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The latest Agatha Raisin mystery from best-selling author M. C. Beaton. 

The team of bells at St. Ethelred church is the pride and glory of the idyllic Cotswolds village of Thirk Magna, together with the most dedicated bell ringers in the whole of England: the twins Mavis and Millicent Dupin. 

As the village gets ready for the Bishop's visit, the twins get overly excited at the prospect of ringing the special peal of bells created for the occasion and start bullying the other bell ringers, forcing them to rehearse and rehearse...so much so that Joseph Kennell, a retired lawyer, yells at the sisters that he 'felt like killing them'! 

When the twins' home is broken into one night and Millicent is found dead, struck from a hammer blow, suspicion falls onto the lawyer. Will Agatha unmask the real killer and clear Joseph's name?

©2018 M. C. Beaton (P)2018 Hachette Audio UK

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Cannot have been written by MC Beaton!

Bitterly disappointing! I have all 28 Agatha Raisin books on audible and like other friends been through them 3 times now so know them well. I had looked forward very much to the latest book but it is completely different. Its as though someone else has taken up pieces of a jigsaw and made a completely new ill fitting picture!
Agatha is terrible and over exaggerated - and the lovely Mrs Bloxley unrecognisable. The story is disjointed and odd and badly written. It has obviously been put together by someone else. I just so hope MC Beaton is alright - we would miss her writing terribly. All good wishes to her xx

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A disappointing instalment

I’ve written rave reviews about Agatha Raisin in the past. I understand that the stories are generally quite gentle and lacking in gore and massive plot twists but that has always been part of their charm.

This time, I start to feel like the series might be running out of steam. The plot was shallow, but historically that’s not been a deal breaker for Ms Raisin’s capers. This one, though, lacked any of the charm that previous instalments have. The characters were unlovely; Agatha herself was all over the place; there were few belly-laugh moments and Agatha’s (dare I suggest Ms Beaton’s?!) prejudiced and very old-fashioned views on any number of topics really began to make for uncomfortable listening (again, I feel bad for criticising the book now for something that has always been a feature, but it seems more pronounced now and less like a deliberately-written character flaw of the often curmudgeonly protagonist)

I was so pleased to see that the new Agatha Raisin had been released and really looked forward to a weekend of listening to Agatha’s latest antics... sadly it really failed to live up to expectation.

I feel like a real cow for saying this but Penelope Keith even seemed aware that the book wasn’t quite firing on all cylinders as her, usually excellent, narration seemed a bit lacking too.

All in all, if you’re a die-hard fan then go for it, but don’t expect it to be as enjoyable as its predecessors. If you’ve not heard of Agatha before now then I strongly recommend that you go back to the start and listen to Quiche Of Death, which is much more fun than this one.

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DREADFUL

I love Agatha Raisin books but this was one awful. the story was constantly jumping from one storyline to another and it just didn't flow. I have finished the book and listened to the ending twice but I'm still not sure whodunit! !

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This is not our Aggie

We expect a few tantrums from her but she is seldom unpleasant
This woman I hardly recognised
Not sure PK did either
I have listened to many Agatha Raisin books time and time again
Not this one though
This is going back




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Bit muddled

I usually love the AR series but found this story a bit irritating with a focus on soppy story lines and losing the murder plot in the tangles. Ok but not one of the best.

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Fantastic read

Loved the book poor old agatha maybe one she, will find a man, it's amazing how far people will go lol

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Amusing

Easy listen and funny in spots - typical Agatha Raisin and cast of characters. Well narrated.

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I could happily have murdered all the characters

Having enjoyed the TV series I bought this with high hopes but all the characters are unbelievable grotesques and frankly I didn't care what happened to any of them.

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Rather disappointed - Spoilers

Having read and/or listened to the 28 previous adventures of Agatha Raisin, I found this story to be quite a disappointment. As other reviewers have commented, this storyline seemed to jump all over the place & was sillier than usual - Agatha’s “affair with Terry” only seemed to be one evening with him but she was ‘really in love for the first time’; her rushing off to Thailand & Bulgaria. Even Penelope Keith’s usually excellent narrating couldn’t quite save this story.

I hope the final 2 books in the Agatha Raisin series are an improvement.

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Eeek must read the next one now!!

Love these books! Great easy reading, rollicking adventures as Agatha barges through life - elbows swinging.