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Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death Audiobook
Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death
Written by: 
M.C. Beaton
Narrated by: 
Penelope Keith
Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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
  • Amazon Customer
    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
  • P. F. Mcwilliams
    County Durham UK.
    7/17/16
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    "Better than the DVD"
    What made the experience of listening to Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death the most enjoyable?

    I had just watched the DVD, and although very enjoyable in a 'Midsomer Murder' sort of way, I had in the back of my mind a memory of the BBC Radio 4 dramatization.This of course had Penelope Keith as Agatha, who seemed to me to be the perfect 'voice' of Agatha !


    What about Penelope Keith’s performance did you like?

    Penelope Keith has a simply wonderful expressive voice. Beautifully articulate with a talent for accent that serves the large cast of characters well.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Thoroughly captivated by the characterization throughout [see above !]


    Any additional comments?

    Although this is an unabridged reading, the pace was quite brisk, never boring.The characters had all been changed a little for the DVD,
    Agatha is a little older in the book and the changes to the secondary characters are enough to make the two versions different enough to make it worth having both !
    Going to order next one now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jan west
    6/28/16
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    "murder mystery"

    loved the story and penelope Keith was a great choice for narrator. Already got the next book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • V. Corrigan
    Durham
    6/22/16
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    "penelope Keith is amazing"

    I really loved this. it's just so quaint and relaxing and yet an intriguing mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mrs shirley kilgore
    6/15/16
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    "Quiche of Death funny and enjoyable"

    It was a relaxing read and that is why my heading is Funny and Enjoyable
    Penelope Keith really brilliant with her narration ,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ruby
    3/2/16
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    "Great Listen"

    I really like Penelope Keith narration of the story,she keeps the story gripping and exciting.

    0 of 0 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

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