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Something Borrowed, Someone Dead: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 24 | [M. C. Beaton]

Something Borrowed, Someone Dead: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 24

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.
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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.

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    Ann Booker Columbia, MD USA 04-16-14
    Ann Booker Columbia, MD USA 04-16-14 Member Since 2014

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    "WHY PENELOPY KEITH????"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It was entertaining once you can numb your ears to the reader's voice.


    What didn’t you like about Penelope Keith’s performance?

    Her accents are awful, her personalization are all mixes up to each other.


    Was Something Borrowed, Someone Dead worth the listening time?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Springfield, MO, USA 03-02-14
    Carol Springfield, MO, USA 03-02-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Disappointed in book and performance"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by M. C. Beaton again?

    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.


    What didn’t you like about Penelope Keith’s performance?

    Overdone, overdone, overdone.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Something Borrowed, Someone Dead?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to a new Beaton Raisin novel, or any other she may write.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Kokomo, India 02-03-14
    Angela Kokomo, India 02-03-14 Member Since 2006

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    "Stale"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who is interested in the Cotswold and English village life


    Would you ever listen to anything by M. C. Beaton again?

    Perhaps, I've listened to all of the books in the Agatha Raisin series


    Did Penelope Keith do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, but the previous narrator was better. Agatha Raisin didn't sound so 'posh' before. It is somewhat jarring.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The familiarity of the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tamicat NY, NY 09-19-13
    Tamicat NY, NY 09-19-13

    Dewy eyed hopeless romantic

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    "I was very disappointed, she keeps recycling old"
    What would have made Something Borrowed, Someone Dead better?

    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.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    dark witch by nora roberts and the sum of all kisses by julia quinn


    What about Penelope Keith’s performance did you like?

    Penelope Keith does excellent performance. she did the best she can with a mediocre script.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    a lot of sadness and disappointment that the series has really gone downill. the last book was bad too.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    nancy Westhampton, NY, United States 10-04-13
    nancy Westhampton, NY, United States 10-04-13 Listener Since 2008
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    "M. C. Beaton is back"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Agatha Raisin, warts and all.


    What three words best describe Penelope Keith’s voice?

    Elderly


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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