In this irresistible new mystery from New York Times best seller M. C. Beaton, the adorably cranky Agatha Raisin investigates when a local baker is murdered while performing in a seemingly harmless pantomime.
"Fee, fie, fo, fum. I smell the blood of an Englishman…"
Even though Agatha Raisin loathes amateur dramatics, her friend Mrs. Bloxby, the vicar's wife, has persuaded her to support the local pantomime. Stifling a yawn at the production of Babes in the Woods, Agatha watches as the baker, playing an ogre, struts and threatens on the stage. Then a trapdoor opens…followed by a scream and then silence.
Surely, this isn't the way the scene was rehearsed? When it turns out the popular baker has been murdered, Agatha puts her team of private detectives on the case. They soon discover more feuds and temperamental behavior in amateur theatrics than in a professional stage show - and face more and more danger as the team gets too close to the killer.
The Blood of an Englishman is Agatha's 25th adventure, and you'd think she would have learned by now not to keep making the same mistakes. Alas, no - yet Agatha's flaws only make her more endearing. In this sparkling new entry in Beaton's New York Times best-selling series of modern cozies, Agatha Raisin once again "manages to infuriate, amuse, and solicit our deepest sympathies as we watch her blunder her way boldly through another murder mystery". (Bookreporter.com)
©2014 M. C. Beaton (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Why on earth did MC Beaton switch from the fabulous Penelope Keith to this third rate narrator? Why? Did Ms. Keith die or something?
The plot was great as usual.
So many bad aspects of it I don't know where to start. The characters' voices were flat as a board. Penelope Keith usually narrates this series & has a gift for vividly bringing the characters to life.
Like I said, great story, awful narration.
Penelope Keith as voice talent
I found it too painful to listen to the entire story - am reading it instead
Never. She has a terrible lisp (so do I so I don't feel bad mentioning it but I would not think voice artist would be an appropriate career choice for me) and no real differentiation between characters. Doesn't do men well. Nor does her agatha raisin have any depth.
MC Beaton always interesting. So far reading the story has been quite enjoyable
Keeping the original narrator from the last 20 or so books. Where's Donada Peters? Or when she can't do it, Penelope Keith? This woman makes it apparent that she has NEVER listened to the previous books' narrations and so her work here does not complement their work. She makes Mrs. Bloxby sound like a stupid tart, her Agatha Raisin delivers none of the hilarious characterisms that make people love her. All around Fail for Allison Larkin.
Couldn't bear to make it through it. I read it instead. Agatha is always my favorite -- she's so flawed and endearing.
ANYONE. But certainly Donada Peters or Davina Porter.
Yes, the actual story is wonderful. Charming as ever, this is another hit for Beaton.
After waiting for this to be released eagerly for a year, Larkin is more than a huge disappointment -- she's a waste of a good credit.
Not from Alison Larkin
I actually couldn't get past the first page of this book because of the reader's scratchy, shrill voice. I love M.C. Beaton's books, but will have to give this one a miss due to the
Screechy, shrill, just horrible. Please beg Penelope Keith, who was perfect in all the books I heard read by her, to come back.
Can't comment because I couldn't finish this reading, the reader's voice was so
inappropriate for the material and shrill.
I hated Larkin's voice. Perhaps she was not well directed, I don't know. Please, please
use Penelope Keith in future.
the narration was so bad I couldn't listen to the whole book. I will get it on Kindle and read it for myself.
I couldn't stay tuned to the story because I was distracted by the dreadful narration. This woman is NOT suited to the Agatha stories and ensemble we've all, as devoted fans, come to love.
Why diidn't you get Penelope Keith or Donada Peters?
Please give us a refund and reissue the book read by someone else.
NO! The reader is dreadful. She doesn't "get" Agatha, Bill, or any of the regular characters. No depth, no charm, no humor, just a flat sappy reading. I have listened to ALL of the Agatha Raisin books many times over and I'm only into this one an hour and can't bear any more. I will read the book instead and imagine Penelope Keith's narration.
All of them - when the Agatha books are read by a dynamic reader who "gets" these books and their attitude and humor!
It could be read by Penelope Keith! Why change a great narrator who has all the attitude necessary to "be" Agatha Raisin? This reading has all the bravado of a wet noodle.
What a disappointment. I was so looking forward to listening to another great Agatha Raisin.
Unrecognizable! Where were all the characters we had learned to love? Where is Penelope Keith?
This was not Agatha Raisin, in fact, we couldn't recognize anyone.
Talk about ruining our week!
OH PLEASE!! The falsetto voice was unbearable. We didn't recognize performance.
Is it the book? If so trash it. Again, I ask where is Penelope Keith and all the characters we
Please give us back the real Agatha Raisin, we looked forward to Sept. for the new release,
can't tell you how disappointed.
Yes but not the same narrator.
Bring back Penelope Keith. She is the voice of Agatha Raisin.
OCD over books, listening to 1 a day; ANY genre, fact & fiction. Influenced by Audible reviewers so I keep mine unbiased - FRONT to BLACK!
The narrator is absolutely awful with her irritating nasal voice.
I didn't get that far. The narration made my teeth hurt after 30 minutes.
First, this is #25 of a series admirably narrated by Penelope Keith. Why change such a vital element of an audiobook? Great narrators make mediocre book much better. Keith gave Agatha Raisin a crochety jaded mature attitude - man mad and vain. This narrator makes Agatha sound like a teenager sucking on a helium balloon! The performance lacks depth and all of the characters sound alike.
I'm very, very disappointed in this book. I had to stop listening after a half hour.
This one seemed to have more sub-plots so that even when one issue was being resolved, others continued or new ones cropped up. Sometimes one wondered whether this or that issue was related to the others. That formed part of the mystery too. So, it was nice to be able to rewind and replay when I hadn't been paying good attention to the details.
Mrs. Bloxby remains my favorite character. Though not a very colorful character, she remains the voice of reason and calm and has so much intuition. As "the reader", I often relate more with Mrs. Bloxby than the other characters. I, too, often want to share some good sense with Agatha. Were I Mrs. Bloxby however, the vicar would have been one of the murder victims long before this book, LOL! I am impressed with Toni's dedication to Agatha and how her staff rallied round in this book.
Agatha's 2 close calls were the "closest calls" in any of the books! Edge of your seat sort of stuff!
I was very concerned about Agatha's 2 close calls. I was not looking at how close I was to the end of the book, so I didn't know if one of these was going to be the end of Agatha! Worrisome!
I prefer Penelope Keith's narration. But Allson Larkin was okay. Still, the characters did not have the strong distinctions they have when Keith narrates. And I sure hope this isn't the last we hear of Agatha Raisin.
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