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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.

Agatha brings out the crowds for the fete all right, but there’s more going on than innocent village fun. Several of the offerings in the jam-tasting booth turn out to be poisoned, and the festive entertainment becomes the scene of two murders. Will Agatha find enough time to flirt with gorgeous George?

©2008 M.C. Beaton (P)2015 Audible, Inc

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  • Julie-Ann Amos
  • 20-02-2021

Big my favourite

I love all these books, but this one isn’t my favourite. I think plot wise it was a bit confusing and jumbled, and I didn’t really invest at all in the new characters. I do like these books when there is a change of scene, but not this one.

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  • Victoria
  • 10-12-2013

Curl up, grab a cuppa and relax

Agatha Raisin fans won't be disappointed - just what we've come to expect; gentle humour, mild peril and some - almost accidentally - successful detecting from the Cotswolds' favourite sleuth.

If you're after page-turning, white-knuckle, extreme thrillers or whodunnits then Mrs Raisin is not for you; if you enjoy Murder She Wrote, Poirot and Stephanie Plum them this is probably right up your alley. Gentle, enjoyable and comforting rather than stupa ting and challenging; I've meanly held off one star on storyline as there are no massive surprises in an Agatha Raisin (mostly because there's a limited number of new characters in each one so it's always one of them for some reason or another!) but fans of Aggie will know that this isn't the appeal or the point - highly recommended for a grey winters day; stick it on, curl up with a cuppa and relax in your Jim-jams... Perfect!

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  • Paula McMullan
  • 31-01-2021

I read these books to send me to sleep!

I'm really not sure why Agatha Raisin has the following she does. She's a rather stupid, vain, immature woman who brags and gets annoyed when other people do good things. And storylines are utterly ludicrous.

I cannot understand why she's so obsessed with James Lacey who has no empathy whatsoever.

Penelope Keith has only one 'country' accent and uses the same tone for everyone who's not a main character.

But AG is great to listen to as I'm getting ready for bed. Even if I fall asleep before Audible switches itself off, I know I won't have missed anything!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-02-2021

M C Beaton at her best another great story

great story right to the end. would definately recomenf to anyone who likes a cosy murder.



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  • Anne Dudley
  • 16-01-2021

Agatha raisin and a spoonful of poison

Another story from Agatha Raisin that doesn't fail to entertain Penelope Keith reading this never fails to make its characters come alive. I've listened to quite a few of these detective stories & they never fail to entertain.

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  • Annabelle
  • 23-12-2012

Can't put the book down

I found this audio is really good. I couldn't put the audiobook down. I wanted to know what happens next. I had to take my I pad everywhere and I read it within a couple of days. The audiobook and the book together made it equally exciting.... If you want a book that you don't want to put down this is the one for you.

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  • Alžběta
  • 04-12-2021

Agatha is reluctantly growing up...

The Agatha Raisin series gets better with every book! The first 13 books were only alright, and I kept listening to the series only for the perfection of Penelope Keith's reading. I am now glad, however, that I continued reading because - starting with book 14 - the novels are so much more fun! The addition of the detective agency and all the colourful characters that come with it, especially Toni and Harry, was an excellent idea and it enriches the story immensely.
'A Spoonful of Poison' is another classic Agatha Raisin story full of various village affairs, Mrs Bloxbly's wisdom, some amateurish blundering, some brilliant deduction (mainly by Toni) and a lot of Agatha's complaining about the smoking ban. And, naturally, it all starts with a village fête and Agatha's immature obsession with a man. Despite the aforementioned obsession, however, Agatha is clearly growing up. Reluctantly and at a glacial pace, but still.
I enjoyed this light and cosy mystery immensely.

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  • Rebecca Hayes
  • 29-11-2021

Very good cosy mystery

Another excellent Agatha Raisin book Narrated beautifully by Penelope Keith I would strongly recommend this book

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  • JM
  • 06-10-2021

Great plot and great fun!

Another intricate and entertaining work by Ms Beaton. Agatha’s theatrical and subversive adventures are timeless.

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  • Alison
  • 17-09-2021

Very enjoyable tale

Really enjoyed the story, very amusing characters in the village and beyond. Ideal book for walking to

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