Agatha Raisin Mysteries

33 books in series
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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 19

    • 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 237
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 191
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 191

    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

  • Book 20

    • 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 206
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 178
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 177

    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

  • Book 21

    • 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 258
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 196
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 194

    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

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  • Book 22

    • 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 242
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 183
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 181

    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

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  • Book 23

    • 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 254
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 201
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 199

    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

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  • Book 24

    • 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 243
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 213
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 211

    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

  • 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 336
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 301
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 302

    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

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  • Book 26

    • 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 530
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 476
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 476

    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

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  • Book 27

    • 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 344
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 294
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 292

    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

  • Book 28

    • 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 652
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 577
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 571

    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

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  • Book 29

    • 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 149
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 128
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 127

    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

  • Book 30

    Beating About the Bush
    An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 30
    
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    • An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 30
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    • 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 501
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 449
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 449

    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

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