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As the Pig Turns (Agatha Raisin #22)
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...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
The Agatha Raisin series is one that I revisit often since there is no deep thought needed to get through them. The same ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Agatha thinks s ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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Marion Chesney Gibbons
aka: Ann Fairfax, Jennie Tremaine, Helen Crampton, Marion Chesney, Charlotte Ward, Sarah Chester.
Marion Chesney was born on 1936 in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, and started her first job as a bookseller in charge of the fiction department in John ...more