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  • Lady Fortescue Steps Out: The Poor Relation, Book 1 | M. C. Beaton

    Lady Fortescue Steps Out: The Poor Relation, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1708)
    Performance
    (1525)
    Story
    (1527)

    Life is not easy for the poor relations of England’s upper crust, but fate and clever schemes bring them together. Lady Fortescue and Colonel Sandhurst hatch a plan: What if they were to transform her decrepit Bond Street home into a posh hotel, offering their guests the pleasure of being waited upon by nobility? With the help of other down-and-out aristocrats, they do just that, and London’s newest hotel, The Poor Relation, is born. The establishment is an immediate hit with London’s most illustrious citizens, save the Duke of Rowcester....

    Clare says: "Charming Regency Fun - Romance & Adventure"
  • Death of a Ghost: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery, Book 32 | M. C. Beaton

    Death of a Ghost: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery, Book 32

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (194)

    When Police Sergeant Hamish Macbeth hears reports of a haunted castle near Drim, he assumes the eerie noises and lights reported by the villagers are just local teenagers going there to smoke pot or, worse, inject themselves with drugs. Still, Hamish decides that he and his policeman, Charlie "Clumsy" Carson, will spend the night at the ruined castle to get to the bottom of the rumors once and for all. There's no sign of any ghost...but then Charlie disappears through the floor. It turns out he's fallen into the cellar. And what Hamish and Charlie find there is worse than a ghost.

    Debbie H, Arizona says: "Loved it!"
  • Miss Tonks Turns to Crime: The Poor Relation, Book 2 | M. C. Beaton

    Miss Tonks Turns to Crime: The Poor Relation, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (598)
    Performance
    (530)
    Story
    (527)

    The poor relations, those genteel paupers of society who live on little more than their dignity, have banded together and started The Poor Relation hotel, hoping to be bought out by their embarrassed relations - but as the hotel prospered, they began to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Now once more they are in need of funds. To stoop to crime in their days of poverty was one thing, but to turn to it again when they have enjoyed a certain amount of success is quite another. But they all agree: the hotel must go on.

    Clare says: "More Regency Fun! Miss Tonks Saves the Day!"
  • Sir Philip's Folly: The Poor Relation, Book 4 | M. C. Beaton,Marion Chesney

    Sir Philip's Folly: The Poor Relation, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton, Marion Chesney
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (301)

    Just when everything at the Poor Relation Hotel seems to be running smoothly, Sir Philip brings in another poor relation, Mrs. Budge. When Sir Philip presents his paramour, Lady Fortescue swears great oaths and says the woman is probably related to half the costermongers in London and certainly does not possess one rich relative. Mrs. Budge does nothing but eat all day and refused to do any work around the hotel. Worst of all, Miss Tonks seems to be taking the romance between Sir Philip and Mrs. Budge quite hard.

    Marie says: "Another worthy read in this marvelous series"
  • Colonel Sandhurst to the Rescue: The Poor Relation, Book 5 | M. C. Beaton

    Colonel Sandhurst to the Rescue: The Poor Relation, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (317)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (278)

    Owing to an unfortunate wager made by Sir Philip, the poor relations are once again scrounging around for a plan for solvency. This time it is Colonel Sandhurst to the rescue. After happening on Sir Randolph’s lovely daughter Frederica, who is running away to escape an awful marriage to Lord Bewley, the Colonel devises a plan to force Sir Randolph to settle his bill for six month’s stay and to save Frederica from her fate. The clever plan is thwarted when Lord Bewley shows up at the drop point instead of Sir Randolph.

    James says: "The best thus far"
  • Mrs. Budley Falls from Grace: The Poor Relation, Book 3 | M. C. Beaton

    Mrs. Budley Falls from Grace: The Poor Relation, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Davina Poter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (385)
    Story
    (383)

    Eliza Budley is a beautiful widow whose husband gambled away his fortune. Lady Fortescue reminds the others that, to be fair, Mrs. Budley has no relatives on whom she can call. Gentle Mrs. Budley thinks she has escaped her fate until Sir Philip comes up with a plan: He has heard that the elderly Marquess of Peterhouse is senile, a widower, extremely rich, and unlikely to remember whether Mrs. Budley is a relative or not. So off Mrs. Budley goes. But the marquess turns out to be not so old, hardly senile, and, in fact, quite handsome.

    Marie says: "good series, but predictable"
  • Back in Society: A Regency Romance: The Poor Relation, Book 6 | M. C. Beaton

    Back in Society: A Regency Romance: The Poor Relation, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (289)
    Story
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    Life is finally looking up for the poor relations. The Prince of Wales’ coat of arms gleams over the hotel entrance. All but one of the rooms are filled by the open-handed Prince Hugo and his entourage. They have finally reached a position comfortable enough to allow them to consider offers to buy the hotel. The poor relations’ hard-earned success, however, is in stark contrast to the plight of their latest guest, Lady Jane Fremney. The slight, beautiful youngest daughter of the Earl of Durby has been cast out of her family for refusing to marry the man her father has chosen.

    Marie says: "All is well that ends well"
  • There Goes the Bride: An Agatha Raisin Mystery | M. C. Beaton

    There Goes the Bride: An Agatha Raisin Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (299)

    Bossy, impulsive, yet hopelessly romantic, Agatha is dreading the upcoming marriage of her ex-husband, James Lacey. Although she has set her sights on a handsome and beguiling new Frenchman, she can't quite stop obsessing about James. Her best intentions to move on with her life are put on hold when James's young bride is shot to death just minutes before saying "I do" and Agatha is named the prime suspect.

    Susanne says: "Agatha always makes me smile"
  • Busy Body | M. C. Beaton

    Busy Body

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (216)

    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. But Mr. Sunday is soon found face down in the petunias, very much dead.

    Vicki says: "Penelope is just as much fun"
  • Agatha Raisin and the Love from Hell: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 11 | M. C. Beaton

    Agatha Raisin and the Love from Hell: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (297)

    Recently married to James Lacey, Agatha quickly finds out that it’s not all "happy ever after" - before long the newlyweds are living in separate cottages and accusing each other of infidelity. After a fight down the local pub James vanishes completely, leaving a bloodstain as the only clue to his fate. Naturally, Agatha is Prime Suspect. Determined to clear her name and find her husband, Agatha begins her investigation - and promptly finds a murdered mistress....

    dub says: "Love Penelope Keith and series, but not this one"
  • Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener: Agatha Raisin, Book 3 | M. C. Beaton

    Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener: Agatha Raisin, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (674)
    Performance
    (615)
    Story
    (614)

    When Agatha returns home after a sojourn in the capital, she finds a new woman ensconced in the affections of her attractive bachelor neighbor, James Lacey. The newcomer, Mary Fortune, is superior to Agatha in every way, especially when it comes to gardening. With Carsely Open Day approaching, Agatha longs for some fascinating crime to remind James of her genius for investigation and to distract him from Mary. Soon a series of assaults on the finest gardens is followed by murder when Mary herself is discovered buried upside down in a terracotta pot....

    Gretchen SLP says: "Some Odd Dischordant Notes"
  • Agatha Raisin and the Perfect Paragon: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 16 | M. C. Beaton

    Agatha Raisin and the Perfect Paragon: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (236)

    After being nearly killed by both a hired hit man and her former secretary, Agatha Raisin could use some low-key cases. So when Robert Smedley walks through the door of her detective agency, determined to prove that his wife is cheating on him, Raisin Investigations immediately offers to help. Unfortunately for Agatha, Mabel Smedley appears to be the perfect wife: young, pretty, and a regular volunteer at church. But just as Agatha is ready to give up, Smedley is poisoned with weed killer, leaving Mabel, the prime suspect, poised to inherit a fortune.

    R.Reader says: "Enjoyable Agatha"
  • Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley: Agatha Raisin, Book 4 | M. C. Beaton

    Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley: Agatha Raisin, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (533)
    Performance
    (490)
    Story
    (486)

    After six grueling months back in London, Agatha Raisin returns to her beloved Cotswold village of Carsely - and to the charms of her neighbor, James Lacey. True, James is less than thrilled to see her, but Agatha is soon distracted by a sensational murder. The victim, hiker Jessica Tartinck, spent her life enraging wealthy landowners by insisting on her walking club’s right to hike over their properties. Now she has been found dead....

    Gretchen SLP says: "A Very British Anti-Cozy Mystery🍻"
  • Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet: Agatha Raisin, Book 2 | M. C. Beaton

    Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet: Agatha Raisin, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (918)
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    (834)
    Story
    (832)

    In the delightful Cotswold village of Carsely, the air is heady with romance. Agatha Raisin is convinced that the new vet has taken a shine to her. But before she can get anywhere, handsome Dr. Paul Bladen is accidentally killed while attending to Lord Pendlebury’s horse. So was it really an accident? All the evidence points that way, but the circumstances are decidedly suspicious....

    Cozy Reader says: "Good Book, Disappointing Narrator"
  • Agatha Raisin and the Witches of Wyckhadden: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 9 | M. C. Beaton

    Agatha Raisin and the Witches of Wyckhadden: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (343)
    Story
    (341)

    Suffering from bald patches thanks to a hair conditioner spiked with depilatory cream - supplied by the murderess in her last investigation - Agatha escapes to the coastal resort of Wyckhadden to allow her crowning glory to recover in privacy. A local witch provides her with hair tonic and Agatha’s lost locks begin to grow - but then the witch is found bludgeoned to death. The elderly residents at Agatha’s faded hotel seem innocuous enough, if a little odd. But, as she enquires into the murder she turns up an alarming number of secrets....

    Kathy Kavanagh says: "The Best One So Far"
  • Death of a Nurse | M. C. Beaton

    Death of a Nurse

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (240)

    James Harrison has recently moved to a restored hunting lodge in Sutherland with his gorgeous private nurse Gloria Dainty. When Hamish visits Mr. Harrison to welcome him to the neighborhood, the old man treats him very rudely. Gloria apologizes for her employer's behavior, and Hamish takes the plunge and invites her out for dinner. On the appointed evening, Hamish waits for Gloria at the restaurant. And waits.

    Chalis says: "Hamish is Still Hamish - That's a Good Thing"
  • Agatha Raisin and the Day the Floods Came: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 12 | M. C. Beaton

    Agatha Raisin and the Day the Floods Came: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (266)

    Abandoned by new husband, James, Agatha Raisin hops on a plane to the South Pacific in the hope that an idyllic holiday will bring some consolation. There, she befriends a honeymooning couple but, tragically, the young bride is accidentally drowned. Returning home to the Cotswolds, Agatha finds herself involved in a strangely similar situation - a woman, dressed in a wedding gown, is found floating in the river. The police say suicide, but Agatha sets out to prove them wrong.

    Beatrice says: "Another pleasant visit with Agatha"
  • Agatha Raisin and the Wizard of Evesham: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 8 | M. C. Beaton

    Agatha Raisin and the Wizard of Evesham: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (310)

    The local ladies all deem Mr. John a wizard, so when Agatha Raisin finds a few grey hairs on her head - and the rinse she tries at home turns her hair purple - she makes a beeline for the handsome Evesham hairdresser. And as well as sorting out her hair it soon becomes clear the charming man also has designs on her heart - but their budding romance is cut short when Mr. John is fatally poisoned in his salon. Once again Agatha finds herself embroiled in a murder case. Was it one of Mr. John’s many lady clients, all of whom divulged to him their darkest secrets?

    Debbie says: "Not Liking the "Loose" Agatha"
  • Death of a Gossip & Death of a Cad: The First Two Hamish Macbeth Mysteries | M. C. Beaton

    Death of a Gossip & Death of a Cad: The First Two Hamish Macbeth Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (304)

    When society widow and gossip columnist Lady Jane Winters joined the fishing class, she wasted no time in ruffling the feathers - or was it the fins? - of those around her. Among the victims of her sharp tongue and unladylike manner was Lochdubh Constable Hamish Macbeth. Yet not even Hamish thought someone would permanently silence Lady Jane's shrills - until her strangled body is fished out of the river. Now with the help of the lovely Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, Hamish must angle through the choppy waters of the tattler's life to find the murderer.

    C. Morris says: "What a character!"
  • Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryfam: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 10 | M. C. Beaton

    Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryfam: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (325)

    Feeling jilted and cross, Agatha follows a fortune-teller's advice and rents a cottage in the pretty village of Fryfam, where she hopes good fortune and true love will come chasing after her. Unfortunately, her romantic notions are soon dispelled by the strange goings-on in the village. What are those strange lights in Agatha's back garden? Who is stealing paintings and pottery? And who murdered the local squire? Agatha's nose for trouble leads her into a maelstrom of jealousy, blackmail, and dangerous liaisons....

    L. Shugerman says: "Fun story, great narrator!"
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