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As the Pig Turns (Agatha Raisin #22)

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  3,512 Ratings  ·  433 Reviews

Winter Parva is a “picturesque” (touristy) Cotswold village with gift shops, a medieval market hall, and thatched cottages. After a disappointing Christmas season, the parish council has decided to hold a special event in January, complete with old-fashioned costumes, morris dancing, and a pig roast on the village green. 

Always one for a good roasting, Agatha Raisin organ

ebook, 304 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Minotaur Books (first published 2011)
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Nov 27, 2016 Barbara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-challenge

2.5 stars

Private detective Agatha Raisin - a stout fiftyish Englishwoman with small bear-like eyes and shiny brown hair - lives alone in Carsley, a pretty village in the Cotswolds. In this 22nd book in the series, business is slow and Agatha is bored - so she takes some friends and employees to nearby Winter Parva for a festive pig roast. As the pig is being basted, Agatha notices that the porker has a tattoo that spells out 'Amy.' Stop the roast! Turns out a pig's head has been attached to a hu
What a terrible shame.What once was a brilliantly executed set of funny , believable and well written stories has finally come to an end.I say this because the last few novels in the series have just been utter rubbish .Sorry to those that still think they are brilliant but in my honest opinion they have lost all what made them good .

Ive read every single one of MC Beatons Agatha Raisin series and they have got progressively worse and this one is no exception.

A thrown together plot that lost its
Aug 28, 2013 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am convinced that MC Beaton does not use a plotting outline when she sits down to writer her books in the Agatha Raisin series. Any book that begins with Mrs. Bloxby convinced that her husband is having an affair, an idea that is never revisited, and ends with the Bulgarian mafia, leaves the reader wondering if there is any pre-thought or just the ramblings of a bored writer.

The Agatha Raisin series is one that I revisit often since there is no deep thought needed to get through them. The same
Cynthia K
Although I am a big fan of British mysteries, I had not read any of the novels featuring Agatha Raisin. Jumping into the series at the 22nd installment colored my opinion of the book. I should note that the reason I am encountering this author/character for the first is that I won a copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway.

It was a good story, but I was distracted by trying to keep up with the characters. In addition to the suspects and those people associated with the killers, I had to sort
Jul 06, 2013 Claude rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite enjoyable. However I'm wondering. Wasn't Simon an orphan in one of the previous installments? Well, in As The Pig Turns both his parents were suddenly alive again. Sloppy plotting?
After reading the blurb on the back of the book, I thought I was going to just love this character: "Agatha (Raisin) is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit, and major man lust." The protagonist, Agatha Raisin, is a 50-something detective working in an English village. It turns out she's not as spunky as I was expecting and she's not really a terribly clever detective. (view spoiler) ...more
Dec 07, 2011 Mayda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cozies
Agatha Raisin is at it again in this newest installment of M. C. Beaton’s wonderful series. Poor Agatha never seems to be in the right place at the right time. Either she is miserable because she is alone and lonely, or she is literally falling over dead bodies in public places. Agatha is good soul at heart, even though she sometimes fails to do the right thing. But watching her get in and out of scrapes is half the fun of reading an Agatha Raisin mystery, and the other half is seeing if you can ...more
I won As the Pig Turns in a goodreads giveaway and was excited about my introduction to a "New York Times Bestselling" mystery author. Maybe the that tag line raised my hopes too high.

This book is populated with plenty of "characters" and is fast paced with lots of twists and turns. Unfortunately the scenes felt thrown together and the story lacked the thread of truth that makes a work of fiction enjoyable. There was no character I could like or root for.

Perhaps this is a series that only wor
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Jul 03, 2012 Peggy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-england
#22 in the Agatha Raisin series, one of the few books I can read in a day. Very light, but funny and somehow you have sympathy for Agatha in spite of her rudeness, and lack of growth and self-awareness. The plot of this one is a little convoluted, but all the familiar secondary characters are present and accounted for.
Jennifer Nichols
I enjoy this mindless series, but this one had a glaring mistake that kept bugging me the whole book. Last book introduced Simon, a character i enjoyed whose parents were recently killed in a car accident. In this one he comes back, but his parents are alive and are wealthy and spoil him. I'm generally willing to suspend all disbelief, but continuity is important.
John Frankham
Feb 13, 2014 John Frankham rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-detective
How could I have allowed myself to read another of these absurd books: badly written, poor characterization of caricatured stock personnel, lazy repetitive plots, unlikeable heroine. But I know I'll probably read another. Why?
Caroline Venables
I am enjoying the Agatha Raisin series of books. However I didn't start at the beginning but I've found it easy enough to jump in and pick up bits and pieces.

This story follows Agatha as she tries to find the murderer of a disliked policeman.

I find all the Agatha books I've read so far very easy reads. They are fast paced and although somewhat some of it is very far fetched, they make for an enjoyable read.
May 02, 2015 Gerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What is intended to be a special January event of a pig roast on the village green at Winter Parva turns out to be the beginning of a murder investigation. And Agatha Raisin is, once again, at the centre of it all.

The pig that is to be roasted turns out to be something else, a dead police officer, and as it is Agatha who alerts the authorities to the possibilities, she is quickly pulled in for questioning by the police. Her friend in the force Bill Wong makes it clear that she should keep away f
Alicia Jespersen(BehindThePicketFence)
1.5 Daggers

What started out as a fun cozy mystery quickly turned into a book with, what seemed to me little talent and a much slower plot than I usually expect from a cozy. Now I have read other Agatha Raisin mysteries and quite enjoyed them but "As The Pig Turns" had none of the excitement, or fun qualities of some of Ms. Beaton's previous books.

Agatha Raisin seemed to become more of a bitter old lady, by expressing rude conclusions and just pushing other characters around. Which is sort of par
May 14, 2016 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An unusual title, and a quirky story, as would be expected from an Agatha Raisin tale. Nothing is as first appears, some strange twists and turns and fascinating characters.

It all begins with a hog roast in Winter Parva, attended by Agatha and her assistant, Toni. Eagle eyed Agatha soon spots something sinister about spit pig (adorned with tattoos that Agatha recognises). This is the body of a policeman, Gary Beech, with few friends and numerous enemies, Agatha is soon on the case and with the h
Oct 27, 2011 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love love love the Agatha Raisin series by M.C. Beaton. There is no better way to while away an afternoon than with Agatha Raisin. Agatha is a loud, brash, overwhelming but endearing middle aged British woman who happens to constantly stumble across murders and mysteries. She lives in the quiet bucolic Cotswold area in a lovely cottage with her two pet cats...who really do love her. She has stumbled across and solved so many mysteries that she opened up her own detective agency.

Agatha thinks s
As The Pig Turns by M.C. Beaton is the 22nd entry in Beaton's Agatha Raisin series. I love Beaton, I love Agatha (curmudgeonly though she is) and I loved this book.

The pig turning on a spit turns out be a dead policeman, hated by all who knew him, including Agatha whom he had recently fine for taking her hands off the wheel of her car (parked) to blow her nose. The book has a great deal more plot than many of Beaton's books and I found it exciting and fun. I enjoyed all the members of Agatha's d
Won this on Goodread's first reads giveaways!

So not my kind of book. I don't really enjoy these chick-lit mysteries to begin with and this one fit right into that category. Crazy plot, unlikeable characters, little suspense. I found Agatha Raisin to be overbearing, rude, and boy-crazy which is an odd characteristic in an older professional woman. There are some characters in the book that I never did figure out how they were connected to her, other then they kept showing up at her house. Must be
Jenny L
Sep 26, 2013 Jenny L rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-books
Read them! All of them. All 23. They are simply fabulous! I love them and love Agatha Raisin. The stories are set in the English Cotswolds - which is where I'm from, so that makes them extra special, but I cannot recommend them highly enough. If you want to read about an opinionated, outspoken, headstrong single woman in her middle years with no money worries, but men worries and murder at every turn, then you too will love Agatha Raisin. Just make sure you buy more than one at a time, because y ...more
Oct 06, 2011 Gail rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a First Reads free giveaway. They sent such a lovely note with the book when I received it 2 days ago. First time I received a note with one of my wins. I really appreciated that. Thanks. They also recommended a website that I need to check Can't wait to read the book!
It was a good thing I got this book for free. I was very disappointed in it. It is nothing like the other mysteries I like to read. This book was really strange and uninteresting.
This was not the best Agatha Raisin book by far. At times it felt as if the author was "phoning it in." Many of the occurrances were just not plausible. There were too many subplots which add little or nothing to the series as a whole. The ending felt as if the author said "Oops! I'm on page 300. Better wrap this up!" There were unresolved loose ends. The last chapter feels like the first chapter of the next book.
Agatha Raisin continues to be one of my favorite cozy mystery lead characters. From her brash habit of saying just what she thinks and solving murders when the police are clueless to her unlucky obsessions with men who let her down, Agatha is a force that one would be wise to have in his/her corner. M.C. Beaton has kept this series fresh and entertaining throughout, and those of us who love Agatha can't wait to see what hot water she immerses herself into next.
Oct 07, 2011 Wendy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I won this book on Goodreads giveaways. The best part about mystery books for me is trying to figure out who did it as the book goes along, but in this book they give you no clues as to who may have done it and why. I also found myself lost on fallowing the story at times. That is way I would have to say this is not one of my favorite mystery books. Maybe, since this is #22 in the series I need to start at number one.
Oct 11, 2016 Catherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It started out just OK. The mystery was hard to follow since too many people were involved in bits. The story reminds me of old school assignments where an idea was written down, the passed to another to add to it . After quiet a few exter ideas the story come to an end. I might be tempted to read another, but not now.
Millie Taylor
This is the first Agatha Raisin book I have read. I usually like "cozy" books, but was very disappointed in M.C. Beaton's writing. I find Agatha a throughly unlikable person with no redeeming qualitites. Likewise, I did not find anything interesting about any of her staff or so-called friends. And there was little or no description of the police force. Will not read any more of her books.
Mar 25, 2016 Rosalie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
That's it. I refuse to read any more of these. The politics are atrocious, the writing is trashy. The only reason I persisted is that they are read by Penelope Keith, Agatha has a bizarre attraction because she is so awful and they are mindless fodder for driving.
Jun 12, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cosy-mystery
Entertaining light reading, enjoyable as always. Agatha Raisin is an awful bitch, but so likeable. However, I noticed several mistakes and discrepancies in this novel: I'm rather surprised Mrs Beaton/Cheyney's publisher didn't get them corrected before printing.
Jo Dimes
Sep 27, 2016 Jo Dimes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Light & easy to read - sometimes just what you want!
Oct 24, 2012 Tammy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a mess from beginning to end

I've been reading series for awhile

1 day to read

No I would not buy it
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