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Agatha has fallen in love - again.

This time it's the local gardener, George Marston, she has her eye on. But competition for his attention abounds. With her shameless determination Agatha will do anything to get her man - including footing the bill for a charity ball in town just for the chance to dance with him. But when George is a no-show Agatha goes looking for him - and finds he has been murdered, having been bitten by a poisonous snake and buried in a compost heap. Agatha and the rest of her crew plunge into an investigation and discover that George had quite a complicated love life. And if Agatha now can't have George, at least she can have the satisfaction of confronting those women who have and finding a murderer in the process.

©2012 M. C. Beaton (P)2015 Audible, Inc

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  • Jane
  • 12-23-12

Another Enjoyable Tale

Once again Agatha Raisin hits the mark, enjoyable to the end with such wonderful narration. A little escapism, a little fun and always a tittering moment within the pages.



A pleasure and just as good as the others in the series. If you want something unchallenging, entertaining that holds your attention then Agatha will not let you down.

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  • Victoria
  • 04-13-13

Comfort-listening at its best

Listening to an Agatha Raisin audiobook is like curling up under a merino wool blanket with a large mug of tea on a rainy afternoon. It is a comforting, entertaining listen that's easy to follow and doesn't lose too much if you're multi-tasking (in my case, marking 180 exercise books and fending off a tantrumming toddler).



If you want a gentle, humorous, entertaining whodunnit then this is it. Old fans of Ms Raisin won't be disappointed and, though I would advise anyone to start with the first in the series (The Quieche of Death) and work their way through, I don't think it matters too much in terms of following the plot if you're new to Agatha's antics.



Not a highbrow literary masterpiece; not an edge-of-your-seat, hair-on-end, scare-a-minute thriller... but it loses nothing for this - a rib-tickling caper with a few close scrapes thrown in - Keep them coming Ms Beaton!

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  • Lesley A. Wilson
  • 04-13-13

Agatha Raisin, Like me but with Money!!!

Agatha (Aggie) is a great character, eccentric, prickly, selfish and normal. I have read all of the Agatha Raisin books, it is difficult to choose my favourite, Hiss & Hers is an easy listen & Penelope Keith epitimises Aggie, she is Aggie! All the characters are brilliantly crafted & likeable. Should you need cheering up listen to this I defy you not to smile, in fact any of the series will make you smile!! These books will appeal mostly to women of a certain age, if that makes me ageist & sexist so be it, I won't apologise.

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  • Sarah
  • 12-23-12

Agatha again.

I enjoyed this latest installement of the Agatha Raisin series - they're not gritty, hard hitting or particulary believable but the characters of Mrs Bloxby, Bill Wong, Roy Silver and Agatha are likeable enough to keep you listening. Penelope Keith narrates this well and it was a pleasant accompaniment to a day's spring cleaning.

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  • robert
  • 07-07-17

Better than I anticipated

I am reading/ listening to the Agatha Raisin books in order and am sad there are only four left. This one was better than the last with a compelling plot and all the usual humour. Penelope Kieth reads it beautifully. I listened to most of it on a journey by steam train to Scarbourough and back, so I will remember this one. Can't wait to start the next book!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-13-13

Sleepless nights

When you can't sleep at night wot a better way than to listen to Agatha Raisin and Penelope Keith reading

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  • Wombat
  • 04-07-13

Cant wait to start listening

Since the Agatha Raisin series is not available in German, I started reading them in English. Penepole Keith IS Agatha. I downloaded a lot of the audiobooks and after finishing one, I cant wait to start the next one.

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  • Mr N Bliss
  • 12-27-17

Disjointed and irritating

Really surprised at how badly written this book was, particularly given the number of five star reviews. It felt like the author had an old draft lying around and was up against a deadline.

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  • Jools Gilson
  • 07-28-17

Agatha Raisin

This is a very cool and amazing book and strongly advise people to listen to it

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  • Dorothy
  • 03-19-16

A book that always delights

In this day and age of vicious and often graphic crime thrillers, it's always nice to slip into an Agatha Raisin detective story. The Miss Marple of the Cotswolds never fails to entertain. I like crime thriller fiction too and am a fan of Peter James but I love M.C. Beaton Agatha Raisin series of books too. I have almost listened to them all and I am eagerly awaiting the next new publication. Whilst still a detective story it is a gentle one and the characters are like friends whom I visit from time to time. I usually like longer books of 12-14 hours but I am equally happy to listen to 6+ hour stories like these as well. The plot of Hiss and Hers is a bit far fetched in places and a bit too contrived, good luck happening too frequently to be true, but I am more happy to escape to Carsley and the Agatha Raisin Detective Agency.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-17-18

loved it

li oved it very much as I do all of the Agatha Rasin stories thankyou

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  • Jarmila
  • 05-31-17

Never disappoints.

Interesting story, beautifully narrated.
Agatha is funny, awkward and super clever!
Might listen to it again soon.