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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?

©1997 M. C. Beaton (P)2015 Audible, Inc

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  • N. J. Miin
  • 23-06-2019

Hardly any detective work!

I have enjoyed the previous titles tremendously, but not this. Many times throughout the book, I asked if this was written by the author. It felt more like a story on history and geography of Cyprus, as there were more description on these than developing the crime. It focused too much on the dysfunctional and rather toxic relationship between James and Agatha too. Personally, I feel there was very little done to keep the murder mystery going.
Penelope was amazing, as before. I just did not enjoy the story much.

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  • Nada Gharabali
  • 19-04-2018

Penelope Keith you rock :)

I love all the Agatha Raisin by Beaton, but mostly because they are narrated by Penelope Keith. She puts on a truly wonderful performance. I bought most of the series because I like listening to her :)))
Many thanks

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  • Rachel
  • 09-10-2012

Agatha goes on "holiday"...

Not the strongest storyline in the series, bogging occasionally in guide-book style local historical detail, but entertaining nevertheless with Penelope Keith delivering an impeccable and delightfully handled performance as always.

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  • Anon
  • 07-06-2020

Very disappointing

The Agatha Raisin series may be somewhat formulaic but are good, entertaining light reading. I can only assume that in this addition to the oeuvre MC Beaton was going through a bad patch. There is little or no plot development and it lacks any of the flashes of humour that pervade the other books or the pleasure of anticipation of what scrapes Agatha will get herself into during her "investigations". I can only say that I am glad that I did not come to this offering first as I should never have purchased any others if I had.

The characters are all extremely shallow and one dimensional, and Agatha seems primarily concerned about leaping in and out of bed with the egregious baronet who was himself far more personable the first time we met him, and in having bitter arguments with James who himself completely loses the plot and disappears out of the story completely to launch his own crusade against drug pushers in Turkey.

Bring back Carsely and the sympathetic characters of Mrs Bloxby, and Bill Wong.

The one redeeming feature of the audiobook is Penelope Keith's ever excellent narration, though at times even she seems to struggle with what little plotline there is here.

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  • Snuffles
  • 06-09-2020

Has not aged well.

I've listened to the other Agatha Raisin books in the series and generally enjoyed them because they're easy to listen to, particularly with the predictability of the stories, but the over reliance on stereotypes in the stories made me uncomfortable like and would be considered inappropriate now like the stereotyping of characters based on their race, sexuality and more. However this is the worst book so far as it is full of stereotypes that is offensive. A lot of racial stereotypes and descriptions that could be considered racist by modern descriptions. The repeated description of a Turkish Cypriot having really Offputtingly hairy hands is one of them. Also a lot of filling in that sounds like it's been directly copied from the Cypriot tourist board adverts with detailed historical and geographical information.

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  • Stripeycat
  • 03-04-2020

One of my absolute favourites

Fantastic story that keeps you guessing until the end. Amazing description of the locations and a real escapist feel. Penelope Keith is the only narrator for Agatha, she is absolutely perfect - really enjoyed this and listened from morning til night. A huge treat.

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  • D
  • 03-01-2019

Good but not my favourite

I absolutely love Agatha Raisin's character, she is so funny, strong-willed but also sensitive and vulnerable!
I love Penelope Keith as the narrator, better than the plays actually, which is unusual for me. The issue I had with this one is, I didn't like the police detective, I like Bill Wong and didn't like this other guy taking that role! I also got a bit fed up with James, why is he being so damn difficult and nit-picky! He either likes Agatha or he doesn't!
It's interesting to see the development between the characters but with this one we didn't really get that as none of the normal crowd were in this story, I think that's possibly why I didn't like it as much. But still a good murder mystery!

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  • Spiky Potplant
  • 07-06-2020

Gloriously terrible stuff

One of the reviews describes this book as "Addictive Rubbish" and I think that's spot on. It's not brilliant writing but it is thoroughly enjoyable nonsense and Penelope Keith brings the stories alive.

James is a bit of arse in this book, no idea why Agatha is still chasing after him.

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  • Beate Kay
  • 12-01-2021

Aggie strikes again

Narrator brilliant as Penelope Keith's voice just brings old Aggie to life. I also love Charles's character in this and hope to come across him again as her dear and funny friend.

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  • Grafton
  • 30-12-2020

Another good Agatha Raisin book, excellently read

As usual, Penelope Keith brings this light novel to life with her expert rendition. All of the characters are given different voices and her storytelling style is so listenable. Highly recommended.

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  • bdg
  • 07-12-2020

Holiday reading

With possibilities of having holidays again this book would be a good one to take. It is a murder story with several characters but it also has fun in it!
The narrator is Penelope Keith who is brilliant with the characters voices. I could listen to her reading a story all day. To me the Agatha Raisin books are great in her hands!

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  • Dab Reader
  • 18-08-2020

Another great listen

Another amazing performance by Penelope Keith. A good mystery with plenty of humour. My only reservation is Agatha Raisin's continued infatuation with the stiff-lipped James. I hope she moves on. Charles was a welcome addition. All in all, a good book.

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  • NJ
  • 24-05-2020

Joyous

I can't get enough of these fabulous books! So brilliantly written and read, Agatha Raisin is suberb. Intelligent and dizzy at the same time with an acerbic wit and a nose for trouble, credit day is a real treat!

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