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Beating About the Bush

(Agatha Raisin #30)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  148 ratings  ·  38 reviews
New York Times bestseller M. C. Beaton's cranky, crafty Agatha Raisin—now the star of a hit T.V. show—is back on the case again.

When private detective Agatha Raisin comes across a severed leg in a roadside hedge, it looks like she is about to become involved in a particularly gruesome murder. Looks, however, can be deceiving, as Agatha discovers when she is employed to investi
Hardcover, 256 pages
Expected publication: December 3rd 2019 by Minotaur Books (first published October 3rd 2019)
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Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Agatha is hired by a company suspecting industrial espionage, but after a death, which Agatha suspects is murder, everything becomes more complicated. The local police chief wants to close the case, but Agatha refuses to believe a donkey called Wizz-Wazz caused the woman's death. How many authors (at 80+) can say that the 30th in their series is the best yet? MC Beaton certainly can. Her newest Agatha Raisin mystery is so much fun to read. Thanks to the publisher for this ARC.
Roman Clodia
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Haha, well *of course* it's ridiculous that Agatha and friends should be employed to uncover a case of industrial espionage but from the moment Aggie discovers a severed leg in the bushes, it's a comic revelry! With death by donkey...

It's nice to see Beaton creating an actual plot again, however transparent and ludicrous, but the real joy is the irascible Aggie alternating between insensitive bossiness and romantic vulnerability all over again. With Charles Fraith back on the scene,
Sid Nuncius
I’m afraid Agatha Raisin and I didn’t get on. This was my first Agatha Raisin and, in spite of all the praise this series has garnered, it will probably be my last.

The plot, for the record, concerns Agatha and her detective partner Toni investigating industrial espionage at a local factory, where all kinds of Odd Things seem to be going on and someone is Out To Get Them. It’s mildly amusing in places, but I found most of the humour clunky and overdone, the characters so caricatured a
The Kawaii Slartibartfast
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This is my first Agatha Raisin and I loved every bit of it.

The book is very funny and suspenseful and starts with a fake severed leg and a very angry goat
Emma's Things to Read
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the 30th Agatha Raisin mystery in the highly successful series and I have read them all! Agatha Raisin books are like your favourite cosy jumper on a rainy day - while some are better than others and you know what you are getting, they are always satisfying. I really enjoyed this installment. Some of the predicaments that Agatha finds herself in are really quite funny and the donkey does steal the show much to Agatha's disgust and the reader's amusement. Her relationships with assistant ...more
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
How M. C. Beaton has managed to get to book thirty without Agatha aging or figuring out her life, is beyond me, yet, I continue to check-in to see what this village sleuth is up to.

Having been called in to investigate industrial espionage, Agatha and assistant Toni Gilmour soon begin to wonder if it is all a set up when strange happenings trigger a deeper look and in doing so, Agatha befriends a bad-tempered donkey, is left contending with a group that have killed to keep their secrets, a
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Agatha is back! I've been a fan of this series since the beginning, but in recent years some of the books have been difficult to get through. The last one in particular was the first time I ever gave up and didn't finish an Agatha Raisin book. I'm happy to report that Beating About the Bush is quintessential Agatha and a joy for her fans. In this one she's working on a case about industrial espionage that becomes more complicated when a woman turns up dead and Wizz-Wass the donkey is blamed. Aga ...more
Mrs S Meadows
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another Agatha Raisin book

Equally as good as the first book a most enjoyable read. Can’t wait for the next book to be published
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
These books are a very fun read for me who wants to live in an eccentric english village with overflowing gardens ,a pub, local scandals, and the character Agatha Raisin a new comer from London who throws herself into life in her village, in her awkward way and her determination to solve crimes any way she can possibly do it-
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Agatha and Hamish (also by this author) books are my guilty pleasure. I swoop on each and every one as soon as I can and devour them in just a few sittings. Reading one of these books is like putting on a comfy cardie, snuggling up on your favourite sofa with an indulgent drink. They pretty much read themselves... Just as a cosy should be. Yes, obviously it's better to have started from book one and read in order but with this book being number 30 and new fans on the horizon thanks to the TV ser ...more
Diane Hernandez
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Agatha Raisin is back in fine style literally (or in a book would it be literarily?) Beating about the Bush and finding a severed leg. Or is it severed? Or is it even a leg?

Raisin Investigations is hired by an electric car battery company to determine who is perpetrating industrial espionage on their new, longer lasting battery. Before their investigation has even begun, Agatha and her trusted assistant Toni find a leg in a hedgerow that appears to be wearing the shoe of the company
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
There are two types of people in the world: those who love Agatha Raisin and those who don't. Thank heavens the second group is a very small one.

For the majority of us, M.C. Beaton's 30th and latest series entry, Beating About the Bush, is pure Agatha. She is pugnacious, politically incorrect, bull-headed, and, as always, right in the end. She becomes a bit of an animal rights advocate in this one as she investigates potential industrial espionage and a supposed accidental death that she is con
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, this was a really wonderful book. I really loved it and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have read all of the Agatha Raisin books and enjoyed them, so I was absolutely delighted to get a free copy of this new book, Beating About the Bush, from Netgalley. Thank you so much!

The book was amazing. I found it to be the funniest book I have ever read and I was laughing so much all the way through. I really enjoyed the story, the characters and the writing. It was interesting to see how Agatha's love l
Susan Johnson
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Agatha is up to her old tricks. She's as unpleasant and direct as always as she is called in to investigate a manufacturer company's concern about security. She is really ambivalent until she learns the company has a donkey and then she is in love. Who knew what would melt her heart?

The donkey is framed for murder and Agatha does her best to clear the donkey's name. The investigation takes her into an international conspiracy and the discovery has a scary consequence for her. She al
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Agatha Raisin is in rare form in this thirtieth entry in the series.

Albert Morrison hires Agatha Raisin to investigate sabotage in his battery business, but Agatha is immediately suspicious. Even more so when the admin is allegedly killed by a donkey. Agatha has an affinity for Wizz Wazz the donkey and doesn’t believe it’s capable of murder. Meanwhile, her occasional lover Charles is engaged to the scion of a feminine hygiene fortune and her assistant Toni is annoyingly clever and beautiful. ...more
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best Agatha Raisin's instalment I read in some time. Agatha is at her best, quirky and funny.
It was great to meet again the cast of characters Charles, Tony, Bill Wong and all the others.
I had a lot of fun in reading this novel, it's engrossing and entertaining.
I appreciated the humour, the well crafted cast of characters and their development, and a lovely donkey.
The mystery is solid, full of twists and turns, and it kept me guessing till the end.
It was
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have been a fan of this series for a long time and number 30 in the series does not disappoint.
As always Agatha gets right in the thick of things with her friends and employees along for the ride.
The whodunit was full of twists and turns and I had no idea who was the culprit.
I thoroughly enjoy the characters and appreciate Agatha’s quirks.
The ongoing characters and friendships are a delight to read.
I recommend reading this series over watching the television adapt
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, goodreads-wins
Wonderful Agatha Raisin is back along with all the reasons her fans love her. She stumbles upon another murder, is insecure about her appearance and abilities, is jealous of Toni, once again makes a fool of CI Wilkes, and is after another love interest. The other regular cast of characters make appearances, too - Mrs. Bloxby, Roy Silver, Bill Wong and Sir Charles Fraith. Yes, this book is a little predictable and formulaic, but isn't that what we are looking for in an Agatha Raisin story? If you ...more
Melinda Anders
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is another delightful book with Agatha Raisin. She is hired by a company to investigate but from the start they try to make her look foolish. When the secretary Mrs. Dinwiddy is found dead they try to blame it on a donkey but Agatha knows it is murder instead. Her and her assistant Toni try to solve the case but from opposition from the company and the police.
If you have never read an Agatha Raisin book you are missing out on wonderful funny mysteries. You don't have to read them in order
Carol Custer
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another fun Agatha Raisin mystery!! Agatha is in fine form as usual, dressed in her finest and ready for another mystery - as well as another romantic adventure. She gets more than she bargained for in this story but of course she is victorious in the end. The story is fun, the supporting characters are great, but it is Agatha herself who is definitely the star of the show. Although she may have to share billing with a donkey in this one!

Always good for mystery and laughs, the Agatha Raisin boo
Karin Carlson
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love all the Agatha Raisin mysteries and this one is fantastic! When Agatha discovers a severed leg in a hedge, it looks like she is about to become involved in a particularly gruesome murder. Is this severed limb connected with a case she has been newly hired to investigate? In a story where nothing is as it seems the highlight for me was seeing her potential for a real relationship with Sir Charles. Like all the Agatha Raisin books, I was sad to see it end and can't wait for the next one! Th ...more
Leanne Fisher
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Netgalley for my copy of the new installment from Agatha Raisin.

I have read all of this series of books and am delighted to say Agatha has finally returned to form. I was disappointed with the last 2 books in the series, so was apprehensive about this, but my doubts disappeared after the first few chapters.

Not only is there is the serious story of the crimes to be solved, but there is her relationship with Charles and hilarity with a donkey.

This was an entertaining, fu
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read with pleasure this latest Agatha Raisin mystery. I’ve been a very loyal fan of the series, and I have to admit that some of the recent novels have missed the mark, but I am happy to say Agatha has her mojo back! Agatha and Toni are up to their usual calamitous antics, and the scenes involving the donkey are priceless. The question is will the new boyfriend last, will Charles tie the knot, looking forward to number 31 in the series.
Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for an an e
Val Nield
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a highly successful series about a sleuth Agatha Raisin, and I have loved them all. I never tire of her antics and I really enjoyed this installment. The trouble that Agatha finds herself in is really funny.
In this book a donkey plays a big part much to Agatha's disgust and the reader's amusement.
Agatha's relationships with her colleagues and friends keep me laughing. I hope one day Agatha gets her happy ever after.
This is a great, quick read, but mainly because I couldn't p
Charlotte Pawson
Agatha is like many people who don’t wish to grow old. She is determined to grow old disgracefully lighting up her cigarette at the slightest stress, wearing designer clothes that cannot bring back her youth.. Agatha’s character has many layers. Forever competing with younger blondes like her assistant Tina (she believes she is a mother figure for her). Underneath she has a soft spot taking up the call of a donkey accused of the first death. Agatha believes herself a great amateur detective who ...more
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy Agatha Raisin's investigations but this one is even better than usual. It's quick and entertaining to read and is a good choice of book for someone wanting to relax or to unwind after a busy or stressful time. And, of course, it's a must-read for fans of Agatha and her adventures.
Many thanks to the publisher and to Netgalley for giving me a copy of the book in exchange for this honest review.
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fun Agatha Raisin book. Honestly the Wizz Wazz storyline here had me in complete stitches. Snakes and bastards!

Agatha Raisin books are always such fun to read. Agatha herself is a great character but the supporting characters aren't to be overlooked as they all provide ample entertainment for the reader.

Agatha and Charles (Charlie?) forever!

My copy was provided by NetGalley for review, all opinions are my own.
Alison Vicary
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Firstly many thanks to Netgalley for an ARC of this book. Over the years I have read every book in this series and to be honest the last couple of books left me with a feeling that this series had had its day until this one. I am pleased to say that this book is back to Agatha at her best, solving a murder in her own special way. If the following books continue in this vein I will continue reading more.
Michelle Debnam
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Industrial espionage, a severed leg in the bushes, romance and vulnerability.... Agatha is back investigating and doing what she does best

So much to like about this book that once you start reading you just cant put this down
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a big fan of Agatha Raisin and book 30 in the series didn’t disappoint. This one seemed a bit light on romance for our Aggie though, which was a shame. Another light hearted, easy read from M C Beaton.
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