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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
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Hardcover, 199 pages
Published 2010 by Constable & Robinson Ltd
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Kim
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
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
Gerry
'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
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Richard Ward
Dec 11, 2014 Richard Ward rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of murder mysteries or of fiction set in England; libertarians or any skeptical of government
Wow! I loved this Christmas-themed instalment of the Agatha Raisin series a lot more than I expected to. It might not be a perfect book, but I'm giving it a perfect score anyway, since I can hardly imagine enjoying it more than I did. The main protagonist, P.I. Agatha Raisin, is at her best, as are her regular supporting characters. There's a new "Watson" introduced as well, and I really liked him.

I'm a libertarian and I read fiction like one, and this book had some strong themes that any liber
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Lexi
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
Georgiann Hennelly
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
Jenny L
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.
Susan
Cute and fun read. Plenty of mystery.
bella
In her 21st adventure, Agatha is determined to forgo with a traditional christmas. She's not the only one dampening the christmas spirit. It seems Health and Safety Inspector, John Sunday, is upsetting everyone in Carsely and surrounding villages, by deeming everything "unsafe". From the christmas tree on the Church to lights on private houses, no one is immune from his wrath. John Sunday is fast becoming the most hated man in the Cotswolds so it's no surprise when he is murdered. Of course, for ...more
Megan
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
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Lee
May 08, 2015 Lee rated it 5 of 5 stars
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!
Clarissa Longoria
I enjoyed the character development a bit more this time around. Like the idea of a romance finally happening between Charles and Agatha; he has always been there for her while James screwed her over time and again. I hope that Agatha finally finds happiness at last with whoever it is. The mystery was interesting in that it was a demographic you would least expect to committ murder. Makes you wonder . . .
Sarah
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.
Judy
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Alexandra
Certainly this isn't the best Agatha and not the best chapter in the series: it really seems written in a hurry, putting together pieces from previous books. Old and new characters are poorly defined, the life in Carsely village (the real strenght of this series) is totally lacking and another important missing element is humour (maybe except in the very end). The mystery in itself has never been the centerpiece of these books, but this time it is really (using a typical Raisin expression) too " ...more
Linda
The Agatha Raisin series by M.C.Beaton is one of my favorite adult series. Cranky self-centered Agatha is a hoot. In this book she solves the mystery of two seemingly unrelated deaths, murders, in a neighboring English village with all the usual troubles that only Agatha can encounter.
Mary
The only reason I finished this is because the mystery book discussion group was reading it.
I disliked the main character so much that I have absolutely no desire to read any of the other books in this series. I can't think of one redeeming quality for Agatha Raisin, except perhaps that at the end of the book she helped one character start a business, but that had a giant nasty consequence for another character. Otherwise, she is a grumpy, controlling, complaining crank who lets others do her de
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Laura
About time! I was slightley upset about Agatha's continued "James obsession" and this dragged on too long. But this storyline eased up so that I saw enough of the "old" Agatha to be happy!
Lori
Another wonderful addition to the series. Agatha is up to her old tricks again, and I'm loving the use of all the supporting characters! Can't wait for the next one!
Sarah
Loved this book, just as I love all of M.C. Beaton's books. Read my full review at http://www.dreamworldbooks.com/2012/0....
Una Tiers
Agatha just cannot get a break on vacations. Although the series is losing steam, it's nice to see the familiar characters.
Mary: Harry Dresden's Love Slave
Snake's and bastards! Love Agatha. Been awhile since I visited the Cotswold's and Ms Raisin. Still enjoyable.
Philip
Another wonderful Agatha romp with all of the fun and sassiness of the first few. A good quick read
Linda
Another great read in the series. I literally laughed out loud at the end.
Bridget
I especially enjoyed this one. The ending made me laugh so hard.
Irishmama47
I laughed out loud during this one. loved it
Marie
Another great Agatha Raisin mystery.
Lorraine
Dec 23, 2014 Lorraine rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone because all would enjoy Agatha Raisin!
I like Agatha. She is a pip, and she is also a good detective. This is the first book of this series that I have read, but I already have a few copies of other books in this series. I do believe that I shall enjoy them. This village mystery takes place in a fictional area of the Cotswalds, my favorite area in England. I have traveled there many times, but I have never been in a village that spawned 2 murders. At least, I do not think that I have. Agatha is a kick! I burst out laughing quite a fe ...more
Lori Dreiling
Loved this one!
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