Agatha Raisin and the Dead Ringer

Agatha Raisin and the Dead Ringer

The latest Agatha Raisin mystery from bestselling author M. C. BeatonThe team of bells at St. Ethelred church is the pride and glory of the idyllic Cotswolds village of Thirk Magna, together with the most dedicated bell ringers in the whole of England: the twins Mavis and Millicent Dupin.As the village gets ready for the Bishop's visit, the twins get overly-excited at the...

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Agatha Raisin and the Dead Ringer Reviews

  • Bam

    *3.5 stars rounded up.

    The 29th in the series! Can you believe it? I enjoy these quick-reading funny mysteries set in the Cotswolds, with a smart, feisty, and sexy private detective named Agatha Raisin who always finds herself driven off track by her fierce desire to find true love. If she could just focus on the job at hand!

    In this latest entry in the series, the bishop comes to the pretty, peaceful village of Thirk Magna and manages to rile things up. He is quite a handsome man who is capable

    *3.5 stars rounded up.

    The 29th in the series! Can you believe it? I enjoy these quick-reading funny mysteries set in the Cotswolds, with a smart, feisty, and sexy private detective named Agatha Raisin who always finds herself driven off track by her fierce desire to find true love. If she could just focus on the job at hand!

    In this latest entry in the series, the bishop comes to the pretty, peaceful village of Thirk Magna and manages to rile things up. He is quite a handsome man who is capable of turning his sexual charms on and off to get money from rich women for his pet project. Agatha is not taken in by him and wants to find out just what happened to his young, beautiful and RICH fiancee who recently up and vanished. As the bodies pile up, she has to wonder if someone is killing off their competition.

    Agatha describes herself as "like a Victorian detective. I do not have access to forensics or autopsy reports so I have to rely on old-fashioned intuition and guesswork." But her good friends think she solves cases by "bumbling about and putting herself at risk until the murderer comes after her."

    Recommend if you are looking for a fun, quick mystery--but DO start at the beginning of the series. You don't want to miss any of the fun!

    I received an arc of this new mystery from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! I can't wait to read the next book and see if Agatha has finally found true love!

  • Lisa Morin

    I'm a huge fan of Agatha Raisin but unfortunately this book was a disappointment.

    Agatha has turned into a grumpy woman who seems miserable.

    I missed the fun loving Agatha who was always fun and sharp tongued.

    This story seemed fractured, like I was missing some important information and it kept jumping all around, leaving me confused and really not caring how it ended.

    I think that all of the fans of this witty, colorful personality will be sorely disappointed with this installment of the series.

    I

    I'm a huge fan of Agatha Raisin but unfortunately this book was a disappointment.

    Agatha has turned into a grumpy woman who seems miserable.

    I missed the fun loving Agatha who was always fun and sharp tongued.

    This story seemed fractured, like I was missing some important information and it kept jumping all around, leaving me confused and really not caring how it ended.

    I think that all of the fans of this witty, colorful personality will be sorely disappointed with this installment of the series.

    I volunteered to read and review an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.

  • Susan Johnson

    This book was a real disappointment to me. Instead of sharp tongued, competent Agatha we get this mess of a woman desperate for a man on any terms, whining, incompetent and just a mess. She spends her detecting time punching people in the noses and complaining. I just wanted to shake her by the shoulders.

    The story was incoherent and jumped around a lot. It was difficult to understand. A policeman is murdered and barely spoken of again. Women disappear and no real effort is made to find them. A

    This book was a real disappointment to me. Instead of sharp tongued, competent Agatha we get this mess of a woman desperate for a man on any terms, whining, incompetent and just a mess. She spends her detecting time punching people in the noses and complaining. I just wanted to shake her by the shoulders.

    The story was incoherent and jumped around a lot. It was difficult to understand. A policeman is murdered and barely spoken of again. Women disappear and no real effort is made to find them. A woman is abused by her husband and no real action is taken except to mock her for being wimpy. A suggestion is made she might even like it. Disgusting.

    This was a mess top to bottom. Agatha so desperate for a man and unable to do even the simplest work was a major disappointment. I wouldn't recommend this to any one. I am only giving it two stars because I have liked the books in the past and hope the next one is a big improvement because I don't want to spend any more time with this piece of work.

    Thanks to Net Galley and the publisher for a copy of this book to review.

  • megs_bookrack

    Ugh, guys! This makes me SO SAD!!! I didn't like this one and I really wanted to...

    I read a lot of Agatha Raisin books in high school and during summer break for college. This was a long time ago, certainly before I was a member of Goodreads, so I don't even recall which ones that I read. From what I remember one of the things I really liked about the series was our protagonist, Agatha Raisin. In my memory, she was snarky, impulsive, man crazy, full of fun and daring. That was not t

    Ugh, guys! This makes me SO SAD!!! I didn't like this one and I really wanted to...

    I read a lot of Agatha Raisin books in high school and during summer break for college. This was a long time ago, certainly before I was a member of Goodreads, so I don't even recall which ones that I read. From what I remember one of the things I really liked about the series was our protagonist, Agatha Raisin. In my memory, she was snarky, impulsive, man crazy, full of fun and daring. That was not the Agatha I found in this story. This Agatha seemed miserable, desperate in her search for a man (CONSTANTLY) and down-right rude to pretty much everyone around her.

    The storyline itself was all over the place in my opinion. We were introduced too quickly to way to many side characters and as the story went on, I found myself confused pretty frequently. Now, having completed it, I couldn't tell you who the killer was or what their motivation was. I have already forgotten.

    I have so much respect for M.C. Beaton as an author. She has created some iconic characters with Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth but this just was not a solid story for me. I hope if this series continues on that Agatha gets some of her old fun-loving spark back.

    Thank you so much to the publisher, St. Martin's Press, for providing me with a copy to read and review. I appreciate every opportunity I receive to provide my feedback on a story even if it doesn't go 100% to my tastes.

  • Julie

    The usual ingredients of an Agatha Raisin novel were imbalanced with this volume in the series. Wit and humor were low, while mean-spiritedness and violence were high. There seemed to be an awful lot of face punching and expressive anger, and I don't remember Aggie crying quite so much. All in all, it wasn't the lighthearted fun read I was looking for.

  • Mayda

    Agatha Raisin has changed, and not for the better. She seems to be perpetually unhappy, and lacks the drive that had made her so delightful. Perhaps she is unhappy with her creator, because author M. C. Beaton seems to have lost her touch in writing Agatha’s stories. This book, like others late in the series, lacks focus. Bodies are dropping like flies, with little connection. Agatha’s and Charles’s relationship comes and goes with the wind. Aggie falls in love, but it’s over almost immediately

    Agatha Raisin has changed, and not for the better. She seems to be perpetually unhappy, and lacks the drive that had made her so delightful. Perhaps she is unhappy with her creator, because author M. C. Beaton seems to have lost her touch in writing Agatha’s stories. This book, like others late in the series, lacks focus. Bodies are dropping like flies, with little connection. Agatha’s and Charles’s relationship comes and goes with the wind. Aggie falls in love, but it’s over almost immediately when her lover turns up dead. There are so many twists and turns in this story, there should be a disclaimer warning those prone to motion sickness! Not one of Beaton’s best efforts by a long shot, this story was a disappointment. By the time I finished it, I could hardly remember why people died or who was suspected, and and I didn’t care.

  • Barbara

    In this 29th book in the 'Agatha Raisin' series, the private detective looks into multiple murders in the town of Thirk Magna. The book can be read as a standalone.

    *****

    The Cotwolds in England, which are a popular tourist destination, look picturesque and placid. However, they provide plenty of work for private detective Agatha Raisin, who lives in the village of Carsely. Agatha isn't a beauty, but she's a fashionable middle-aged woman with good legs and glossy hair. Thus she attracts a lot of m

    In this 29th book in the 'Agatha Raisin' series, the private detective looks into multiple murders in the town of Thirk Magna. The book can be read as a standalone.

    *****

    The Cotwolds in England, which are a popular tourist destination, look picturesque and placid. However, they provide plenty of work for private detective Agatha Raisin, who lives in the village of Carsely. Agatha isn't a beauty, but she's a fashionable middle-aged woman with good legs and glossy hair. Thus she attracts a lot of men, and would like to make one of them her third husband.

    In this book, Agatha gets drawn into nefarious occurrences in the nearby town of Thirk Magna. Thirk Magna's 'St. Ethelred's Church' has a dedicated group of bell-ringers, who have taken up campanology for a variety of reasons. For the fortyish identical twins Mavis and Millicent Dupin, it's a family legacy; for other bell-ringers, it's an opportunity to get out of the house, exercise, flirt, have fun, etc.

    As the book opens, twins Mavis and Millicent Dupin are in a dither because the sexy, handsome, unmarried Bishop Peter Salver-Hinkley is coming to Thirk Magna for an extended visit. The Bishop is raising funds for an old-age home, and plans to attend a bell-ringing and a reception. The twins hope to ingratiate themselves with Salver-Hinkley.....and fall all over themselves to try to attract and hold his attention.

    Meanwhile, Agatha Raisin DOES catch the Bishop's eye, and even goes to dinner with him - but she loses interest quickly. The Dupin siblings, however, are jealous, and decide that Agatha Raisin - and all other women friendly with the Bishop - are their worst enemies. The twins don't realize it, but the Bishop is only interested in women for their money, and will cozy up to any lady with a big bank account. In fact, Salver-Hinkley once had wealthy young fiancé, but she disappeared in mysterious circumstances.

    Before long, Thirk Magna begins to be plagued with murders, some of which appear connected to the bell-ringers. Agatha starts to investigate the killings, but soon loses her focus because she's busy chasing men. Agatha's always been man-crazy, but in this book her pursuit of one paramour after another is over the top and desperate.

    Besides potential lovers, Agatha socializes with a cadre of men who are (for the most part) just friends, including: Sir Charles Fraith - a destitute aristocrat who's constantly cadging restaurant meals, money, and cigarettes; James Lacey - Agatha's ex-husband and next door neighbor, who always seems to be getting re-married; Bill Wong - a young cop Agatha took under her wing; Patrick - Agatha's gay former business associate; and others.

    Unfortunately, the book has parts that are almost incomprehensible. In fact, it feels like chunks of the story are missing. For instance, in one chapter Agatha is deeply agonized over a married lover that's gone back to his wife.....and it's all a big scandal. However, we NEVER got to see Agatha even speak to this man, much less fall in love and get involved in a brouhaha. I went back and forth trying to find this part, to no avail. And this kind of thing happens repeatedly. I listened to the audiobook version of the novel, and it's possible there was some mishap in its production, but - if so - that's on the publisher.

    Other than that, the mystery portion of the book follows the usual arc seen in Agatha Raisin books. The detective bumbles around, makes the perp (or perps) nervous, and endangers her own life as a result. Eventually, Agatha exposes the scoundrel(s).

    I'm a fan of Agatha Raisin but can't recommend this book. I hope future entries in the series are better.

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  • Mary

    This book seems to have been written by someone else. Very disappointing.

  • Kerry

    Number #29 in the Agatha Raisin series, readers by now have to come to know and hopefully love Agatha and her sharp tongue. But where is the Agatha we all know and love?? Not in this book. In this book, she is feeling old and depressed and quite honestly scared for most of it. As with other books in this series, our regular cast of characters and a real sense of place keep the book from losing too much of its iconic feel. I just wish Agatha would stop feeling so mopey and get back to being steel

    Number #29 in the Agatha Raisin series, readers by now have to come to know and hopefully love Agatha and her sharp tongue. But where is the Agatha we all know and love?? Not in this book. In this book, she is feeling old and depressed and quite honestly scared for most of it. As with other books in this series, our regular cast of characters and a real sense of place keep the book from losing too much of its iconic feel. I just wish Agatha would stop feeling so mopey and get back to being steely eyed and sharp. Do I wish she wouldn't feel the need to be with a man all the time, yes of course! But then it wouldn't be Agatha Raisin, would it? The usual cliffhanger ending with the promise of a new relationship will keep me coming back for Number #30.

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