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Agatha Raisin and the Busy Body (Agatha Raisin #21)

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Christmas falls on a Sunday ...

A blood-curdling scream stirs Agatha Raisin from her surreptitious slumbers at the Christmas meeting of Carsely's Ladies' Society. In a holly bush in the vicarage grounds, Mr Sunday, an officer from the local health and safety board, is found dead. It seems his latest ruling against a Christmas tree atop the church tower may have been the las
Hardcover, 199 pages
Published 2010 by Constable & Robinson Ltd
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Jul 22, 2011 Kim rated it it was ok
I honestly don't know why I continue to read this series. Almost every single person is unpleasant, INCLUDING the main character. The whole feeling of the series is uncomfortable, itchy and irritable - it's like wearing a too-tight sweater. I guess because they take place in a Cotswold village, I keep hoping that there will be something attractive and charming in them. The cover is misleading, too - there is almost NOTHING about Christmas in the book. It starts just before Christmas time and by ...more
Pattie Tierney
Oct 18, 2010 Pattie Tierney rated it it was amazing
Another great Beaton book with the irascible Agatha Raisin at it again. A number of murders are investigated in this book with more time passing than usual and, consequently, a mystery a bit more complex than those in the past. A new addition to the detective agency adds another dimension. There's a lot to like in this book, old familiars as well as the new, and some surprises at the end that make me anxious to read the next installment. I'll have to wait another year for book 22 and the continu ...more
Feb 12, 2016 Jo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 14, 2015 Gerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Is it any use , Agatha, telling you yet again to keep out of it?' says police officer Bill Wong to amateur sleuth Agatha Raisin after the second murder in that terrorised village of Carsely in the Cotswolds. The unsaid answer was 'No, there is no point telling me', for Agatha gets deeply involved in all the intrigue and various murders that take place, one of which takes place very early in the piece.

Agatha and her trusty crew, plus assistance from one or two of her old friends, delve as usual
Sep 03, 2011 Lexi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
I picked this book up from the library because I was heading to the Cotswolds (the area of England where the series takes place) and thought it would be fun to read something local. I made it about 100 pages in, and then gave up and skimmed through the last 50 pages to see whodunnit, though honestly I didn't care very much by that point. This is not my kind of story. I found the characterizations to be simultaneously hateful and unbelievable, like the author is stretching to see just how awful s ...more
Jenny L
Sep 26, 2013 Jenny L rated it it was amazing
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
Kathy Warren
This read just wasn't the greatest of MC Beaton's Agatha Raisin. Poor writing and mystery was poor.
Mar 29, 2017 Damaskcat rated it it was amazing
John Sunday is causing havoc in and around Carsely - the Cotswold village where Agatha Raisin lives. He is a Health and Safety officer and is upsetting everyone by banning things such as the Christmas Tree on top of the church steeple and the wooden shelves in the village shop.

Then during a meeting in a nearby vicarage to organise a protest against Sunday's activities the man himself is found dead in the garden. The problem for the police and for Agatha is that there are too many suspects. Just
A great mix of murder, mayhem, and humour makes this another enjoyable installment in the Agatha Raisin series!

The story starts off with Agatha in Corsica, determined to put thoughts of Christmas out of her head. It seems that she can’t escape Christmas, even there! With most of the local restaurants and shops closed for the holidays, Agatha does not have much to do and the local Christmas decorations only remind her of what she is missing in Carsely. She returns to the Cotswolds to find that Jo
Oct 31, 2014 Megan rated it did not like it
This book reminded me of the time I made the mistake of getting my lady parts waxed at a nail salon: thoroughly and unnecessarily unpleasant. I wanted it to end. But it just didn't. Not for quite some time. Every small action was drawn out. And just when I would see a glimmer of hope that the whole thing was about to be over, it wasn't.

Let's agree on some basics for a murder mystery: if four people have already been killed and a few more sent to the hospital, you fail as a detective! You did no
Georgiann Hennelly
Mar 25, 2011 Georgiann Hennelly rated it it was amazing
Agatha Raisin is a cranky but lovable private investigator. her cozy little village of Carsely has always prided itself on its christmas festivities, But this year Mr John Sunday an officer with the Health and safety board has put a damper on things. He has ruled no decorating the lampposts to danagerous , no tree on top of the church amongest other things so when he is murdered, , Agatha decides to solve the crime, but with so many enemies it is hard to know where to start-or how to stop the ki ...more
Nov 07, 2015 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Agatha does it again

I have loved Agatha Raisin books since the very first one. There have been a couple that didn't seem quite up to par but this is certainly not one of those. This time there are two murders to be solved, even more attempts, Sir Charles softens up a bit and James Lacey is briefly back in Aggie's life. All in all a totally satisfying visit to the Cotswalds.
Jul 13, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, audiobook
I think this book would be getting exactly half the stars if I hadn't listened to the fantastic audiobook version read by Penelope Keith. Her interpretation of the characters was just spot on and lifted the enjoyment level considerably of what was a fairly drawn out tale with numerous weak points. Because of Penelope Keith I'll probably be trying another Agatha Raisin sometime in the future.
Jennifer Dombrowski
I think this was one of the best M.C. Beaton books I have read to date. All of this author's books are great, but this one was exceptional with what Mr. Friday had as rules for safety were ridiculous! A definite read since it involves two years of Christmas' that Agatha Raisin had both of them not too happy.
Sep 08, 2016 Patricia rated it liked it
This is a fun book with a Christmas theme. Health and Safety has turned the town's Christmas time looking glum but it is Agatha to the rescue.
Oct 28, 2013 Susan rated it it was amazing
Cute and fun read. Plenty of mystery.
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Sep 20, 2011 Mary: Harry Dresden's Love Slave rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, library, 2014
Snake's and bastards! Love Agatha. Been awhile since I visited the Cotswold's and Ms Raisin. Still enjoyable.
Nov 15, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, kindle-books
Another great read in the series. I literally laughed out loud at the end.
May 04, 2015 Lee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Love, love, love Aggie. It's nice to see its not all about her this time, there are a few characters and you are hearing more of them in this one. On to the next one!
Dec 19, 2016 Cyndi rated it it was amazing
Agatha has decided to skip the Christmas party this time, but murder? Not so much.
Jul 08, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
Loved this book, just as I love all of M.C. Beaton's books. Read my full review at
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Dec 05, 2012 An Odd1 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Busy applies to two bodies - stabbed John "Grudge" Sunday, critical of Christmas decorations and Carsely villagers - to the overall plot - complicated by fatal hammer on head of rich bragging gossip Miriam Courtney - and to intricate unraveling of double death - side bends and pretzels. (Hence long review.) Agatha's quick wit, clever lies to get where and what she needs, close escapes, unpredictable twists - too often deus ex machina convenient coincidences - pull me in again and again. I soon f ...more
Sarah Davies
May 29, 2017 Sarah Davies rated it really liked it
This was a great story, with Agatha seeming to mature over the story, and not falling in love with any men at the first opportunity!

Which has now made her more appealing to the men in her life.

Will look forward to reading the next instalment in the series.
Susan Webb
May 11, 2017 Susan Webb rated it it was amazing
this had a crazy story line!!
Jan 29, 2017 Toni rated it it was ok
This story is too disjointed - odd story lines all over the place. The murder was not satisfactorily wrapped up at all.
Diane Large
Jun 18, 2017 Diane Large rated it did not like it
I found Agatha irritating and the mystery disjointing.
Jun 22, 2017 Laranuessel rated it liked it
Love this series of books. Easy reads, especially after a heavy and long book.
May 09, 2017 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Light reading by a prolific and popular master.
Mitch Cardella Trudel Du Mond
Dec 24, 2016 Mitch Cardella Trudel Du Mond rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-c-beaton
Kathy Moberg
Dec 04, 2016 Kathy Moberg rated it really liked it
The new characters are keeping the series fresh and the original characters continue to be fun and interesting.
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