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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.

But just as Agatha is ready to give up, Smedley is poisoned with weed killer, leaving Mabel, the prime suspect, poised to inherit a fortune. With no one left to pay her, Agatha has to drop the investigation - that is, until her old friend Sir Charles Fraith turns up again to rekindle her curiosity in the case.

©2005 M. C. Beaton (P)2015 Audible, Inc

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  • Mrs
  • 07-04-2013

A very pleasant listen

I listened to this audio book on a whim as I couldn't get the book from the library. I am slightly Agatha Raisin obsessed at the moment. Don't ask me why I don't know the answer. She often exasperates me and the writing can be slightly repetitive and yet I still can't stop. I just love them, they are almost cosy?!?



With regards to this audio book...it made me laugh out loud on several occasions. Penelope Keith's "voices" and the way she portrayed Agatha was pretty much spot on for me. I would thoroughly recommend it and look forward to listening to more of these (despite having read the books) as Penelope Keith really does add another dimension. Wonderful, none taxing relaxing and just plain marvellous.

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  • Mrs
  • 27-07-2018

easy read

A fantastic listen which doesn't require too much concentration. Brilliantly narrated by Penelope Keith. thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • Dee Cartwright
  • 11-12-2020

not v good

I didn't enjoy this. I seem to recall AR being more fun and less harsh.

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  • Jane A.
  • 07-12-2020

Agatha rasisin

This is a good book to listen too Penelope Keith as narrator is pleasant & easy listening the story has some good twists & turns to it . A enjoyable book to listen to & over all.

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  • Mellifluous
  • 10-11-2020

Complex story but unconvincing resolution and a new character that totally lacks credibility

Good fun, as ever, despite Penelope Keith’s increasingly bizarre and fluctuating accents. Nice to see some new characters added into the mix, but the teenage Harry is like no teenager anyone has ever met since the 1950s. Let’s just say that MC Beaton’s forte definitely isn’t writing credible dialogue for anyone aged under 40! The solving of the case was also totally unbelievable, but this is still a light and largely enjoyable listen.

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  • Anncat
  • 23-04-2019

Young girl murdered?

Another very enjoyable crime mystery by Agatha Raisin. Recommend to all who enjoys murder mystery books. Given 5 stars as worth every bit!

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  • Lizzi
  • 10-06-2017

A delight!

As usual, perfect, delightful escapism, thoroughly enjoyable from beginning to end! Can't wait to start the next one!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-07-2016

A jolly good read!!

Seriously .. They are light hearted, funny and brilliantly narrated .. Soooo good, brilliant to listen too!!

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  • Liz
  • 11-02-2015

I enjoyed all Agatha raisin story's

Yes it did reach my expectations as did all theMc Beaton books i have read I keep looking for any new Agatha raisins story's

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  • Mrs
  • 23-12-2012

Funny, relaxing

I laughed out loud many times whilst listening, love listening to Penelope Keith she makes story real in ones mind leaving hilarious pictures in your head.

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