Something Borrowed, Someone Dead

An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 24
Narrated by: Penelope Keith
Series: Agatha Raisin Mysteries, Book 24
Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (571 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Gloria French was a jolly widow with dyed blonde hair, a raucous laugh, and rosy cheeks. When she first moved from London to the charming Cotswold hills, she was heartily welcomed. She seemed a do-gooder par-excellence, raising funds for the church and caring for the elderly. But she had a nasty habit of borrowing things and not giving them back. They're just small things - a teapot here, a set of silverware there - so it's quite the shock when she is found dead, murdered with a poisoned bottle of elderberry wine.

Afraid the murder will be a blight on the small town, Parish councilor, Jerry Tarrant, hires private detective, Agatha Raisin, to track down the murderer, but the village is secretive, and the residents resent Agatha's investigation. Of course, that doesn't stop the ever-persistent Agatha from investigating and sticking her nose where no one wants it - especially as the suspect list grows. And, as if it isn't enough that Agatha's ex has reentered the picture and the murderer is now targeting Agatha!

With M. C. Beaton's Something Borrowed, Someone Dead, the bossy, vain, and absolutely irresistible Agatha Raisin continues to be a fan favorite.

©2013 M. C. Beaton (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Possibly the BEST Agatha Raisin yet!

The story has many curious twists and turns. Will Agatha even survive this case? Will Roy and James survive? Are there really practicing witches in the countryside? Will Wilkes finally tear his hair out over Agatha's continuing involvement in his cases? Will Carsely finally reject Agatha or fete her because of all the murder and mayhem that always surround her?
In this book, many of the characters finally "grow up". As usual, Penelope Keith's narration is top notch. I spent the entire day enjoying this wonderful audiobook from beginning to end!

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Favorite Story (so far)

The story was very good, complicated enough in the main story to keep me interested. With little stories woven through the overall story as it progresses. I appreciated that the police warnings weren't overdone this time (stay out of our investigation or you'll be charged, etc.), it gets old when there are too many. The story did not become bogged down with excessive emotional drama, just enough to make me curious about what each character will do next. I look forward to the crazy friendship/sporadic lover relationship of Charles and Agatha. I think if both of them could grow up just a touch more, they'd make a delightful and surprising husband and wife team. Especially because they're both unpredictable in their own unique way. But for some reason Agatha is unchanging in this area, which is somewhat confusing since she has grown in other relationships. There were a few unexpected characters and surprising events that I really liked. And that is why this is my favorite Agatha Raisin story so far (I've read half the books in this series).

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Is Agatha Raisin Capable of Lasting Love?

Agatha Raisin is one of my favorite series. I miss the development of Agatha with a few happy male relationships.

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Worst narrator Ever!

I love Agatha Raisin and the whole series created by MC Beaton including Hamish Macbeth. I was stunned and not in a good way to hear Ms Keith's interpretation of the characters .Way to much inflection and accenting. Especially her rendition of Toni Gilmores character as a whiny young girl. UGH Loved the story, but PK ruined it for me

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Good story. Funny and irreverent.

This was a good ,little, whodunit with a great cast of charaters. I still keep hoping Charles and Agatha get together. I guess we will see. Penelope's narration is spot on. Bravo!

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Great cozy

I love these books and this was one of my favorites. I really hope MC Beaton continues to keep Agatha and company around and into trouble for awhile longer.

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WHY PENELOPY KEITH????

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Story is wonderful as usual, yet Mrs Keith who is an accomplished actress, successfully portrays upper class English women chosen to read this is beyond me. All of her so called West county accents are less than desirable. She reads them like she has a mouth full of spit, and voicing a half-wit people.
Please chose someone who is more down to earth and knows that there is not only the posh and the village idiot's voice in British isles.
This way we may be able to enjoy the stories to the fullest.

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

It was entertaining once you can numb your ears to the reader's voice.

What didn’t you like about Penelope Keith’s performance?

Her accents are awful, her personalization are all mixes up to each other.

Was Something Borrowed, Someone Dead worth the listening time?

Yes

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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I cannot imagine who would enjoy the book. It is a caricature of the wonderful Raisin books Beaton usually writes. Silly. And the reader is hysterical and annoying.

Would you ever listen to anything by M. C. Beaton again?

Yes, I love the great majority of Beaton books. I have reread most of her Raisin books and several of her other series. Am hopeful that the next Agatha book will hit the stride of most of the previous ones--funny, entertaining, commentaries on middle-aged women (I relate), and suspenseful. Much prefer Peters as a female reader.

What didn’t you like about Penelope Keith’s performance?

Overdone, overdone, overdone.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Something Borrowed, Someone Dead?

I couldn't finish the book, it was so boring and fatuous. This one not only did not hit a home run, it didn't make it to first base.

Any additional comments?

I look forward to a new Beaton Raisin novel, or any other she may write.

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Stale

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who is interested in the Cotswold and English village life

Would you ever listen to anything by M. C. Beaton again?

Perhaps, I've listened to all of the books in the Agatha Raisin series

Did Penelope Keith do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes, but the previous narrator was better. Agatha Raisin didn't sound so 'posh' before. It is somewhat jarring.

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

The familiarity of the characters.

Any additional comments?

After listening to all of the previous Agatha Raisin audiobooks, they have become more disappointing, almost hackneyed. The author is doing a great disservice to those listeners who have been loyal to the series. I also find social and political political commentary by the author clumsily forced into the characters and not very pleasant or effective in what is supposed to be a light-hearted mystery series.

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So far so....GREAT!!!

once again Agatha Raisen is a great audiobook. Penelope Kieth is fantastic!! I highly recommend this!!!