The Dead Ringer

The Dead Ringer

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"The church of St. Ethelred in the village of Thirk Magna is renowned for its team of bell-ringers, the troupe led by identical twins Mavis and Millicent Dupin. Mavis and Millicent are lifelong residents of the remote village--or were, until their home is broken into one night, and Millicent is murdered. But who's the killer? Is it one of their co-workers, sick of being bullied to practice for a big performance? Or perhaps Joseph Kennell, a retired lawyer who was heard yelling at the sisters that he felt like strangling them? Kennell swears his innocence, and hires the ever-trusty (if often tipsy) Agatha Raisin to clear his name. Only she can find the killer--and hopefully a handsome man to buy her dinner while she's at it"
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781250157690
Branch Call Number: Fic Beat
Characteristics: 258 pages ; 22 cm.


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GSP2104 Apr 20, 2020

Atrocious. The editing is a joke and the storyline is all over the place. This novel in the Agatha Raisin series must have been written by a ghostwriter (along with the last few books in the series) because the storyline is a joke and the characters have completely changed with everybody seeming to have anger and rage issues, even the divine Mrs Bloxby. There are also a ridiculous amount of editing mistakes and issues.

Apr 05, 2019

With the exception of this book, M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin series is a delightful read. If this is the first Agatha Raisin book you read, you will probably never read another one. I have actually written to Ms. Beaton to express the opinion that her publisher and editor have done her a great disservice by publishing this book before it was ready. The book is rife with egregious editorial mistakes such as misspelling Samuel Johnson's (of James Boswell fame) last name. Two completely different characters are identified by the same first and last names all within the same half page. The plot is all over the place and, even with overlooking grammatical and punctuation errors, some of the dialogue makes no sense. Enjoy the other books in this series, but don't bother with this one.

Mar 04, 2019

An Agatha Raisin fan for a long time, this one has more dead bodies than most. Plot is a bit far-fetched.

Jan 01, 2019

This particular book isn’t written the same as the other Agatha Raisin books are. Enjoyable with a cute plot, like usual, but.... I was able to put it down several times. . Usually one wants to read the Agatha Raisin books in one sitting. Something was different.. Edited differently?

Nov 29, 2018

This book is crass. I can’t and don’t believe Beaton wrote this garbage. This is not even close to the Raisin books of past years. Ghost writer probably and a poor one at that. Probably wrote the last three.
Don’t waste your time on this book!

Nov 26, 2018

AR book 30 of 30

Nov 19, 2018

Not Beaton's best.

Oct 21, 2018

What a disappointment! Poor syntax and continuity- where was the editor for this book?

Oct 14, 2018

I have been a fan of Beaton for years but she is getting - sadly - in need of major editing. I could barely remember who was who because the story seemed to jump around between several stories. I hope she doesn't go the way of Lillian Braun (The Cat Who books) at the end of her career. But still... I'll always read them anyway as they are old friends in a way.


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