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"--Goodreads.com.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781250157690
1250157692
9781250157713
Branch Call Number: Fic Beat
Characteristics: 258 pages ; 22 cm.

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gracywoods
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.

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1_Great_Book
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.

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JeanH
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?

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geordie
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!

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wensm
Nov 26, 2018

AR book 30 of 30

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pishposh9
Nov 19, 2018

Not Beaton's best.

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treefrog633
Oct 21, 2018

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

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