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Hiss and Hers: An Agatha Raisin Mystery Reviews

  • Mary Lou
    2018-12-11 05:44

    I'm a glutton for punishment. I continue to read each new Agatha Raisin novel when it comes out, and continue to be disappointed. No longer the fan of mysteries that I once was, I return to Carsely in the hopes that THIS time Agatha will wise up, but she never does. For awhile, desperation and bad choices were part of her "charm" but after 23 books it's just getting old and frustrating. Don't know if I can take another ride on this merry-go-round. But I've been saying that for the last 10 books or so. Surely in the next one....(By the way, is it just me, or are all the characters [with the exception of the long-suffering Mrs. Bloxby] a lot snippier than they used to be? Seems like Bill, Charles, et al used to soften Agatha's sharp edges -- now they seem to hone them.)

  • M.G.
    2018-12-15 03:36

    I have been a fan of Agatha Raisin's mysteries for about 5 years now. While I do have a special place for Agatha in my literary heart, I sadly find myself disappointed that the author does not give more depth and dimension to her characters.I also read her Hamish Macbeth mystery series and I have noticed for some time now that she forgets old characters traits or even if she had them killed in previous books. In this latest installment to Raisin's adventures I actually found myself exasperated at the sameness, lack of growth of her characters. Some of the beloved side kicks of Agatha like Sir Charles and police officer Bill Wong seem a bit mean in this new book.One of the previous love interests of Agatha makes a brief (and disappointing ) come back and once more the author has forgotten that last time he was in one of the story lines he had a baby who now is mysteriously missing in action.Not one of my favorites in the series, it seems I have reached the end of my infatuation with the Agatha Raisin's mysteries. The only consolation is that I did not purchase the book this time but chose to loan from my local library.

  • Yvonne
    2018-11-28 03:27

    I took a break from listening to the Agatha Raisin series, but I’m back again. I’m already up to #23 and it was a good one. I can’t help but laugh at Agatha’s antics. She’s a 50-something year old woman who acts like a teenager when it comes to men. Poor Agatha, she never seems to get her man.This time she finds herself interested in the gardener, George Marston. Agatha isn’t the only woman interested in him, but she’s the only one that discovers his body. His very dead body. Of course she becomes a suspect and investigates the murder herself. She discovers that George had quite a few admirers. Agatha is determined to prove one of them was the killer, not her.I listened to this on audio, as I listened to all the previous books on audio. They make for easy, fun listening. The murders aren’t complex. It’s more about the relationships and the characters for me. This series makes my commute to work very pleasant. I’m definitely ready for the next one.

  • Shirley Schwartz
    2018-12-11 01:47

    I've gone off Aggie lately. 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.

  • Cyndi
    2018-12-12 05:45

    "Snakes and Bastards!" Are Agatha's favorite cuss words, in this book she comes across a lot of both.

  • Ellie Wenck
    2018-12-02 03:43

    Agatha Raisin has fallen in love, again, this time with the local gardener.  Agatha is planning her conquest with George, but then, as (bad) luck would have it, George winds up dead.  Murdered.  To hide her feelings of rejection (as it seems that George had it off with quite a few of the female villagers) and sorrow (more so in the fact that she wasn't able to have a fling with George), she goes into investigating mode to find who killed George.  It seems that there are quite a few suspects.  This in itself is one of the downfalls of the book.  While it made it a little more interesting having a few suspects to choose from, because Agatha and her team interviewed so many people, it was hard to keep track of the stories of each of the potential murderers.  Throughout the book, there was selective attention on a few of the suspects, but this had more to do with Agatha's jealousy and less to do with the fact that she felt they were particularly guilty of something.   Agatha's interactions with her colleagues (in particular Toni and Simon) seemed a little strained in this book as if they had grown tired of working with one another, or perhaps it is the fact that they no longer have time for Agatha and her patronising and self-centered attitude.  Past-me would think this an unfair statement to make of Agatha, as she is the way she is because of her past.  Her childhood was rough, her first husband was a drunk (and most likely abusive), and she has little to no self-worth, 'her belief in herself, never very strong, took a plunge.' While I sympathise with Agatha, I find that she does little to try and improve herself.Agatha has no time for fools, this she makes abundantly clear in her unprofessional conversations with people she interviews throughout Hiss and Hers.  She often craves attention but from people who will never give her what she wants (Charles is a repeat example of this).  I feel as if purposely pushes people away, obviously in fear of being hurt or rejected, but is not willing to live the life of a recluse.  She is head-strong but often feels expresses the overwhelming urge to pack it all in, wishing she could live the simple life.  This kind of life, however, would not suit Agatha (and she knows it) but she spends lots of time wanting what she can't have.  Perhaps this is because Agatha has never really felt completely confident in knowing what it is she actually wants.  Or needs.

  • Larraine
    2018-11-19 02:29

    I think it may be time to cross Agatha Raisin off my list. I’ve read everyone of the MC Beaton books featuring this character. However, the last two or 3 have made me wonder why. Reviewers call her “endearing.” Maybe. She’s also annoying. Plus, there’s less mystery and more stumbling around which was not true in her initial stories. Perhaps this is meant to be funny. Or it could be that my reading tastes are changing. In this edition, Agatha is pining away after the retired Army officer now gardener who has recently moved to the village. She walks around in uncomfortable stiletto heels and too much makeup, hoping that George will notice her. However, he avoids her attempts at flirtation. It’s obvious to everyone who knows her that she finds herself in “love” yet again. However, before anything can happen, George is found dead. Someone has killed him in a particularly nasty way. George’s sister employes her to find her brother’s killer. However, that doesn’t work out very well either. I don’t know. Maybe it’s just me. However, instead of laughing, I just found Agatha really really annoying.

  • An Odd1
    2018-11-27 06:45

    Her favorite curse is especially pertinent "Snakes and bastards!" p9, p182, et nauseum. Private detective Agatha Raisin avoids poisonous local adder bites. But her latest crush, sleep-around gardener-carpenter odd jobber George Marston, rejects the wrong female. All her men friends pitch in: young local cop Bill Wong, composed Sir Charles Fraith, cold ex-hubbie James Lacey, detective agency employees elderly Phil and ambitious heir Simon Black, former PR-hungry employee Roy Silver, in "emerald green leather shorts and a green open-necked shirt with ballooning sleeves .. distressingly thin legs ending in green leather ankle boots .. fake-bake tan .. hair .. highlighted with green and blond stripes" p65, but the latter two swoon over charming psychopathic actress Jessica Fordyce despite her gay hanger-on Rex Dangerfield. Agatha barely escapes when a lookalike visitor is fatally stabbed dozing in her back yard. If not for resourceful persistent Toni, Simon would be another victim.Agatha can be annoying and unlikable, but here she rescues a lost child, demonstrates more intelligence than foolishness. The suspects are every woman he slept with, alibis are prolific, but one is false. The complicated plot takes a long time to unravel, and Bill riles Agatha and Charles by endangering their safety to catch the culprit "We'll be back later when you are feeling yourself again." and Charles retorts with adult-phrased anger. "I don't go in for masturbation" p287. Ending combines realism of no more "double jeopardy" p288, suicide and enduring positive fame for criminal. (view spoiler)[Rex helped handle snakes, but Jessica, motivated by jealousy and rejection, was the prime mover, learned fatal knife placement from a doctor supposedly for a part. (hide spoiler)].

  • Erik Deckers
    2018-12-08 09:32

    I like M.C. Beaton, but Agatha Raisin and her supporting cast have almost become caricature stereotypes of themselves. Some days I feel like her books are formulaic -- Agatha will lust after a man, her friends will try to talk her out of it, she'll screw it up, and will spend the rest of the book trying to get over it, failing to learn her lesson yet again. Oh, and she'll solve a murder for the police, who think she's an interfering old bat, despite the fact that she's solved over two dozen or murders for them already.And yet, I keep reading the damn things. The murders are interesting, the stories are compelling, and she always manages to come out okay in the end. I could just do without the soap operatic never-ending story of Agatha's love life.

  • Pam Baddeley
    2018-12-14 05:50

    The 23rd in the Agatha Raisin series. From the six I've read so far (numbers 2, 6, 12, 17, 22 and this one), the quality has gone downhill. This story is set mostly in her village yet there is no real evocation of a Cotswolds setting. At one point, it is remarked that Agatha's village has a lot of thatched roofs and yet if I recall correctly - and this article seems to back me up Tiled roofs in the Cotswolds, although thatching was once common in the area, there was a move over time to tile the roofs with stone slates instead. Also, apart from Agatha's cats which get a lot of mentions, mainly to stress how affectionate they are to other people but not her, there are very few animals included, strange when writing about an area which surely has some sheep and other farming left, and at least has a lot of dogs. I've also come across the odd jarring American term in these books such as 'closet' for cupboard and 'thrift store' instead of charity shop, so given all these points, I have wondered if the author is at all acquainted with the area.Anyway, at the end of book 22 which I read and rated lower than most, a handsome ex-army man moves into the village and sets up as a gardener/handyman. Agatha immediately falls for him to the ridiculous degree that when he completes the gardening work and is due only to come back for maintenance visits, she takes a sledgehammer to her shelving so that she can ask him back to do some carpentry! Totally ridiculous. At the start of this book, she is dressing up and wearing high heels in a pathetic attempt to attract him - and it turns out to be a wasted effort because he appears to go for the more rundown specimens of middle aged womanhood in the neighbourhood. All too soon, he winds up murdered rather horribly and there then ensues a protracted search for the killer, with the police as usual getting it wrong and this time arresting the wrong people. And near the end of the book, her old friend Bill Wong of the police force does something absolutely unbelievable (view spoiler)[that is, maintain observation of two people who might have been poisoned so that he can catch the murderer in the act, rather than rush them to hospital (hide spoiler)] in order to obtain a conviction.These books come across as remarkably formulaic. A murder or murders occur, Agatha 'howls' and spends time mooning over men in an adolescent fashion, there's a lot about what women are wearing and what people eat in restaurants as they rarely eat at home, there is a lot of repetitious traipsing about interviewing people who often take a disliking to Agatha, and one or two attempts are made on her life and she has various gentlemen friends to stay. No real development of character occurs and it's not easy to remember who all the various suspects are supposed to be. And if there is a very attractive woman she is nearly always, apart from Toni who works for Agatha, a thoroughly nasty piece of work in some fashion.I won't be reading any more of them.

  • Gerry
    2018-11-20 05:53

    I've always been an Agatha Raisin fan but my liking for her has reached new heights and that after just two paragraphs of 'Hiss and Hers'.She is a lady who is prone to falling in love quite often (an understatement) but she undoubtedly demonstrates the meaning of true love when she falls head over heels for the Carsely gardener and odd-job man, George Marston. Marston had worked on her garden to such an extent that it had reached perfection, so to ensure that she could keep him in close contact she needed to find other work for him. Therefore, she smashed up her perfectly good bookshelves in order to attain her desire. Well, if that doesn't demonstrate true (or perhaps stupid) love, I don't know what does.Anyway unfortunately for Agatha, Marston gets killed in true Carsely fashion and when she begins to try to find out who has done the foul deed, Agatha gets a shock. She discovers that he was a serial philanderer and that she wasn't his only lady love. Initially she doesn't believe it but on further investigation it becomes perfectly clear that it is so.But this doesn't deter Agatha from continuing to investigate the crime, despite, as always, the local police insisting that she keep her nose out of it. Her usual array of friends, Charles Fraith, Mrs Bloxby et al, pop in and out of the action and help or hinder the investigation as only they can.The number of suspects are plentiful and Agatha and her trusty assistants at her detective agency follow up all leads, in conjunction, or otherwise, with the police. And, in the end, despite Agatha at one point thinking it was to be one of her failures, all is revealed and order is restored with Agatha twitching about her next love affair.Let's have some more to see what she gets up to next!

  • Rebecca
    2018-12-06 02:45

    This was a first reads giveaway. As I enjoy mysteries I was looking forward to reading it. I had a problem getting started but knowing this is one of a series figured I should just persevere. The central character, Agatha Raisin is described as "beloved, bossy, and brilliant" by the publisher. I found her rude, self-centered, not bright at all and certainly not likeable. There are few likeable people in the book. In fact the author seems to focus on everyone's negative qualities. The writing is full of dialogue (almost like reading a play) with little description of place or people (except what the women wear). The plot (a gardener and target of Agatha's affections is murdered) moves slowly and seems disjointed. I realize this author has many devoted fans and when I learned I had won this book, I had hoped to become one of them. Before I give up I think I may try to get a copy of the first in the series and see if that gives me a different outlook.

  • Susan
    2018-11-26 05:41

    I will continue to read the Agatha Raisin series by M.C. Beaton, although this one dragged on. Agatha and her late-middle age fixation on men and sex appeal is tiresome. What I like most about this series is that it is all so unbelievable that it provides a great escape from the gut-clenching emotion of a thriller or dark mystery. I read this in tandem with "The End of Your Life Book Club" so it provided a pleasant counter-point to the far more serious non-fiction book. Beaton's books are good for that. The reader doesn't have to concentrate and is entertained in the process.

  • Lauren
    2018-11-18 06:28

    Quite possibly my favorite Agatha Raisin, but for unexpected reasons. The mystery is fine and definitely interesting, but Agatha shows a fair amount of growth and it's the first mystery where I wasn't bored to death by Toni. One might go so far as to say this is a feminist cozy mystery. Or very close to it. Regardless, I love every bit of it.

  • Kathryn
    2018-11-28 06:49

    I just love M.C. Beaton's books! This is a fun mystery and a quick read. Fans of M.C. Beaton will love this book.

  • Kim
    2018-12-08 07:50

    In the 23rd AR agatha is once more in love - this time with a gardening lethario called George Marston. After George is found murdered (head in plastic bag that had been filled with snakes) Agatha is hired by his sister to catch his murderer. In the process Agatha discovers that where she failed with George every other woman in Carsley succeeded (which doesn't help Agatha's self confidence issues) and centres around a few choice characters and an actress in a long running hospital soap who has moved into the village. The usual characters are in play and it follows the usual pattern of Agatha and the others blundering about until they stumble on the truth. I felt there was some originality in this plot and it was made more interesting by a few red herrings along the way. The biggest criticismsI have are that none of the main characters are being developed in any way, not even Agatha, and we are only ever given the most basic information about them. My other big issue is with the style of writing. I find that information is thrown at the reader in a disjointed way. There doesn't seem to be any natural flow which makes for staccato reading. Convenient facts thrown out with just a few linking sentences. I think the books would improve with a few more pages and more depth and detail.

  • Donald
    2018-12-10 03:36

    The plot is fairly standard for Agatha Raisin, hopelessly lusting after a new villager, couple of murders, police/villagers regarding her as useless.You'd hope after 23 books (or novellas really they rarely get past 200 pages!) there's be some character growth, but no.Even worse than the stagnating plot is the fact M.C. Beaton can't even be bothered to keep up with her own characters. A previous love interest briefly pops up, minus the baby he had, and his wife but at least she's explained away as dead.Agatha's sleek new Mercedes has transformed into a tiny SMARTcar, famously a small 2 seater city car. Yet towards the end of this rubbish, Agatha and her fellow detective are bundled into the back seat! That's right, the back seat that a SMARTcar DOESN'T ACTUALLY HAVE!!Did the aging M.C. Beaten even write this? It's so formulaic and riddled with errors/inconsistencies that I'm starting to doubt it.

  • Sharon
    2018-11-30 04:30

    These books are really novellas with their big margins and big print. Agatha once again is man hungry and envious of other women. This plot centered around the village gardener who spurns Agatha in favor of older and less attractive women. He winds up dead and it's up to Aggie and company to find out who did it. Charles, Roy Silver and James make appearances as well as the ever tolerant Mrs. Bloxby and Bill Wong. The reader was spared the ill fated romances of Bill Wong and his mother in this installment. I think I read these more about habit. The plot line with the adders was a little more absurd than usual. I am finding Agatha's competitiveness and jealousy with Toni a little tiresome. Overall this was predictable but fairly enjoyable outing with Mrs. Raisin.

  • Becky
    2018-12-16 07:30

    Oh gotta love her and feel sorry for her all in the same breath! Once again she is "in love" or should I say lust? This time it is the town gardener and he is tending to more than the ladies roses! Then he turns up dead (somebody has to die....Agatha needs a case to solve). M C Beaton's sense of humor comes out now and again and I found myself laughing out loud at some of the retorts and actions of her characters. And dear, unlovable Agatha.....she is like most of us...she doesn't see herself at all as others do. She can"t hold her tongue or her man, she is self deprecating yet egotistical, happy yet sad, shallow yet deep.....and the list goes on. A fun, fast read......I have yet to be disappointed by one of M C Beaton"s books.

  • Betsy
    2018-11-28 09:29

    I have read many books of this series. They all read the same and nothing is ever really different. It is time for Agatha to get in a real relationship again and for the other characters to grow up. Also, the writer does forget her story lines from her other books. Wow, that is not being a very good writer. Maybe the writer is tired of this series also. It's time to make some changes in this series. Make it funnier and less negative. Let Agatha catch a man again and let him help her solve some murders. This series needs some new life.

  • Robin
    2018-12-10 05:47

    This book was okay, not as funny as the other Agatha Raisin books. It seems now that M. C. Beaton is just using formulaic tenets to get her books published. Although I have read most of her other books, this one felt not as descriptive as her usual mysteries. Maybe she is stretching herself thin by taking on her Regency series, and Hamish Macbeth and now another set of books. I did like it though.

  • Carolyn Cooper
    2018-12-18 02:37

    I had never heard of this author before winning a complimentary copy from Goodreads First Reads. I might have enjoyed it more if I had read earlier books and knew the backgrounds of the main characters better. But I have no plans as of now to do that because there are too many other books on my to-read list. My expectations for mystery novels were set long ago by Dorothy Gilman in her Mrs. Pollifax novels. None have beat her yet.

  • Glenda
    2018-12-04 07:32

    When I really warm up to a cozy series, I look forward to catching up with the main characters in each installment -- almost like seeing the neighbor's vacation photos. Hypersensitive Agatha Raisin drinks and smokes her way through the story with graceless swagger. Her neighbors in the village avoid her and one just has to consider whether they may be on to something.

  • Peggy
    2018-11-26 09:49

    Same old, same old. Agatha still has the same personality problems and has become involved in yet another murder - of the good-looking single man newly moved into the village. Yet it's very hard not to like Agatha - she's insecure, in spite of having some very good friends and of being financially quite well off - and all she really wants is someone to love her.

  • Janet
    2018-11-25 05:28

    Although I immediately lost track of all of George’s conquests within the first few pages, I still was able to follow along enough to understand the ending. My only caveat was the actions of Bill Wong toward the end. I found it hard to believe he would use Agatha and Charles the way he did.

  • librarian90
    2018-12-10 07:41

    I was hoping for something a little less predictable than the others in the series and was disappointed. A quick, light read is great but this book was just too predictable after reading the other "Agatha Raisin" mysteries.

  • Jackielemon
    2018-11-28 01:40

    Simply awful. I only gave it two stars because I usually like Agatha Raisin, but this was miserable. Narration was all a complete jumble. I like the Hammish Macbeth series more because he is a much more likeable character. I just hope M.C. Beaton isn't going the way of Lilian Jackson Braun

  • Kate
    2018-12-14 06:36

    This really wasn't my favorite of the Agatha Raisin series. I usually can't put them down but I actually found myself flipping through to the end at the last chapter almost just to get it over with. Love Agatha butI'm starting to fall out of love with her mystery solving pals.

  • Chris
    2018-12-09 05:41

    I think this is a fun, well-written book. I think I am just becoming disenchanted with the main character and her lack of development. Since the first couple of books she has stagnated! She is still funny and silly, but keeps making the same mistakes over and over.

  • Leslie
    2018-12-15 09:47

    I'm developing a taste for these cosy mysteries. ONe can read them with ease while simultaneously cooking, weeding or admonishing small children. They are rather cute and never offend but not so saccharin as to disturb my curmudgeonly sensibilities.