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Agatha Raisin and the Case of the Curious Curate (Agatha Raisin #13)

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Wretched after being dumped by her husband, bored with pottering about Carsely, and wishing every man would sod off, including her neighbor John Armitage, Agatha Raisin is unmoved by news of the captivating new curate. But when she meets the golden-haired, blue-eyed Tristan Delon, she is swept off her feet...along with nearly every other female in the village. Wrapped in b ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 17th 2004 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published November 1st 2002)
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Nancy
For me, the actual murder in the Agatha Raisin books is secondary to the ongoing of the characters involved. With each book you pick up, Agatha finds herself embroiled in another domestic situation, with it being either her missing almost ex-husband James, the new neighbor – which is always an attractive man, Bill Wong – her favorite policeman, or my favorite Mrs. Bloxby. A perfect counterbalance to Agatha, who always keeps things in perspective and possesses the perfect words of wisdom that Aga ...more
Tasneem
I love Agatha Raisin. She is so funny and she goes through men at such a rate. The curate turns out to be such a dreadful man and the murder was not unexpected. Just found the killer a bit of a surprise. I loved the interaction with Bill Wong though and it was funny to see her destroy the relationship with John Armitage.

I just enjoyed the descriptions of village life, of the Morris dancing turning into a brawl, of the duck races, of the organisations of village affairs. The books are delightful,
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Cozy Reader
Agatha is at a loose end. Her ex-husband, James Lacey, is gone and her friend and some-time lover, Sir Charles Fraith, is in Paris. When the vicar’s wife, Mrs Bloxby, advises that a new curate is coming to Carsley, Agatha doesn’t realize that this is going to be the start of a new adventure. Everyone in Carsley is smitten with the handsome, new curate. However not everyone shares that opinion, and when the curate ends up dead, it seems the police are ready to pin the murder on Mr Bloxby, the vic ...more
Sallee
I found this Agatha Raisin a really great read. The story was well paced, the characters well developed and the ending was a surprise. Carsely, the village that Agatha lives in gets a new curate at the church. He is a beautiful man and soon many of the female congregants are swayed by his looks. When he is found dead in the Vicar's office, Agatha and her neighbor John feel they must investigate as the Vicar is considered a person of interest. Many people thought that Vicar Bloxby was jealous Th ...more
Paula
This is the second Agatha Raisin mystery I've read, and I liked this one a lot better than the first one I read. The murder victim is only the jumping off point in these stories. Agatha and her friends in the village are all wonderfully described main characters, and then there are the other people somehow or other connected to the murder victim. All in all, a good story. And in this one there were quite a few places where I thought I knew who the killer was, but no, the story suddenly took a sh ...more
Marti
The Raisin books are better than they might seem at first. I read at least one more of them a while back. This time it is for our book group--a nice change from PD James so called sequel to Pride and Prejudice. Another book category I do not care for is animal books, and there is one of them coming down the pike. Usually the animals face accidents, dismemberment and of course, death. Agatha has a lot to amuse the reader, and she is sometimes quite savvy. THe person who advised us to make lemonad ...more
Ed
#13 in the Agatha Raisin series. Agatha is a middle-aged, romantic woman who retired early from a Public Relations career in London to the small village of Carsley in the English Cotswolds.

Agatha Raisin is attracted to the new curate and accepts a dinner invitation. She doesn't care for his invitation to invest her funds. The next morning the curate is found dead and Vicar Bloxby is suspected. Agatha and new neighbor, mystery writer John Armitage, investigate and find the curate had a habit of r
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Dolly
Jun 06, 2014 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mystery fans
This is the 13th book in the Agatha Raisin series by M.C. Beaton. The plot centers on Agatha's investigations of the death of the new curate in town, who was a very odd, but beautiful and highly sought-after man. Once again, Aggie places herself in dangerous situations and makes mistakes by the nines, but she seems to be taking herself more seriously as a detective.

At the beginning of this story, both James Lacey and Charles Fraith were out of the picture, so Agatha turns to her neighbor, John A
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Lncropper
Someone gave my sister this book, and she gave it to me. It's kind of a fun mystery if you're a fan, but it is #13 in the series, and I hate coming in in the middle of something. Not that the case doesn't stand alone; it does, but it seems like it would help to have read the others.

Agatha is a likable sleuth, but I have trouble warming up to someone who is described several times as "having completed her breakfast of three cigarettes and two cups of coffee." She also flatters herself that the mu
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Helene Harrison
ISBN? - 9781849011464

Genre? - Crime / Mystery / Murder

Characters? - Agatha Raisin / James Lacey / Roy Silver / Sir Charles Fraith / Mrs Bloxby / Bill Wong / Vicar Alf Bloxby

Setting? - Carsely (England)

Series? - Agatha Raisin #13

Title? - 'Curious Curate' is obviously catchy alliteration and comes from the murder victim, the temporary curate of the church in Carsely. Curious because he always wanted to know how much money people had and had a way of riling them up.

Character Analysis? - I do like h
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Kimberley
OK, so this one was a sanity saver. Got to work this morning to a power cut and with everything being done on computers after the filing was done I was at a loss, being prepared I always have a few books stashed in my bottom desk drawer for boredom emergencies.

This was a surprisingly quick read since I read the whole thing in around 6 hours straight, unlike the following book this one I got into easily, there was little reference to previous adventures that made it more straight forward.

The stor
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Kate Millin
Amateur sleuth Agatha Raisin is going through a man-hating phase and so is unmoved by news of a captivating new curate. But when she meets the golden-haired blue-eyed Tristan Delon, she is swept off her feet....along with everymother female in her little village. She is positively ecstatic when he invites her to dine with him, but e next day Agatha is nursing a hangover from he'll and someone has done for the curate in the night.....

I found Agatha a more sympathetic character is this book as she
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Rachel Gilbey
Another fast to read Agatha Raisin book. If you have already read others in the series you will enjoy this. If you haven't it probably does stand alone.

I find each book in the series is like catching up with old friends and it was good to see what scrapes Agatha gets herself into this time
Pat
Agatha Raisin showed her human side a bit more in this book than she sometimes does. The mystery of what happened to the curate was certainly confusing - so many characters who had something to hide! No matter what, good old Agatha never gives up on finding a man.
Ali

The 13th installment of this highly entertaining series sees Agatha feeling a bit down in the mouth and not always looking her best. When the oddly beautiful new curate is found murdered Agatha is thrust unwillingly into another case, this time with her neighbour John Armitage as side kick - although he has a tendency to take over rather. A quite clever plot - which I didn't guess - but then I am rubbish at solving them myself usually - with an amusing sub plot involving Bill Wong's latest girlf
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Bonnie
As always, Agatha Raisin's adventures entertain. Agatha has a new neighbor to sleuth with. There are twists, but the main attraction is Agatha herself.
Sheila
I always enjoy Agatha. When the new church curate is murdered, Agatha and James are on the case.
Mary
Continuing on my route to reading/listening to the M. C. Beaton library. Another good one.
kelly a conner
Entertaining and Humorous

Pretty good read! nothing shocking uhh t follows previous plot patterns. Great light read for a weekend or vacation stay
Carole
Agatha Raisin retired from her career and moved to a small English village. She became bored and found that she was good at solving murders so she eventually opened a detective agency. In each book she solves at least one murder. She is not the warm, welcoming type, instead she is jealous if others get credit and she's doesn't; and she's always on the look-out for a new man in her life. To illustrate her jealousy, she gets upset if her two cats seem to like someone else more than they do her. Th ...more
Neil
Triston Delon is the new curatre in Carsley. When Reverend Bloxby is taken ill, the Sunday service is swarmed with admirers of the new curate. It seems he has been busy befriending the local ladies but after an evening with Agatha he is found stabbed with a letter opener.
Suspiscion falls on Alf Bloxby, but could the calm Reverend really be a murderer?! Agatha is determined to find the true culprit.

Another gentle entry to the series with a few biting Raisin remarks, the usual mix of interviewing
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Nina
Another hilarious Agatha Raisin, I never tire of these books despite that they are all on the same vein. They are great when you want a lighter read.
Sheila
Agatha's cynical look on life always brings a smile to my face
Pshorten
Fun, light murder mysteries. Love the main character, she is a middle-aged woman, with a penchant for imagining things.
Jules
Super series! I've been reading this series on & off for quite a few years now. Having read 18 books so far, I struggle to remember details of each book individually, so this is a general review.

This is such an enjoyable modern day Miss Marple. Agatha Raisin is so annoying at times, I've felt the desire to shake sense into her. Despite that, I can't help but like her. These books are filled with murder, mystery, quirky characters, country living & village gossip. I find they make quite a
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Gerard J.  Medvec
Another fun cottage mystery novel by Ms. M.C. Beaton.
Donna Syler
I love the characters. Agatha Raisin is "quite a character"
Martha Colburn
More twists & turns than that street in San Francisco!
Mary
One of those books that take little no brain power and still a fun read. Always a few interesting characters with the stalwart old ones.
Georgiann Hennelly
After being dumped by her husband and bored with pottering around Carsely, and wishing every man would just sod off including her neighbor. Agatha is unmoved by news of the very captivating new curate, until she meets the golden haired blue eyed Tristan Delon, along with every other women she is swept off her feet. Agatha is ecstatic when he invites her to dinner.But when he is found murdered the next day and Agatha was the last one to see him.Carsely is once again a hotbed of murder and intrigu ...more
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