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Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist

Agatha Raisin, Book 6
Narrated by: Penelope Keith
Series: Agatha Raisin Mysteries, Book 6
Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
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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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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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  • 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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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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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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  • NJ
  • 24-05-20

Joyous

I can't get enough of these fabulous books! So brilliantly written and read, Agatha Raisin is suberb. Intelligent and dizzy at the same time with an acerbic wit and a nose for trouble, credit day is a real treat!

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Nice departure

Was really great to see Agatha getting out of Carsdale and visiting vistas new. Quite enjoyable story overall, although I'm starting to get fed up with the whole James thing.

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Good

Agatha Raisin is as always.... good. So is Penelope Keith reading the story. I cannot imagine anyone else doing the dialogue. Agatha reminds me at times of myself.
Lovely little watercolours on the "sleeve", I always study them.

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Agatha in northern Cyprus

Cyprus sounds idyllic and charming but there are murders to be solved. The are they? Aren’t they relationship between Agatha and James Lacey twists and turns. Does Agatha succumb to other lovers. Listen and find out. Such fun.

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easy listening

i listen while i am driving around for work, enjoyed this book as it was easy to follow and well read.

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Thoroughly enjoyable and very funny.

Excellent narration. Great story line and humour also. Would recommend as an easy to follow, light read. 👍

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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
  • 09-10-12

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.