Agatha Raisin

60 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 15,311 ratings

Agatha's First Case Publisher's Summary

At age 26 Agatha Raisin has already come a long way. She has clawed her way up since leaving the Birmingham slum where she was born. She's lost her Birmingham accent, run away from her drunken husband, and found a job at a public relations office as a secretary. Then her boss asks Agatha to go to the home of Sir Bryce Teller to tell him that he is soon to be arrested for the murder of his wife and that the agency no longer wants to represent him.

Teller, impressed with the pugnacious Agatha, asks her to handle PR for him and even offers her an office and tells her she can hire a staff. Certainly the best thing Agatha can do for her first client is to find out who really murdered his wife and clear his name. And with her wits and gumption, Agatha sets out to do just that.

New York Times best-selling author M. C. Beaton's character Agatha Raisin is beloved by millions, and this brand-new short story takes us back to where it all began with Agatha's first case.

©2015 M. C. Beaton (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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  • Book 0

    • Agatha's First Case

    • An Agatha Raisin Short Story
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
    • Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 501
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 443
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 444

    At age 26 Agatha Raisin has already come a long way. She has clawed her way up since leaving the Birmingham slum where she was born. She's lost her Birmingham accent, run away from her drunken husband, and found a job at a public relations office as a secretary. Then her boss asks Agatha to go to the home of Sir Bryce Teller to tell him that he is soon to be arrested for the murder of his wife and that the agency no longer wants to represent him.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Agatha's Origins

    • By Bibliopa on 01-24-16

    Regular price: $4.95

  • Book 1-2

    • Introducing Agatha Raisin

    • The Quiche of Death and The Vicious Vet
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith, Diana Bishop
    • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 148
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 135
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 134

    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!

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Really enjoying this series!

    • By bigdjunta on 03-04-18

    Regular price: $24.47

  • Book 1

    • Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death

    • Agatha Raisin, Book 1
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,694
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,543
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,539

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Warning! This series is addictive!

    • By Sylvia on 10-12-13

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death

    • Agatha Raisin, Book 1
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    Meet Agatha Raisin, high-flying public relations boss turned village sleuth. After her many years of bullying and cajoling others, her early retirement to a picture-perfect village in the Cotswolds is a dream come true.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • an enjoyable listen

    • By mr kieran j murphy on 04-23-18

    Regular price: $15.45

  • Book 2

    • Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet

    • Agatha Raisin, Book 2
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Diana Bishop
    • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    In the delightful Cotswold village of Carsely, the air is heady with romance. Agatha Raisin is convinced that the new vet has taken a shine to her. But before she can get anywhere, handsome Dr Paul Bladen is accidentally killed while attending to Lord Pendlebury's horse. So was it really an accident? All the evidence points that way, but the circumstances are decidedly suspicious.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • another good yarn

    • By mr kieran j murphy on 04-27-18

    Regular price: $14.38

    • Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet

    • Agatha Raisin, Book 2
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Diana Bishop
    • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,074
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 972
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 972

    In the delightful Cotswold village of Carsely, the air is heady with romance. Agatha Raisin is convinced that the new vet has taken a shine to her. But before she can get anywhere, handsome Dr. Paul Bladen is accidentally killed while attending to Lord Pendlebury’s horse. So was it really an accident? All the evidence points that way, but the circumstances are decidedly suspicious....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good Book, Disappointing Narrator

    • By Cozy Reader on 03-12-14

    Regular price: $13.96

  • Book 3

    • Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener

    • Agatha Raisin, Book 3
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    A newcomer to the village, Mary Fortune, is discovered murdered. Agatha seizes the moment and immediately starts yanking up village secrets by their roots and digging the dirt on the victim. But the problem is, Agatha has an awkward secret of her own.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A stellar performance by Penelope Keith as Agatha.

    • By SandyW on 09-20-17

    Regular price: $16.41

    • Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener

    • Agatha Raisin, Book 3
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 855
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 777
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 776

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant!

    • By Carol J Orr on 11-03-17

    Regular price: $13.96

  • Book 4

    • Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley

    • Agatha Raisin, Book 4
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    After six gruelling months back in London, Agatha Raisin returns to her beloved Cotswold village of Carsely - and to the charms of her neighbour, 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....

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    • Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley

    • Agatha Raisin, Book 4
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 687
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 624
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 616

    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....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A Very British Anti-Cozy Mystery🍻

    • By Gretchen SLP on 12-15-16

    Regular price: $13.96

  • Book 5, 8

    • Agatha Raisin

    • The Murderous Marriage
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 149
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 96

    After pursuing him for nearly four years, Agatha is finally about to marry James Lacey, the handsome Colonel next door. But there's just one little problem.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Misleading heading

    • By Nancy on 05-12-16

    Regular price: $7.24

  • Book 5

    • Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage

    • An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 5
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 590
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 543
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 533

    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....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Poor Agatha! ...Don't skip this one.

    • By Julie on 09-11-13

    Regular price: $13.96

  • Book 6

    • Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist

    • Agatha Raisin, Book 6
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    Agatha Raisin, retired PR supremo, has been spurned at the altar by the man of her dreams, her attractive neighbour 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?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Penelope Keith you rock :)

    • By Nada Gharabali on 04-19-18

    Regular price: $14.38

    • Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist

    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 468
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 421
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 419

    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?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • . . . Off on a Rabbit Trail . . . to Cyprus

    • By Debbie on 10-18-16

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 7

    • Agatha Raisin and the Wellspring of Death

    • Agatha Raisin, Book 7
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 20

    Agatha Raisin's neighbouring village of Ancombe is usually the epitome of quiet rural charm, but the arrival of a new mineral water company - which intends to tap into the village spring - sends tempers flaring and divides the parish council into two stubborn camps. When Agatha, who happens to be the PR person for the water company, finds the council chairman murdered at the spring, tongues start wagging. Could one of the council members have silenced the chairman before he could cast the deciding vote?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Agatha raisin always entertaining

    • By Marion G. Beaman on 09-03-12

    Regular price: $14.38

    • Agatha Raisin and the Wellspring of Death

    • Agatha Raisin Mysteries, Book 7
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 400
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 364
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 363

    Agatha Raisin's neighboring village of Ancombe is usually the epitome of quiet rural charm, but the arrival of a new mineral-water company - which intends to tap into the village spring - sends tempers flaring and divides the parish council into two stubborn camps. When Agatha, who happens to be the PR person for the water company, finds the council chairman murdered at the spring, tongues start wagging. Could one of the council members have silenced the chairman before he could cast the deciding vote?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • On to the next!

    • By bigdjunta on 03-09-18

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 8

    • Agatha Raisin and the Wizard of Evesham

    • Agatha Raisin, Book 8
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14

    He was a hairdresser to dye for... The local ladies all deem Mr John a wizard, so when Agatha 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.

    Regular price: $14.38

    • Agatha Raisin and the Wizard of Evesham

    • An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 8
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 447
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 412
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 413

    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?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The series is a delightful addiction.

    • By Margaret on 03-18-16

    Regular price: $13.96

  • Book 9

    • Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wyckhadden

    • Agatha Raisin, Book 9
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 15

    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 she turns up an alarming number of secrets....

    Regular price: $14.38

    • Agatha Raisin and the Witches of Wyckhadden

    • An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 9
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
    • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 500
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 457
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 454

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Best One So Far

    • By K on 03-25-14

    Regular price: $13.96

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