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Publisher's Summary

Even though Agatha Raisin loathes Christmas panto, her friend, Mrs Bloxby, the vicar's wife, has persuaded her to support the local am dram society in their festive offering.

Stifling a yawn at the production of Babes in the Wood, Agatha watches the baker playing an ogre strut and threaten onstage until a trapdoor opens, followed by a scream and silence! Surely this wasn't the way the scene was rehearsed.

When it turns out the local baker had been murdered most horribly, Agatha puts her team of detectives on the case. And they soon discover more feuds and temperamental behaviour in amateur dramatics than in a professional stage show - and face more and more danger as Agatha and her team get too close to the killer.

M. C. Beaton was born in Scotland. She worked for many years as a journalist on Fleet Street. As well as the best-selling Agatha Raisin series, she is the author of the acclaimed Hamish Macbeth mysteries. She divides her time between the Cotswolds, where she lives in a village very much like Agatha's beloved Carsely, and Paris.

©2015 M. C. Beaton (P)2016 Audible, Inc

Critic Reviews

"The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status." (Anne Robinson, The Times)
"Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life." (Entertainment Weekly)

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  • Pansypotter
  • 02-19-16

Penelope keith a great narator

Penelope keith is a great asset to these charming stories. Just the right mix of comedy and the macarbre

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • lesley Burling
  • 07-03-16

entertaining with enough twists

I love listening to penelope Keith. The characters are like old friends now! The plots are well thought out and Agatha is frustratingly real - I frequently find myself thinking 'Nooo don't do that!' as she gets herself into yet another embarrassing scrape.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Much Read Photographer
  • 05-20-16

Easy and entertaining listening

If you could sum up Agatha Raisin and the Blood of an Englishman in three words, what would they be?

These Agatha Raisin novels are great for when you just want some easy and entertaining listening. Penelope Keith as always brings the characters to life.

What did you like best about this story?

The vulnerable yet strong character of Agatha.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Carol Baker
  • 02-21-16

Entertaining

Yet another adventure for the mature lady detective - yet again she lets her pursuit of the ideal man get in her way at times but continues with dogged determination to solve the puzzle of who is the murderer.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Elaine Calderwood
  • 05-08-17

Agatha Raisin

When I need a book that is light hearted there is nothing better than Agatha Raisin read by Penelope Keith

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Natalie
  • 03-28-17

Love Agatha Raisin!!!!

What made the experience of listening to Agatha Raisin and the Blood of an Englishman the most enjoyable?

I love listening to Penelope Keith as Agatha Raisin in my opinion Penelope Keith is Agatha Raisin. This is my First Agatha Raisin book and now i want to listen to them all

Who was your favorite character and why?

Agatha Raisin was my favourite Character, i loved her attitude and how all her friends could see through her most of the time, this made me laugh

Have you listened to any of Penelope Keith’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No this was my first time

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

It made me smile and laugh

Any additional comments?

Would definitely recommend this book if you like Miss Marple and midsomer murders and murder mystery's​ like this

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  • Angela
  • 03-18-17

Popcorn for the ears

Easy listen with excellent narration and a story to keep the interest. Perfect for my commute and supermarket shop to make both so much more entertaining.

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  • kerry
  • 01-14-17

Great fun

Another good story .If you like Agatha's other adventures you will enjoy this book. I love the way she has tricky life and worry's about all the stuff us older women do .Shame not more of that came into the TV shows.. Books are the best .With great characters . silly and fun.

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  • Katherine
  • 10-23-16

My absolute favourite !!

I'm a dyslexic person who never picked up a book until I heard Penelope Keith read Agatha Raisin. Hilarious, cozy, loveable books read by the perfect for person for the job. I couldn't imagine Agatha as anyone else after hearing Penelope's version. Excellent!!! I wish Penelope Keith had played her on the TV adaptation.

Snakes & bastards

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  • Angela J Bailey
  • 05-02-16

Well what a marvellous surprise!

I only chose this book for the narrator, however what an exceptional surprise!

Excellent story... This is the sleepy countryside on steroids!

Loved this, murder, intrigue and much much more. The characters come to life and an incredible read.

Enjoy :)

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  • Eosaphrodite
  • 03-30-16

Perfect holiday reading

Fun and light with great characters and dramatic plot. Well read! Occasional repetitive descriptons.