Agatha Raisin

33 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 7,922 ratings

Agatha's First Case Summary

At age 26 Agatha Raisin has already come a long way. She has clawed her way up since leaving the Birmingham slum where she was born. She's lost her Birmingham accent, run away from her drunken husband, and found a job at a public relations office as a secretary. Then her boss asks Agatha to go to the home of Sir Bryce Teller to tell him that he is soon to be arrested for the murder of his wife and that the agency no longer wants to represent him.

Teller, impressed with the pugnacious Agatha, asks her to handle PR for him and even offers her an office and tells her she can hire a staff. Certainly the best thing Agatha can do for her first client is to find out who really murdered his wife and clear his name. And with her wits and gumption, Agatha sets out to do just that.

New York Times best-selling author M. C. Beaton's character Agatha Raisin is beloved by millions, and this brand-new short story takes us back to where it all began with Agatha's first case.

©2015 M. C. Beaton (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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  • Book 0

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    • Agatha's First Case

    • An Agatha Raisin Short Story
    • By: M. C. Beaton
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  • Book 1-2

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    • Introducing Agatha Raisin

    • The Quiche of Death and The Vicious Vet
    • By: M. C. Beaton
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  • Book 1

    • 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 401
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 355
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 354

    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

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  • Book 2

    • 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 260
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 221
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 220

    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

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  • Book 3

    • 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 262
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 211
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 209

    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

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  • Book 4

    • 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 213
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 182
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 178

    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

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  • Book 5, 8

    • 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 198
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 137
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 141

    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

  • Book 5

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    • Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage

    • An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 5
    • By: M. C. Beaton
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  • Book 6

    • 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 208
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 184
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 184

    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 dmorsler on 25-07-18

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  • Book 7

    • 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 218
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 188
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 187

    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

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  • Book 8

    • 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 191
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 168
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 166

    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

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  • Book 9

    • 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 218
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 188
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 183

    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

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  • Book 10

    • 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 183
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 155
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 156

    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

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  • Book 11

    • 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 229
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 204
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 200

    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

  • Book 12

    • 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 220
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 183
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 181

    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

  • Book 13

    • Agatha Raisin: The Curious Curate

    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 207
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 151
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 152

    When the village curate is found murdered, retired PR guru Agatha Raisin vows to bring his killer to justice, particularly if the investigation also brings her closer to her handsome next-door neighbour, Colonel Lacey. Duck and Cover Still reeling from the death of their curate, the inhabitants of Carsely decide on Duck Racing and Morris Dancing to cheer themselves up. But the village Fete is unlikely to go smoothly while the killer is still amongst them.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • cute, lighthearted and fun

    • By Samantha on 14-09-09

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  • Book 14

    • Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House

    • Agatha Raisin, Book 14
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 282
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 203
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 200

    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

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  • Book 15

    • 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 272
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 206
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 205

    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

  • Book 25

    • 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 316
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 282
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 283

    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

  • Book 16

    • 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 227
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 178
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 179

    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

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