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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author M. C. Beaton's beloved Agatha Raisin is back on a case and poking around where she doesn't belong.

When Agatha Raisin left behind her public-relations business in London, she fulfilled her dream of settling in the cozy British Cotswolds, where she began a successful private detective agency. Unfortunately the village she lives in is about to get a little less cozy. Lord Bellington, a wealthy land developer, wants to turn the community garden into a housing estate. When Agatha and her friend, Sir Charles Fraith, attempt to convince Lord Bellington to abandon his plans, he scoffs, "Do you think I give a damn about those pesky villagers?" So when Agatha finds his obituary in the newspaper two weeks later, it's no surprise that some people in town are feeling celebratory.

The villagers are relieved to learn that Bellington's son and heir, Damian, has no interest in continuing his father's development plans. But the police are definitely interested in him - as suspect number one. His father's death, it seems, was no accident. But when Damian hires Agatha to find the real killer, she finds no shortage of suspects.

The good news is that a handsome retired detective named Gerald has recently moved to town. Too bad he was seen kissing another newcomer. But when that woman is also found murdered, Gerald is eager to help Agatha with the case. Agatha, Gerald, and her team of detectives must untangle a web of contempt in order to uncover a killer's identity.

Pushing Up Daisies continues the tradition of this beloved mystery series.

©2016 M. C. Beaton (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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TERRIBLE NARRATION!

I absolutely love and adore the Agatha Raisin mysteries, but since they have switched the narrator to Alison Larkin, it has been difficult to enjoy. I cannot stand the way she narrates; the men sound ridiculous, especially Charles! She made him sound like a stuffed up, whiney man speaking through his nose. Please switch back to Penelope Keith or find a better narrator!!! She also does nothing to capture the true essence of Agatha. Very disappointing to wait so long for the new book to come out only to be ruined by the person reading it to you. I will most likely get my credits back for any of these read by Alison Larkin and hope for another audio version to come out, so that I may add those to my collection. I always buy the print copy as well, but it is so lovely to enjoy Agatha Raisin while I am cleaning my house or traveling. Such a huge disappointment. (Not a fan of Donada Peters reading Agatha either.)

37 of 37 people found this review helpful

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Narration spoiled this for me

Really miss Penelope Keith's narration. The current narrator has such an annoying voice I couldnt listen beyond chapter 1.

25 of 25 people found this review helpful

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AWFUL NARRATOR!! JUST AWFUL Can't finish this!!!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Different Narrator - Alison is not AGATHA!!

What did you like best about this story?

Love MC Beaton

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

Davina Porter

What character would you cut from Pushing Up Daisies?

I love MC BEATON

Any additional comments?

PLEASE CHANGE Narrators ASAP!!

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Leduc, AB, Canada
  • 10-28-16

Love Agatha, Worst Narrator Ever

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As usual I love MC Beaton and the story, but the narrator is just awful, butchered one of my favourite series's. If they don't switch the narrator I will never buy another one again.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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wrong narrator

If one has listened to other narrators she brings the character low. An example of a quality narrator assigned to the wrong book. She was unable to put much edge into Agatha, and often one was unsure who was speaking

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Liked the story but not the narrator

The story was good but I just don't care for the narrator. This narrator doesn't fit Agatha and the other characters. I took away 2 stars this time for her performance, and on "Dishing the Dirt". Please find a better fit in the narrator for Agatha Raisin.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Meh Beaton on churns out a ho hummer

the first several books of Agatha Raisin were entertaining. the last 3 have been meerly recycled plot from from her last books. I think the formula has dried up. I think it is time for Agatha to retire for good. I miss the other previous narators, the new girl mispronounced names and gratimg high voice was a drag.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Narrator isn't the best

I found that the narrator really made this book inaccessible. Her lack of appropriate pauses, ability to differentiate characters caused me a significant amount of confusion. At one point I just started the whole thing over because I couldn't follow who was doing/saying what.
It could be that this wasn't a very good book and that's why I struggled to engage - and there might be some of that but I found the narrator lacking.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Okay entry in the series

This is an okay entry in the series, but not one of the better Agatha books.

As other reviews have noted, there were some errors of continuity such as Mrs Bloxby's first name and the age difference between Agatha and Sir Charles. Slightly disconcerting.

Other than that, there was no one thing I can point to to indicate the lower rating of this book, just an overall "blah" feeling. I also prefer Ms Keith as narrator. Ms Larkin's performance was fine, but I had gotten used to Ms Keith and narrator changes within a series are somewhat disconcerting for me.

I have every book in the series, and there are many, so I suppose that some will strike me as more interesting than others. I think it is personal taste. Certainly I do not regret purchasing it and I intend to get any subsequent books in this and in Ms Beaton's Hamish MacBeth series--I also have every available book in that series as well. Very pleasant way to pass the time.

I think you will find the books well worth a credit.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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I'm sure Alison Larkin is a great reader . . .

Would you listen to Pushing Up Daisies again? Why?

... and I'm sorry so many reviewers have been so critical of her reading of Agatha Raisin. But unfortunately I have to agree with them in this case. Switching at this late date is a real shock. She's just TOO different.

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

Yes, I liked the plot

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

As a reader she's fine but her voice is just TOO different, too much more treble and shrillness, from previous Agatha Raisin readers. They were at least similar. It's very jarring and detracts from any focus on the plot.

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

No

Any additional comments?

No

4 of 4 people found this review helpful