The Dead Ringer

The Dead Ringer

Book - 2018 | First edition
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The idyllic Cotswolds village of Thirk Magna is best known for the medieval church of St. Ethelred and its bells, which are the pride and glory of the whole community. As the bell-ringers get ready for the visit of the dashing Bishop Peter Salver-Hinkley, the whole village is thrown into a frenzy. Meanwhile, Agatha convinces one of the bell-ringers, the charming lawyer Julian Brody, to hire her to investigate the mystery of the Bishop's ex-fiancee: a local heiress, Jennifer Toynby, who went missing years ago and whose body was never found ... Meanwhile, the bodies in the village just keep on piling up: The corpse of Larry Jensen, a local policeman, is discovered in the crypt. Millicent Dupin, one of a pair of bell-ringing identical twins, is murdered near the church. And Terry Fletcher, a journalist and (briefly) Agatha's lover, is found dead in her sitting room! Agatha widens her investigation and very soon her main suspect is the handsome Bishop himself. But could he really be behind this series of violent killings, or is it someone who wants to bring him-and his reputation-down?
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2018
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781250157690
Branch Call Number: FIC MYS
Characteristics: 258 pages ; 22 cm


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Nov 14, 2020

Not one of the best in the series. I felt that there were too many characters to try to keep up with, and the title seems chosen only for it's double entendre, with only a sparse relevance to the story line. Obviously, worth reading if you feel that you want to complete the series at all cost. Less mistakes than in some earlier novels (wrong name of the character, resulting in my reading the paragraph at least 4 times to try and understand the statement context) but also less character insight, mostly dialogue.

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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