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Publisher's Summary

At age 26 Agatha Raisin has already come a long way. She has clawed her way up since leaving the Birmingham slum where she was born. She's lost her Birmingham accent, run away from her drunken husband, and found a job at a public relations office as a secretary. Then her boss asks Agatha to go to the home of Sir Bryce Teller to tell him that he is soon to be arrested for the murder of his wife and that the agency no longer wants to represent him.

Teller, impressed with the pugnacious Agatha, asks her to handle PR for him and even offers her an office and tells her she can hire a staff. Certainly the best thing Agatha can do for her first client is to find out who really murdered his wife and clear his name. And with her wits and gumption, Agatha sets out to do just that.

New York Times best-selling author M. C. Beaton's character Agatha Raisin is beloved by millions, and this brand-new short story takes us back to where it all began with Agatha's first case.

©2015 M. C. Beaton (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Agatha's Origins

Charming short story explaining Agatha Raisin's first case and how she got her start. Hearing about her sad upbringing certainly gives one more sympathy for the character. It's easy to see why she had to develop the hard shell she has in the series. She's always seemed a tough nut with a heart of gold.

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 08-15-15

A Nice Tease

This was a nice tease considering a new Agatha Raisin book will be released since. I enjoyed this book. Agatha was born with spunk!

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Setting up for the series

This book was a quick little romp into the life of Agatha Raisin. You are introduced to her, her method, some of her personal background, etc. It was short and sweet setting up the series to come. I'll be moving on to book one.

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Fun!

Really enjoyed this short that told us how Agatha got her start. Clever, fun, straight up Agatha. A quick and infinitely enjoyable read.

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boring

the idea of the book was good but it felt like it was a 500 page book condensed into a 50 page book. everything went so right for Agatha and she was so amazing at everything. boring no character development

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Where It All Began!

I've been reading the Agatha Raisin mysteries for the last few years and I've loved every one of them. Agatha is big on spirit and determination and regardless of your age she sure is a great model for the strong, confident woman with a "can-do" attitude! When I heard M.C. Beaton was writing a story about her first case, I was excited. I wanted to know what Agatha was like in her 20s!

In this story we get to meet Agatha when she is 26. She is just starting out at a ad agency as a general "dogsbody" and has quite made it yet. She gets thrust in the middle of a murder case, and alike to her cases later on, she bumbles around and gets everything right. She's hesitant to begin with, but her strong passion to make something of herself shines through and she starts to show the Agatha Raisin spirit that we all love!

Agatha Raisin is my all time favorite sleuth and I simply loved her first story. I'm hoping maybe one day M.C. Beaton will write more stories of her younger days, as this one was a delight.

If you're a new fan to the Agatha Raisin mysteries this would be the perfect place to start.

I enjoyed Alison Larkin's narration. Penelope Keith is my all-time favorite narrator of this series but Alison's narration was quite good too.

Definitely a A+ listen and I can't wait for the new book, Dishing the Dirt!

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Fun!!

It was fun hearing how Agatha might have started her career. Since this seems like an afterthought story and not really a prequel to the series...I say...might have started. Still is was a fun little short story....would love to listen to more!

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entertaining, quick Agatha Raisin fix

this was a nice quick listen! perfect for those who've finished all the other Agatha books and need a fix or if you're looking for a short mystery story in this genre.

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these boots are really good. light and funny

love these books. I need a good story to take me off every so often.

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Alison Larkin as Narrator is Huge Disappointment

Alison's voice is completely unsuited for the Agatha Raisin mysteries. She sounds too young for the parts of the generally older and masculine characters. Can hardly tell one character from another. M. C. Beaton 's books are superb, yet Alison took the joy out of listening to it.