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Hiss and Hers: An Agatha Raisin Mystery (Agatha Raisin Mysteries) Hardcover – September 18, 2012

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Once again M C Beaton has concocted an amusing brew of mystery and romance that will keep her fans turning the pages Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Agatha Raisin won't let the guilty slither away!

Agatha Raisin is back and as feisty as ever--armed with her famous wit and biting sense of humor. This time, though, there's some biting of a whole other sort going on. She has fallen head over heels with George Marston, a local gardener who's become a lady magnet among the Cotswold village set. Shameless and determined, Agatha spares no expense to arrange a charity ball just to have a dance with him. Except things go terribly wrong--and George's failure to appear at the ball involves a sudden death and a poisonous snake. Now it's up to Agatha to investigate and find the truth about what happened. Along the way she discovers that George had quite a complicated love life. Agatha herself would have killed to have a chance with him…but did one of the Cotswold ladies actually do the deed?

"M. C. Beaton has a foolproof plot for the village mystery."--The New York Times Book Review

"One can't help but root for [Agatha] to solve the mystery and, at the same time, find a man who will love her truly and deeply just the way she is."--Criminal Element

"Few things in life are more satisfying than to discover a brand-new Agatha Raisin mystery."--Tampa Tribune Times

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Product Details

  • Series: Agatha Raisin Mysteries (Book 23)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (September 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780312616250
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312616250
  • ASIN: 0312616252
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #920,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

M.C. BEATON has won international acclaim for her bestselling Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin mysteries. She is also the author of over 100 romance titles and a series of romantic suspense, The Edwardian Mystery Series. M. C. Beaton lives in a Cotswold cottage with her husband.

Marion is active on Facebook using her most popular pen name, M.C. Beaton. You can find complete book lists, information on events, and sign up for news updates at her website, www.MCBeaton.com.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By S. Schwartz on December 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I used to love the Agatha Raisin series, but the last few books have been less than stellar. I don't like the way the plot quickly moves from thing to another with really no lead up. The first part of this book had a tight plot and was centred around an English country summer. The atmosphere was wonderful, hot, dry with a storm finally coming to break the tension. But the tension of the book itself didn't follow the weather scenario. Then in the last half of the book we jumped 9 months, then a year and then almost 2 years with no plot to sustain this swift passage of time. I realize that cozy mysteries work on their own timeline, but this one was ridiculous. I felt like I was running to catch up to what was happening to Aggie and her crew. And Aggie's neediness for a man is getting old and tired too. We didn't get to see much of the wonderful Mrs. Bloxby either, so that in itself is a disappointment. I would give this one a miss unless you're a die hard Agatha Raisin fan.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By SLG on December 19, 2012
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I have read every Agatha Raisin book. I would say the first 5 to 8 books in the series had a sometimes laugh out loud quality that they really don't have anymore. I still enjoy reading them but I miss the humor that was part of Agatha's quirky personality. Not that she had a sense of humor, but the way she reacted to situations was so funny. I recommended the series years ago to a friend who is an avid reader -- she said she was under the hairdryer at her salon laughing so hard people were staring.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By sinewavelife on December 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I've read all the books in this series and in the Hamish series. This is just sad. The plot is so incredibly bad -- killing people with snakes?? It seems to me that in the beginning of the series, Agatha could be very witty. Here she's just brittle. I hate giving up on an author, especially one I've enjoyed for so long; I don't think I'll read any more of them.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J & L Rigod on October 17, 2012
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Agatha is running after the gardener in this current, latest, 23rd or 24th novel of the "An Agatha Raisin Mystery" series. Those of us that know Agatha, sees a vulnerable woman that stands behind her sharp tongued sarcasm as a shield against the world. Agatha has been married twice and both were sad situations.

Agatha, tries everything in her personal arsenal to attack the gardener. Nothing seems to be working, George Marston seems to just not appreciate her. Taking a leave from her agency, Agatha throws an old fashioned ball for charity. George promises her the first dance, but is a no show. Agatha traces George to his home and finds him, but George is in no condition to explain as he is dead!

I found myself unhappy with the carping by the neighbors towards Agatha right at the beginning of the novel. However, if Agatha spoke to me as she does to her 'friends' I would be a former friend. Her obsession with men is growing old with me. In fact, I found it as a detraction from a rather good murder mystery.

I will read the next Hamish Macbeth book, but, I believe this will be my last 'purchased' Agatha Raisin. This makes me sad.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dianne Stewart on November 20, 2012
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I love M.C Beaton, but I am getting kind of tired of Agatha and her relentless pursuit of men, her make up, her high heels, her little bearlike eyes, I love the village, I love the minister's wife, in fact I am beginning to find Mrs. Bloxon the best character of all. I am a little bored with Agatha's jealousy of young women, come on, there is a big difference between mutton and lamb, get on with it Agatha! and the fact that the endings are always precictable, I can tell you long before the end who the murderer is going to be. Let's change things up a bit.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sandra L. Rangel on October 17, 2012
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I have read the entire series of Agatha Raisin and have enjoyed each one with different degrees of like/love. The latest chapter was the most disappointing. Reading the book, it almost seems to have been thrown together just to get it published. It certainly lacks the intelligent banter and hilarious predicaments found in some of the others. I don't want to say that the book bored me, but I found myself wanting to turn pages quicker wishing for something to happen. Story was way too predictable and Agatha just seems very tired. I am the same age as Aggie, so I always felt comfortable laughing at her aging issues. But, this book made me feel old and tired as well. I will certainly miss you, Ms. Raisin.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By PianoGuyFromSC on October 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My first touch of Beaton was the "Hamish Macbeth" series, which led me eventually to Agatha Raisin. I have read every book in both series. I tried Beaton's third mystery series but the first offering was so dismal that I persuaded myself not to bother with the rest.

She is not a good writer, but she is a capable plotter. She relies a lot on repetition of words, phrases, and descriptions, and to some degree, plots. PG Wodehouse could make that work; Beaton is not in that class. (I believe she mentioned Agatha's "bearlike" eyes three times in this book, starting on page 2.)

The characters never really develop from one book to the next. They simply appear, do their usual "turn" and then vanish again. Agatha (who in chronological terms would be at least in her mid-60s by now) is still described as a "50-ish" woman hungry for men and adventure, who never learns her lessons in relationships. Beaton has now populated the series with so many "Agatha assistants" that they are hard to keep track of, and one gets the feeling that she struggles to find something for everyone to do in each successive book.

I won't say anything particular about the plot, because you've heard it all before. I consider myself a former fan who is now more of a straggler, reading each new book out of habit. If you are new to the series, please start with the early books which were wittier and not covered with barnacles like the later ones. I'm just about ready to give up on Agatha. I'm sure Beaton will continue with them as long as the cash rolls in.
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