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Agatha Raisin Books In Order

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Publication Order of Agatha Raisin Books

The Quiche of Death (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Vicious Vet (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Potted Gardener (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Walkers of Dembley (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Murderous Marriage (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Terrible Tourist (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Wellspring of Death (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Wizard of Evesham (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Witch of Wyckhadden (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Fairies of Fryfam (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Love from Hell (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Day the Floods Came (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Case of the Curious Curate (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Haunted House (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Deadly Dance (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Perfect Paragon (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Love, Lies and Liquor (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kissing Christmas Goodbye (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Spoonful of Poison (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
There Goes the Bride (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Busy Body (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
As The Pig Turns (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hiss and Hers (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Christmas Crumble (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Something Borrowed, Someone Dead (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Blood of an Englishman (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Agatha's First Case (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dishing the Dirt (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pushing up Daisies (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Witches' Tree (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dead Ringer (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Beating about the Bush (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hot to Trot (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Down the Hatch (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Agatha’s First Case is a prequel novella in the series.

Publication Order of Agatha Raisin Non-Fiction Books

The Agatha Raisin Companion (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Agatha Raisin is a well known fictional character from the mystery novel series, Agatha Raisin written by the famous author Marion Chesney under the pseudonym M.C. Beaton. The series consists of a total of 25 mystery novels published between the years 1992 and 2014. The series depicts the character of Agatha Raisin as a fictional detective, who strives hard to solve the mysteries around her.

The mystery novel series was published by the ‘Constable & Robinson’ publishing house in U.K and by St. Martins Press in U.S.A. Agatha Raisin has been described by the author as a frustrated and endearing public relations agent, who is middle-aged and used to live in London. She has moved to Carsely in the Cotswolds by selling her public relations firm situated in Mayfair and taking an early retirement.

In the earlier books of the series, Agatha Raisin has been depicted as solving murder cases in the city. However, she goes on to set up her own detective agency in the 15th book of the series. Despite her hard work and dedication towards solving the murder cases in the city, some of the police officials, as well as a few of her acquaintances do not tend to believe her. They insist that she is able to solve the criminal activities through her luck and by chance.

Agatha is introduced in the first book of the series, Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death, as a 53 year old woman. In this book, her life before becoming a detective is described by the author. Her success in solving the murder cases goes on increasing as the series progresses. Agatha was born to Margaret and Joseph Styles as Agatha Styles in a slum in Birmingham. Her parents were unemployed and used to be drunk all the time.

They used to survive on shoplifting and occasional benefits. Agatha had got the chance of going on a rare family holiday, one that she was not able to forget all through her life. She had spent a glorious week along with her parents in the beauty of the countryside and since then, she never got the chance of going on a similar holiday again. In the beginning, Agatha began working in a biscuit factory. She used to save her wages from the factory in order to collect enough money in order to move to London.

After a few years of hard work, she became successful in doing so. There, she joined an evening secretarial course and began working as a secretary in a public relations firm. Agatha once again began saving her wages for starting her own firm. After gaining enough experience in the public relations work, she was able to start her own firm. Later, she starts her detective agency, Raisin Investigations after moving to Carsely. The agency is situated close to the police headquarters in the town of Mircester.

In Carsely, Agatha got her first case after participating in a quiche competition. She had entered the competition by bringing a spinach quiche from London and showing it to be her own. She becomes furious at not winning the competition, but lands in a greater trouble when the judge of the competition dies after eating her quiche. Agatha becomes even more frustrated and sets out herself with the vow of finding the real poisoner and clearing her name from the murder case.

The first novel of the Agatha Raisin mystery series was published in the year 1992 under the title ‘Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death’. The novel was published by the St. Martins Press in America. The plot of the novel revolves around the lives of the main characters, Agatha Raisin, James Lacey, Bill Wong and Roy Silver. The setting of the plot of the novel is done in Cotswolds, England, U. K.

In the opening sequence of the novel, Agatha Raisin is introduced as a successful businesswoman from London. She owns a public relations firm, but decides to move to Carsely by selling her firm. She even sells her apartment in London with the hope of starting a new life in the town of Carsely.

After moving the new place, she finds that the people of the Carsely are too quiet and so she is not able to make friendship with the local residents of the town. Agatha gets a chance to socialize by entering into a quiche competition, even though she is unaware about the process of making a quiche.

However, she brings a ready-made quiche from London and enters into the competition with the hope of winning it. However, the judge of the competition dies after taking a bite of her quiche and she finds herself in trouble by becoming the prime suspect in the murder. She decides to find the real killer and prove herself innocent. The second novel of the series was published in the year 1993 by the St. Martins Press. The novel was titled ‘The Vicious Vet’.

The plot of the novel is set in Cotswolds, England, United Kingdom and deals with a perfect crime in the town. In the opening plot of the novel, Agatha Raisin is described as trying to adjust to the new village life. However, she is greatly unsuccessful in doing so as she is addicted to the city life of London. In the town of Carsely, the only time for an outing in the evening is the Ladies Society meeting.

In the beginning, Agatha gets attracted towards James Lacey, who is a retired military man and lives in her neighborhood. She fails to impress him and tries her hand at attracting the vet of the town, whom she finds both good-looking and smart. She asks her tabby Hodge to visit the vet regularly in order acquire some information about him. However, the vet is soon found dead near a high-strung horse.

Although the police think of the death of the vet as a freak accident, Agatha believes that he has been murdered. She convinces James Lacey to join her as an amateur detective in order to get over his boring life. He also thinks that the opportunity to work with Agatha as a detective might be a fun experience. However, Agatha is unaware of the grave danger that lies ahead. She is about to become a victim of the killer because of her attempts to solve the case.

Hence, she is required to catch the killer as soon as possible before the killer makes her his next victim. The character of Agatha Raisin has been portrayed by the actress Penelope Keith on the BBC Radio 4 and also by Ashley Jensen in the television film of the same name as the first novel of the series.

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9 Responses to “Agatha Raisin”

  1. Karen Dunbar: 3 months ago

    Love all the stories, when can we expect the 2022 release of Agatha Raisin in the US?

  2. Marinka Tevich: 7 months ago

    Don’t like the new writer of Agatha Raison. He is not a woman and will not give us the woman’s tough that M C Beaton did.

    • Jim Gracie: 4 months ago

      Marion Chesney Beaton started writing Hot to Trot, but couldn’t finish it due to failing health. Rod Green (a Scot, like Marion) had discussions with her about plot, characters and resolution before he finished it. He gave her the final typescript to read two weeks before she died, and she gave it her full approval. So I don’t think that Marion would agree with you if she were still alive.

      He has just written a second Agatha Raison book (‘Down the Hatch’) and is now working on a Hamish Macbeth book.

    • Rubi: 1 month ago

      I read all Agatha raisin series as well as hamish macbeth and I love the style of the new writer.

  3. MARY REDFORD: 12 months ago

    Thank you so much for your description of the Agatha Raison books,I have just found your helpful suggestions, can you if possible, recommend audio books, I cannot hold books for very long, thank you very much, keep safe, happy reading, Mary.

    • Kathryn: 8 months ago

      I was introduced to ‘Agatha’ via CHIRP, a free audio book subscription, and the older books have been very inexpensive and thoroughly enjoyable!

    • TRACY CAINES: 4 months ago

      I’m currently listening to Agatha Raisin on Utube free. Read by Penelope Keith.

      • Amaya: 1 month ago

        YouTube is my source for listening to the Agatha Raisin novels. I listen to the narration as I fall asleep at night. It’s the best part of the day- I feel like everything in the world is wonderful!

  4. agatha: 2 years ago

    Really heartbroken right now. I just discovered that MC Beaton has passed away. I guess we’ll never know Agatha’s happy ever after…


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