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At age twenty six, Agatha Raisin has already come a long way. She has clawed her way up since leaving the Birmingham slum where she was born. She's lost her Birmingham accent, run away from her drunken husband, and found a job at a public relations office as a secretary. Then her boss asks Agatha to go to the home of Brian Devese to tell him that he is soon going to be arr At age twenty six, Agatha Raisin has already come a long way. She has clawed her way up since leaving the Birmingham slum where she was born. She's lost her Birmingham accent, run away from her drunken husband, and found a job at a public relations office as a secretary. Then her boss asks Agatha to go to the home of Brian Devese to tell him that he is soon going to be arrested for the murder of his wife and that the agency no longer wants to represent him.Brian, impressed with the pugnacious Agatha, asks her to handle PR for him and even offers her an office and tells her she can hire a staff. Certainly the best thing Agatha can do for her first client is to find out who really murdered his wife and clear his name. And with her wits and gumption, Agatha sets out to do just that. New York Times bestseller M. C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin—now the star of a hit show on Acorn TV and public television—is beloved by millions and this brand new short story take us back to where it all began with Agatha's first case.


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At age twenty six, Agatha Raisin has already come a long way. She has clawed her way up since leaving the Birmingham slum where she was born. She's lost her Birmingham accent, run away from her drunken husband, and found a job at a public relations office as a secretary. Then her boss asks Agatha to go to the home of Brian Devese to tell him that he is soon going to be arr At age twenty six, Agatha Raisin has already come a long way. She has clawed her way up since leaving the Birmingham slum where she was born. She's lost her Birmingham accent, run away from her drunken husband, and found a job at a public relations office as a secretary. Then her boss asks Agatha to go to the home of Brian Devese to tell him that he is soon going to be arrested for the murder of his wife and that the agency no longer wants to represent him.Brian, impressed with the pugnacious Agatha, asks her to handle PR for him and even offers her an office and tells her she can hire a staff. Certainly the best thing Agatha can do for her first client is to find out who really murdered his wife and clear his name. And with her wits and gumption, Agatha sets out to do just that. New York Times bestseller M. C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin—now the star of a hit show on Acorn TV and public television—is beloved by millions and this brand new short story take us back to where it all began with Agatha's first case.

30 review for Agatha's First Case: An Agatha Raisin Mystery

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cyndi

    Agatha. She's young and frightened. But no one will know it. She's ambitious. To those who don't know her she's, "Scary Agatha." To those who know her she has a heart of gold. In this small story she meets a murder suspect who she feels is innocent. As the story progresses we see her get her feet on the ground and start running. Great story!!

  2. 4 out of 5

    TL

    This was a rec from my Facebook group when I asked for light/humorous reads. I was a bit confused on overdrive app as to the order of the books since they didn't mark em. the series online, After looking up I decided to try this one since it was a prequel to the whole thing. Wasn't very impressed. It was very rushed and the writing felt stiff,with more telling than showing. I felt no interest or attachment to anyone involved. (Yes, it is a short story but I've had shorter ones than this get me inv This was a rec from my Facebook group when I asked for light/humorous reads. I was a bit confused on overdrive app as to the order of the books since they didn't mark em. the series online, After looking up I decided to try this one since it was a prequel to the whole thing. Wasn't very impressed. It was very rushed and the writing felt stiff,with more telling than showing. I felt no interest or attachment to anyone involved. (Yes, it is a short story but I've had shorter ones than this get me invested in the characters) There was hardly any suspense in the solving and investigating of the case. I kept wondering if my audiobook had the equivalent of holes in it or something but it felt like lots was left out in order to get the solution. Everything seemed to be handed to Agatha and without much effort. The culprit was revealed very quickly and it just seemed thrown in there as an afterthought. I finished this to keep myself occupied while I was getting stuff done around the house so at least I multi-tasked? *shrugs* Narrator was meh for me, a couple of her voices were good but the rest didn't distinguish themselves much. This didn't inspire me to check out the rest of the series. I seem to be in the minority here so give it a shot if it piques your interest you may have better luck than this reader.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    A short, easy read which highlights how Agatha Raisin began her PR and sleuthing careers.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dagny

    It was really strange to see a young Agatha at twenty-six years. This short story would only have been two stars, but two scenes near the end (one especially delightful) which had nothing to do with the actual mystery made it worthwhile for me.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Una Tiers

    Back when Agatha and James were married, I would head over to the bookstore to get each new release. But, now, it's bye bye Beaton. While I fully acknowledge some series cannot go on forever, this one has disappointed me for the last two books. Some people question whether or not Beaton is even writing the books. This is a whole story flashback to Agatha's youth. Instead of moving ups the stakes, the problem is solved miraculously in the same sentence in which it was introduced. Not recommended.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    It was interesting to see Agatha's character develop. I think the first book did a better job of her characterization than this short story, but it was a fun read. I especially liked how the ending was foreshadowing the first book (I don't think that's a spoiler, as it has nothing to do with the case). A fun, quick read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Leigh

    A fun prequel to the Agatha Raisin series, the story reveals how Agatha got her start, in PR as well as how she started her own business and made a success of it. Working for a bully of a boss, Agatha heads out to see their latest client, who her boss doesn't want to work with him. He is accused of murdering his wife, a "trophy wife" as Agatha calls her. Instead of dumping him as a client, Agatha suddenly finds herself going into business on her own, and investigating the murder herself. Much to A fun prequel to the Agatha Raisin series, the story reveals how Agatha got her start, in PR as well as how she started her own business and made a success of it. Working for a bully of a boss, Agatha heads out to see their latest client, who her boss doesn't want to work with him. He is accused of murdering his wife, a "trophy wife" as Agatha calls her. Instead of dumping him as a client, Agatha suddenly finds herself going into business on her own, and investigating the murder herself. Much to the chagrin of the police she stumbles on the solution to the crime. This is more a story of how it all began for Agatha, including her first real investigation, how she went from being more proper, to being tough and rather mean at times, and of course how she met up with Roy, Agatha would not be the same without Roy around to get her into more trouble. Not a bad little read, was quick and fun and a great way to pass the time.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Burkhart

    This book was written as a prequel to the Agatha Raisin mysteries that I am so fond of. I found it very disappointing. Why? Because this was written in the vein of the film version of the stories. In the movie version Agatha is tall, thin and young, and very, very clever. In the book version she is always fighting the pounds, going to the spa to fix herself up, and trying to cover up her poor upbringing through a cloud of her cigarette smoke. I love the book Agatha whereas the film version was a This book was written as a prequel to the Agatha Raisin mysteries that I am so fond of. I found it very disappointing. Why? Because this was written in the vein of the film version of the stories. In the movie version Agatha is tall, thin and young, and very, very clever. In the book version she is always fighting the pounds, going to the spa to fix herself up, and trying to cover up her poor upbringing through a cloud of her cigarette smoke. I love the book Agatha whereas the film version was a poor substitute for the books. I am still a big fan of the Agatha Raisin mysteries, except for this book. I felt it was the writer's attempt to keep publishing even when she may not have a good tale to tell.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    Very much an origin sketch of a plucky young woman who is making her way up in the world & doing what she has to within her rules. Very British, well narrated. I would have liked it better if it had been fleshed out a bit more. Still, it's a good introduction to the series, I think. I doubt I'll be interested in reading much of it, but I do like the Hamish MacBeth series so far, another by this author. I think Dunn's Daisy Darymple series has filled this small niche in my world, though. Very much an origin sketch of a plucky young woman who is making her way up in the world & doing what she has to within her rules. Very British, well narrated. I would have liked it better if it had been fleshed out a bit more. Still, it's a good introduction to the series, I think. I doubt I'll be interested in reading much of it, but I do like the Hamish MacBeth series so far, another by this author. I think Dunn's Daisy Darymple series has filled this small niche in my world, though.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Purple Iris

    2.5 I started this thinking it was a full-length novel and actually the first book in the series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Goofy little short story featuring a young Agatha. I had to listen since I've followed the series and didn't know that this sidecar existed. It was only an hour long.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Alex Knipp

    So fun and witty. Love the protagonist and hope to read more of these mysteries!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Bof! A short - very short story about Agatha's arrival from Birmingham to London, and how she managed to set up her PR agency by solving a crime that, as usual, baffled the police. It would seem to be a little morsel to whet one's appetite for the new novel "Dishing the Dirt". Well, I suppose it did answer a few questions that I had never even asked myself!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    A fine short story about Agatha's start in the PR business.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Madeleine (Top Shelf Text)

    I put a hold on this audiobook, thinking that it was the first in the series and not realizing that it was a short story! I realized as soon as it downloaded that it must be a novella, so I decided to listen anyways. While the narrator was good, I really didn't care for the character of Agatha Raisin -- and the short mystery was not resolved well at all. I'm glad I listened, so that I know that this isn't a series for me.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Pauline

    Years ago around the time Agatha married James, I would rush to buy the new books in hardcover. But now, bye bye Beaton. While I fully acknowledge some series cannot go on forever, this one has disappointed me for the last two books. Some people question whether or not Beaton is even writing the books. This is a whole story flashback to Agatha's youth. Instead of moving ups the stakes, the problem is solved miraculously in the same sentence in which it was introduced. Not recommended.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mortisha Cassavetes

    This short story is the beginning of the Agatha Raisin series and I just love it. The story follows Agatha Raisin, a young woman starting over after leaving her drunken husband. Agatha meets Brian and thus her PR career begins. I really enjoy the writing style as it reminds me of a modern day Agatha Christie. I highly recommend this book as well as the series if you love a cozy mystery.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Whitney

    A fun, short story sharing Agatha's origin story as a sleulth and a legendary PR professional.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    A charming book introducing Agatha Raisin with her first case.

  20. 4 out of 5

    C-shaw

    The first Agatha Raisin story. I like it a lot!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    I was delighted to find this book. I love Agatha raisin mysteries and I had always wondered how she made the switch from PR agent to amateur detective. This book explains it wonderfully.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kris

    This is a fun series of mysteries--"cozy" mysteries. The more I listen to Agatha Raisin books, the more I like them.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Booth

    How Aggie got her start in the business and a nose for butting in.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Doyle

    I absolutely loved this. I listened to it on Audible was so good.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Gina

    This was the perfect piece of enchanting fluff that I needed for my work day commute!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    A delightful distraction from my commute. Agatha Raisin always makes me laugh.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Debra Jo (Room of Required Reading Book Reviews)

    Started watching the tv show so I decided to start the series. I feel like I will definitely enjoy this!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Evelyn

    Just a short story giving a glimpse into how Agatha Raisin got her start into the world of sleuthing. I enjoyed it (actually read it before, but forgot and read it again). I would recommend it to fans of the Agatha Raisin mysteries. The solution was fairly simple (it is a short story, of course) but I liked it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    It was a cute little novella that introduced you to MC Beaton's style and the inimitable Agatha Raisin. She reminded me of a British Stephanie Plumb. I enjoyed Alison Larkin's narrative skills

  30. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Fun! I loved the series on TV and the books are lovely as well. Listened as an audio book. Different reader than Quiche of Death, which is narrated by Penelope Keith, who I dearly hope narrates the rest of the entire series. But the narrator here is not bad...just, srsly, who can be better than Keith?

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