Down the Hatch : An Agatha Raisin Mystery

M. C. Beaton

Penelope Keith (Narrator)

10-26-21

6hrs 55min

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10-26-21

6hrs 55min

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Unabridged

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Fiction/Mystery & Detective

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“Quick-tempered private detective Agatha Raisin gets involved in several cases that prove dangerous to her health…This second posthumous adventure contains plenty of mystery plus all the usual quota of trouble for the colorful heroine.” Kirkus Reviews

Beloved New York Times bestselling author M. C. Beaton’s cranky, crafty Agatha Raisin—the star of her own hit TV series—is back on the case again in Down the Hatch.

Private detective Agatha Raisin, having recently taken up power-walking, is striding along a path in Mircester Park during her lunch break when she hears a cry for help. Rushing over, she finds an elderly couple, Mr. and Mrs. Swinburn, in the middle of the green—with the body of an old man lying at their feet.

The man, who the coroner determines died by poisoning, was known as “the Admiral,” a gardener notorious for his heavy drinking, and Chief Inspector Wilkes writes the death off as an accident caused by the consumption of weedkiller stored in a rum bottle. Agatha is not convinced that anyone would mistake weedkiller for rum but carries on with her work at Raisin Investigations, until she receives an anonymous tip that the Admiral’s death was no accident.

Local gossip points to the Swinburns themselves as the killers, spurred by a feud at the club where they, as well as the Admiral, were members. Distraught at this accusation, they turn to Agatha to clear their name, and she takes the case—despite the warnings of Chief Inspector Wilkes.

Agatha encounters one suspicious character after another, becoming further enmeshed in the Admiral’s own dark and shady past. And when she’s run off the road, narrowly escaping with her life, and then another attack occurs, it becomes clear that someone doesn’t want the case closed—and will stop at nothing to prevent Agatha from solving it.

Praise

“Quick-tempered private detective Agatha Raisin gets involved in several cases that prove dangerous to her health…This second posthumous adventure contains plenty of mystery plus all the usual quota of trouble for the colorful heroine.” Kirkus Reviews

“It’s trademark Beaton, with the acerbic owner of Raisin Investigations discovering a murder and pursuing the case in the teeth of constabulary resistance…Beaton presents Agatha as a flawed, self-involved woman (she checks out her reflection in a shop window as she bends over the body), but, somehow, that just adds to her charm.” Booklist

“Agatha Raisin mysteries…are filled with fun, exotic locations, and engaging characters. The reader never knows what unexpected madcap craziness Agatha will bamboozle her crew into at the local pub, the neighboring village, on foreign shores, or in Agatha’s cottage. The plots are always creative and believable.” BookTrib, praise for the series

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Language English
Release Day Oct 25, 2021
Release Date October 26, 2021
Number in Series 32
Series Display String The Agatha Raisin Mysteries
Release Date Machine 1635206400
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Blackstone Publishing
Categories Agatha Raisin, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Mystery, Women Sleuths, Cozy, Most Popular, Literature & Fiction
Author Bio
M. C. Beaton

M. C. Beaton (1936–2019), hailed as the “Queen of Crime” by the Globe and Mail, was the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Agatha Raisin novels—the basis for the hit series on Acorn TV—as well as the Hamish Macbeth series. Born in Scotland, Beaton also wrote nearly one hundred historical romances under several pseudonyms. Her books have been translated into nineteen languages and sold more than twenty-two million copies worldwide.

Narrator Bio
Penelope Keith

Penelope Keith is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and award-winning actress who is best known for her roles in To the Manor Born and The Good Life, but she has appeared in many other television programs, including No Job for a Lady and Law and Disorder. Her theater performances include The Norman Conquests, Hay Fever, and Mrs. Warren’s Profession. She has received several BAFTA Awards and in 2014 was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

Overview

Beloved New York Times bestselling author M. C. Beaton’s cranky, crafty Agatha Raisin—the star of her own hit TV series—is back on the case again in Down the Hatch.

Private detective Agatha Raisin, having recently taken up power-walking, is striding along a path in Mircester Park during her lunch break when she hears a cry for help. Rushing over, she finds an elderly couple, Mr. and Mrs. Swinburn, in the middle of the green—with the body of an old man lying at their feet.

The man, who the coroner determines died by poisoning, was known as “the Admiral,” a gardener notorious for his heavy drinking, and Chief Inspector Wilkes writes the death off as an accident caused by the consumption of weedkiller stored in a rum bottle. Agatha is not convinced that anyone would mistake weedkiller for rum but carries on with her work at Raisin Investigations, until she receives an anonymous tip that the Admiral’s death was no accident.

Local gossip points to the Swinburns themselves as the killers, spurred by a feud at the club where they, as well as the Admiral, were members. Distraught at this accusation, they turn to Agatha to clear their name, and she takes the case—despite the warnings of Chief Inspector Wilkes.

Agatha encounters one suspicious character after another, becoming further enmeshed in the Admiral’s own dark and shady past. And when she’s run off the road, narrowly escaping with her life, and then another attack occurs, it becomes clear that someone doesn’t want the case closed—and will stop at nothing to prevent Agatha from solving it.

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