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Beating About the Bush

(Agatha Raisin #30)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  262 ratings  ·  72 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
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published December 3rd 2019 by Minotaur Books (first published October 3rd 2019)
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Nov 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I started reading this series years ago, and have followed Agatha Raisin ever since. This 30th instalment is as good as the first books with Aggie: she is bossy, pushy, and she can draw correct conclusions from her observations. I enjoyed this easy weekend read and I am glad good old Aggie is back.
*A big thank-you to St. Martin's Press, MC Beaton and NetGalley for arc in exchange for my honest review.*
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 also meets a
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, a charming
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A few years ago I was looking for cozy mysteries set in the Cotswolds. I picked up the first Agatha Raisin novel and was hooked. The love for this series hasn't dimmed in the years since. Beating About the Bush is another great installment featuring our favorite female detective, Agatha, and her efforts to snag a man, look fantastic, and solve a crime, often all at the same time.

Beating About the Bush follows Agatha and her Raisin Investigations team digging deep into an industrial espionage
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
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 and
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
Joan Happel
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
The irascible Agatha Raisin is back in this 30th installment to the popular series. This time around Agatha and her assistant Toni Gilmour are hired by Albert Morrison, the head of a company that manufactures batteries, to investigate possible corporate sabotage. When Morrison’s secretary Mrs. Dinwiddy is found murdered, police lay the blame at the “hoofs” of Mrs. Morrison’s pet donkey Wizz-Wazz. Agatha soon sets out to prove Wizz-Wazz’s innocence and bring the real murderer to justice!

As in the
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, and to
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love Hamish Macbeth, M C Beaton’s other series protagonist, but I adore Agatha Raisin. There is something about Agatha, with her insecurities, her confidence, her truculence, and her kindness, that is just so attractive. Except for the cigarettes, I would love to sit down with her over a cup of tea, or a gin and tonic, and just listen to her.

“Beating About the Bush” is the thirtieth outing of Agatha Raisin, and it is just swell, vintage Agatha. Her private detective agency is hired to
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. ...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
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 a very pleasant and fun read,
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 really liked it
Shelves: goodreads-wins, owned
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 ...more
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Private Investigator Agatha Raisin and her assistant Toni Gilmour are looking into a possible case of industrial espionage at a local battery factory. She and Toni come across what appears to be a severed leg and report it to the police. Agatha becomes a laughing stock when the leg is discovered to be fake. However, things get serious when one of factory employees is murdered, and Agatha is dismayed when the police say the prime suspect is a donkey! Agatha believes the woman is the victim of a ...more
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

Private Investigator Agatha Raisin and her assistant Toni Gilmour are looking into a possible case of industrial espionage at a local battery factory. She and Toni come across what appears to be a severed leg and report it to the police. Agatha becomes a laughing stock when the leg is discovered to be fake. However, things get serious when one of factory employees is murdered, and Agatha is dismayed when the police say the prime suspect is a donkey! Agatha believes the woman is the
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Private detective Agatha Raisin returns, complete with her chic West End wardrobe, spike heels and sharp tongue.

In BEATING ABOUT THE BUSH, Agatha has been hired by Albert Morrison to look into suspected industrial espionage at a factory that produces state-of-the-art electronic batteries. Looks can be deceiving, though. Agatha’s occasional lover, Sir Charles Fraith, has taken a financial interest in the company, but he has his doubts. The normal 9-to-5 activities seem to become quite a different
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 ...more
Cozy Cat Reviews
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beating Around The Bush is the "30th" book in this beloved series by mystery author M.C. Beaton. This is a award winning long running series that is well loved by cozy mystery readers all over the globe. The author also has written the long running "Hamish McBeth" series that is so charming and equally loved by her fans. I was so thrilled to receive this for review. My grateful thanks to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity to read before publication. I have read all of the books ...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 president’s
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

Beating About the Bush is the 30th (!!!) Agatha Raisin mystery by M.C.Beaton. Released 3rd Dec 2019 by Macmillan on their Minotaur imprint, it's 256 pages and available in hardcover, audio, and ebook formats.

For readers familiar with the irrepressible, abrasive, deeply funny, often crass Agatha Raisin, this is more to love. For readers who are looking for a genuinely humorous cozy series with heavy doses of whimsy and sarcasm, there's a lot to
Dec 02, 2019 added it
Beating About the Bush by M.C. Beaton is vintage Agatha Raisin. Agatha is so popular because she is a real mature woman with all the self-doubt and self-recrimination one faces with the aging process firmly ensconced in her life. She has a second career as a private investigator, a successful one supporting several employees but it is not high profile. She is used to being in the spotlight, the worst thing for an investigator trying to be low key. She is happy, but lonely and she thinks about it ...more
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Agatha may not be everybody's cup of tea but her attitude and her relationships with men are what make her stand out from the usual cozy detective story. She and her partner in detecting, Toni, are hired to investigate a case of possible industrial espionage. The company has some security concerns. I was so surprised when Agatha becomes smitten with the company's donkey, Wizz-Wazz. On top of that, the poor donkey has been accused of homicide. And that's just the start. Things heat up when Agatha ...more
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
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
Dec 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a complimentary copy of Beating About the Bush from NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

This book was apparently one of a series. I enjoyed the book as a stand alone, but feel that it may be beneficial to have read more from the series. Loud-mouthed and quirky, the heroine, Agatha Raisin, runs her own detective agency. Believing she can do no wrong and that she is in control, she blunders into some interesting situations. Development of this character is
Kathleen Gray
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
How is it possible that there are 30 (!) installments of Agatha Raisin - and she still feels fresh. Don't worry if you haven't read the series (or watched the tv show) this is light entertainment that doesn't require a lot of back story. Agatha and her assistant Toni are investigating industrial espionage when there's a murder and a donkey named Wizz-Wazz is the accused. Huh? Go with it. This is madcap (sometimes silly) stuff but it works. Agatha's also feeling a bit off because Sir Charles ...more
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries, fiction

Excellent outing for Agatha. Beaton pulled out all the stops for the 30th book in the series.

The body count was not as high as usual (a good thing, in my opinion). Agatha is still Agatha (see the donkey sub-plot in this book) but it seemed to me as though she'd grown up just a bit.

In one instance, I thought she was a model of restraint (for her, that is) when she sets her cap at a new man. In another, an event that 25 books ago would have had her jetting off on a holiday to avoid having to
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