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Dishing the Dirt

Dishing the Dirt A therapist had moved into the village of Carsely and Agatha Raisin hates her Not only was this therapist Jill Davent romancing Agatha s ex husband but she had dug up details of Agatha s slum backg

  • Title: Dishing the Dirt
  • Author: M.C. Beaton
  • ISBN: 9781250057426
  • Page: 349
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A therapist had moved into the village of Carsely and Agatha Raisin hates her Not only was this therapist, Jill Davent, romancing Agatha s ex husband, but she had dug up details of Agatha s slum background.Added to that, Jill was counselling a woman called Gwen Simple from Winter Parva and Agatha firmly believed Gwen to have assisted her son in some grisly murders, althouA therapist had moved into the village of Carsely and Agatha Raisin hates her Not only was this therapist, Jill Davent, romancing Agatha s ex husband, but she had dug up details of Agatha s slum background.Added to that, Jill was counselling a woman called Gwen Simple from Winter Parva and Agatha firmly believed Gwen to have assisted her son in some grisly murders, although has no proof she had done so.A resentment is different from a dislike and needs to be shared, so as the friendship between James and Jill grows stronger, the Agatha does to try to find out all she can about her When Jill is found strangled to death in her office two days later, Agatha finds herself under suspicion and must fight to clear her name.

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    1. I'm conflicted, I am so fond of the sassy Agatha Raisin, this is my 26th adventure with her after all. Unfortunately, I found this one rather disappointing. Sooo many murders, and so many characters who were just rude and unpleasant made the story feel almost like a parody of prior Agatha books. I still liked Agatha and Charles, and whatever progress there was in their relationship, but the story was not terribly satisfying. It was a quick, easy read, but after waiting a year for a new book in t [...]

    2. Here's the thing. I know these books aren't good books. There is no character development at all - the characters are exactly the same in every single book. The body count is ridiculous - I think about 11 people die in this one, with no noticeable impact on anyone's behaviour. There's a serial killer wandering around the Cotswolds and everyone's like ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. The Agatha Raisin books are very silly! But I love them and I'm not going to apologise for it.Dishing the Dirt is the same as all of [...]

    3. Once upon about 12-13 years ago, I stumbled upon an Agatha Raisin audio book, the very first book in the series of which Dishing the Dirt is #26. Since that time, I have read or listened with pleasure to each book in the series, even though the narrator for the audio titles changed at some point from Donada Peters to other narrators whose voices just didn't capture the one I felt was the "true" Agatha. Some installments in this series are better than others, but none was as shoddy as this one. E [...]

    4. I have always been a little bit in love with Sir Charles Fraith. After reading this book, I am completely enamored by him. Sure he has his faults, lots of them, but then so does Aggie, and she is darned lucky to have a guy like this in her life, if sporadically. I tend to like the books the best when they strongly feature Charles and, if you are like me, then you are going to love the latest installment, the 26th, in the Agatha Raisin series, one of the best in recent offerings. When conniving t [...]

    5. I keep promising myself never to read another Agatha Raisin novel again, but a friend gave me this one, so I just had to read it, didn't I?! The last 5 or 6 novels in the series seemed to me to be overhastily published, very badly edited, full of mistakes, ridiculously predictable and, basically, vaguely amusing fluff and drivel. This Agatha #26, however, is an improvement on the last one: it was better edited with fewer mistakes. (Have you changed editors, Mrs B?) Still amusing fluff and drivel [...]

    6. Beaton does a nice job of bringing in the regulars with brief descriptions. This book is stronger that the last several books and has several differences: everyone is nasty, ravens are all over the book and there are more murders than before.There were several dropped words in sentences.

    7. Enjoyable treat around the Cotswolds with Agatha. This time she is putting her detective skills to use after a horrible therapist named Jill Davent who has been digging up unsavoury secrets on everyone in the village (including Agatha) is murdered. Agatha always makes me laugh, and is surprisingly clever when it comes down to cracking cases. She's a tough nut to crack, but is soft-hearted deep down, and has an amusing penchant for lasagne and chips.

    8. Agatha Raisin is a handful - and that is putting it mildly. She bundles through murder investigations while drinking heavily, smoking like a chimney all while attempting to have a relationship on her terms. This is the 26th in the Agatha Raisin series but it worked well as a stand alone novel for me.Agatha is none too pleased when therapist Jill Davent moves to town and begins dating Agatha's ex-husband. Jill also seems determined to dig up the dirt on Agatha. Jill is also a therapist for a woma [...]

    9. Maybe I have just read a few too many Agatha Raisin books but I became very impatient with this one. EVERYONE was mean and selfish and I really couldn't stand reading about any of them. The humor I originally found in this series seems to be fading fast. Not sure I will read the next one.

    10. Agatha hating on another woman is nothing new, but she's right to mistrust the pseudo therapist. Can't wait to see what Gwen has up her sleeve.

    11. My husband warned me I would hate this book. It started off well enough, but became very disjointed with multiple points of view for no apparent reason. It was also sloppy -- on one page a character was said to be 26 and less than half a page later, he was said to be 25. [spoiler] There was also a plot involving identical twins who were male and female, which, as everyone knows, is impossible. I will never read another one of this series.

    12. It is a sickness really, sticking with an author and a series well past the point of both their primes. Why do i do this?! Please give me those four days of my life back.

    13. How Agatha Raisin continues to stay in business is beyond me. She is accusing and meddling and keeps almost getting killed in various ways. How ever does she continue to attract men to her unless they want to act as knights errant? Outside of being about bits of gossip that went out of hand, the plot doesn't seem real, even for a cozy mystery. Even at the end, I had the feeling that nothing was actually wrapped up. Need to take this series off my list of future choices.

    14. Scattered. I think that is the best word to describe this book. The Agatha Raisin series has been going downhill for years, so I take each one for what they are. I have been invested in these characters for years and I cannot look away when a new one comes out. The Agatha Raisin books are very easy reads considering M. C. Beaton has a habit of doing a mid-book recap. Dishing the Dirt begins with the murder of a therapist that has a history of being a hooker when she lived in Chicago. Still not s [...]

    15. Well I think I have finally been cured of this particular guilty pleasure read (even though I rarely actually feel guilty about reading anything these days). This was so, so poorly written, even in comparison to earlier books in the series. Agatha did this, then she did that, then she found this, then she sensed EVIL. Really, it reminded me of a Little Britain sketch about Barbara Cartland lying on a sofa dictating to her long-suffering assistant 'Then she went there.en over thereh handsome fell [...]

    16. When you read that one of Agatha Raisin's friends Roy Strong is asking 'So what's been happening in Murderville?', you can guess that there has been more than one murder in Carsley and the surrounding district. Roy's perceptive view of the town was not wrong for by the time he was asking there had been four or five murders in the area. And Agatha had been there or thereabouts on each occasion, so much so that she was regularly being questioned by the police, who usually sent her friend Bill Wong [...]

    17. Well, last time I read one of these, I vowed never to read another!Listened to this on a couple of car journeys, and wished I hadn't. Beaton can't write good English, has silly and unconvincing plots, and recurring one-dimensional characters.The odd wry laugh with this, and lots of laughs at this.But oddly readable, of course!! Why?

    18. Beaton does a nice job of bringing in the regulars with brief descriptions. This book is stronger that the last several books and has several differences: everyone is nasty, ravens are all over the book and there are more murders than before.There were several dropped words in sentences.

    19. Gossip about Agatha is brewing in the village and she's not happy. She has worked hard to build a professional reputation and now someone is talking about her not too wonderful upbringing and her low-life parents. Agatha clawed her way to the top and she doesn't want anyone to know about her humble, shabby beginnings. But it's not only Agatha whose reputation is in danger. Blackmail and revenge set the stage for a series of murders in the Cotswolds.This was a fast-moving mystery with a colorful [...]

    20. A therapist has moved into the village of Carsley and Agatha Raisin is annoyed to find that she has employed a private detective to dig into her own background revealing that she was born in a slum to alcoholic parents. This is something Agatha tries to keep under wraps. When the therapist is found dead, Agatha is the police's first suspect as a fellow villager is quick to tell them that she has overheard Agatha threatening to kill the victim. But this isn't the last murder by any means and Agat [...]

    21. I was in the market for a mystery and saw this on the shelf at the library. I thought it'd be a nice hit of escapism, sort of the literary equivalent of a cookie: something that hits the spot. People, this book is unspeakably bad. It's like a bitter, inedible cookie. (I say this as someone who's never met a cookie she didn't like.) The body count, the bad dialogue, people constantly yelling things like "Get the hell out of here!" on every other page it's so bad that it's almost—almost—funny. [...]

    22. In this latest installment of the Agatha Raisin stories there is no shortage of bodies. Within the first few chapters there is a dead therapist, the detective that worked for her and one of her clients. Agatha was heard threatening the therapist shortly before her death and becomes a suspect. After she is cleared, she becomes involved in the investigation and the body count continues to grow.Once again Agatha seeks love in all the wrong places, while Charles, who truly cares for her, continues t [...]

    23. Better than some of the previous books, though missing the freshness of the first books. Yes they do follow a formula but I do enjoy my trips to the Cotswolds, even if it's up there with the midsummer villages as places not to live.

    24. While this new Agatha mystery was better written than the last, I find I am becoming tired of Agatha's lack of growth and her immature behaviors with good looking men. However, this was as addictive as the previous books in the series.

    25. There's a cartoon meme showing a grim reaper with slain people all over the grass around him. The caption says something about "authors be like.". Yeah, that's how I felt about this one. My first Agatha Raisin and I still felt like it was my dessert book. Another!

    26. A private detective gets involved in a murder mystery.I’ve read quite a few of the books in this series and I think this was one of the weakest – the plot was a bit rambling and there were so many murders / side stories the whole thing got confusing.

    27. This book was intense! The only thing I don't like about Agatha Raisin is her ability to obtain a crush on a man and build a relationship in her head. I think I am at the point where I would like to see her and Sir Charles married!

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