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!
"Better than the DVD"
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 !
Penelope Keith has a simply wonderful expressive voice. Beautifully articulate with a talent for accent that serves the large cast of characters well.
Thoroughly captivated by the characterization throughout [see above !]
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.
loved the story and penelope Keith was a great choice for narrator. Already got the next book
"penelope Keith is amazing"
I really loved this. it's just so quaint and relaxing and yet an intriguing mystery.
"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 ,
I really like Penelope Keith narration of the story,she keeps the story gripping and exciting.
"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.
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