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Agatha Raisin and the Case of the Curious Curate

(Agatha Raisin #13)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  8,221 ratings  ·  495 reviews
Agatha Raisin is feeling miserable - and with good reason. Her ex-husband James has abandoned her, and she's been humiliated by an unseemly proposition from John Armitage, her handsome neighbor.

So complete is her devastation that Agatha has given up on make-up, and has taken to wearing the loose cotton dresses and flat sensible shoes she has always abhorred. But there is
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Published June 5th 2014 by AudioGo (first published March 1st 2003)
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Hmm, difficult to rate as I enjoyed it, it kept me entertained as I tidied my garage, but it is not a classic by any means. So i'm thinking 3 (probably ) rather 4 ⭐️. I will think overnight and finalise review tomorrow.

I have seen a few of the Agatha Raisin programmes on TV starring Ashley Jensen, and they have been entertaining enough, so when I saw this audiobook relatively cheap I thought I'd give it a listen. And it was surprisingly fun, a good story and well read by Penelope Keith.
Ok so it
Dec 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Agatha Raisin and the Case of the Curious Curate by M.C.Beaton is the 13th book in the Agatha Raisin Mystery series. After Agatha Raisin has dinner with the new curate, he is found stabbed to death at the vicarage with the vicars dagger letter opener. An entertaining and fun quick book. Although Agatha is quite bossy and nosy and meddling, she has a kind heart and is always willing to help her friends. I like that she has moved on from her disasterous marriage to James. Plenty of bodies and lots ...more
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,
Aug 22, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4⭐ = Good.
#13 in the series, all of which have been great fun to read. A cantankerous middle aged sleuth always makes me smile and this is no exception.
Jo Berry ☀️
May 07, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book number thirteen in the series. This story did have a few twists in the murder plot which I liked. I’m not sure what the plan is around Agatha’s new neighbour, John Armitage though, as he just seems a less likeable version of James Lacey (and I’m not crazy about James Lacey).

I’m really hoping the next book in the series takes a major turn in Agatha’s personal and/or professional life, because I’m starting to feel we’re getting a bit stuck in a rut. And, let’s be honest, it’s Agatha’s love l
Sharon Barrow Wilfong
You can read the professional blurb to find out the gist. I want to talk about why I enjoyed the story.

First of all, as in all of the Agatha Raisin stories, Raisin is such a strong individual character. She's pushy, rude, yet beneath it all, vulnerable. She's in her fifties, single and addicted to falling in love. Her emotional maturity hasn't seem to developed beyond Middle School crushes. Whenever she actually gets involved with a man, he transforms from man of mystery and shining knight to a
Alan Teder
Agatha and the Grifting Vicar
Review of the Blackstone Audio Inc. audiobook edition (January 2013) of the original St. Martin's Press Minotaur hardcover (February 2003)

The Case of the Curious Curate finds Agatha Raisin with the other lady parishioners to be enraptured by a dashing new curate who takes over for Alf Bloxby when the latter is indisposed. She eventually figures out that he is a grifter and then sets out to solve the case when he is murdered, presumably by someone he stole from or ext
Jun 07, 2022 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this on audiobook format.
Hmmm… Agatha has a new neighbour- another male writer who she is sort of attracted to and then not… What is it about the writer always pairing her female protagonist with a man, as she gets embroiled in these murder mysteries? James, Charles, Roy, and now this new guy.
Aimee Nicole Walker
As pleasurable as the mysteries are, my favorite part is Agatha’s growth. What an onion Aggie is. She’s still cantankerous at times but we’re seeing her soft side more and more. Her romantic life is a hot mess but she’s a hoot. I also really enjoy the supporting cast, especially Mrs. Bloxby.
Jun 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Agatha Raisin is terribly bored these days. Her husband has deserted her and her dear friend Charles is living his own life. Her neighbor John insulted her and she’s absolutely through with men. She’s not the least bit interested when the vicar’s wife tells her about the new curate, Tristan Delon. The women of Carsely are all falling head over heels for the handsome guy, but Agatha couldn’t care less. Or could she?

When Tristan invites her to dinner, Agatha is thrilled. At the same time, she real
Mary  (Biblophile)
Agatha, as usual, is pining after her ex-husband James and the guy next door, though she denies it to herself. This woman has very little insight into herself. She's jealous, petty, vindictive and has any other number of negative qualities but always seems to have a man around. Nonetheless, for some strange reason I like these cozy mysteries. ...more
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite books so far! Books without James are great. The new neighbor is actually interested in her, but she rebuffs him. Looks like she's taking some time to get to know herself. Good for you, Aggie! ...more
Nicola Michelle
Feb 22, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, audiobook
I really enjoy these Murder mystery stories and can always guarantee a great plot and story whenever I read an Agatha raisin book. I listened to the BBC audio dramas based off M C Beatons book which are brilliant, and wonderfully acted and make for very good listening. Great little 1 hour stories which you can listen to in one go. I could listen to these all day!
The Flooze
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Agatha Raisin: curious, self-conscious, bossy, formidable, always on the lookout for love, and more than willing to do her bit for the people she's taken a liking to.

This time, her desire to help Mrs. Bloxby's husband clear his name leads her down a very dangerous path, indeed. Murders are happening right and left in Carsley. But no matter how many times our Agatha gets frightened or weary, she always rallies. Her pride won't let her give up.

It's funny how I feel I've learned more about Agatha
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Getting ready for Season 2 of Agatha Raisin on AcornTV, I am filling in some gaps that I have in the series. I originally read many of these out-of-order which I regret, as Agatha’s personal life is a continuing storyline from one book to the next. Agatha Raisin and the Case of the Curious Curate picks up with Agatha in a rather low place due to the end of her marriage with James. She has a new neighbor, who enthusiastically joins in as Agatha’s sleuthing partner when the new curate is murdered ...more
Berit Talks Books
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really all the women of this village should stay away from any man who moves in, he is generally bad news....
Lots of killing in this one, three murders in total..... all starting with the very attractive new Clarit.... this time Agatha with the help of a neighbor John a mystery writer begins to solve the mystery.... there was a super funny scene in this book at the duck races where the dancers had too much to drink and started a brawl with their sticks, laugh out loud moment!
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 13th book in the series is typical Agatha Raisin fare. There is murder, mischief, attempts and fails at love, friendship and poor decisions by Agatha. She is a lovable bumbling character. I am glad there are so many books in this series.
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A new curate has taken up residence in the village of Carsley and his handsome good looks have set the village ladies a flutter. The church has never been so full and the vicar is starting to get quite jealous of the curate's ability to fill the pews. However it soon becomes clear that the curate is cultivating the richer parishioners. When he is found dead shortly after eating a meal with village sleuth, Agatha Raisin, both she and the vicar himself become prime suspects.

Agatha is determined to
Sarah Booth
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aggie isn’t enjoying Richards company on this case at all. He’s trying to take over her investigations and she’s not at all impressed with his taking liberties like that or any of the other ones he seems to take for that matter.
The beautiful curate had been taking all kind of liberties with the locals and back at his old vicarage as well and that ended his life. Agatha gets herself mixed up with him briefly and then his past caught up with him leaving the Bloxlys in a rather unfavorable light.
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every Agatha Raisin book is a joy to read. She's such a bright and clever character that one never knows what she'll do next. In this book she investigates the murder of a handsome curate who romanced wealthy ladies in order to convince them to invest in his questionable schemes for improving the lot of the poor and unfortunate. Agatha's new next door neighbour enjoys helping her search for solutions but doesn't qualify as husband material, despite his good looks. ...more
Linda Smatzny
In this story, a new very handsome curate has come to Carsely to help Mr. Bloxby. When the curate is murdered Mr. Bloxby is the main suspect. Agatha along with her neighbor, John, start asking questions and getting into trouble. Before the case is wrapped up two more people are murdered and Agatha decides to fund a hall for the old people of the area. The book was an easy read.
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder, mystery
Really enjoyed this one after two or three only so-so Agatha Raisin books. The curate is a passive/aggressive "mean girl" dude who is interested in rich women. Pretty funny in some parts. I love love love Mrs. Bloxby as I enjoy watching her try to find the good in everyone, even devious arseholes. ...more
Patricia S
I’ve been reading MC Beaton’s books which have a main character called Agatha Raisin. I was curious about them because there’s a British tv series with her as the main character. They’re mysteries. The books are easy to read and I never can figure out who the killer is until it’s revealed.
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-books-read
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Apr 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The mystery was not quite as exciting as previous books, but Agatha Raisin and her cantankerous ways are SO enjoyable!
May 22, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5 stars
3.5 stars. Great plot twists, decent characters, but not quite the same quirkiness as previous stories. I do like that she's doing a little better without a particular man, but the mystery itself seemed to go on a little too long and dragged a bit in the middle, hence the downgrade. ...more
Michelle Boston
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant, laugh out loud in places, the suit of armour was comedy in a moment of Agatha madness and demonstrated the writing talent of Beaton.
Quite a decent little cozy mystery with Agatha and friends. I enjoyed the Murder story at the centre. However, her neighbour and ‘partner in crime ‘, I’m not so sure about. I kind of feel like - bring back James, ha ha.
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