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Hiss and Hers: An Agatha Raisin Mystery (Agatha Raisin #23)

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If only the bossy, beloved Agatha Raisin were as lucky at finding the right man as she is at catching killers in M. C. Beaton's New York Times bestselling mystery series

Celebrating the twentieth anniversary of everyone's favorite sleuth, M. C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin is as feisty as ever-armed with her famous wit and biting sense of humor. This time, though, there's some bi
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ebook, 304 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by Minotaur Books (first published 2012)
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Mary Lou
Sep 22, 2012 Mary Lou rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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 ...more
Morajah
Oct 04, 2012 Morajah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 a
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Shirley Schwartz
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 ...more
Larraine
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 gard ...more
An Odd1
Jan 07, 2015 An Odd1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fun
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 g
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Gerry
Aug 27, 2015 Gerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Pam Baddeley
Jul 12, 2016 Pam Baddeley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Anna Lee
Apr 22, 2016 Anna Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is with much sadness that I read Hiss or Hers. Not because the book was terrible (it wasn't!) but because this was the last book in this series that remained unread to me. Over the last couple of years I've devoured the Agatha Raisin mysteries and I've now read every book and I will be alike to many devoted readers, and awaiting the next release.

I love Agatha Raisin. She's tough, she has spunk and she's fierce. But she also has a good heart and underneath it all is also a romantic. She always
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Erik Deckers
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 m ...more
Rebecca
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 ...more
Kathryn
Jul 12, 2012 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
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
Jun 18, 2014 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 m ...more
Donald
Mar 28, 2013 Donald rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thriller
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
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Lauren
Dec 20, 2015 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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.
Sharon
Oct 04, 2012 Sharon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 in ...more
Becky
Feb 14, 2013 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Oh Agatha......you 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' ...more
Glenda
May 07, 2015 Glenda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Maelyn
Oct 14, 2014 Maelyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Cute. Easy listen while doing chores. Had not read any previous Raisin mysteries, might just have to be the only one.
Susan
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 f ...more
Betsy
Sep 30, 2012 Betsy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 m ...more
The Flooze
May 05, 2016 The Flooze rated it really liked it
A much improved installment, despite my ire at a horrendous continuity error.

When the last book ended with Agatha chasing after some man, I wondered how soon it would be before he either turned up dead or showed himself to be villainous.

I was not disappointed.

What follows is a relatively straightforward murder mystery centering on Carsley. Lots of interviewing the village housewives and their bullying husbands. Heaps of abuse thrown Agatha's way as she's blamed for other people's evils. A lot o
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The Hobbit
Agatha Raisin #23. When George Marston arrives in Carsely, Agatha takes a new interest in her garden. She hires him to restore it and attempts to win him for herself. Shamelessly, Agatha sponsors a village dance, hoping to dance with her gorgeous gardener. When George does not appear, Agatha goes looking for him, She finds him dead in his compost heap, a plastic bag filled with adders over his head. His sister hires Agatha's detective agency to find this vicious murderer. Agatha discovers that G ...more
Clay Stafford
It was raining last night and I thought, as I listened to the rain patter against the window glass, that it was time for a good cozy. And what could have been more perfect than M.C. Beaton’s latest novel, “Hiss and Hers” about someone killing off the locals with deadly English adders? Listening to the rain and reading the novel, I began to think I was seeing snakes crawling along the shadows of the baseboards. For those not familiar with the series, Agatha Raisin owns a detective agency. The age ...more
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Erin
Aug 08, 2015 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Hiss and Hers by M.C. Beaton had a plot line that drew me in but its characters made me rethink the story a few times. Based on the plot alone I would have given this story a 4 star rating out of 5 based on the fact that I was able to guess who the killer was quite early on in the story. I was willing to over look that part because I liked the way that the crimes were done and how they were thought out.

The only flaw that I found with the book is that I found it extremely hard to like any of the
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Alex
Jul 08, 2016 Alex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Agatha Raisin books are always a bit of fun - somewhat far-fetched and a tad ridiculous, but a good light read. And this one is no exception. Adders, actors, and a man-crazed Agatha make this short novel an enjoyable read.

A philandering gardener is the cause of all the problems in this Agatha Raisin novel. The couple near misses Agatha has herself as she resolutely searches for the truth (and a man to cherish her) keeps this novel engaging, but a bit over-dramatic.

The biggest issue I have wi
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Carolyn Cooper
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.
Robin
Oct 06, 2012 Robin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Peggy
Oct 11, 2012 Peggy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-england
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.
Sallee
Mar 24, 2014 Sallee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Agatha again is obsessed with a man. In this case it is handsome vet, George Marston who arrives in Carsely and works as a gardener and handyman. She has him working on her garden and when that was done, she rips out a perfectly good bookcase so he has more work. He is pleasant but rebuffs her repeatedly. She pays for a charity ball so she can dress to the nines hoping that he will fall to her charms. Alas, he doesn't show up and so smitten with him, she goes looking for him and finds herself o ...more
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