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    • The Agatha Raisin Radio Drama Collection

    • By: M.C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith, full cast
    • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    After a lifetime spent in public relations, one-woman dynamo Agatha Raisin struggles to adapt to life in a quiet country village - but she soon finds that there is murder and mayhem aplenty to keep her busy. Among the cases she has to deal with are a poisoned quiche; a vet who has been ‘put to sleep’; a hanged horticulturist; a murdered rambler and a curate who meets his Maker somewhat sooner than expected.

    Regular price: £25.99

    • 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 260
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 212
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 212

    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 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 518
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 459
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 459

    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: Beating About the Bush

    • By: M.C. Beaton
    • Length: Not Yet Known
    • Unabridged
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    When private detective Agatha Raisin comes across a severed leg in a roadside hedge, it looks like she is about to become involved in a particularly gruesome murder. Looks, however, can be deceiving, as Agatha discovers when she is employed to investigate a case of industrial espionage at a factory where nothing is quite what it seems. The factory mystery soon turns to murder and a bad-tempered donkey turns Agatha into a national celebrity, before bringing her ridicule and shame.

    Regular price: £19.99

    • 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 319
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 238
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 234

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Agatha the great detective

    • By Pradiex on 30-09-18

    Regular price: £14.69

    • 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 313
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 268
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 267

    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 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 242
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 216
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 216

    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 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 255
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 202
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 203

    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 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 269
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 240
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 236

    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 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 246
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 213
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 209

    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
    • Great listen

    • By James Blain on 14-08-19

    Regular price: £12.29

    • Agatha Raisin and the Deadly Dance

    • Agatha Raisin, Book 15
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 307
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 237
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 236

    An unabridged reading of an Agatha Raisin mystery from M. C. Beaton, read by Penelope Keith. There may be trouble ahead...so will Agatha face the music? Can the feisty Agatha cut it as a private investigator? She soon learns that running her own detective agency in the Cotswolds is not quite like starring in a Raymond Chandler movie. But then walks in wealthy divorcee Catherine Laggat-Brown, and Agatha is given her first real case.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • love these stories

    • By pie finger on 02-04-17

    Regular price: £14.69

    • Agatha Raisin and the Dead Ringer

    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 168
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 145
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 143

    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: 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 543
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 488
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 488

    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 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 255
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 215
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 214

    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: 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 269
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 212
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 210

    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

    • 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 240
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 175
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 179

    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 the Witch of Wyckhadden

    • Agatha Raisin, Book 9
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 256
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 223
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 217

    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 she turns up an alarming number of secrets....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another Agatha!

    • By antoinette on 06-12-15

    Regular price: £13.49

    • 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 223
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 195
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 193

    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 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 675
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 596
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 590

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A slight disappointment, but I want more Agatha !

    • By KI Girl on 23-03-18

    Regular price: £14.99

    • 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 311
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 254
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 252

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Penelope Keith as Agatha Raison is marvelous.

    • By Amazon Customer on 23-01-18

    Regular price: £12.29

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