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    • 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 563
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 498
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 492

    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 Dead Ringer

    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 82
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 70

    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'! 

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Cannot have been written by MC Beaton!

    • By Mrs Susan North Coombes on 09-10-18

    Regular price: £19.99

    • 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 301
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 256
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 255

    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 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 255
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 216
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 215

    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 Potted Gardener

    • Agatha Raisin, Book 3
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 257
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 207
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 205

    A newcomer to the village, Mary Fortune, is discovered murdered. Agatha seizes the moment and immediately starts yanking up village secrets by their roots and digging the dirt on the victim. But the problem is, Agatha has an awkward secret of her own.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A pleasant way to spend an afternoon!

    • By SBC on 15-03-16

    Regular price: £12.29

    • 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 399
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 353
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 352

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • An easy listen, nothing challenging

    • By Amazon Customer on 02-05-17

    Regular price: £14.49

    • 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 310
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 277
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 278

    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 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 216
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 180
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 179

    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 Walkers of Dembley

    • Agatha Raisin, Book 4
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 209
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 179
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 175

    After six gruelling months back in London, Agatha Raisin returns to her beloved Cotswold village of Carsely - and to the charms of her neighbour, James Lacey. True, James is less than thrilled to see her, but Agatha is soon distracted by a sensational murder. The victim, hiker Jessica Tartinck, spent her life enraging wealthy landowners by insisting on her walking club's right to hike over their properties. Now she has been found dead....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • fab book

    • By Nicola on 15-12-17

    Regular price: £12.29

    • 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 196
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 135
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 139

    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 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 214
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 169
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 170

    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: Something Borrowed, Someone Dead

    • Agatha Raisin, Book 24
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 222
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 195
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 193

    Penelope Keith - who starred as Agatha Raisin in the popular BBC Radio 4 series - reads M. C. Beaton's entertaining murder mystery. Incomer Gloria French is at first welcomed in the Cotswold village of Piddlebury. She seems like a do-gooder par excellence, raising funds for the church and caring for the elderly. But she has a bad habit of borrowing things and not giving them back, so when she is discovered dead, poisoned by a bottle of elderberry wine, folk in the village don't mourn her passing too intently.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not the old Aggie we know

    • By Matthew on 04-12-13

    Regular price: £14.69

    • Agatha Raisin and Kissing Christmas Goodbye

    • Agatha Raisin, Book 18
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 323
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 207
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 210

    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: There Goes the Bride

    • Agatha Raisin, Book 20
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 187
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 160
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 159

    Agatha Raisin's ex-husband James has become engaged to a beautiful young woman and Agatha has been kindly invited to the wedding. This is a difficult pill to swallow, so to take her mind off it Agatha begins a flirtation with Sylvan, a Frenchman she met at James's engagement party. She also decides to holiday in Istanbul, where unfortunately she bumps into James and his fiancée, not once but twice - convincing him she is stalking them.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Delightful

    • By Lizzi on 03-07-17

    Regular price: £14.69

    • Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist

    • Agatha Raisin, Book 6
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 205
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 181
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 181

    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
    • easy listening

    • By Anonymous User on 25-07-18

    Regular price: £13.49

    • 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 213
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 183
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 182

    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: As the Pig Turns

    • Agatha Raisin, Book 22
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 216
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 158
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 159

    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 Christmas Crumble

    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 476
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 424
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 424

    At home alone for the holidays, Agatha Raisin decides to host a dinner party for the elder residents in her Cotswold village of Winter Parva. Agatha's never been much of a homemaker, but she's dead set on making this the perfect holiday for the 'crumblies', as she affectionately calls them. She's decorated a tree while fending off her cats, Hodge and Boswell, and even made a (lumpy) Christmas pudding in between swigs of rum.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Funny and enjoyable.

    • By Mr Adrian Paul Friar on 25-12-16

    Regular price: £7.99

    • Death of a Scriptwriter

    • Hamish Macbeth, Book 14
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: David Monteath
    • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49

    Patricia Martyn-Broyd, now in her seventies, has retired to the Highlands. She hasn't written a word in years and her books are out of print. But now a television company is about to film her last detective story, featuring the aristocratic Scottish detective Lady Harriet Vare. Even better, a London publisher is bringing the book into print. Even though the snobbish Miss Martyn-Broyd doesn't care to mix with the locals she can't help but share her excitement with local policeman Hamish Macbeth.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good listening

    • By Julie on 27-08-17

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryfam

    • Agatha Raisin, Book 10
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 182
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 154
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 155

    Feeling jilted and cross, Agatha follows a fortune-teller's advice and rents a cottage in the pretty village of Fryfam, where she hopes good fortune and true love will come chasing after her for a change. Unfortunately, her romantic notions are soon dispelled by the strange goings-on in the village. What are those strange lights in Agatha's back garden? Who is stealing paintings and pottery? And who murdered the local squire?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Lovely light listen

    • By jules on 28-10-18

    Regular price: £13.49

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