New York Times best-selling author M. C. Beaton's beloved Agatha Raisin is back on a case and poking around where she doesn't belong.
When Agatha Raisin left behind her public-relations business in London, she fulfilled her dream of settling in the cozy British Cotswolds, where she began a successful private detective agency. Unfortunately the village she lives in is about to get a little less cozy. Lord Bellington, a wealthy land developer, wants to turn the community garden into a housing estate. When Agatha and her friend, Sir Charles Fraith, attempt to convince Lord Bellington to abandon his plans, he scoffs, "Do you think I give a damn about those pesky villagers?" So when Agatha finds his obituary in the newspaper two weeks later, it's no surprise that some people in town are feeling celebratory.
The villagers are relieved to learn that Bellington's son and heir, Damian, has no interest in continuing his father's development plans. But the police are definitely interested in him - as suspect number one. His father's death, it seems, was no accident. But when Damian hires Agatha to find the real killer, she finds no shortage of suspects.
The good news is that a handsome retired detective named Gerald has recently moved to town. Too bad he was seen kissing another newcomer. But when that woman is also found murdered, Gerald is eager to help Agatha with the case. Agatha, Gerald, and her team of detectives must untangle a web of contempt in order to uncover a killer's identity.
Pushing Up Daisies continues the tradition of this beloved mystery series.
©2016 M. C. Beaton (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
I absolutely love and adore the Agatha Raisin mysteries, but since they have switched the narrator to Alison Larkin, it has been difficult to enjoy. I cannot stand the way she narrates; the men sound ridiculous, especially Charles! She made him sound like a stuffed up, whiney man speaking through his nose. Please switch back to Penelope Keith or find a better narrator!!! She also does nothing to capture the true essence of Agatha. Very disappointing to wait so long for the new book to come out only to be ruined by the person reading it to you. I will most likely get my credits back for any of these read by Alison Larkin and hope for another audio version to come out, so that I may add those to my collection. I always buy the print copy as well, but it is so lovely to enjoy Agatha Raisin while I am cleaning my house or traveling. Such a huge disappointment. (Not a fan of Donada Peters reading Agatha either.)
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Different Narrator - Alison is not AGATHA!!
Love MC Beaton
I love MC BEATON
PLEASE CHANGE Narrators ASAP!!
If one has listened to other narrators she brings the character low. An example of a quality narrator assigned to the wrong book. She was unable to put much edge into Agatha, and often one was unsure who was speaking
This is an okay entry in the series, but not one of the better Agatha books.
As other reviews have noted, there were some errors of continuity such as Mrs Bloxby's first name and the age difference between Agatha and Sir Charles. Slightly disconcerting.
Other than that, there was no one thing I can point to to indicate the lower rating of this book, just an overall "blah" feeling. I also prefer Ms Keith as narrator. Ms Larkin's performance was fine, but I had gotten used to Ms Keith and narrator changes within a series are somewhat disconcerting for me.
I have every book in the series, and there are many, so I suppose that some will strike me as more interesting than others. I think it is personal taste. Certainly I do not regret purchasing it and I intend to get any subsequent books in this and in Ms Beaton's Hamish MacBeth series--I also have every available book in that series as well. Very pleasant way to pass the time.
I think you will find the books well worth a credit.
As usual I love MC Beaton and the story, but the narrator is just awful, butchered one of my favourite series's. If they don't switch the narrator I will never buy another one again.
the first several books of Agatha Raisin were entertaining. the last 3 have been meerly recycled plot from from her last books. I think the formula has dried up. I think it is time for Agatha to retire for good. I miss the other previous narators, the new girl mispronounced names and gratimg high voice was a drag.
I found that the narrator really made this book inaccessible. Her lack of appropriate pauses, ability to differentiate characters caused me a significant amount of confusion. At one point I just started the whole thing over because I couldn't follow who was doing/saying what.
It could be that this wasn't a very good book and that's why I struggled to engage - and there might be some of that but I found the narrator lacking.
I recommend starting with a different Agatha Raisen book if this was to be your first. The writing, storyline, and narration are not up to snuff.
The story was good but I just don't care for the narrator. This narrator doesn't fit Agatha and the other characters. I took away 2 stars this time for her performance, and on "Dishing the Dirt". Please find a better fit in the narrator for Agatha Raisin.
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