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I am actually reviewing the Agatha Raisin series. It seems a bit silly to review each one individually. If you love The Walkers of Dembley you will probably love The Haunted House and the Curious Curate and so forth. If you hate the first one you read, you will probably hate the rest. Kind of like Doctor Who. Either you "get it" or you don't.
Now I realize that Agatha Raisin books are nobody's idea of high literature but for what they are, they are the best. I have read a lot of British cozies and I always return to Agatha. We are "of an age" Agatha and I, which is part of the appeal as I really love finding books about people really LIVING and enjoying life after 45 or 50 years old. The world of love and adventure are not exclusively for the young. And Agatha is so wonderfully and chronically imperfect. If the stars of the British cozy world have one major drawback it is that they are all ultimately so very, very good. Not our Agatha, by golly. She is vain and self-centered and insecure. You know, those pesky human conditions. Sometimes you just want to shake her but you should probably go look in the mirror first.
The setting of the Agatha books is another reason I come back again and again. The little villages in the Cotswolds are such a perfect place to set a cozy. Surely one little village wouldn't really experience quite so many dead bodies but this is serial mystery, not classic literature. If I could retire to one of those little villages and live in Agatha's cottage, I would do it in a heartbeat even if I had to cook for her cats, eat tv dinners and put up with James Lacy as a neighbor. Well, I might not eat the tv dinners, but still.
Penelope Keith does a really wonderful job of bringing the offbeat and often hilarious cast of characters to life. Generally, a woman narrator speaking for a man makes me want to stab my ears but Penelope actually pulls it off. I gave this narrator 5 stars even though I was afraid she was doomed from the start. You see I read a LOT of Agatha Raisin books in print before listening to any and I had Agatha's voice firmly in my head already as Judi Dench. But it didn't take long at all for Ms Keith to pull me in.
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Where does Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I liked it a lot
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
More so the adventures and characters and there interaction.
Which scene was your favorite?
When the owner of the house scares Agatha and she takes off for home. Laughed so hard.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Sure, Not that I sit I listen while working around the house and in the yard.
Any additional comments?
I Enjoy all of the agatha raisin books, and listen to them over and over.
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