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  • Introducing Agatha Raisin: The Quiche of Death and The Vicious Vet | M. C. Beaton

    Introducing Agatha Raisin: The Quiche of Death and The Vicious Vet

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith, Diana Bishop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Putting all her eggs in one basket, Agatha Raisin gives up her successful PR firm, sells her London flat, and samples a taste of early retirement in the quiet village of Carsely. Bored, lonely, and used to getting her way, she enters a local baking contest. Despite the fact that Agatha has never baked a thing in her life, she is sure the pie she has secretly bought from an upper-crust London quicherie will make her the toast of the town. But her recipe for social advancement sours when the judge not only snubs her entry―but falls over dead!

    Nancy F. says: "Quirky and Cozy"
  • Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener: Agatha Raisin, Book 3 | M. C. Beaton

    Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener: Agatha Raisin, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    When Agatha returns home after a sojourn in the capital, she finds a new woman ensconced in the affections of her attractive bachelor neighbor, James Lacey. The newcomer, Mary Fortune, is superior to Agatha in every way, especially when it comes to gardening. With Carsely Open Day approaching, Agatha longs for some fascinating crime to remind James of her genius for investigation and to distract him from Mary. Soon a series of assaults on the finest gardens is followed by murder when Mary herself is discovered buried upside down in a terracotta pot....

    Gretchen SLP says: "Some Odd Dischordant Notes"
  • Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 14 | M. C. Beaton

    Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Reports of a haunted house soon have amateur sleuth Agatha Raisin snooping around, only to discover the victim of the haunting is a universally disliked old biddy on whom someone is playing a practical joke. But then the old lady is murdered and, for Agatha, solving a crime is much more fun than ghost-busting. Very soon she’s up to her usual tricks, involving the villagers, local police, and, naturally, her handsome new neighbor.

    Natshell says: "Agatha Raisin is British Cozy at it's best!"
  • Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 5 | M. C. Beaton

    Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Almost bigamy and absolute murder - Agatha Raisin's life is never dull.... The morning of Agatha's longed-for marriage to James Lacey dawns bright and clear. But her luck runs out in the church when Jimmy, the husband she had believed long dead, turns up large as life and twice as ugly. Agatha has a go at strangling him. It's all too much for James, who breaks off the engagement. So when Jimmy is found murdered the next day, Agatha and James are both suspects. And they'll have to work together in order to clear their names....

    Julie says: "Poor Agatha! ...Don't skip this one."
  • Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley: Agatha Raisin, Book 4 | M. C. Beaton

    Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley: Agatha Raisin, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    After six grueling months back in London, Agatha Raisin returns to her beloved Cotswold village of Carsely - and to the charms of her neighbor, James Lacey. True, James is less than thrilled to see her, but Agatha is soon distracted by a sensational murder. The victim, hiker Jessica Tartinck, spent her life enraging wealthy landowners by insisting on her walking club’s right to hike over their properties. Now she has been found dead....

    Gretchen SLP says: "A Very British Anti-Cozy Mystery🍻"
  • Agatha Raisin and the Deadly Dance: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 15 | M. C. Beaton

    Agatha Raisin and the Deadly Dance: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Can the feisty Agatha Raisin cut it as a private investigator? She soon learns that running her own detective agency in the Cotswolds is not quite like starring in a Raymond Chandler movie. But then in walks wealthy divorcée Catherine Laggat-Brown, and presents Agatha with her first real case. Death threats, blackmail, and worse quickly follow, and once again Agatha is off scouring the countryside for clues and showing friends and enemies alike what Raisin Investigations can do!

    Cozy Reader says: "Agatha is back and causing more trouble!"
  • Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryfam: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 10 | M. C. Beaton

    Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryfam: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Feeling jilted and cross, Agatha follows a fortune-teller's advice and rents a cottage in the pretty village of Fryfam, where she hopes good fortune and true love will come chasing after her. Unfortunately, her romantic notions are soon dispelled by the strange goings-on in the village. What are those strange lights in Agatha's back garden? Who is stealing paintings and pottery? And who murdered the local squire? Agatha's nose for trouble leads her into a maelstrom of jealousy, blackmail, and dangerous liaisons....

    L. Shugerman says: "Fun story, great narrator!"
  • Agatha Raisin and the Witches of Wyckhadden: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 9 | M. C. Beaton

    Agatha Raisin and the Witches of Wyckhadden: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Suffering from bald patches thanks to a hair conditioner spiked with depilatory cream - supplied by the murderess in her last investigation - Agatha escapes to the coastal resort of Wyckhadden to allow her crowning glory to recover in privacy. A local witch provides her with hair tonic and Agatha’s lost locks begin to grow - but then the witch is found bludgeoned to death. The elderly residents at Agatha’s faded hotel seem innocuous enough, if a little odd. But, as she enquires into the murder she turns up an alarming number of secrets....

    K says: "The Best One So Far"
  • Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist | M. C. Beaton

    Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Agatha Raisin, retired PR supremo, has been spurned at the alter by the man of her dreams - her attractive neighbor James Lacey. So temporarily deserting the sleepy Cotswold village of Carsely, she pursues her fleeing fiancé to north Cyprus where, instead of enjoying a romantic honeymoon, they witness the killing of an obnoxious tourist in a disco. Can the duo forget their differences and resume their strangely successful sleuthing partnership?

    Jody says: "Penelope Kieth makes Agatha Raisin awesome!"
  • Agatha Raisin and the Wizard of Evesham: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 8 | M. C. Beaton

    Agatha Raisin and the Wizard of Evesham: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The local ladies all deem Mr. John a wizard, so when Agatha Raisin finds a few grey hairs on her head - and the rinse she tries at home turns her hair purple - she makes a beeline for the handsome Evesham hairdresser. And as well as sorting out her hair it soon becomes clear the charming man also has designs on her heart - but their budding romance is cut short when Mr. John is fatally poisoned in his salon. Once again Agatha finds herself embroiled in a murder case. Was it one of Mr. John’s many lady clients, all of whom divulged to him their darkest secrets?

    Debbie says: "Not Liking the "Loose" Agatha"
  • Something Borrowed, Someone Dead: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 24 | M. C. Beaton

    Something Borrowed, Someone Dead: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 24

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

    Sylvia says: "Possibly the BEST Agatha Raisin yet!"
  • There Goes the Bride: An Agatha Raisin Mystery | M. C. Beaton

    There Goes the Bride: An Agatha Raisin Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
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    Bossy, impulsive, yet hopelessly romantic, Agatha is dreading the upcoming marriage of her ex-husband, James Lacey. Although she has set her sights on a handsome and beguiling new Frenchman, she can't quite stop obsessing about James. Her best intentions to move on with her life are put on hold when James's young bride is shot to death just minutes before saying "I do" and Agatha is named the prime suspect.

    Susanne says: "Agatha always makes me smile"
  • Agatha Raisin and the Perfect Paragon: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 16 | M. C. Beaton

    Agatha Raisin and the Perfect Paragon: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    After being nearly killed by both a hired hit man and her former secretary, Agatha Raisin could use some low-key cases. So when Robert Smedley walks through the door of her detective agency, determined to prove that his wife is cheating on him, Raisin Investigations immediately offers to help. Unfortunately for Agatha, Mabel Smedley appears to be the perfect wife: young, pretty, and a regular volunteer at church. But just as Agatha is ready to give up, Smedley is poisoned with weed killer, leaving Mabel, the prime suspect, poised to inherit a fortune.

    R.Reader says: "Enjoyable Agatha"
  • Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death: Agatha Raisin, Book 1 | M. C. Beaton

    Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death: Agatha Raisin, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    After years of bullying and cajoling others as a high-flying public relations boss, Agatha Raisin’s early retirement to the picture-postcard village of Carsley in the Cotswolds is a dream come true. And how better to begin making herself a local leading light than by entering the village quiche-making competition? Unburdened by old-fashioned ideas of fair play, the ruthless Agatha decides to ensure she wins by buying her entry from a London delicatessen.

    Sylvia says: "Warning! This series is addictive!"
  • As the Pig Turns | M. C. Beaton

    As the Pig Turns

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The picturesque Cotwsold village of Winter Parva has decided to warm the post-Christmas season by roasting a pig in the town square. Agatha, always one for a good roasting, organizes an outing to enjoy the merriment. But as the rotary spit is placed over a bed of fiery charcoals and the pig is carried toward its final resting place, Agatha realizes that things are not as they seem... Stop!" she screams suddenly. The "pig," in fact, is Gary Beech, a policeman not exactly beloved by the good people of the village. Although Agatha has every intention of leaving matters to the police....

    Madison says: "Penlope Keith is perfect !"
  • Agatha Raisin and the Love from Hell: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 11 | M. C. Beaton

    Agatha Raisin and the Love from Hell: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Story
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    Recently married to James Lacey, Agatha quickly finds out that it’s not all "happy ever after" - before long the newlyweds are living in separate cottages and accusing each other of infidelity. After a fight down the local pub James vanishes completely, leaving a bloodstain as the only clue to his fate. Naturally, Agatha is Prime Suspect. Determined to clear her name and find her husband, Agatha begins her investigation - and promptly finds a murdered mistress....

    dub says: "Love Penelope Keith and series, but not this one"
  • Busy Body | M. C. Beaton

    Busy Body

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Story
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    Agatha Raisin has never been one for forced holiday cheer, but her friendly little village of Carsely has always prided itself on its traditional Christmas festivities. But this year the bells will not be ringing out, as Mr. John Sunday, an officer with the Cotswold Health and Safety Board, has chosen Christmas as the time to crack down on safety hazards. But Mr. Sunday is soon found face down in the petunias, very much dead.

    Vicki says: "Penelope is just as much fun"
  • Agatha Raisin and the Case of the Curious Curate: Agatha Raisin, Book 13 | M. C. Beaton

    Agatha Raisin and the Case of the Curious Curate: Agatha Raisin, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Amateur sleuth Agatha Raisin is going through a man-hating phase and is unmoved by news of a captivating new curate. But when she meets the golden-haired, blue-eyed Tristan Delon, she is swept off her feet...along with every other female in the village. She is positively ecstatic when he invites her to dine with him, but the next day Agatha is left with a hangover from hell and Tristan is worse off: he's dead.

    gooddogmac says: "Love my Agatha Raisin stories!"
  • Agatha Raisin and the Day the Floods Came: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 12 | M. C. Beaton

    Agatha Raisin and the Day the Floods Came: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (300)
    Story
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    Abandoned by new husband, James, Agatha Raisin hops on a plane to the South Pacific in the hope that an idyllic holiday will bring some consolation. There, she befriends a honeymooning couple but, tragically, the young bride is accidentally drowned. Returning home to the Cotswolds, Agatha finds herself involved in a strangely similar situation - a woman, dressed in a wedding gown, is found floating in the river. The police say suicide, but Agatha sets out to prove them wrong.

    Beatrice says: "Another pleasant visit with Agatha"
  • Agatha Raisin: The Witches' Tree: Agatha Raisin, Book 28

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    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
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    Cotswolds inhabitants are used to inclement weather, but the night sky is especially foggy as Rory and Molly Devere, the new vicar and his wife, drive home from a dinner party in their village of Sumpton Harcourt. They 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. Margaret Darby, an elderly spinster, has been murdered - and the villagers are bewildered as to who would commit such a crime.

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