Hiss and Hers

Hiss and Hers

An Agatha Raisin Mystery

Book - 2012
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Agatha has fallen head over heels in love-- again. She has her eye on local gardener George Marston, but so do others in their little Cotswold village. Shamelessly determined, Agatha foots the bill for a charity ball just for the chance to dance with him. Then George doesn't even show up. Agatha goes looking for him, and finds his dead body in a compost heap.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2012.
ISBN: 9781410450913
1410450910
Characteristics: 313 p. ;,23 cm.

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ellif
Jul 16, 2017

Agatha Raisin has fallen in love, again, this time with the local gardener.  Agatha is planning her conquest with George, but then, as (bad) luck would have it, George winds up dead.  Murdered.  To hide her feelings of rejection (as it seems that George had it off with quite a few of the female villagers) and sorrow (more so in the fact that she wasn't able to have a fling with George), she goes into investigating mode to find who killed George.  

It seems that there are quite a few suspects.  This in itself is one of the downfalls of the book.  While it made it a little more interesting having a few suspects to choose from, because Agatha and her team interviewed so many people, it was hard to keep track of the stories of each of the potential murderers.  Throughout the book, there was selective attention on a few of the suspects, but this had more to do with Agatha's jealousy and less to do with the fact that she felt they were particularly guilty of something.   

Agatha's interactions with her colleagues (in particular Toni and Simon) seemed a little strained in this book as if they had grown tired of working with one another, or perhaps it is the fact that they no longer have time for Agatha and her patronising and self-centered attitude.  Past-me would think this an unfair statement to make of Agatha, as she is the way she is because of her past.  Her childhood was rough, her first husband was a drunk (and most likely abusive), and she has little to no self-worth, 'her belief in herself, never very strong, took a plunge.' While I sympathise with Agatha, I find that she does little to try and improve herself.

Agatha has no time for fools, this she makes abundantly clear in her unprofessional conversations with people she interviews throughout Hiss and Hers.  She often craves attention but from people who will never give her what she wants (Charles is a repeat example of this).  I feel as if purposely pushes people away, obviously in fear of being hurt or rejected, but is not willing to live the life of a recluse.  

She is head-strong but often feels expresses the overwhelming urge to pack it all in, wishing she could live the simple life.  This kind of life, however, would not suit Agatha (and she knows it) but she spends lots of time wanting what she can't have.  Perhaps this is because Agatha has never really felt completely confident in knowing what it is she actually wants.  Or needs.

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pdeschamps
Feb 02, 2017

I recently saw the television series based on these books. I enjoy the actor that plays Agatha Raisin and that made me want to look into the books themselves. I am happy I did. The books are just as amusing, entertaining and enjoyable as the television series.
The characters are fun and easy to get attached to. The mysteries, with some of their twists, keep you on your toes yet the story telling is such that you will gladly want to stay immerse in the book for the whole weekend.
I just found myself a new murder mystery series to add to my reading list.

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zipread
Apr 21, 2015

Hiss and Hers --- by --- M.C. Beaton.
This novel really is quite arithmetic: it really adds up because it has adders in it. (Pun intended) The little critters slither about in “Hiss and Hers” (pun also probably intended) and even figure as murder weapons. Lead character Agatha Raisin who runs a detective agency in a Cotswold village investigates the murder of the village’s gardener; a fetchingly handsome man with a military background who, it has been suggesting, has been ministering to the village’s spinsters and widows as well as their posies. By the novel’s end, Agatha herself almost succumbs to the same homicidal attentions that did in the poor gardener.
As usual, Beaton’s novel moves along at a snappy pace. There’s nary time for lengthy narration: the dialogue keeps the plot moseying along. A great deal of the fun in reading Beaton’s novels lies in the fact that, just when you figured out who did it and where and why, Beaton pulls a fast one on you and hurries your suspicions in the other direction. The plot twists and turn and slithers along sort of like an adder. Great sport.

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juanitahunsaker
Jun 05, 2014

cotswald detective

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titchieboyt
Jul 15, 2013

Lets make Agatha a little bit meaner in the next book, as she is getting older now! I love the Wedding book the best when James's soon-to-be-wife got her self murdered the nite before her vows. I want Agatha to celebrate her 60th birthday party by going to bed with her plastic surgeon and then he ends-up found murdered in her bed the next day, as his wife comes looking for him. Good book! As for this book itself - predictable but never a let-down. Humorous as always and the description of her characters are never a let-down.

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Palomino
Nov 03, 2012

Hooray for Agatha, still crazy after all these years! I'm always morally conflicted; do I like her or hate her? Do I want her to get together with Charles? Are her employees nice people or not? Only her friend the vicar's wife seems black-and-white good.

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readlisten
Oct 22, 2012

The latest Agatha Raisin. She's well into middle age, thickening at the waist, menopausal, grouchy, bitchy, tempermental, horny and growing a mustache. What's not to love? The writing style may not be the best and one may need to suspend all belief in following the turns of the plot, but I await each new Agatha with pleasure and inhale it in a day or so. One of the joys of reading about Agatha is that one is not Agatha (other similarites, see above, notwithstanding). Even better is the author's Hamish Macbeth series.

bookfanatic1979 Oct 08, 2012

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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Jun 05, 2014

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