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

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Agatha Raisin is 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. Agatha has fallen head over heels in love - again - for Cotswold gardener George Marston, but so have others, a long suspect list. She foots the bill for a charity ball just for the chance to dance with him, but he f...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 2nd 2013 by Minotaur Books (first published 2012)
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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
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...more
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
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
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
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.
An Odd1
Her favorite curse is especially pertinent "Snakes and bastards!" p9, p182, etc. 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 le...more
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...more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.

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
Anne Harvey
Being restricted to audiobooks at present, my choice is limited to availability. Because of this, I would probably not have chosen this novel. Having said that, I did enjoy this intriguing mystery set in the Cotswolds. Agatha Raisin is a brash, somewhat eccentric middle-aged private detective. The first murder in this book (and there's more than one) is George, her gardener, for whom she has developed a girlish passion. The victim of a particularly gruesome death, George, it seems, was a serial...more
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 but
I'm starting to fall out of love with her mystery solving pals.
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.
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.
I keep reading these, but should just quit. The characters are all getting meaner, so much so that Agatha actually seems the most rational and nice, apart from Mrs. Bloxby. This one is also really long and has three endings, like it wants to be LOTR.
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.
Una Tiers
For a while Hiss and Hers was back to the strength Beaton is capable of writing. Then it fell off a little. However, with series, I sometimes get used to the characters and care less about the story.
Debbie Patterson
I am a fan of M.C. Beaton and I liked this book as well, however, I did know who did it early in the book and Agatha's men problems are getting a bit old. I did like the book but didn't love it.
Jennifer Donner
I usually enjoy reading these books but they are getting a little old with the same old, same old behavior of Agatha Raisin.
Natalie Shipman
I waited so long for another Agatha Raisin book and I was disappointed with this book. Not her best.
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Marion Chesney was born on 1936 in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, and started her first job as a bookseller in charge of the fiction department in John Smith & Sons Ltd. While bookselling, by chance, she got an offer from the Scottis...more
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