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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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!
"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.
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.
The author takes the time to establish the characters in a way that blends subtlety with humour, and their interactions are fascinating to observe.
There were so many great scenes, I would be hard pressed to pick one that stood out above the rest.
How hard can it be for a city high-flyer to turn country-dweller?
The performance from Penelope Keith was impeccable, as one would expect.
"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.
"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!
"Penelope Keith makes this a riot."
The character of Agatha is a kind of female anti-hero whom you dislike but want to succeed.
Keith's performance is so lively and engaging it was an absolute pleasure to listen. Her accent range was also ambitious and amusing.
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.
Yes, it's got great pace and the narration was lively enough to warrant continual listening.
I am a bit disappointed to see Penelope Keith is not narrating the next in the series.
"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.
"Excellently entertaining and funny"
Easy to listen to and lots to keep you entertained.
Agatha herself is very interesting and likeable.
Penelope Keith has made each character individual, she does a particularly good voice for Mrs Barr.
If I had the time I could have easily listened through the whole book in one sitting.
I look forward to listening to more books from this series.
"Easy going and good fun!"
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'!
"A winner for me"
I have recommended this series of stories to several friends looking for an easy but interesting 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.
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.
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