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Summary

After a lifetime spent in public relations, one-woman dynamo Agatha Raisin struggles to adapt to life in a quiet country village - but she soon finds that there is murder and mayhem aplenty to keep her busy. 

Among the cases she has to deal with are a poisoned quiche; a vet who has been ‘put to sleep’; a hanged horticulturist; a murdered rambler and a curate who meets his Maker somewhat sooner than expected. Then there’s the treasure hunt with a rather nasty prize at the end; the secretive salon owner; the husband who is quite definitely ex; the murder on the dancefloor and the fairies at the bottom of the garden. 

With all this and handsome neighbour James Lacey to deal with, the ‘Columbo of the Cotswolds’ has her hands full! 

This complete radio drama collection includes the following stories: The Quiche of Death, The Vicious Vet, The Potted Gardener, The Walkers of Dembley, The Curious Curate, The Buried Treasure, The Wizard of Evesham, The Murderous Marriage, The Terrible Tourist and The Fairies of Fryfam.

©2019 M.C. Beaton (P)2019 Random House Audiobooks

Critic reviews

"Agatha Raisin - sharp, witty, hugely intelligent, unfailingly entertaining, delightfully intolerant and oh so magnificently non-PC." (Anne Robinson)

"If there is one thing better than watching Penelope Keith, it is listening to her." (The Times)

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Lighthearted detective stories

Penelope Keith is far more like the Agatha Raisin in the books than the TV version.
This collection is the dramatisation of the first 10 books. They are light hearted detective books which you can just listen and unwind to without too much thinking.

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pity about the credits every 30 mins!!!

great story line but REALLY annoying that every 30 mins the credits role and an irritating voice and music cut into the story. seriously annoying

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Excellent cast and a great listen

Penelope Keith and the cast bring the stories to life. Agatha's sharp wit is hilarious

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Agatha Raisin Collection

Penelope Keith is superb in this - heaven knows why she didn't get the gig for the tv version.She is the reason I listened to these when they were broadcast on 4 extra, and to have 9 hour's worth to listen to is a real treat.

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There is only one Agatha Raisin ....

.... and it's Penelope Keith!

Just as I wanted to be Margo Leadbetter as a child, now I think I'm turning into Agatha as an adult. Who cares, so long as it's Penelope Keith. Under it all, Agatha's heart of stone is still a heart and it's in the right place. She tries so hard and it always goes to pot and ends in murder.

Everyone in these dramas is perfectly cast. A fab audio recording.

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Loved it

Amazingly witty script, fantastic voice acting and all round great recording. It's a shame there are no more!!

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Excellent

Theo story was interesting, I loved the performance, it was like in the old days when I used to listen to radio programmes.

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Penelope Keith is Agatha Raisin!

Penelope Keith leads a great cast in these fine BBC dramatisation of stories by MC Beaton, the only.thing is i wish they had done more.of them!

Also Worth trying the unabridged books read by Penelope Keith she really distinguishes between the other characters well.

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thoroughly enjoyable

Penelope Keith as Agatha Raisin is just perfect. I have read all the books and can picture her in them. this was a joy to listen to.

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Wonderful Penelope Keith

I don't really like MC Beaton's work, I find the books badly written and rather coarse, but with Penelope Keith playing Agatha Raisin they are a joy.

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  • KPedersen
  • 09-10-19

Such a treat

It’s Penelope Keith! A full cast and the abridged books make these perfect for my commute. Ms Keith is fabulous as usual and the other actors excellent. James is engaging, bringing his and Agatha’s relationship to life.

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  • Dylan
  • 22-05-20

Comedy and Murder

I love Agatha Raisin as a character both in audiobook format and TV. Penelope Keith really shines as Agatha. Whilst I enjoy the audiobooks, I do much prefer the Radio Drama version. It's always just really fun to get a bit more out of the other characters.

These are really great stories for a long drive/or my guilty pleasure a soak in the tub.

The stories are really well executed when comparing them to the unabridged audiobooks. I just only wish there was more of these out there :(

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  • Kristin
  • 26-10-19

A new favorite for a major Agatha Christie fan!

I am obsessed with Agatha Christie audiobooks--I own just about every title their is and have listened to each one so often that they're practically memorized. When I found the Agatha Raisin TV series, I loved it so much that I raced over to Audible to see if there were audiobooks. When I found this collection I was thrilled! I couldn't be happier with this audiobook. The dramatisation is so fantastic that I feel like I can SEE what's going on. The stories are a tiny bit different from the TV series, but not enough so that it's annoying. The stories are long enough to be interesting but don't drag on. I know I will listen to this over and over again! Hope there's another one soon!

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  • M Gilbert
  • 22-08-19

Absolutely Fabulous!!

Penelope Keith is an absolute favorite as Agatha Raisin, but the full cast production of the series of these books is the absolute best. I have listened to many full cast productions on Audible and they are sooo much better than single narrator productions. This an steal for a credit!

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  • Artista
  • 06-02-20

Penelope Keith is Perfect as Agatha Raisin

I adore Penelope Keith, and she does a wonderful job with M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin.

This BBC Radio Drama Collection is a delightful way to enjoy the Agatha Raisin mysteries. In fact, I find that I prefer this collection to the actual unabridged audiobooks. The main characters (i.e. Roy Silver and James Lacey) are more appealing in this version.

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  • Dblms
  • 14-07-20

Very fun dramatizations!

These individual radio dramatizations are, of course, much shorter than the entire books on audio due to time constraints... so there are many details and events missing and sometimes changed as it is possible to include everything in this format - though these are still wonderful adaptations and dramatizations of several Agatha Raisin books. Definitely recommend! Excellent performers and the narrator for the full books., actress Penelope Keith, portrays Agatha so this is a seamless transition to enjoying this shorter format. ❤️
That being said, I still recommend the full audiobook books also as they have even more to offer for a more expanded experience of each series installment dramatized in this audio 😊

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  • HHDavis
  • 09-01-20

Mrs Raisin at her best!!!!

This lively performance was wonderful - I've read most of Agatha Raisin's books - and am a fan.

But to have them brought to life in this audio-book made these adventures something I could

share with my hubby! He was happy to meet Mrs. Raisin and her quirky ways... the chapters

made a long road-trip most enjoyable! Thank you!

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  • kwt
  • 09-09-19

Penelope. IS. Agatha

Such a delightful presentation of some of the Agatha Raisin stories. If you are a fan, don’t miss this.

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  • RazorFamilyFarms
  • 16-01-21

Brilliant! Lots of fun!

Beautifully performed. Dame Penelope Keith played a perfect Agatha Raisin. All of the voice actors delivered superb performances. I listened to these while going for evening walks and could not have asked for a better walking companion. Highly recommend!

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  • Michelle H
  • 30-10-20

Loved it

They chose the perfect actors for the characters in these Agatha Raisin stories. And the dramatization of these stories taken from the books are superb. Loved every second!

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