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Molly hunched over the steering wheel. A breeze started to move the fog, which danced in swaying pillars in front of her headlights, somehow even more difficult to drive through than the previous thick fog. As she approached the village, through the shifting fog, she saw the lightning-blasted limbs of the witches' tree....

Driving home from a dinner party in the village of Sumpton Harcourt, Rory and Molly Harris, the new vicar and his wife, strain to see the road ahead - and then suddenly brake, screeching to a halt. Right in front of them, aglow in the headlights, a body hangs from a gnarled tree at the edge of town. An elderly spinster has been murdered - and the villagers are bewildered as to who would commit such a crime.

Agatha Raisin rises to the occasion (a little glad for the excitement, to tell the truth, after a long run of lost cats and divorces on the books). But when two more murders follow the first, Agatha begins to fear for her reputation - and even her life. The village is a small and very private place, she finds. It even has its own coven of witches....

©2017 M. C. Beaton (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Why

I loved the story but...........Wrong narrator for this series!!!!!!! Just terrible.. would rather not listen. Doesn't someone listen to this narrator before putting this out for sale? I think she would be better for an English only reader.

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

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What Happened?

I love Agatha Raisin audiobooks. Especially when Penelope Keith narrates them. There is no humor in this book and there is a lot of nastiness between the characters. It’s hard to distinguish the characters because they all sound about the same. There needs to be a more animated narrator. Like Penelope Keith.

I thought Mrs Bloxbys name was Margaret and now it’s Sara.

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

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I feel like such a traitor but...

I have to admit disappointment. have listened to EVERY Agatha Raisin (and Hamish) novel Ms Beaton has written and loved them all. Most have been enjoyable enough to demand eager, multiple-listening sessions. It pains me to say I keep turning this one off. It's going to be a while before I can finish it. The narrator's strident, annoying, screeching is just more than I can bear. While the story itself isn't Beaton's best; it seems vague and rushed to completion, the narration does nothing to enhance the reader's imagination, the characters or the story. Considering Ms Beaton's recent personal loss, I'm sympathetic and can easily to overlook this story's weaknesses because I think of her as a long-time friend who will soon be back on top of her game, but the narration is unforgiveable. I look forward to the next Agatha novel AND a new narrator.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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wrong narrator

I love Agatha Raisin but, like others have mentioned in the last few books, Alison Larkin is just not the right voice for the Agatha Raisin series. I can only assume that she must be under contract as a narrator. Why else would she continue to read for this series when she is so obviously wrong for it? I'm still purchasing books from this series, but this one has pushed me to my limit. I am struggling to get past the voice in order to hear the story. Honestly, is too taxing on my ears and I will not likely buy another Agatha Raisin unless there is a different narrator. My apologies to Alison.

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Disappointed Fan

I've loved all of M.C. Beaton's books. Love her Agatha Raisin series and the Hamish McBeth series but was really disappointed in this.
First off, there are discrepancies about the character names from other books. for example, here Mrs. Bloxby is Sara but in all her previous books, her name was Margaret. There are several discrepancies like this.
Secondly the narrator is NOT GOOD. She's unable to make any distinct voices for the characters so they all sound alike.
I'm about 45 minutes in and don't even want to finish it. I'm really disappointed by this book and narrator.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Narrator

I wish Penelope Keith was narrating. She has been the best so far.
To vocally differentiate between characters is one of the best traits she has. Her voice is also strong and clear.

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Simply Awful

Narrator's voice was grating. Plot was nonexistant. Characters too angry. I usually love Agatha Raisin

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Possibly Ghost Written

I love Agatha Raisin books, but this experience might be my swan song engagement with the series.

I am wondering if someone else wrote the book. There were some "in your face" sexual references that felt off compared with the other warm books and an attempt to bring in hip new technology that seemed to have no point.

I want to thank the real M.C. Beaton for the wonderful other books. I spent many blissful hours listening to them driving home from work .

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And now I have to wait, nooooooo

Well, I've caught up with the series and must wait for the next installment. Nooooooo! I will make it somehow. If you haven't started the Agatha Raisin series yet, I encourage you to do so. It's entertaining and great fun.

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the usual

We find Agatha on another intriguing case with all her usual sidekicks along for the ride. Agatha runs afoul of the killer and has several attempts made on her life. She and Tony even end up naked in a field hanging from a tree. We find Charles examining his feelings for Aggie and Aggie still pining for James. Overall a good read but nothing exceptional.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful