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

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Agatha Raisin has never been one for enforced holiday cheer, but her friendly little village of Carsely has always prided itself on its traditional Christmas festivities. But this year the bells will not be ringing out Silent Night.
Paperback, 294 pages
Published April 21st 2011 by Constable and Robinson (first published 2011)
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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
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
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.
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
Loved this book, just as I love all of M.C. Beaton's books. Read my full review at
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Snake's and bastards! Love Agatha. Been awhile since I visited the Cotswold's and Ms Raisin. Still enjoyable.
Cute and fun read. Plenty of mystery.
John Sunday, a stickler for rules on Health and Safety Board, harasses villagers for their "violations"; he's such a stickler that even his co-workers steer clear. When he ends up murdered, no one seems to care. The prime suspects hires Agatha Raisin and her agency in order to clear her name...and ends up murdered herself. Raisin's pursuit of justice is rather helter-skelter, as is her custom, but she gets the job done in the end, even having to head to France and America to chase
Agatha Raisin is busy with her detective agency and it is Christmas time, something that she doesn't like to think about. John Sunday, an officer of the Health and Safety Board has managed to
make enemies of many of the villagers in the area. He has forbidden outdoor Christmas decorations, the tree on the church roof top, no illuminated décor on the lampposts and told one woman that her homemade toys were dangerous. When the villages of Carsely and Odley Cruesis get together in the church hall
It took me quite a while to get into the Agatha Raisin series – I find her character to be quite confronting – but she has gradually endeared herself to me and I quite like the cantankerous old biddy who is frantically slipping out of middle age kicking and screaming all the way. AGATHA RAISIN AND THE BUSY BODY opens with Agatha trying to escape Christmas by holidaying in Corsica, as is usual with her plans things go awry and she heads back home to find Christmas has been cancelled.

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On her way home from yet another disastrous vacation, Agatha arrives to find that there are no Christmas decorations around town, not even a Christmas tree. This is quite odd for the overly exuberant village. It appears that in her absence, John Sunday, the inspector for the Cotswold Health and Safety Board has deemed all the decorations, lighting and more, to be unsafe and has banned everything. Including items that directly affect the livelihoods of Carsley residences.

During a meeting in the
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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
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
Despite rather erratic pacing and the feeling that Beaton is trying to stuff way too much filler into what is already a lighter-than-air series, I keep coming back to read every new Agatha Raisin. I always get them from the library (I would never pay for a hardcover Agatha, but have picked up a paperback or two at my local used book store), and I always get a chuckle from cranky, self-centered Agatha. She's really the only thing that keeps me coming back, and even though there are some returning ...more
Lizzie Hayes
‘Agatha Raisin and the Busy Body’ by M C Beaton
Published by Constable, September 2010. ISBN: 978-1-84529-954-5

Discovering that she is no longer in love with her ex-husband James Lacey, Agatha decides that she will this year spend Christmas in a warmer climate. She settles on Corsica, and leaving her second in command Toni Gilmour in charge of the detective agency heads off for a restful Christmas on a Mediterranean island. The hotel falls far short of Agatha's expectations, there is no restauran
Helene Harrison
ISBN? - 9781849015998

Genre? - Mystery / Murder / Crime

Characters? - Agatha Raisin / Toni Gilmour / John Sunday / James Lacey / Sir Charles Fraith / Roy Silver / Mrs Bloxby

Setting? - Carsely (England)

Series? - Agatha Raisin #21

Title? - The title comes from the first murder victim who liked to get involved in everything and stop people from doing things considered unsafe.

Character Analysis? - Sunday was immediately very annoying, though that was the point, so well achieved. I loved Toni and Simon
After the dreadful effort of There goes the Bride this new installment of MC Beatons Agatha Raisin series is only mildly better .

I've read all the Agatha Raisin stories from the Quiche of Death onwards and in my opinion they have got progressively worse.
They are good for a quick read but I have found that they are just becoming more more badly written with the same words being repeated far to often and the story themselves are just ridiculously far fetched.I know its supposed to be lighthearted
If YOU invent the character YOU should be able to keep track of the details of his life. I hate inconsistencies! In this book, we first meet the character of Simon Black WHOSE PARENTS ARE DEAD! In other, later books, they are very much alive.

Now they may be alive in an early work and die at some time, but HOW if they are dead in the first book with Simon do they suddenly come back from the dead YEARS LATER?
Michael Mallory
Maybe it's time for M.C. Beaton to sit back and rest a bit. The incredibly prolific authors has turned out dozens upon dozens of cozy mysteries, most either featuring rural Scottish policeman Hamish Macbeth, or domineering Agatha Raisin, whose adventures are set in a Cottswolds village. It's clear from the title which series "Agatha Raisin and the Busy Body" falls into, though maybe it should have been titled "...and the Busy Book," since characters run around hither and yon, and their runnings ...more
I've enjoyed many of the Agatha Raisin series. However, I'm beginning to think maybe Mrs. Beaton has over done the series. Sometimes, when an author seems to be pushing out one copy right after another, the plots and characters begin to falter. I'm afraid that is the situation we have here. How many times must we hear Agatha's handbag call "capacious"? Why bother bringing back James Lacey for 1 paragraph of the story? It almost seems as if the plots are identical (person who is hated by everyone ...more
Another fun outing with the curmudgeonly detective Agatha Raisin. Agatha never learns when to let things go and hand over to the police, she always seems to end up in some sort of jeopardy.

In this story things are going from bad to worse as Mr John Sunday, an officer with the Health and Safty board, takes his duties a little bit too seriously and makes the lives of the locals unbareable with the enforcement of many petty rules. Someone obviously has a very strong dislike of Mr. Sunday, (but the
Ivonne Rovira
A bad Agatha Raisin novel is better than many authors' best effort, and Busy Body -- while not the best in M.C. Beaton's delightful series on a blustering but beloved P.R. woman-turned-detective -- isn't one of the worst, either. At one point, scaredy-cat Roy Silver takes a chance that's completely out of character, and one of the murders is a bit overly complicated; however, I really like this novel, as Agatha, her self-confidence at low ebb, begins to mature enough to deal with her obsessions ...more
Shirley Schwartz
I have been a long-time rabid fan of Agatha Raisin books, and I look forward to the new ones as they come out. I enjoyed this one a bit more than the last couple in this long series. There was lots of action and lots of murders too as it turns out. The book's action takes place over an entire year, so it did feel a bit rushed at times. Agatha and her staff are spending quite a bit of time at the village of Odley Creusis since one of the region's most unpopular men was murdered there. In fact, th ...more
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Busy Body is the second book that I have read in the Agatha Raisin series, and it was just as enjoyable as the first. Beaton's Agatha is such a wonderful character with her quirks that make her interesting and the reader wanting to see what she does next. This book begins with the murder of a town Grinch at a meeting that Agatha is attending. Quickly on the case, Agatha and her detectives are caught up in a murder case with a long list of suspects. Combining humor, action, suspense along with he ...more
I was going to give this two stars but then thought that a bit mean. This is the 21st Agatha Raisin book apparently but the first I've read. We are definitely in Midsomer country here with murder and mayhem in bucolic communities. I liked the idea of the officious Health and Safety officer. Very true to life - I once lived in a small town where there were difficulties raised about Christmas decorations on lampposts as happens here. I liked Agatha Raisin's character. Many of the other characters ...more
Reading these Agatha Raisin books is like eating an airy chocolate souffle: I look forward to it, I devour it in a matter of minutes, and I wish I had another one right away. I just love Agatha, that "woman of a certain age," who is eternally obsessing over men, but who will finally realize she's being silly and will always come through with her heart of gold and her brilliant sleuthing skills. But, will she ever realize her friend Sir Charles Fraith is the one for her? They come a little closer ...more
Ican't believe that this is the 21st book in the Agatha Raisin series and I still look forward to each new addition to the series. I bought this book to take to my mother who is having health issues and decided to pull my old trick and read it before delivery. Agatha Raisin is a opinionated, self-absorbed woman in her 50s who has retired from a public relations firm and who has moved to a small village in the English Cotswolds where she operates a detective agency. As usual, Agatha gets involved ...more
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