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Summary

Agatha Raisin, retired PR supremo, has been spurned at the altar by the man of her dreams, her attractive neighbour James Lacey. So temporarily deserting the sleepy Cotswold village of Carsely, she pursues her fleeing fiancé to north Cyprus where, instead of enjoying a romantic honeymoon, they witness the killing of an obnoxious tourist in a disco. Can the duo forget their differences and resume their strangely successful sleuthing partnership?

©1997 M. C. Beaton (P)2015 Audible, Inc

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Very disappointing

The Agatha Raisin series may be somewhat formulaic but are good, entertaining light reading. I can only assume that in this addition to the oeuvre MC Beaton was going through a bad patch. There is little or no plot development and it lacks any of the flashes of humour that pervade the other books or the pleasure of anticipation of what scrapes Agatha will get herself into during her "investigations". I can only say that I am glad that I did not come to this offering first as I should never have purchased any others if I had.

The characters are all extremely shallow and one dimensional, and Agatha seems primarily concerned about leaping in and out of bed with the egregious baronet who was himself far more personable the first time we met him, and in having bitter arguments with James who himself completely loses the plot and disappears out of the story completely to launch his own crusade against drug pushers in Turkey.

Bring back Carsely and the sympathetic characters of Mrs Bloxby, and Bill Wong.

The one redeeming feature of the audiobook is Penelope Keith's ever excellent narration, though at times even she seems to struggle with what little plotline there is here.

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One of my absolute favourites

Fantastic story that keeps you guessing until the end. Amazing description of the locations and a real escapist feel. Penelope Keith is the only narrator for Agatha, she is absolutely perfect - really enjoyed this and listened from morning til night. A huge treat.

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2nd listening

I had forgotten I had listened to this already and have to say that I enjoyed it probably more on second listening. As I’d forgotten the plot and who done it! Penelope Keith narrated this story so well. Definitely recommend this listen.

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Has not aged well.

I've listened to the other Agatha Raisin books in the series and generally enjoyed them because they're easy to listen to, particularly with the predictability of the stories, but the over reliance on stereotypes in the stories made me uncomfortable like and would be considered inappropriate now like the stereotyping of characters based on their race, sexuality and more. However this is the worst book so far as it is full of stereotypes that is offensive. A lot of racial stereotypes and descriptions that could be considered racist by modern descriptions. The repeated description of a Turkish Cypriot having really Offputtingly hairy hands is one of them. Also a lot of filling in that sounds like it's been directly copied from the Cypriot tourist board adverts with detailed historical and geographical information.

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  • 03-01-19

Good but not my favourite

I absolutely love Agatha Raisin's character, she is so funny, strong-willed but also sensitive and vulnerable!
I love Penelope Keith as the narrator, better than the plays actually, which is unusual for me. The issue I had with this one is, I didn't like the police detective, I like Bill Wong and didn't like this other guy taking that role! I also got a bit fed up with James, why is he being so damn difficult and nit-picky! He either likes Agatha or he doesn't!
It's interesting to see the development between the characters but with this one we didn't really get that as none of the normal crowd were in this story, I think that's possibly why I didn't like it as much. But still a good murder mystery!

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Not as good as other Agatha Raisins

This book was not as good as others in the series but penelopy Keith is a fabulous narrator/story teller.

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not best story but enjoyable!

Narration was good apart from a couple of 'dodgy' accents. The story is daft but a jolly good fun romp. easy listening.

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Terrible tourist

I love these agatha raisin books. Really enjoyable narration was brilliant. Try a credit well worth it.

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Flawless narration, story mediocre.

I have now binge-listened to the first six novels in the series. I am enjoying the books, but the main reason I keep listening is the exquisite narration of Dame Penelope Keith, whose voice is music to my ears.

Unlike the previous novels, 'The Terrible Tourist' takes place in Cyprus and not the sleepy village of Carsely in the Cotswolds. While the story was ok and the atmosphere and people of Northern Cyprus vividly painted, I did miss Mrs Bloxby, Bill Wong, and Carsely with all its quaint and charming residents.

Agatha and James's toxic relationship takes centre stage in this book, even more so than in the previous ones, and that's why this is my least favourite instalment of the series so far. However, the events of 'The Terrible Tourist' seem to suggest the end of this sordid, doomed affair, so I am hopeful the following books will feature much less of James Lacey and Agatha's ridiculous obsession with him.

Overall, an easy, relaxing book made much, much better with Dame Penelope Keith's flawless narration.

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Gloriously terrible stuff

One of the reviews describes this book as "Addictive Rubbish" and I think that's spot on. It's not brilliant writing but it is thoroughly enjoyable nonsense and Penelope Keith brings the stories alive.

James is a bit of arse in this book, no idea why Agatha is still chasing after him.

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  • N. J. Miin
  • 23-06-19

Hardly any detective work!

I have enjoyed the previous titles tremendously, but not this. Many times throughout the book, I asked if this was written by the author. It felt more like a story on history and geography of Cyprus, as there were more description on these than developing the crime. It focused too much on the dysfunctional and rather toxic relationship between James and Agatha too. Personally, I feel there was very little done to keep the murder mystery going.
Penelope was amazing, as before. I just did not enjoy the story much.

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  • Nada Gharabali
  • 19-04-18

Penelope Keith you rock :)

I love all the Agatha Raisin by Beaton, but mostly because they are narrated by Penelope Keith. She puts on a truly wonderful performance. I bought most of the series because I like listening to her :)))
Many thanks

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  • Rachel
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Agatha goes on "holiday"...

Not the strongest storyline in the series, bogging occasionally in guide-book style local historical detail, but entertaining nevertheless with Penelope Keith delivering an impeccable and delightfully handled performance as always.