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  • M.C. Beaton

    After a lifetime spent in public relations, the drinking and smoking one-woman dynamo that is Agatha Raisin struggles to adapt to life in a quiet Cotswold village. Penelope Keith stars again as Agatha Raisin – Miss Marple with attitude – in these two full-cast dramas based on the bestselling books by M.C. Beaton. In The Terrible Tourist, now that their marriage plans have collapsed, Agatha is furious to find that James is taking a holiday on the island where they were to have their honeymoon. But when she sets out in pursuit of him, she stumbles upon another murder. In The Fairies of Fryfam, having been hurt by James once too often, Agatha takes a trip to the Cornish village of...read more

  • M.C. Beaton

    After a lifetime spent in public relations, the drinking and smoking one-woman dynamo that is Agatha Raisin struggles to adapt to life in a quiet Cotswold village. Penelope Keith stars as Agatha Raisin, Miss Marple with attitude, in two full-cast dramas based on the best-selling books by M. C. Beaton. In The Quiche of Death, Agatha Raisin determines to make her mark by winning the local baking competition. When the judge is poisoned by her efforts, she investigates and uncovers a web of extra-marital sex and pastry-based favours. In The Vicious Vet, a handsome vet is found stabbed with a syringe full of tranquiliser. Was it an accident or did someone put him to sleep? Agatha sets off on...read more

  • M.C. Beaton

    After a lifetime spent in public relations, one-woman dynamo Agatha Raisin struggles to adapt to life in a quiet country village – but she soon finds that there is murder and mayhem aplenty to keep her busy. Agatha Raisin – sharp, witty, hugely intelligent, unfailingly entertaining, delightfully intolerant and oh so magnificently non-pc – Anne Robinson If there is one thing better than watching Penelope Keith, it is listening to her - The Times Among the cases she has to deal with are a poisoned quiche; a vet who has been ‘put to sleep’; a hanged horticulturist; a murdered rambler and a curate who meets his Maker somewhat sooner than expected. Then there’s the...read more

  • M.C. Beaton

    The Columbo of the Cotswolds is on the case again in these two BBC Radio dramas. In The Curious Curate, when the village curate is found murdered, retired PR guru Agatha Raisin vows to bring his killer to justice - particularly if the investigation also brings her closer to her handsome next-door neighbour, Colonel Lacey. And in The Buried Treasure, when Agatha embarks on a plan to give up smoking, little does she know that it will lead to a treasure hunt, humiliation and a rather nasty...read more

  • M. C. Beaton

    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? It is up to Agatha, still nursing a bruised heart from her broken engagement, to investigate the councilors, solve the crime-and promote the water company in the face of all this...read more

  • M.C. Beaton

    Agatha Raisin - the Columbo of the Cotswolds - is back in two more full-cast dramas based on the bestselling books by M.C. Beaton. In Agatha Raisin and The Potted Gardener, when a garden festival is announced, the village of Carsely is gripped with enthusiasm for water features and mulch. But when her arch rival at the festival is found hanging from her conservatory roof, Agatha is determined to dig deep and root out the wrongdoer. In Agatha Raisin and The Walkers of Dembley, Agatha is keen to get closer to James Lacey, so joins his walking group. Agatha and James are then hired to investigate the murder of a militant rambler. They go undercover as a married couple - but it's a marriage...read more

  • Peter Spence

    This collection was first published on LP in the 1980s. When Audrey fforbes-Hamilton's husband dies, and she is forced to leave Grantleigh Manor, she takes up residence at the nearby Lodge - from where she can keep a watchful eye on the Manor's new owner, Richard DeVere! Featuring the cast of the TV series, including Penelope Keith as Audrey fforbes-Hamilton, Peter Bowles as Richard DeVere and Angela Thorne as Marjory Frobisher. Vintage Beeb: classic albums first available as BBC LPs, now available to download for the first time ever. Warning: due to the archive nature of the source material, the sound quality may...read more

  • M. C. Beaton

    The Wizard of Evesham Agatha is alarmed when her new wizard of a hairdresser seems keen to take on more than just her split ends. She soon discovers that everyone in his salon has a secret and that he practices a very dark magic indeed. The Moment of Truth Agatha must quickly discover the identity of the prisoner, but James is refusing to help. Has he really ceased to care for her? The Murderous Marriage 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. The Disappearing Trick With her marriage dreams in tatters, Agatha has the small task of returning the wedding presents,...read more

  • John Esmonde

    Meet Surbiton’s most famous residents; Tom, Barbara, Margo and Jerry. It is Tom Good's 40th birthday and he feels thoroughly unfulfilled. If only he can discover what 'It' is, and if he can, will his wife Barbara agree to do 'It' with him? The subsequent and sudden transformation of the Goods’ home into a smallholding causes consternation for Margo and Jerry next door, and they decide it’s their duty to interfere... So begins The Good Life, the much loved classic sitcom starring Richard Briers, Felicity Kendal, Paul Eddington and Penelope Keith. The escapades of the mismatched next-door neighbours whose friendship is constantly being tested to the limits are collected here...read more

  • M. C. Beaton

    The picturesque Cotwsold village of Winter Parva has decided to warm the post-Christmas season by roasting a pig in the town square. Agatha, always one for a good roasting, organizes an outing to enjoy the merriment. But as the rotary spit is placed over a bed of fiery charcoals and the pig is carried toward its final resting place, Agatha realizes that things are not as they seem ... "Stop!" she screams suddenly. The "pig," in fact, is Gary Beech, a policeman not exactly beloved by the good people of the village. Although Agatha has every intention of leaving matters to the police, everything changes when Gary's ex-wife hires Agatha's detective agency to investigate-and then is murdered...read more

  • M. C. Beaton

    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...read more

  • M. C. Beaton

    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...read more

  • M. C. Beaton

    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. Alas, Agatha's perfect product is soon exposed-as not only store-bought but poisoned. The contest judge succumbs after eating it, and with him go Agatha's reputation and her chances of rural bliss-unless she can expose the...read more

  • M. C. Beaton

    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. Was it one of Mr. John's many lady clients, all of whom divulged to him their darkest secrets? It's time for Agatha to get to the root of this hair-raising...read more

  • M. C. Beaton

    Amateur sleuth Agatha Raisin is going through aman-hating phase after being left by her husband, is bored with totteringaround Carsley, and wishes men would just sod off, so she is unmoved by news ofa captivating new curate. But when she meets the golden-haired, blue-eyedTristan Delon, she is swept off her feet-along with every other female in thevillage. She is positively ecstatic when he invites her to dine with him, butthe next day Agatha is left with a hangover from hell-and the curate is founddead. Carsley is whisked from time-warp monotony to a hotbed of murder andintrigue, and Agatha Raisin is back on track. As the corpses multiply,ever-obstinate Agatha trails clues from Lilac Lane...read more

  • M. C. Beaton

    Crankier than ever, Agatha Raisin wants to forget that her husband left her to enter a monastery-a turn of affairs more humiliating than when she caught him with a mistress. She feels abandoned, fat, frumpy, and absolutely furious. What are her options? She takes an island vacation and joins a Pilates class. But what finally lifts her spirits is finding a corpse. The dead girl was a member of Agatha's exercise class, afloat in a rain-swollen river, dressed in a bridal gown, and clutching a wedding bouquet. Agatha's policeman friend Bill Wong suggests she leave this macabre murder to the Worcester CID. Pah! What do they know? Once she enlists the aid of the bachelor mystery writer next...read more

  • M. C. Beaton

    Reports of a haunted house soon have amateur sleuth Agatha Raisin snooping around, only to discover the victim of the haunting is a universally disliked old biddy on whom someone is playing a practical joke. But then the old lady is murdered and, for Agatha, solving a crime is much more fun than ghostbusting. Very soon she's up to her usual tricks, involving the villagers, local police and, naturally, her handsome new...read more

  • M. C. Beaton

    Recently married to James Lacey, the witty andfractious Agatha Raisin quickly finds that marriage, and love, are not all theyare cracked up to be. Rather than basking in marital bliss, the newlyweds areliving in separate cottages and accusing each other of infidelity. After aparticularly raucous fight in the local pub, James suddenly vanishes-abloodstain the only clue to his fate-and Agatha is the prime suspect. Determined to clear her name and find her husband,Agatha begins her investigation. But her sleuthing is thwarted when James'suspected mistress, Melissa, is found murdered. Joined by her old friend SirCharles, Agatha digs into Melissa's past and uncovers two ex-husbands, an...read more

  • M. C. Beaton

    When a fortune teller from a previous case informs Agatha Raisin that her destiny-and true love-lies in Norfolk, she promptly rents a cottage in the quaint village of Fryfam. No sooner does she arrive than strange things start happening. Random objects go missing from people's homes and odd little lights are seen dancing in the villagers' gardens and yards. Stories soon begin circulating about the presence of fairies. But when a prominent village resident is found murdered, and some suspicion falls on her and her friend Sir Charles Fraith, Agatha decides she's had enough of this fairy nonsense and steps up her sleuthing for a human killer. The prickly yet endearing Agatha will have fans...read more

  • M. C. Beaton

    Agatha Raisin, retired PR supremo, has been spurned at the altar 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...read more