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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 39
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 31

    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 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 389
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 343
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 342

    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 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 245
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 207
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 206

    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 248
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 201
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 199

    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: 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 544
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 484
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 478

    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

    • Hamish Macbeth: Death of an Honest Man

    • Hamish Macbeth, Book 33
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: David Monteath
    • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 177
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 159
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 157

    Nobody loves an honest man, or that was what police sergeant Hamish Macbeth tried to tell newcomer Paul English. Paul attended church in Lochdubh. He told the minister, Mr. Wellington, that his sermons were boring. He told tweedy Mrs. Wellington that she was too fat. Angela Brody was told her detective stories were pap for the masses and it was time she wrote literature instead. He accused Hamish of having dyed his fiery red hair. He told Jessie Currie - who repeated all the last words of her twin sister - that she needed psychiatric help.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Least Favourite of the Hamish Macbeth Series

    • By An Leughadair on 06-04-18

    Regular price: £14.99

    • 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 307
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 275
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 276

    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: Dishing the Dirt

    • Agatha Raisin Series, Book 26
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 490
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 442
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 442

    A therapist moved into the village of Carsely, and Agatha Raisin hated her. Not only was this therapist, Jill Davent, romancing Agatha's ex-husband, but she had dug up details of Agatha's slum background. Added to that, Jill was counselling a woman called Gwen Simple from Winter Parva, and Agatha firmly believed Gwen to have assisted her son in some grisly murders, although has no proof she had done so.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Fun!!

    • By Winsome Gillette-Fussell on 11-02-16

    Regular price: £14.99

    • 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 321
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 205
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 208

    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 Elizabeth on 17-01-12

    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 203
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 179
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 179

    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: 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 293
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 249
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 248

    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: 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 224
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 176
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 174

    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 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 204
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 175
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 171

    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: 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 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 178
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 143
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 145

    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 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 186
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 163
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 161

    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

    • 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 192
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 131
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 135

    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

    • Death of a Gossip

    • Hamish Macbeth, Book 1
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: David Monteath
    • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 149
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 130
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 131

    When society widow and gossip columnist Lady Jane Winters joins the local fishing class she wastes no time in ruffling feathers of those around her. Among the victims of her sharp tongue is Lochdubh constable Hamish Macbeth, yet not even Hamish thinks someone would seriously want to silence Lady Jane’s shrill voice permanently – until her strangled body is fished out of the river.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Light-hearted piece of Tosh.

    • By Julian E. Boyce on 21-10-17

    Regular price: £10.99

    • Death of a Witch

    • Hamish Macbeth, Book 24
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: David Monteath
    • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42

    Returning from holiday Hamish becomes unaccountably worried - it's as if he senses a dark cloud of evil hanging over Lochdubh. He soon learns that there is a newcomer to the village, a woman called Catriona Beldame, and that the villagers have decided she is a witch. At first Hamish is charmed by her, but is dismayed when he finds out she's been supplying dangerous potions to certain local people.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Comic murder capers, plus weather.

    • By Mary Carnegie on 17-01-17

    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 213
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 178
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 177

    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

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