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Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death Audiobook

Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death: Agatha Raisin, Book 1

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.
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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.

©2004 M.C. Beaton (P)2015 Audible, Inc

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    Rachel Adelaide, Australia 08-29-12
    Rachel Adelaide, Australia 08-29-12
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    "Exactly what I was after!"

    M.C.Beaton has introduced a lovely invention in Agatha Raisin; a late middle-aged lady who has sold up her PR business in London to realise a lifelong dream of living in a cottage in the Cotswolds. Far from being a paragon, Agatha has spent her working life bullying and manipulating to succeed in a cutthroat business and finds with a shock that her new idyllic setting may require her to, as one potential friend suggests, "learn to like people".
    The plotline is entertaining, the characters colourful, the heroine amusingly flawed, and the performance by Penelope Keith is truly masterful.
    If you are looking to be entertained this won't fail to please!

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  • Emilia
    London, United Kingdom
    10/5/12
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    "Completely loved it!"

    I'm now hooked on this series after listening to this audio book! Highly recommended if you enjoy Agatha Christie and midsummer murders for a bit of light entertainment.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rhianna
    7/10/13
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    "Thoroughly recommended"
    What made the experience of listening to Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death the most enjoyable?

    The first Agatha Raisin, 'lady detective', novel establishes Agatha as a newcomer to the English countryside, vacillating about staying, and surprising herself by making new friends and becoming actually popular for the first time in her pushy, go-getting, high-flying life. As a successor to Agatha Christie's Miss Marple, she is certainly very recognisable to most modern readers, and her transformation from waspish business owner to respected country-dweller is at least as interesting as the tale of her investigations into the death of a local husband. Excellently written, excellently read (of course!), and a thoroughly romping listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author takes the time to establish the characters in a way that blends subtlety with humour, and their interactions are fascinating to observe.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    There were so many great scenes, I would be hard pressed to pick one that stood out above the rest.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    How hard can it be for a city high-flyer to turn country-dweller?


    Any additional comments?

    The performance from Penelope Keith was impeccable, as one would expect.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Louise
    Hockley, United Kingdom
    7/3/13
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    "Laugh out loud"

    This is the first book in the Agatha Raisin story and to begin with I did not like the main character Agatha Raisin, but she grew on me as the story developed until I saw her as a crazy aunt. The narrator was very good and told the story very well and with the plot there were parts where I had tears of laughter but it was still a murder mystery which had you guessing all the way through.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amanda
    Ashton under Lyne, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Very enjoyable listen"

    I love Penelope Keith narrating this series, and The Quiche of Death is one of the best for pure fun. Perfect listening for a Sunday afternoon with tea and cake!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • K
    UK
    8/2/15
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    "Penelope Keith makes this a riot."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The character of Agatha is a kind of female anti-hero whom you dislike but want to succeed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Keith's performance is so lively and engaging it was an absolute pleasure to listen. Her accent range was also ambitious and amusing.


    Have you listened to any of Penelope Keith’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, this is the first audio book that I have heard her narrate, although I am obviously aware of the range of her television work. But it shows that she is a very versatile performer.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, it's got great pace and the narration was lively enough to warrant continual listening.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a bit disappointed to see Penelope Keith is not narrating the next in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • GJH Williams
    8/2/15
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    "So glad they're back..."

    I've really missed my friend from Carsley. Am glad I can buy them again. Any chance of more new ones being made? Penelope Keith is perfect. Simply perfect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charlotte
    7/21/15
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    "Excellently entertaining and funny"
    What did you like most about Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death?

    Easy to listen to and lots to keep you entertained.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Agatha herself is very interesting and likeable.


    Which character – as performed by Penelope Keith – was your favourite?

    Penelope Keith has made each character individual, she does a particularly good voice for Mrs Barr.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If I had the time I could have easily listened through the whole book in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to listening to more books from this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • JG
    7/20/15
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    "Easy going and good fun!"
    Any additional comments?

    This is the 2nd book in the series that I have enjoyed so far, having started with the latest installment, 'Blood of an Englishman' in paperback. Although the writing in 'Englishman' felt a little rushed (I wonder if MC Beaton has contractual obligations to deliver a new book every year?) I still enjoyed it enough to go back to the beginning of the Agatha Raisin series with 'Quiche of Death' as an audiobook. It really is an easy and enjoyable listen. Nothing quite like immersing yourself in a light hearted murder mystery, particularly when it is brilliantly narrated by Penelope Keith. Looking forward to the 'Vicious Vet'!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • PPod
    PENRYN, United Kingdom
    12/15/13
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    "A winner for me"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this series of stories to several friends looking for an easy but interesting story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The title sets the tone for the book, amusing but people do die. This was the first in the series and introduces characters that appear regularly in the later books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gaia
    Sheffield, United Kingdom
    12/8/13
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    "Fun Listen"
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    Really enjoyed this listen. Introduces some fab characters particularly Agatha. It is a light hearted murder mystery which keeps you guessing. Great if you are not in the mood for something dark, gritty or heavy. It's a bit like a modern Miss Marple (with a younger main character). Penelope Keith is a great narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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