Trade Ed. ISIS Audio Books 2014
CS ISBN 9781407932798 $84.95 Nine cassettes
CD ISBN 978-1-4079-3280-4 $84.95 Nine CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9781407932811 $84.95 Two MP3-CDs
DD ISBN $19.77
Listeners may be reminded of M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin series, and narrator Lesley Mackie adds to that feeling with her charming, exuberant presentation. The villagers of Prior's Ford decide to hold a Scarecrow Festival to boost the local economy. Mackie captures the village kids as they help prepare for the big day, along with a few troublemakers who wantonly damage the scarecrows. Her best creation is Reverend Naomi, who helps smooth over various difficulties in a warm tone and Jamaican accent, particularly when the Forsythe family confronts cancer. Listeners will feel part of a place that's idyllic but also realistic in today's sometimes troubled world. S.G.B. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2014]
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