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Amateur sleuth Agatha Raisin is going through a man-hating phase and is unmoved by news of a captivating new curate. But when she meets the golden-haired, blue-eyed Tristan Delon, she is swept off her feet...along with every other female in the village. She is positively ecstatic when he invites her to dine with him, but the next day Agatha is left with a hangover from hell and Tristan is worse off: he's dead.

©2003, 2006 M. C. Beaton (P)2012 AudioGo, Ltd.

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A potential leave-off to Agatha's arch nemesis

Once again this was another good story in a great series. I cannot overemphasize how fantastic Penelope Keith is as a narrator. It goes beyond dialects, gender, intonation. ..she literally becomes the character and she is the personification of Agatha Raisin. Bravo.
Agatha has done well thus far, dealing with "her murderers" with aplomb, but she might have bitten off more than she can chew. Her latest nemesis has strong and various ties to the criminal underground. He has been imprisoned and thus may not be an issue......
However, this remains to be seen.

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Love my Agatha Raisin stories!

Penelope Keith is a wonderful reader rendering the characters just as I thought they would sound.

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Easy Listening with a storyline to keep you engage

Would you listen to Agatha Raisin and the Case of the Curious Curate again? Why?

Mysteries are difficult to listen to again as you already know the outcome, but I would recommend this book if you want something "light" to listen to that can make your problems seem less important than Agatha's.

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

This isn't the kind of book to keep you on the edge of your seat, but the plot is interesting and engaging and the ending will surprise you.

What does Penelope Keith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She brings the character of Agatha Raisin to life. Agatha is like someone you know that you can't really call a friend but you like her anyway. I would compare her a lot to the Hyacinth in Keeping Up Appearances".

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. This is a book that is easy to listen to as you have time... commuting, in a waiting room, when you have time on your hands.

Any additional comments?

I like this series because it provides relief from some of the heavier thrillers and action series that I read/ listen to.

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Addicted to Agatha

And like it or not I can relate to our heroine and her middle age insecurities

This was one of the better stories I’ve heardOf the series

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The Continued (and entertaining) Saga of Aggie

Well, what can I say - I find these stories delightfully distracting and fun. This wonderful little tale features three - count them, three - murders and of course they are all tied together in one large ball of intrigue. Around the murders, we learn about and come to know Agatha Raisin, an erstwhile PR executive who now finds herself middle aged and living not in London where she excelled, but in a little English village with gossip, busy bodies, embarrassments and egos. The murders are certainly the attention grabbers and ostensibly the story line - and surely they are the most obvious plot device, but Agatha's emotional, ego, and conscience affirmed in her midlife retirement in a completely different world is the theme that ties the whole together, forming the bones upon which the interest of the murders revolves. The performance again, is superb.

Recommended.

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Another fun adventure

I do enjoy Agatha Raisin. She is such a REAL character! Looking forward to the next adventure.

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MC Beaton has done it again!

Loved it. One would never expect this visitor in her village and yet there he came. Anymore said would give up the story.

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  • DF
  • Texas
  • 10-25-17

Fun book well played by Penelope Keith

M.C. Beaton’s fictional character, Agatha Raisin, provides readers with the perfect flawed heroine who is positively addicting, so be prepared to listen to all the books in this series. If you enjoy a witty, fun, and lighthearted read, you’ll enjoy this series immensely.

I can’t say enough about Penelope Keith’s performance. She is a national treasure to Brits, and rightly so; she turns in another great performance playing Agatha Raisin, the villagers, and of course, Detective Wong. She truly makes Agatha, “Agatha”.

I’m a tough grader, but because these books are so much fun, and Ms. Keith plays all the parts so brilliantly, it’s 5 stars across the board for me.

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Great read

M.C. along with Penelope Keith's reading has certainly done it again. Can't wait to start the next Agatha Raisin.

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 02-18-15

A fun visit with Agatha

This is a another good addition to the Agatha series. Once again Agatha is brilliant and entertaining.