Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley : Agatha Raisin

  • by M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by Penelope Keith
  • Series: Agatha Raisin
  • 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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....

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A Very British Anti-Cozy Mystery🍻

This series, and especially this book, is a good listen for any time you just want something on that you don't have to think or care too much about. Agatha Raisin is a prickly, unpleasant antiheroine, but that's part of the draw of the series. She's unique, and uniquely endearing. Her very British village is picturesque, her part-time London career exciting, her middle-aged waistline realistically thickening, her love life realistically mostly non-existent, her pub meals realistically overcooked and tasteless. Penelope Keith is an able, lively and entertaining narrator who makes very few voicing mistakes.

Now for the bad news: M.C. Beaton, after taking care to ensure that the first volume (Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death, which I highly recommend) was carefully written, detailed, suspenseful and top-notch, seems to have subsequently either lost steam or become so impatient to earn money quickly that she began dashing these sequels off like hotcakes off the griddle. This one is plotted so carelessly that mild-mannered, cautious characters (not just Agatha herself) say impetuous things that their characters would never say, do impulsive things that their characters would never do, and even commit murder in more or less the same way they did in the previous book (Potted Gardener). Not only that, but plot holes abound. Toward the end, for example, when James Lacey (Agatha's new partner in private detection) announces, "So, it was [Character X]!" I actually rewound the recording twice just to see how on earth I had missed his seeing the body of Character Y on the floor, the only sight he could have seen that would have led him to that conclusion. He never had seen it. The author had forgotten to make him see it.

I'm not sure I'll be spending a credit on volume 5.

Grade: C. Bechdel test: Pass.
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- Gretchen SLP

Another Wonderful Little Tale

The writing and the performance keep getting better with each book. Entertaining and engaging respites, these move along with little or no drag and broader development of characters. They aren't police crime thrillers and they aren't intended to be. Think, Murder She Wrote out some such, except these are more endearing and sufficiently varied to hold your interest book after book. The performance also continues to improve including a character yawning while talking that sounds true to type.

Recommended.
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- H. Roberson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-05-2012
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.