I would go back to the old Agatha Raisin of the early books. Running the detective agency makes Agatha Raisin books less fun and more trite. I didn't care for the book much. The plot was a typical plot you could find in a lot of detective books -- meth labs, bent cops, secret lives etc. The book lacked the wit and charm of the earlier books in the series.
I read the early Agatha Raisins and love them for their charm of the English country side. But this book loses all that. I would not read another Agatha Raisin book. MC Beaton's books tend to lose their charm as the series age. We leave the lovely English or Scottish Countryside and get too involved in big city affairs. I have not read her books set in Victorian England.
I addored her Performance and thought the voices were "spot-on". I enjoyed her when she was doing various BBC TV series and thought she was great. I wish she would do more books and not just Agatha Raisin
Made me promise not to read another Agatha Raisin.
The early books in the series are so much better - the listener should try those. They have wit and charm - something missing from this book.
Another book in the Agatha Raisin series that is typical, but that is not a bad thing. I have enjoyed disliking Aggie for years!
A frequent listener - mostly to mystery, police procedurals and science fantasy, with a few other bits and pieces thrown in. I live on a farm and run my own technical writing business, and listen to audiobooks while knitting and spinning yarn in my spare time.
Amusing, light-hearted, and entertaining.
I just couldn't buy the concept of the human body being on a spit for roasting, and being mistaken for a pig. Seriously, it's just not credible to me. Once I got past that, the rest of the story was amusing and I enjoy Agatha's character, as well as many of the others in the book. The reader just has to suspend disbelief for the pig incident.
I love her voice and her inflection, and always have. She's a perfect narrator for this book.
Overall a lightweight story with a good dash of humour, suspense, and intrigue. Not heavy duty mystery literature, but it's not supposed to be that kind of book. I enjoy listening to books like this when I'm doing other things, like knitting or other crafts, so I don't want a story that takes too much of my concentration. This was just right. Except for the pig...
Probably not. It's a fun story but once you've read it, there's not much to go back for.
Agatha Raisin is a great character, flawed, funny and larger than life.
Penelope Keith portrays her brilliantly. She's good with the other characters as well but I really focus on Agatha.
The reconciliation between Toni and Agatha, which pretty much happened internally was a good treatment.
The whole story was typical Agatha Raisin, which was what I was anticipating with glee. Agatha never disappoints. She gets herself into ridiculous situations and then always manages to get back out. I love the way she stumbles into fatal events. Also, I like her coterie of pals, the nice Mrs. Blocksby, the attractive-but-distant James, narcissistic Roy, and the noble Charles.
Can't pick just one.
It made me laugh, as I knew it would.
“As The Pig Turns” was an okay book. There were twists and turns aplenty yet somehow the story was a bit flat and somewhat predictable.
If you are looking for something compelling find another book. But if it's easy, light and just for fun you've found it. I thoroughly enjoyed this unbelievable story. The narrator was the perfect choice. A great beach listen. Buy it.
Another fun Agatha Raisin adventure with a few extras. She gets herself into several new and different troubles along with both Roy and Tony having their own adventures this time, too, and James returns!
Mrs Raisin provides the usual brain break and getaway time. This one starting off in her getting a grossly unfair traffic ticket for taking her hands off the wheel while stopped in traffic to blow her nose, then very publicly announcing she would kill the Copper who gave it. When he's murdered in a macabre way within a short time of her threat, she is, of course, suspected along with almost everyone this guy unfairly ticketed. Along the way, it's found he has a lot more money than a simple policeman should have, Tony and Roy get into their own misadventures & it all provides a rolicking good adventure for the listener!
The narrator is not up to Davina Porter's quality and is sorely missed. It took away a bit from my pleasure, but still good enough. I guess Davina's reading has spoiled me to other narrators for these books...
I've read/or listened to them all and look forward to the next in the series. This
one did not disappoint. Fun and witty.