Plot very scatty; also, see below
Simon Black's parents, decidedly dead when first we met him, are here miraculously resurrected to spoil him and attend his wedding--and with no fanfare, marveling, or explanation given.
Depends on cast
Finally, Ms Keith has realized that not all Americans have southern accents--praise be! In Busy Body, she gave the residents of Philadelphia inappropriate and definite drawls. ugh
This entry is filled with danger for Agatha and her band of friends and employees. As always, a rollicking good time is in store for the listener; a thrilling and unusual mystery plot, great narrative performance, and a great lead character who is smart and sassy, and even sexy when she wants to be. There's something for everyone in this one, and it even highlights Agatha's humanity and weaknesses to a greater degree. "Snakes and bastards, what a great listen!"
Engaging, amusing, and enjoyable.
It didn't signal the "who dunnit" in the first chapter, like some British "cozies" sometimes do.
Yes! Her voice is consistently like that of an intelligent, amusing, witty, and slightly sardonic friend relating an entertaining story over the phone in my ear. I've listened to several Agatha Raisin novels, some narrated by Penelope Keith and others by someone else. Those novels voiced by Ms. Keith are by far my favorites.
Come for the barbecue, stay for the entertainment!
Please, please! Hire Penelope Keith to read more of anything - seed catalogues, mobile phone contracts, software user agreement documents - anything!!!
I'm a big fan of the books which are charming and funny and Penelope Keith (whose acting I love) is the perfect fit and a great narrator.
Yes, it is in the same vein as all the same stories. There is no real substance, but it is a good listen.
Yes, I like the light, easiness of the stories. Doesn't require a lot of concentration to follow.
I love her portrayal of Agatha raisin and Roy.
Yes, I love Penelope Keith. She dramatizes the characters wonderfully.
This is where there is a spoiler...for those who have been following the stories...was surprised to find that Simon who was an orphan in the last book, now had parents. Surprising...
I find reading the book and listening to the audio to be an equal treat. I do find it fun to listen to Agatha's escapades on my way to and from work. I find that when I read I hear the voices from the audio versions!
It did so. Just when you think you know - there is a twist and you start again to wonder!
I loved the scene where Agatha saved Simon in the hospital. This is a woman I would definitely want on my side in a time of trouble.
Like all of the books...I felt frustrated for her insecurities, tender thoughts when Mrs. Bloxby shows Agatha unconditional love that she craves, laughter at some of the situations Agatha gets herself into, etc
I love the relationships Agatha has with Charles and Roy.
I sometimes get irritated by the fact that MC Beaton did not allow Agatha to age....I think it could have worked. But I enjoy the stories and the characters so much I cannot stop listening to the stories over and over again!
I am an artist, lover of books. Love reading or listening to a good book. I live on the East Coast of Canada with an awesome ocean view.
Too many, but the BBQ stands out the most.
Have to think about it,
I cannot believe that M.C. Beaton wrote this book because there are way too many errors. Years have gone by since Toni Gilmour started working at the detective agency, yet she's still 18 in this story, for an example. There are a number of little things like this throughout the book, and it's frustrating. If they are going to get someone in to keep the series going under the name M.C. Beaton (a pseudonym already), fine, but at least have the ghost writer read the earlier books!
As for the plot, well, if you like Agatha Raisin then far-fetched plots don't bother you. It's impossible to believe that the body of a man could be mistaken for the body of a pig, but who cares if you are along for the ride. But if you are looking for a development of the metanarrative, then forget it. The details get muddled too much for there to be much book-to-book development.
Agatha is an abrasive character who, at times, annoyed the heck out of me - but she is so real! The story is very well writen with an excellent plot and unexpected ending. I started out not like the story (becasue she is so abrazive) but now want to get more in this series!
The different stories, Agatha interfering in people's life. She is a control freak, lol
Nothing, she is great with the voices
Like the narrated Penelope Keith