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Agatha Raisin's detective agency has become so successful that now all she wants is some R&R. But as soon as she cuts back her hours, Agatha remembers that when she has too much quality time, she doesn't know what to do with it. So it doesn't take much for the vicar of a nearby village to persuade her to help publicize the church fete, especially when the fair's organizer, George Selby, happens to be a gorgeous widower. The problem is that several of the offerings in the jam-tasting booth turn out to be poisoned, and the festive family event soon becomes a murder scene. Now Agatha must uncover the truth behind the jam tampering and expose the nasty secrets lurking in the seemingly innocent village - all while falling for handsome George, who just may have some secrets of his own.

©2015 M. C. Beaton (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Wanda McCaddon is NOT Penelope Keith.!!

I love Agatha Raisin & adored all of the series until I got to this stinker... The narrator makes or ,.. in this case breaks
a book.. I've been spoiled by Penelope Keith .. her change of tone and voice for every character.. her inflections and timing are superb..the cast of characters come alive and I happily immerse myself for hours on end with them...
This narrator in the role was flat, monotoned, devoid of depth.. what a pity.. Wanda is capable in other narratives,.. but she is NOT Agatha...
I asked for a refund on this one..

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Wanda McCaddon does not compare to Penelope Keith!

All I can say is that it is a shame the wonderful Penelope Keith is not the narrator on all the Agatha Raisin books. I don't understand why this happens. The performance by Wanda McCaddon was awful in comparison. Keith's voice IS Agatha's, and also all the characters in the book. Wanda McCaddon sounded like a teenager. It was hard to distinguish between characters as her voice was much the same. It really ruined the book for me so much that I have vowed if an Agatha Raisin book is not narrated by Keith, I won't listen to it. It's like watching a series on TV and having all the characters changed after several seasons with people who are no where near the original characters. Sad..

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Grow up Agatha and Ms. Beaton . ...GRRRRR

Agatha needs to quit being so passive-aggressive and Ms. Beaton needs to quit using her books to bitch about non-smoking laws. If you want to smoke fine, but I should have a choice not to inhale air that can kill me due to your second-hand smoking. Beaton went on three or four diatribes complaining of the infringement upon the liberties of smokers.
Shut up Ms. Beaton. I love your books, but don't ruin them due to your lack of willpower and support of a filthy, deadly habit..

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Such a good book!

MC Beaton is such a good writer. I am definitely going to listen to this book again soon.

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Always fun

Agatha Raisin is evolving. Although still rough around the edges, they're softening, but her detecting skills are still sharp.

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Excellent Series

Love it , Agatha Raisin is Amazing the way she Stumbles into More Mysteries than a Game of Clue..

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Agatha is growing up...

...a little. And as usual falling for the wrong man. Still a fun read with some truly weird characters.

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Brilliant - start to finish!

Would you listen to A Spoonful of Poison again? Why?

Yes, it's entertaining

Who was your favorite character and why?

George - he was dispicable!!

What about Wanda McCaddon’s performance did you like?

She's a great narrator

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I certainly laughed in a few places. Cry - no.

Any additional comments?

Great story, love her series of books. Can't wait to read the next one

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The Narrator Made the Book

Would you consider the audio edition of A Spoonful of Poison to be better than the print version?

Not necessarily better because M.C. Beaton is a great writer, but definitely enhanced by a great narrator, Wanda McCaddon, aka Donada Peters.

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

Yes, because I didn't suspect Trixie until half way thru.

Have you listened to any of Wanda McCaddon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. Many performances under her other name--Donada Peters. She is wonderful as Agatha. She does both male and female voices so well you forget you're listening to just one person. So good to see Donada back after a long absence. Please don't switch narrators again. Stick with a winner.

Any additional comments?

Wanda McCaddon/Donada Peters IS Agatha Raisin. Her voice inflections capture Agatha and all the other characters beautifully. I can listen to her narration so again and again. The other narrators, once is enough and Allison Larkin has got to go. While she is a good enough narrator, she is a failed experiment for the Agatha Raisin series.

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