Saturday, March 16, 2013

Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage by M.C. Beaton
Read by Donada Peters

Donada Peters deftly portrays the contrast between the gruff exterior and the softer inner monologues of retired public relations guru, Agatha Raisin, who now presides in a cottage in the Cotswolds. On the day of her long awaited wedding to her handsome neighbor, James Lacey, Agatha’s husband, Jimmy Raisin, whom she left and never divorced drops in to protest. When he’s found dead in a ditch, Agatha and James are prime suspects. The narrator draws the listener in by expertly relaying the exasperation of James and the hopefulness of Agatha as they rush to clear their names. The more they investigate, the higher the body count becomes. The diverse cast of these quirky villagers requires a range of voices and accents which is beautifully achieved by Peters’ steady performance.

Random House Audio, 5 hrs. Unabridged, 2000

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