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    • Agatha Raisin and the Dead Ringer

    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 2

    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'! 

    Regular price: $30.38

    • 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 17
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Perfect holiday reading

    • By Eosaphrodite on 30-03-2016

    Regular price: $23.41

    • 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 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    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.

    Regular price: $21.06

    • The Perfect Gentleman

    • The Love and Temptation Series, Book 7
    • By: Marion Chesney - M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Charlotte Anne Dore
    • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    From the top of his flawlessly groomed head to the waxed tips of his fashionable shoes, Lord Andrew Childe was every inch the perfect gentleman. But Andrew's arrogant composure was almost always shattered by the impertinent Penelope Mortimer, an achingly lovely country beauty who had a clear knack for ruffling his lordship's feathers. Her nose for trouble seemed to land Lord Andrew in the most awkward situations - and love itself quickly became the most delicate of them all!

    Regular price: $20.43

    • 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 14
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    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?

    Regular price: $21.06

    • 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 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13

    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.

    Regular price: $22.94

    • 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 22
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20

    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....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley

    • By JANET on 03-01-2018

    Regular price: $19.19

    • The Westerby Inheritance

    • Regency Royal, Book 1
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Willow Nash
    • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5

    Lady Jane Lovelace has conceived the idea of approaching the most notorious man about town, Lord Charles Welbourne, with a most unique proposition. But when he counters her offer with a condition that he thinks will halt her impudence, much to the surprise of both, she accepts. A novel of passion and intrigue, The Westerby Inheritance is the first volume of this new and emotionally charged romantic saga all played out against a backdrop of elegant 18th-century society.

    Regular price: $31.21

    • 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 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Last agatha

    • By Gianetta on 26-09-2016

    Regular price: $23.41

    • 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 13
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    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.

    Regular price: $22.94

    • 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 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    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.

    Regular price: $22.94

    • Love and Lady Lovelace

    • Regency Royal, Book 10
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Karen Cass
    • Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    When young widow Lady Lovelace realised she had been swindled to near- bankruptcy by her curmudgeonly cousin, she knew she would have to marry again for money. These were the very thoughts of Lord Philip, who had nothing between him and destitution but his small army pension. And so these two attractive fortune hunters somehow found each other and, before long, popped into marriage - and into the bridal chamber - only to discover they were both virtually penniless. What a diabolical situation.

    Regular price: $30.38

    • 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
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    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.

    Regular price: $23.41

    • 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 21
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    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....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Easy listening.

    • By JANET on 21-11-2017

    Regular price: $24.97

    • 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 17
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    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?

    Regular price: $21.06

    • 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 23
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fun and enjoyable

    • By Eosaphrodite on 04-04-2016

    Regular price: $23.41

    • Death of a Village

    • Hamish Macbeth, Book 18
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: David Monteath
    • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    Trouble is afoot in the remote Scottish fishing village of Stoyre, where the inhabitants are acting kind of... fishy. On a routine visit, Hamish Macbeth finds the pub empty, the church unexpectedly full, and the very air permeated with fear. Then an explosion levels a holiday cottage which the locals call 'an act of God'. Hamish has another theory, one that will make the national news. With the help of sharp-eyed journalist Elspeth Grant and Lugs (his dog) he begins to winkle out the truth.

    Regular price: $23.41

    • Death of a Dustman

    • Hamish Macbeth, Book 16
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: David Monteath
    • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    When Fergus Macleod, Lochdubh's abusive, drunk dustman is put in charge of the local recycling centre and is dubbed the 'Environment Officer', Hamish Macbeth smells trouble. Sure enough, Fergus, imbued with his new powers, becomes a bullying tyrant and when his body is found stuffed in a recycling bin, no one is sorry - including his long-suffering family.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hamish Mcbeth the very under rated policeman

    • By Anonymous User on 18-02-2018

    Regular price: $23.41

    • Death of Yesterday

    • Hamish Macbeth, Book 28
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
    • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    When a local woman tells Sergeant Hamish Macbeth that she doesn't remember what happened the previous evening, he's not unduly worried. After all, she's been out drinking and he'd prefer not to be bothered with such an arrogant and annoying woman. But when her body is discovered in a ditch, Hamish is forced to investigate a crime that the only known witness - now dead - has forgotten....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointed with this one

    • By Amazon Customer on 18-10-2017

    Regular price: $22.94

    • 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 41
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39

    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
    • Amazingly Entertaining Agatha

    • By Anonymous User on 25-11-2017

    Regular price: $22.62

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