Agatha Raisin: Something Borrowed, Someone Dead

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4 out of 5 stars
By Matthew on 04-12-13

Not the old Aggie we know

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Having put up with some fairly lack luster plots and characters in recent Agatha Raisin novels, I had convinced myself that this new release would see the formidable caustic amateur sleuth back to her best in another 'whodunnit' that provides wit and charm, in what is M.C.Beatons, brilliant style. This was not the case, and what I found was a book that it s hard to believe is written only by the author herself. There are flashes of the original Agatha, but then a few pages later the reader finds themselves reading about an Agatha who is a pale comparison of her former fiesty self. I accept that a character as well established as Agatha, may be difficult to sustain, but this book reads more as an allegory to a supporting cast of characters than to the exploits of the heroin herself. For a seasoned reader it will be another instalment in the series, not the best and it certainly will leave you wondering whether Agatha needs a shot of adrenalin and a better editor, for new readers this will leave you wondering what the fuss was all about. Read it without expectation and it will be worth it, but only out of a sense of nostalgia for the old Aggie

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Ashley on 09-07-16


I am a big fan of this series. I listen to it constantly - in the gym, on the train, waking down the road, while I'm cooking - everywhere!

I'm sad I'm getting to the end. I love the character of Agatha Raisin I sometimes laugh out loud while listening. I recently watched the first episode of the TV series they made based on the books and it was awful. They changed so much is was barely recognisable. One of the best things about the audiobooks is the fantastic Penelope Keith. The woman is an amazing actress and a master at creating rh

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 16-02-16

Another great read.

Another book with a hook. Read it in a day as couldn't stop listening until it was finished. Penelope Keith was a fabulous narrator Cannot wait for the next one to come out.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Pamela G. on 05-12-15

Practise accents

Another entertaining story of Agatha Raisin. I enjoy listening to Penelope Keith as long as she sticks to her own accent.She simply cannot copy other accents especially Welsh but luckily it was only a small part of the story

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mrs on 27-11-13

Utter Enjoyment

What made the experience of listening to Agatha Raisin: Something Borrowed, Someone Dead the most enjoyable?

Penelope Keith's narration was superb, making each character her own. The story itself was funny and really captured the foilbles of human nature as well the virtues. The book also has an easy listening plot. I really didn't want to stop listening.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Agatha Raisin: Something Borrowed, Someone Dead?

Just loved the atmosphere that was created by the inhabitants of Piddlebury (hope that's the right spelling) Village. Also love Sir Charles's attitude to Agatha, just wish I knew how he really felt about her, they are so well suited. M C Beaton has managed to keep us guessing for quite a while now!

Which character – as performed by Penelope Keith – was your favourite?

Very hard to choose but Sir Charles, Mrs Blocksby and of course Agatha herself.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Often laughed out loud!!

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These Agatha Raisin books just would not be the same for me if not narrated by Penelope Keith. She really has made the characters almost real to me and to hear a different rendition would not be the same at all.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mrs. Sarah T. B. Evans on 23-01-18

Love Aggie!

There's not too much variety in these books but that's why I like them. And Penelope Keith brings it all to life.

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