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Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wyckhadden

Agatha Raisin, Book 9
Narrated by: Penelope Keith
Series: Agatha Raisin Mysteries, Book 9
Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
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Summary

Suffering from bald patches thanks to a hair conditioner spiked with depilatory cream - supplied by the murderess in her last investigation - Agatha escapes to the coastal resort of Wyckhadden to allow her crowning glory to recover in privacy. A local witch provides her with hair tonic, and Agatha's lost locks begin to grow - but then the witch is found bludgeoned to death.

The elderly residents at Agatha's faded hotel seem innocuous enough, if a little odd. But, as she enquires into the murder, she turns up an alarming number of secrets....

©1999 M. C. Beaton (P)2015 Audible, Inc

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Another Agatha!

What made the experience of listening to Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wyckhadden the most enjoyable?

They do run along a sort of reliable format...I rather like that. I like the predictability of her stories. Penelope Keith knows when to raise Agatha's voice perfectly, much as I would do in my head were l reading it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Agatha!! There is no-one quite like her and a little bit of her in most of us. She is opinionated, self-serving, but also insecure and above all very, very funny :)

Which character – as performed by Penelope Keith – was your favourite?

Agatha!! Has to be, but you must imagine the accent is being affected rather than one she grew up with.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was rather upset that Agatha managed to ruin her chance of marrying a man who seemed to adore her :(

Any additional comments?

I love being in Agatha-Raisin land and very much hope that MC Beaton can keep up with me ;)

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New man for Agatha

Since the Agatha Raisin series is not available in German, I started reading them in English. Penepole Keith IS Agatha. I downloaded a lot of the audiobooks and after finishing one, I cant wait to start the next one.

I've been waiting how the Agatha / James / Charles triangle is working out - now there's this new guy!

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Not like the TV version

Much more immersive when read by Penelope Keith. Enjoy her performance and the original plot. Treat the TV version as a completely different take on already slightly comic characters.

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She is a one...

I enjoy the Agatha Raisin books. A lighthearted romp through implausible plot lines, populated by a regular cast of characters who are easily identifiable throughout the series and who display some all too human failings (some highly amusing and some irritating - as in life). All in all, pleasant escapism. I just prefer some storylines to others, hence the rating.

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Very Gloomy

I really enjoy the Agatha Raisin books and as usual Penelope Keith narrates this beautifully. However I found this story so gloomy and depressing that I am a little cautious about picking another one and finding it the same. please M C Beaton, Agatha Raisen is a character that makes me laugh out loud if I wanted to be depressed I would read Thomas Hardy. Hopefully the next book will be bit more cheery.

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As always, good fun

Would you listen to Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wyckhadden again? Why?

Yes, mostly because I have already forgotten the story, and love Penelope Keith's acting.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wyckhadden?

Eeerm, can't remember

Have you listened to any of Penelope Keith’s other performances? How does this one compare?

She is always reliable good - this was as good as her other performances.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, the story is very lightweight, untaxing, relaxing, and good fun, but not really gripping.

Any additional comments?

A jolly good romp!

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Bored with the love triangles now

I enjoy most of the substance of these books but Agatha's love life infuriates me. None of the men are particularly likeable and Agatha carries on like a 20 year old, bed hopping from here to there. Jimmy is a nice enough character but it seems MC Beaton wants to persist with the James Lacey theme - a character she's pretty much shelved for the last two books - for no apparent reason and then Charles just pops up to mess things up every now and then. Thank God the dreadful Roy didn't make an appearance in this one.
That said, I do find these books oddly addictive. They're so easy to listen to and Penelope Keith is superb, so I end up promising myself I'll try something different, then download another. Ah well, only myself to blame.

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Couldn't put it down - as usual

Agatha Raisin appeals to the gossipy woman in all of us. Funny and entertaining. Looking forward to the next in the series.

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Murder Mystery

As usual Penelope Keith reads Agatha Raisin stories so descriptive and funny in parts. Although the play is fairly long it’s keep one on your toes making it difficult to put the book down. Highly recommend the story for all those who like a murder mystery.

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Good as always..

Agatha Raisin is as always.... good. So is Penelope Keith reading the story. I cannot imagine anyone else doing the dialogue. Agatha reminds me of myself.
Even the picture at the beginning is always good......I study them intently.