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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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horrible narrator

This narrator has awful vocal range. you have to pay close attention to recognize which character is speaking.

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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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Narrator much better this time

After a really bad reading of the previous book, the narrator was much better with this one. The story was good and had some very interesting plot development on the personal side. Don’t let the narrator put you off - I found adjusting the speed to 1.2x was just right.

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Penelope Keith version far superior

Audible continues to offer inferior narrators for this wonderful series. I gave a listen out of curiosity to this particular narration and, despite a good story, found it barely tolerable. Because of the reader, it falls flat, has no life whatsoever. I searched and found — on Amazon mind you — the Penelope Keith version on CD and it made a world of difference in every aspect. The wonderfully talented Dame Penelope has recorded ALL the Agatha Raisin mysteries yet Audible won't offer her excellent versions across the board, throwing in these lame narrations here and there, spoiling the continuity and ambiance of the series. Get with it, Audible, and do right by your customers. Offer ALL Agatha Raisin books by Penelope Keith only and dump these odd, third-rate versions.

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Tired

Ok the story is good the narration well I prefer Penelope Ms Beaton when does Agatha stop whining about her age, her looks and finding a man ugh she is becoming very tiresome. When does Agatha start to like herself I’d like to jump to that story.

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Agatha is at it again

I thoroughly enjoyed another of Agathas delightful escapades.
Can't wait to see what she is up to next.

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Love the mystery. Hate the wishy washy heroine.

I love the mysteries. well crafted. interesting characters but Agatha is a sad, needy, tiresome heroine. Dislike her immensely. I stay for the story but I may give up because I hate all the passages about her dislike of herself or neediness for a man.

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Typical Agatha Raisin poor narrator

I wanted to give the new narrator a chance before reviewing. I find it hard to follow along- I cannot tell the different characters.