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    • Agatha Raisin and the Dead Ringer

    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 121
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 104
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 103

    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'! 

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A disappointing instalment

    • By Victoria on 10-12-18

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Agatha Raisin and Kissing Christmas Goodbye

    • Agatha Raisin, Book 18
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 361
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 244
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 245

    Penelope Keith - who starred as Agatha Raisin in the popular BBC Radio 4 series - reads M.C. Beaton’s entertaining murder mystery. During the grey days of early December, Agatha is obsessed by only two things – Christmas, and her ex, James Lacey. Although she says she feels nothing for James now, she’s sure that planning the perfect Dickensian Christmas for all her friends will somehow reanimate her love. Even the murder of Mrs Tamworthy , does little to distract Agatha.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A lightweight and enjoyable listen.

    • By Elizabeh on 17-01-12

    Regular price: £14.69

    • Agatha Raisin: As the Pig Turns

    • Agatha Raisin, Book 22
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 229
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 171
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 171

    Winter Parva, a traditional Cotswolds village next door to Carsely, has decided to throw a celebratory hog roast to mark the beginning of the winter holiday festivities and Agatha Raisin has arrived with friend and rival in the sleuthing business, Toni, to enjoy the merriment. But as the spit pig is carried towards the bed of fiery charcoal Agatha - and the rest of the village - realise that things aren’t as they seem....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Agatha Raisin. as the Pig Turns

    • By Les Palmer on 23-12-17

    Regular price: £14.69

    • Agatha Raisin and the Perfect Paragon

    • Agatha Raisin, Book 16
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 6 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 234
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 185
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 186

    After being nearly killed by both a hired hit man and her former secretary, Agatha Raisin could use some low-key cases. So when Robert Smedley walks through the door of her detective agency, determined to prove that his wife is cheating on him, Raisin Investigations immediately offers to help. Unfortunately for Agatha, Mabel Smedley appears to be the perfect wife: young, pretty and a regular volunteer at church.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A very pleasant listen

    • By Mrs on 07-04-13

    Regular price: £13.49

    • Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist

    • Agatha Raisin, Book 6
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 220
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 196
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 196

    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?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good but not my favourite

    • By D on 03-01-19

    Regular price: £13.49

    • Agatha Raisin and Love, Lies and Liquor

    • Agatha Raisin, Book 17
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 194
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 156
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 158

    Sea, sand ... and the slammer for Agatha! Agatha Raisin thinks she's in for a treat when her ex-husband, James Lacey, invites her on holiday, but - horrors! - his idea of an idyllic break is the small, run-down resort of Burryhill-on-Sea. And from there on, things go from bad to worse. So when a fellow guest in their hotel is found murdered, Agatha herself is chief suspect - and has to solve this case from a locked police cell!

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful story, wonderful narration.

    • By Lizzi on 17-06-17

    Regular price: £14.69

    • Agatha Raisin and a Spoonful of Poison

    • Agatha Raisin, Book 19
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 223
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 178
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 179

    Agatha Raisin's detective agency has become so successful that she decides to take time off for rest and relaxation. But as soon as she does, she remembers that when she does have time on her hands, she doesn't know what to do with it. So it doesn't take much for the vicar of a nearby village to persuade her to help publicise the church fete - especially when the event organiser, George Selby, turns out to be a handsome widower.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Curl up, grab a cuppa and relax

    • By Victoria on 10-12-13

    Regular price: £14.69

    • Agatha Raisin and the Wellspring of Death

    • Agatha Raisin, Book 7
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 227
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 196
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 195

    Agatha Raisin's neighbouring village of Ancombe is usually the epitome of quiet rural charm, but the arrival of a new mineral water company - which intends to tap into the village spring - sends tempers flaring and divides the parish council into two stubborn camps. When Agatha, who happens to be the PR person for the water company, finds the council chairman murdered at the spring, tongues start wagging. Could one of the council members have silenced the chairman before he could cast the deciding vote?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Highly enjoyable light listening

    • By Amazon Customer on 09-04-13

    Regular price: £13.49

    • Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death

    • Agatha Raisin, Book 1
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 426
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 378
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 378

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Laugh out loud

    • By Louise on 03-07-13

    Regular price: £14.49

    • Agatha Raisin and the Wizard of Evesham

    • Agatha Raisin, Book 8
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 197
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 173
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 171

    He was a hairdresser to dye for... The local ladies all deem Mr John a wizard, so when Agatha finds a few grey hairs on her head - and the rinse she tries at home turns her hair purple - she makes a beeline for the handsome Evesham hairdresser. And as well as sorting out her hair it soon becomes clear the charming man also has designs on her heart - but their budding romance is cut short when Mr John is fatally poisoned in his salon. Once again Agatha finds herself embroiled in a murder case.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • entertaining and ingenious.

    • By Jennifer on 05-01-13

    Regular price: £13.49

    • Agatha Raisin: Hiss and Hers

    • Agatha Raisin, Book 23
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 245
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 194
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 192

    Agatha has fallen in love - again. This time it's the local gardener, George Marston, she has her eye on. But competition for his attention abounds. With her shameless determination Agatha will do anything to get her man - including footing the bill for a charity ball in town just for the chance to dance with him.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another Enjoyable Tale

    • By Jane on 23-12-12

    Regular price: £14.69

    • Agatha Raisin: Pushing Up Daisies

    • Agatha Raisin Series, Book 27
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 326
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 279
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 278

    Allotment wars! Lord Bellingham, Carsely's biggest landholder, has enraged locals by saying he is going to sell off their allotments to make way for a new housing development. So when he turns up dead, poisoned by antifreeze, nobody mourns his passing. On another fine summer's day, Agatha visits Carsley's allotments, where everything looks peaceful and perfect: people of all ages digging in the soil and working hard to grow their own fruit and veg.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Pushing fans' loyalty to the limit

    • By Knucklebones on 23-09-16

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Agatha Raisin

    • The Murderous Marriage
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 211
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 151
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 155

    After pursuing him for nearly four years, Agatha is finally about to marry James Lacey, the handsome Colonel next door. But there's just one little problem.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A good listen - BBC radio version

    • By Samantha on 14-05-10

    Regular price: £6.79

    • Agatha Raisin: The Witches' Tree

    • Agatha Raisin, Book 28
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 622
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 553
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 547

    Cotswolds inhabitants are used to inclement weather, but the night sky is especially foggy as Rory and Molly Devere, the new vicar and his wife, drive home from a dinner party in their village of Sumpton Harcourt. They strain to see the road ahead - and then suddenly brake, screeching to a halt. Right in front of them, aglow in the headlights, a body hangs from a gnarled tree at the edge of town. Margaret Darby, an elderly spinster, has been murdered - and the villagers are bewildered as to who would commit such a crime.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Most Enjoyable

    • By Cathy Swanson on 02-12-17

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Agatha Raisin and the Love from Hell

    • Agatha Raisin, Book 11
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 238
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 212
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 208

    Recently married to James Lacey, Agatha quickly finds out that it's not all 'happy ever after' - before long the newlyweds are living in separate cottages and accusing each other of infidelity. After a fight down the local pub, James vanishes completely, leaving a bloodstain as the only clue to his fate. Naturally, Agatha is Prime Suspect. Determined to clear her name and find her husband, Agatha begins her investigation - and promptly finds a murdered mistress....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beware of getting what you have asked to receive

    • By HIlary on 13-04-13

    Regular price: £15.99

    • Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet

    • Agatha Raisin, Book 2
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Diana Bishop
    • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 276
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 236
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 235

    In the delightful Cotswold village of Carsely, the air is heady with romance. Agatha Raisin is convinced that the new vet has taken a shine to her. But before she can get anywhere, handsome Dr Paul Bladen is accidentally killed while attending to Lord Pendlebury's horse. So was it really an accident? All the evidence points that way, but the circumstances are decidedly suspicious.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Horrible Narration

    • By Bella82 on 25-06-15

    Regular price: £13.49

    • Agatha Raisin and the Busy Body

    • Agatha Raisin, Book 21
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 249
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 187
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 186

    Penelope Keith - who starred as Agatha Raisin in the popular BBC Radio 4 series – reads M. C. Beaton’s eagerly-awaited murder mystery. Agatha Raisin has never been one for enforced holiday cheer, but her friendly little village of Carsely has always prided itself on its traditional Christmas festivities. However, this year Mr John Sunday has chosen Christmas as the time to crack down on what he sees as gross misconduct by everyone. But when Mr Sunday goes too far, he is soon found lying face down in the petunias, very much dead.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Agatha Raisin and the Busy Body

    • By Ernest on 04-01-11

    Regular price: £14.69

    • Agatha Raisin and the Day the Floods Came

    • Agatha Raisin, Book 12
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 228
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 191
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 190

    Abandoned by new husband James, Agatha Raisin hops on a plane to the South Pacific in the hope that an idyllic holiday will bring some consolation. There, she befriends a honeymooning couple, but tragically, the young bride is accidentally drowned. Returning home to the Cotswolds, Agatha finds herself involved in a strangely similar situation: a woman, dressed in a wedding gown, is found floating in the river. The police say suicide, but Agatha, spurred on by bitter reflections on the married state, sets out to prove them wrong.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • nothing exciting, good reliable listening

    • By Pippa on 10-11-13

    Regular price: £14.69

    • Agatha Raisin and the Blood of an Englishman

    • Agatha Raisin Series, Book 25
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 327
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 293
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 294

    Even though Agatha Raisin loathes Christmas panto, her friend, Mrs Bloxby, the vicar's wife, has persuaded her to support the local am dram society in their festive offering. Stifling a yawn at the production of Babes in the Wood, Agatha watches the baker playing an ogre strut and threaten onstage until a trapdoor opens, followed by a scream and silence! Surely this wasn't the way the scene was rehearsed. When it turns out the local baker had been murdered most horribly, Agatha puts her team of detectives on the case.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Penelope keith a great narator

    • By Pansypotter on 19-02-16

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House

    • Agatha Raisin, Book 14
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 294
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 215
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 212

    Reports of a haunted house soon have amateur sleuth Agatha Raisin snooping around, only to discover the victim of the haunting is a universally disliked old biddy on whom someone is playing a practical joke. But then the old lady is murdered, and, for Agatha - Miss Marple with attitude - solving a crime is much more fun than ghostbusting. Very soon she’s up to her usual tricks, involving the villagers, local police, and, naturally, her handsome new neighbour....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Always and enjoyable listen

    • By Tritsigirl on 01-12-15

    Regular price: £14.69

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