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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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An easy listen, nothing challenging

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Fun if you don't want to really concentrate or think too hard.

What about Penelope Keith’s performance did you like?

Always a pleasure

Did Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death inspire you to do anything?

Not move to a small village in the middle of nowhere.

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  • Louise
  • Hockley, United Kingdom
  • 03-07-13

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.

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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.

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  • Emilia
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 05-10-12

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.

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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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Great listen

Really good story, well written and humorous. Unfortunately there was an audio fault between chapters 9-10. Would definitely listen to another one, wonderfully narrated by Penelope Keith as one would expect.

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  • krust
  • manchester uk
  • 18-07-18

Penelope Keith is brilliant!

Penelope Keith is Agatha Raisin, fabulous, light hearted and a great distraction! Downloading next book!

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Delightful

Absolutely delightful book, so well written with wonderful characters brought to life by Penelope Keith.

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Good and funny in places.

I like Agatha Raisin stories as they are easy listening and they're very witty.
Penelope Keith is a great narrator.

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Excellent story

Absolutely loved this reading, funny, interesting story, read brilliantly by Penelope Keith. Can not fault it.

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  • mr kieran j murphy
  • 23-04-18

an enjoyable listen

Penelope Keith is a fantastic narrator and the story is extremely enjoyable. For the first story in a series this is a better start for M C Beaton than the Hamish McBeth novels. Worth a listen!

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  • Rachel
  • 29-08-12

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!