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Hiss and Hers

(Agatha Raisin #23)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  4,250 ratings  ·  461 reviews
Agatha has fallen in love - again. This time it's the local gardener, George Marston, she has her eye on. But competition for his attention abounds. With her shameless determination Agatha will do anything to get her man - including footing the bill for a charity ball in town just for the chance to dance with him.

But when George is a no-show Agatha goes looking for him -
Hardcover, Minotaur, 294 pages
Published 2012 by St Martin's
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Mary Lou
Sep 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Sep 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I took a break from listening to the Agatha Raisin series, but I’m back again. I’m already up to #23 and it was a good one. I can’t help but laugh at Agatha’s antics. She’s a 50-something year old woman who acts like a teenager when it comes to men. Poor Agatha, she never seems to get her man.

This time she finds herself interested in the gardener, George Marston. Agatha isn’t the only woman interested in him, but she’s the only one that discovers his body. His very dead body. Of course she becom
Shirley Schwartz
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Snakes and Bastards!" Are Agatha's favorite cuss words, in this book she comes across a lot of both.
Mar 16, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Nov 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fun, mystery
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
Aug 27, 2015 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
Erik Deckers
Jan 08, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hiss and Hers is Agatha Raisin #23 and it picks right up where #22, As the Pig Turns, left off, with Agatha pursuing (in a romantic sense) the new gardener in the village. As is to be expected by now, Agatha’s romantic affairs do not go smoothly or happily. The desired affair meets a particularly nasty end involving adders, hence the hiss in the title. Agatha, with the help of her team, investigates to solve who the adder-happy killer is before she ends up bitten. Great installment in the series ...more
Pam Baddeley
Jul 08, 2016 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
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Dec 08, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Sep 13, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
Dec 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
Mar 06, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Jun 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
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.
Jun 09, 2018 rated it liked it
The narration by the incomparable Davina Porter elevates this slightly better, but still mediocre book. The continuity problems continue, with an old flame of Agatha's reappearing having lost his wife to cancer, but with no mention of the child he had with said wife. Really, I think if you're a child in one of these stories, you should be worried, because in the next you could be written out of existence with no explanation.

This series is still fun, light summertime reading. I just wish that th
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the best series to curl up on a couch with a coffee to! As usual agatha is chasing after a man, and not for the first time death has beat her too it. I love when a good amount of suspects are introduced and given equal motives, making sure cozy doesn't become boring and this series does such a great job of that.
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
I always wish I liked Agatha Raisin better when i finish one of these mysteries. They are easy, fast, diverting, but i never quite like our protangonist. And I usually plan not to read any more.
Oct 13, 2018 rated it liked it
I will forever be grateful for this book, as it provided a couple of hours of relief when staying with an elderly relative.
Jun 17, 2014 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
Sep 27, 2012 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
Oct 01, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Oh 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
Sep 30, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Carolyn  Cooper
Jun 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaway-wins
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.
Apr 20, 2015 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.
Oct 11, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
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.

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