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Reports of a haunted house soon have amateur sleuth Agatha Raisin snooping around, only to discover the victim of the haunting is a universally disliked old biddy on whom someone is playing a practical joke. But then the old lady is murdered and, for Agatha, solving a crime is much more fun than ghost-busting. Very soon she’s up to her usual tricks, involving the villagers, local police, and, naturally, her handsome new neighbor.

©2006 M. C. Beaton (P)2009 AudioGO

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Agatha Raisin is British Cozy at it's best!

I am actually reviewing the Agatha Raisin series. It seems a bit silly to review each one individually. If you love The Walkers of Dembley you will probably love The Haunted House and the Curious Curate and so forth. If you hate the first one you read, you will probably hate the rest. Kind of like Doctor Who. Either you "get it" or you don't.

Now I realize that Agatha Raisin books are nobody's idea of high literature but for what they are, they are the best. I have read a lot of British cozies and I always return to Agatha. We are "of an age" Agatha and I, which is part of the appeal as I really love finding books about people really LIVING and enjoying life after 45 or 50 years old. The world of love and adventure are not exclusively for the young. And Agatha is so wonderfully and chronically imperfect. If the stars of the British cozy world have one major drawback it is that they are all ultimately so very, very good. Not our Agatha, by golly. She is vain and self-centered and insecure. You know, those pesky human conditions. Sometimes you just want to shake her but you should probably go look in the mirror first.

The setting of the Agatha books is another reason I come back again and again. The little villages in the Cotswolds are such a perfect place to set a cozy. Surely one little village wouldn't really experience quite so many dead bodies but this is serial mystery, not classic literature. If I could retire to one of those little villages and live in Agatha's cottage, I would do it in a heartbeat even if I had to cook for her cats, eat tv dinners and put up with James Lacy as a neighbor. Well, I might not eat the tv dinners, but still.

Penelope Keith does a really wonderful job of bringing the offbeat and often hilarious cast of characters to life. Generally, a woman narrator speaking for a man makes me want to stab my ears but Penelope actually pulls it off. I gave this narrator 5 stars even though I was afraid she was doomed from the start. You see I read a LOT of Agatha Raisin books in print before listening to any and I had Agatha's voice firmly in my head already as Judi Dench. But it didn't take long at all for Ms Keith to pull me in.

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  • Mary
  • stewartsville MO
  • 02-04-13

An amusing story

Where does Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I liked it a lot

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

More so the adventures and characters and there interaction.

Which scene was your favorite?

When the owner of the house scares Agatha and she takes off for home. Laughed so hard.

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

Sure, Not that I sit I listen while working around the house and in the yard.

Any additional comments?

I Enjoy all of the agatha raisin books, and listen to them over and over.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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It is like a drug you don't understand

If you could sum up Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House in three words, what would they be?

I am so hooked on this series and I really do not understand WHY???? They are written in a style I read when I was young so maybe nostalgia factor. Very good and always something different. Always death and mayhem around Agatha. I wish she and Charles would get together. I will buy everyone of these .

What did you like best about this story?

I like it when Agatha gets freaked out!

What about Penelope Keith’s performance did you like?

So good. She IS THE VOICE OF AGATHA RAISIN.

Any additional comments?

If you like the first one you read just go ahead and buy them all. haha

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Consistent, and confortable.

What did you love best about Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House?

I have persisted on reading this series for one reason, Penelope Keith. I love her narration, and she brings her acting skills to bear with wonderful results. M.C. Beaton's books are simple and comfortable read. It took a while for me to get over the teenage reactions of Agatha raisin, but the author has done a good job explaining her behavior through Mrs. Blocksby.

What did you like best about this story?

I am finally starting to enjoy Agatha Raisin's crazy lovesick antics, and can actually laugh. I used to get so annoyed, and avoided all the books that were based off her love life.

What aspect of Penelope Keith’s performance would you have changed?

Every aspect of Penelope Keith's performance is divine. I have stuck to this books just to hear her read.

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

Yes, it does not require a lot of concentration.

Any additional comments?

I am not sure I like M.C Beaton's take on battered women, there is definitely a pattern through both her series. In both her Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth books, she always makes them out to be people who like to be victimized, and without hope.
To be exact I am not sure I like her take on women as a whole, she tends to make them very silly, and her habit of love cross lovers is getting old, but I love Penelope Keith. So, as long as she is reading I will be listening.

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So glad the two are detecting together again!

If you could sum up Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House in three words, what would they be?

Back to normal.

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

Now - these are not edge of your seat books - they are wonderful soft adventures that once started I never stop till finish. Never begin one on a Monday morning as I have to earn a living!

Which character – as performed by Penelope Keith – was your favorite?

Agatha and Sir Charles - I cannot pick one. But the vicor's wife was different in this one - so why do I have to pick one?

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

Always make me laugh!

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She's movin' on up!

Sometimes Agatha just needs to sit and chill because she can sure get annoying. That being said, let chaos theory rule and one has a good book, right?
It was wonderful having Charles back. I wish Beaton would continue to develop the supporting cast better because they're beginning to feel one dimensional. Enter Charles...Charles got married, had twins, fought of cancer. ...exit Charles stage right?!? I mean, c'mon man! There were so many opportunities to fill out Charles as a character. ...As a MAN! There is so much there to build upon, but alas no.
Things are going to start of slow with Agatha's new endeavor, but please let her catch her breath. She's been through a lot and I'm sure she'll have that village burning down in no time.

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Always a fun listen

I always enjoy listening to the Agatha Raisin stories, and this book is no exception.

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Review

I enjoyed this story very much. The ending had a nice twist and wrapped up well. The narration was perfection! Highly recomment this story and the series.

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Agatha Bullies Her Way Through Another Mystery

I have to mention that I adore Agatha Raisin, so perhaps I am less critical than I should be. But there is something about this irascible, middle-aged, vain and silly character that won my heart from the beginning. I guess it's Agatha's extremely flawed character that makes her so lovable. That, and the fact that she really does mean well. Mostly.

Anyway, the "Haunted House" is a fun and typical Agatha mystery, and I loved it. The narration is excellent.

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Agatha is always fun

I’ve been binge listening and it’s always fun to see what new trouble Agatha can get her something to

Couple of odd storyline moments Such as the story of Charles’ his wife but these are minor inconsistencies in the what is essentially a formula series