgy accent (Mr Wong's Chinese accent is shoddy), the five or so hours fly past.
this was a fast moving light hearted story. easy to listen to and very well narrated by Penelope Keith. the Wellspring of Death was a good story It is nice not to have too much swearing which seems to be the current trend.
Penelope Keith is the only thing about this book that makes it worth listening too.
The Raisin stories tend to follow the same format which becomes very boring if you listen/read more than one.
The vicar's wife is perhaps the only likeable person in these books.
The story isn't that brilliant, even allowing for the fact that it is 'cosy'.
The only mystery is how the author gets away with writing what is effectively the same book over and over again.
Since the Agatha Raisin series is not available in German, I started reading them in English. Penepole Keith IS Agatha. I downloaded a lot of the audiobooks and after finishing one, I cant wait to start the next one.
"Agatha raisin always entertaining"
Yes, love Penelope Keith
Agatha because she reminds me of myself
All of them.
I am buying te whole series
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