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New York Times best-selling author M. C. Beaton's beloved Agatha Raisin is back and finds that she must prove her own innocence when a local therapist turns up dead. When therapist Jill Davent moved to the village of Carsely, Agatha Raisin was not a fan. Not only was this therapist romancing Agatha's ex-husband, she dug up details of Agatha's not-too-glamorous origins. Jill also counsels a woman, Gwen Simple, that Agatha firmly believes assisted her son in some grisly murders, although there is no proof. Not one to keep her feelings to herself, Agatha tells anyone who will listen that Jill is a charlatan and better off dead. Agatha can only sigh with relief when the therapist takes an office in Mircester.

When Agatha learns that Jill had hired a private detective to investigate her background, she barges into Jill's office and gives her a piece of her mind, yelling, "I could kill you!" So when Jill is found strangled to death in her office two days later, Agatha becomes the prime suspect. But Agatha, along with her team of private detectives, is determined to prove her innocence and find the real culprit. This time Agatha must use her skills to save her own skin. With Dishing the Dirt, M. C. Beaton proves that "once you meet Agatha Raisin, you'll keep coming back" (New York Journal of Books).

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The only thing missing is Penelope Keith

True to form, "Dishing the Dirt," has all the things you'd expect from another Agatha Raisin story--twisty plot, new love interest for Agatha, and plenty of quirky characters. Alison Larkin does a good job, but Penelope Keith was extraordinary. Please come back, Pen. 😂

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Disappointed!

What did you like best about Dishing the Dirt? What did you like least?

What I like best about all the of the books is the setting and the character interaction.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I must say it seemed to leave me hanging a bit. I was surprised, but then again, not.

What didn’t you like about Alison Larkin’s performance?

I find her voice annoying and reminiscent of the Munchkins in The Wizard of Oz. Whenever she spoke it evoked an image of those little people rather than the character she was supposed to be portraying. I much prefer Penelope Keith as Agatha and other characters as well.

Could you see Dishing the Dirt being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

In my experience, books made into movies do not resemble the book in any way. I have tried to think of an actress that I see as Agatha, but none comes to mind. The first book in the series, "The Quiche of Death", was made into a movie and the actress who was cast as Agatha in no way resembled her character, nor did any of the others.

Any additional comments?

I would like to see the characters in the series making a more forward movement in future books. They seem to be stagnating and not growing or developing in any real way. Agatha has become quite predictable. There is a fine line between cozy and boring.

The plots have also become a bit dull and could use some more modern twists. The same old narrative concerning Agatha's ex-husband, chin hair and man trouble is becoming brain numbing.

Over all I enjoy the characters and the setting and continue reading the series because of them, but I would like to see the old rhetoric made fresh and please bring back Penelope Keith as narrator. If Alison Larkin narrates the next one I will have to read the book rather than listen to it.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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I never get tired of Agatha's adventures!

I'm a huge fan of Agatha's [mis]adventures and I enjoyed watching Agatha try to untangle another mystery. This time it is the death of a therapist, one who seemed to be out to dig up the dirt on Agatha! What follows was many more murders and Agatha trying to find the real killer!

James was somewhat absent from this adventure and for that I'm glad. I much prefer Charles and Agatha pairing up to solve the crimes!! In my heart of hearts I'm still hoping that Charles and Agatha will end up together.

While I much prefer Penelope Keith to narrate I did slowly get used to Alison Larkin narrating. To me Penelope will always be the voice of "Agatha" but Alison has become a second choice. I do hold up the hope that one day Penelope will go back to narrating these books.

I enjoyed this latest installment and I know it will be a slow 11 months as I eagerly anticipate the next book.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Patricia
  • Portland, OR, United States
  • 11-07-15

Story-time for the kiddies!!

Would you try another book from M. C. Beaton and/or Alison Larkin?

I felt like I had walked in on a story time for the kiddies. This narrator should stick to The Three Bears or Cinderella. Sickly sweet with the fake lisp. Where is Penelope?

What was most disappointing about M. C. Beaton’s story?

Saccharin narration.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Alison Larkin?

Penelope Keith or Susan Jameson(Behind the Scenes at the Museum)

What character would you cut from Dishing the Dirt?

The narrator.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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What's happened to Penelope Keith? ?

Horrible narration. Why change the narrator? I could not finish book the voice was so irritating and nothing like who Agatha Raisin is. I have loved listening to Agatha Raisin audio books but will purchase no more with this
narrator. Very disappointed !

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Tried hard to like this reader to no avail...

Having enjoyed over a dozen Agatha Raisin books, I simply cannot accept this new reader’s voice or interpretation of the characters, especially Agatha! Her sing-song, lispy voice is not endearing or correct for the personalities in my humble opinion. Penelope Keith was the best with voices and making each character distinctive. I tried several times on this book but I regret I can't get through the story. Sad to say...I'll look for other readers if Miss Keith is no longer available

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Reader

What made the experience of listening to Dishing the Dirt the most enjoyable?

I didn't find it as enjoyable due to the narration. I have listened to all of the books that are in tape and the last two have been a disappointment

Who was your favorite character and why?

Always Agatha she is so real with her good points and bad

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Alison Larkin?

Penelope Keith

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

Agatha always makes me laugh but I don't enjoy Alison Larkins narration

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • D. Read
  • Chalfont, PA United States
  • 09-20-15

As always great story

Not fond of new narrator. Preferred Donata peters The story was great and detailed always guessing can't wait for next book

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Really have enjoyed this series, but. . .

I'm sorry, Alison Larkin just doesn't do it for me. I don't understand why the US Audible can't obtain the Penelope Kieth recording from the UK site. I feel discriminated against. I guess I'll just have to pass up future purchases until this gets corrected.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Alison Larkin is the wrong narrator for Agatha.

Would you try another book from M. C. Beaton and/or Alison Larkin?

I have tried twice to listen to this but Alison Larkin is such a bad narrator I just can't enjoy the book.

How could the performance have been better?

Get a different narrator.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I liked the book when I read it but I couldn't enjoy listening to it because the narration was sooooooo bad.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful