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

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Agatha Raisin has always been ambivalent about holiday cheer, but her cozy little village of Carsely has long prided itself on its Christmas festivities. But this year Mr. John Sunday, a selfimportant officer with the Health and Safety Board, has ruled that the traditional tree on top of the church is a public menace; that lampposts are unsafe for hanging illuminations; th...more
Paperback, 294 pages
Published April 21st 2011 by Constable and Robinson (first published October 12th 2010)
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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 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
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
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...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
Loved this book, just as I love all of M.C. Beaton's books. Read my full review at
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
Cute and fun read. Plenty of mystery.
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.

The new Heal...more
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...more
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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...more
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...more
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...more
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
3.5 stars - busy, indeed! This story spans a full year, introduces many characters, lots of death and mischief, and is the 21st(!) book in the Agatha Raisin series (and my first). Agatha is not the most sympathetic of protagonists, but many of her associates are, so they make up for it. There are great bits of laugh-out-loud humour, so that redeems the story, but it was only okay compared to Beaton's Hamish Macbeth series (that I absolutely adore).
Poor Agatha Raisin can't seem to keep from getting involved in those odd mysteries in those so-called peaceful villages, can she? On top of that, the police never want to give her any credit for solving the mysteries. Old age is attacking her from all sides and the men she meets always turn out to be disappointing. Still, she hangs in there to fight another day and it's always a good story.
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...more
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
This was the only other MC Beaton audio my library had--I enjoyed it a great deal, but feel like I have missed a lot! I didn't know Agatha had her own detective agency!!! Agatha is the true busy body--but that is her charm.
In this one Agatha is asked to clear the name of the 'lady of the manor' of a near-by town. It takes her a year to solve the case totally. Not a stunning result but also not a total easy guess.
Introduces Simon.
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
I did not like the heroine...the book was rambling and the plot was unbelievable. Darn, there are lots more, but I can find something better to read.
I felt that there was all kind of editing errors that I had a hard time getting past. I did finish it but I will not rush to read anymore Agatha Raisin.
Light reading about crinkles ... Old people. Rather like to read books set in England. British words and their usage is always interesting to me.
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