The Dead Ringer

The Agatha Raisin Mysteries, Book 29
Narrated by: Alison Larkin
Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
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New York Times best-selling author M. C. Beaton's cranky, crafty Agatha Raisin - now the star of a hit TV show - is back on the case again.

The idyllic Cotswolds village of Thirk Magna is best known for the medieval church of St. Ethelred and its bells, which are the pride and glory of the whole community.

As the bell-ringers get ready for the visit of the dashing Bishop Peter Salver-Hinkley, the whole village is thrown into a frenzy. Meanwhile, Agatha convinces one of the bell-ringers, the charming lawyer Julian Brody, to hire her to investigate the mystery of the Bishop's ex-fiancee: a local heiress, Jennifer Toynby, who went missing years ago and whose body was never found....

Meanwhile, the bodies in the village just keep on piling up: The corpse of Larry Jensen, a local policeman, is discovered in the crypt. Millicent Dupin, one of a pair of bell-ringing identical twins, is murdered near the church. And Terry Fletcher, a journalist and (briefly) Agatha's lover, is found dead in her sitting room! Agatha widens her investigation, and very soon her main suspect is the handsome Bishop himself. But could he really be behind this series of violent killings, or is it someone who wants to bring him - and his reputation - down?

©2018 M. C. Beaton (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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No more

Time for Agatha to retire. Same story only with the charm of the first 30 or so 😊. Also absolutely not the right narrator. Without Penelope Keith it is just not palatable

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Extreme Disappointment

While the plot was just okay, the story felt rushed and not up to the usually entertaining Agatha Raisin standard.
I have read and/or listened to each book in the series, many of them more than once, and this book was a chore. In fact, I did not finishing listening to this one, primarily due to the poor narration, which forced me to finally throw in the towel.
While Alison Larkin has a lovely voice, she did not develop each character and as a result, most of them sounded alike and it was often difficult to distinguish characters from each other.
I finally quit and have decided to read this particular book instead of listening.

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Doesn't feel like it's written by the same person

I'm going to listen again, but this one is hard to follow and all the characters are off. Can't put my finger on it, but definitely different than the other 20 or so that I've listened to.

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I am a huge fan - this was awful

I agree. does not sound like same author
In fact sounds like all the people in her dedication each wrote a chapter or something
I said this is awful out loud at least half a dozen times while listening while driving
Disappointing since, as I said, I am a huge fan
This is all over the place

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Reader is awful! Why can’t we get Penelope Keith

I couldn’t get past the awful readers voice! She does not do the book justice. If I could give a minus star I would

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Not her best read

I usually enjoy Agatha Raisin books immensely, but this story line was very weak. The characters didn’t have any depth and the Charles storyline got really old.

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Never Got Past Chapter 2 Narration the Worst!

The time is over for me to keep books when I can not listen to them. I am going to have to send this back alas. I love MC Beaton and the Agatha Raisin series. So this hurts me when a Narrator is so bad that you just can not even understand the story or what is going on! I have listened to Every book since the beginning and all of the Hamish series as well. I like this author that much. I am very familiar with the English accents and Scottish. This is just a Narrator who does Not pause or stop at the periods. Everything is just one jumbled mess! I wish Beaton and other writers would stick with a Narrator that works. In this case it was Donata Peters. Bring back a Narrator the works! In the world of audiobooks, it makes or breaks you. Guess I will have to buy this as a regular book and read it the only fashioned way!

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Not as good as usual!

This story is not as good as most Agatha raisin. It has a little bit of crudity in it and just seems a little sloppy compared to the stories that I love. Don’t get me wrong, it is still a great step above a lot of the drivel out there but not my favorite one.

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Not as good as previous, but

that said, I enjoyed listening to it. And I can't wait to see how the next one starts!

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5 Stars

I can't get enough of Agatha and her shenanigans. The dialogue is always humorous and witty and the mystery is fast paced with many red herrings. Agatha is a great character and I enjoy watching her grow and develop in each book. I have to admit that I was a bit sad for Charles at the end of this book, but, I can't wait to see what happens in the next book.

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