Gloria French was a jolly widow with dyed blonde hair, a raucous laugh, and rosy cheeks. When she first moved from London to the charming Cotswold hills, she was heartily welcomed. She seemed a do-gooder par-excellence, raising funds for the church and caring for the elderly. But she had a nasty habit of borrowing things and not giving them back. They're just small things - a teapot here, a set of silverware there - so it's quite the shock when she is found dead, murdered with a poisoned bottle of elderberry wine.
Afraid the murder will be a blight on the small town, Parish councilor, Jerry Tarrant, hires private detective, Agatha Raisin, to track down the murderer, but the village is secretive, and the residents resent Agatha's investigation. Of course, that doesn't stop the ever-persistent Agatha from investigating and sticking her nose where no one wants it - especially as the suspect list grows. And, as if it isn't enough that Agatha's ex has reentered the picture and the murderer is now targeting Agatha!
With M. C. Beaton's Something Borrowed, Someone Dead, the bossy, vain, and absolutely irresistible Agatha Raisin continues to be a fan favorite.
©2013 M. C. Beaton (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
The story has many curious twists and turns. Will Agatha even survive this case? Will Roy and James survive? Are there really practicing witches in the countryside? Will Wilkes finally tear his hair out over Agatha's continuing involvement in his cases? Will Carsely finally reject Agatha or fete her because of all the murder and mayhem that always surround her?
In this book, many of the characters finally "grow up". As usual, Penelope Keith's narration is top notch. I spent the entire day enjoying this wonderful audiobook from beginning to end!
Story is wonderful as usual, yet Mrs Keith who is an accomplished actress, successfully portrays upper class English women chosen to read this is beyond me. All of her so called West county accents are less than desirable. She reads them like she has a mouth full of spit, and voicing a half-wit people.
Please chose someone who is more down to earth and knows that there is not only the posh and the village idiot's voice in British isles.
This way we may be able to enjoy the stories to the fullest.
It was entertaining once you can numb your ears to the reader's voice.
Her accents are awful, her personalization are all mixes up to each other.
I cannot imagine who would enjoy the book. It is a caricature of the wonderful Raisin books Beaton usually writes. Silly. And the reader is hysterical and annoying.
Yes, I love the great majority of Beaton books. I have reread most of her Raisin books and several of her other series. Am hopeful that the next Agatha book will hit the stride of most of the previous ones--funny, entertaining, commentaries on middle-aged women (I relate), and suspenseful. Much prefer Peters as a female reader.
Overdone, overdone, overdone.
I couldn't finish the book, it was so boring and fatuous. This one not only did not hit a home run, it didn't make it to first base.
I look forward to a new Beaton Raisin novel, or any other she may write.
Someone who is interested in the Cotswold and English village life
Perhaps, I've listened to all of the books in the Agatha Raisin series
Yes, but the previous narrator was better. Agatha Raisin didn't sound so 'posh' before. It is somewhat jarring.
The familiarity of the characters.
After listening to all of the previous Agatha Raisin audiobooks, they have become more disappointing, almost hackneyed. The author is doing a great disservice to those listeners who have been loyal to the series. I also find social and political political commentary by the author clumsily forced into the characters and not very pleasant or effective in what is supposed to be a light-hearted mystery series.
Dewy eyed hopeless romantic
a new original plot, this is the Potted Gardener Book 3 and several of the others thrown together to make money. I am very disappointed. I was looking forward to this book since it was announced around March.
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Penelope Keith does excellent performance. she did the best she can with a mediocre script.
a lot of sadness and disappointment that the series has really gone downill. the last book was bad too.
either write better plots or move onto other books. MC b eaton has too many book series she is trying to write. Readers adore Agatha as do I please give her more respect and her due with a good original plot.
I love Agatha Raisin, warts and all.
I was thrilled to see M. C. Beaton back to form with this new book. The mystery was intriguing and Agatha Raisin was her irrepressible self. Still preferred Donata Peters as the reader. Penelope Keith's voice is too old for a 50 year old.
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