Agatha Raisin has never been one for forced holiday cheer, but her friendly little village of Carsely has always prided itself on its traditional Christmas festivities. But this year the bells will not be ringing out, as Mr. John Sunday, an officer with the Cotswold Health and Safety Board, has chosen Christmas as the time to crack down on safety hazards all around the community. But he goes too far when he rules that there cannot be a Christmas tree atop the church tower this year.
Mr. Sunday is soon found face down in the petunias, very much dead. Agatha is instantly on the case, but with so many people having threatened the life of the victim, it's almost impossible to know where to start!
©2010 M. C. Beaton. All rights reserved. (P)2010 BBC Audio
Love agatha all of her stories. Do not like the new reader. Miss Donata Peters. She is Agatha!
Agatha Raisin does not disappoint. Yes, this is light fare, but Agatha helped by the agency, the Vicker's wife, Charles, Roy, and ex-husband James gallivant through the pages doing not quite what we expect of them. It is like a visit with old friends. Perhaps not as well plotted as some of the earlier novels.
This is my first M.C. Beaton book and I am finding it very disappointing. I like the narrator fine and the author writes well, but the main character comes across to me as really petty and sad! She seems primarily to be a person disappointed in life. Listening to it feels like listening to someone complain, which is tiresome and depressing! I like books where the main character faces adversity and is a flawed human being, yes, but this woman's personality does not seem balanced by any real liveliness, wit, or spiritedness, which is what I look for in a heroine. It seems every few minutes mention is made of her envy, fears of seeming old, competitiveness, jealousy - her inner monologue is a catalogue of slights and rejections, etc. She seems driven by fear and envy mostly. I like listening to books with main characters I can pull for, and as much as I'd like to, I can't pull for this woman. I won't be finishing the book.
Being a fan of "To the Manor Born", I feel Penelope has been cast perfectly as a narrator of some of the Agatha books. Yes, Donada Peters is wonderful, and I thoroughly enjoy all of those she has narrated--but I heartily disagree with those who have given Penelope's versions such low marks.
I love Agatha's group of supporters. Just when one goes away another enters to help her along.
I found it funny that Miriam rubbed Agatha the wrong way right from the start.
Yes it did. It seemed that once you begin to think one way, another character or situation is added to the mix and you get all tied up again.
At one point I was sure that the vicar's wife - Penelope was the murderer!
I love Roy. I think he is amazing. I love the relationship that Agatha has with him. She is his mentor, and his place to go when he needs a break. He is the son she never had...but would be too vain to say she would be old enough to have said son. lol
I nearly cried when it looked like Roy may be dead. I loved that Charles was there for Agatha. It was very touching.
The Beagles and the Summers were hilarious. I wished they had ran into the Boggles. I think this would have made for interesting reading indeed. lol
This book is not well edited and reads like a late draft rather than a completed manuscript. All the same, if you like Agatha Raisin, you'll like this one as well. I will say that M.C. Beaton must hate to end a story because this has ending after ending after ending to get through. I don't mind much because it stretches the stories out. It's a shame that Beaton did not take more time to develop characters along the way, though, as the story could have been fleshed out in a much more satisfying way. Unlike "As the Pig Turns" (the next in the series), this does "feel" like it was written by M.C. Beaton.
Certainly a sale book but entertaining enough. I must admit that I prefer Hamish Macbeth as a character though.
I love M.C. Beaton and Agatha Raisin but I think I would rather cozy up to her books with a cup of tea versus my Ipod. I just couldn't get through it.
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