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Subject: Hamish MacBeth or Agatha Raisin?
Date Posted: 2/22/2010 2:33 PM ET
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Hamish MacBeth or Agatha Raisin?  Both series by MC Beaton, which is your favorite?

Taking a poll, please vote.

Thanks!:)

Subject: Hamish
Date Posted: 2/23/2010 11:01 AM ET
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I love both of these series. Hamish wins. He helped me to understand my brother. Like Hamish, part of the source of his happiness is contentment with where he is in life. Have you read Rhys Bowen who wrote the Evan series along with Molly Murphy at the same time? If so which do you like?

Date Posted: 2/23/2010 5:15 PM ET
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I like both but Hamish is my favorite.  I definitely understand why he likes his cozy life and has no ambition for more responsibility & hassle.

Date Posted: 2/23/2010 9:54 PM ET
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Hamish, hands down.   I couldn't make it through my first Agatha book even though I went into it expecting to like her.



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Subject: Hamish or Agatha?
Date Posted: 2/24/2010 5:36 PM ET
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I have to vote for Agatha.  I LOVE them both, and have devoured all that have been written in  both series.  Agatha makes me laugh out loud at her audacity and she is so REAL! Her non apologetic smoking habit and her self absorbtion in her looks, make her like any one of us!  The plots are great and the ongoing James and Charles issues are always new and never boring or redundant.  Even the small things like the cats, and Mrs. Bloxley keep these reads so interesting.  Hamish is a perfect cozy too, but something about the love interest is just lagging or lacking in his series.  It is almost made up for though in the incredible landscape and descriptions of the croft and the village characters. his pets are like one of our own family...  It's a hard choice!  But I go with Agatha.

Subject: by the way
Date Posted: 2/24/2010 5:43 PM ET
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in my quest for more incredible cozy reading as good as MC Beaton, I have come across Selma EIchler, and her series on Desiree Shapiro.  These have been my favorites until a new Agatha or Hamish comes out.  Do you have other favorite cozy series?

Date Posted: 2/24/2010 6:23 PM ET
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Hamish, definitely!

Date Posted: 2/25/2010 12:46 AM ET
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Team Hamish!

Date Posted: 2/25/2010 11:32 AM ET
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thank you all for your input!:)

I haven't read any of the books and/or authors mentioned.....yet!  I'm caring for my 86 year young mother-in-law while she is recovering from an illness.  I'm looking for something fun to read, something that I can share with her.  MC Beaton was highly recommended.

Looks like Hamish wins!;)

Date Posted: 2/26/2010 11:28 PM ET
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I love them both but I am secretly in love with Hamish so I pick those as my favorite. Although I've finished all but the most recent Agatha Raisin book and am only about half way through the Hamish ones. I hit a snag acquiring Death of Glutton which slowed me down.  But I finally got it and now I'm up to Death of a Travelling Man. 

I'm finding Agatha a little annoying now-probably because I read like 10 in very short time. 

Date Posted: 2/27/2010 1:54 PM ET
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I vote for Hamish-

I tried to read Agatha Raisin- just couldn't get interested-

Date Posted: 3/1/2010 2:37 PM ET
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Agatha, here.  I do read and enjoy Hamish, but maybe because I'm an old lady, I identify with Agatha!:)

Date Posted: 3/1/2010 5:45 PM ET
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The vote so far:  Hamish 7 and Agatha 2.

Date Posted: 3/2/2010 12:12 PM ET
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Hamish Macbeth.  Agatha is too much of a whiner and sometimes I wonder what goes on inside the head of someone who is supposed to have been so successful.  She can be pretty darned stupid at times.  Hamish was always presented as someone with very little ambition so when he is a bit thick, I can forgive him.

Subject: more on Agatha and Hamish
Date Posted: 3/9/2010 1:49 PM ET
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http://www.agatharaisin.com

gives the latest updates on both series by M.C. Beaton

Date Posted: 3/10/2010 6:35 PM ET
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Deborah, I enjoyed reading about Agatha and Hamish (and M.C. Beaton... she is a fascinating character as well!)  Thanks for the site!

Date Posted: 3/20/2010 3:08 PM ET
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Hamish.

Date Posted: 3/20/2010 10:03 PM ET
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Hamish.  Agatha gives me a pain.

Date Posted: 3/21/2010 7:20 PM ET
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Curse you all! More books for my RL. For the record, I'm reading my first Hamish (Death of a Cad -- am still waiting for Death of a Gossip to come up on my WL), and am enjoying it. It's light, easy, and I don't have to think too much while reading it. Perfect after a long day at work.

Date Posted: 3/22/2010 8:32 AM ET
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I've only read the stage adaptation of Agatha Raisin and wasn't impressed, but maybe it just didn't transfer well.  Actually I've never even read Hamish Macbeth, but I loved the TV show.  *sigh* more to add to my reading list!

Date Posted: 3/22/2010 9:27 AM ET
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Jennifer that's why I love them.  They're just fun reads.  I've avoide trying to watch the TV show because I have Hamish pictured in my mind and I don't wnat to ruin it.  Same reason why I don't watch the Dresden File shows becuase I have Harry pictured in my mind and I don't want the show to ruin it for me. 

I'd probably feel differently if they were shows that were still on and being made like True Blood. I'm odd I know.

I just finished book 10 of the Hamish book.  The only one I had trouble finding so far was Death of a Glutton which seems to be the only one they didn't reissue at some point or something.  I was finally going to break down and buy a used copy when another PBS forum regular broke before me and then posted it to my WL. 



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