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Beating about the Bush: An Agatha Raisin Mystery

(Agatha Raisin #30)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,024 ratings  ·  206 reviews
New York Times bestselling author M. C. Beaton's cranky, crafty Agatha Raisin-now the star of a hit TV show-is back on the case again.

One of Private Detective Agatha Raisin's many quirks was her tendency to exclaim, every time she drove along a motorway bordered by dense woodland, What a good place to dump a body! Yet she's clearly not the only one to think so, the police
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Published December 3rd 2019 by Blackstone Publishing (first published October 3rd 2019)
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Beata
Nov 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.*
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: They were through the outer edge of the thicket, and only a few feet to their right they could see the brogue, the ankle, the lower leg, and...that was it. There was no body, just a sawn off leg lying amid the litter of dead leaves and twigs.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: 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
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Susan Johnson
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Linden
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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Bam cooks the books ;-)
Thirty books in this series now and they just keep getting better! Light-hearted fun, amusing characters, a dash of romance, all mixed in with an interesting mystery. This plot seemed a bit more coherent than some previous ones and kept on track. A quick, fun read!
Joan Happel
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kimberly
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
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Kathy
Another great Agatha Raisin mystery from M.C. Beaton. Agatha is true to form in this 30th book in the series, being in the wrong place at the right time, beating the police to a solution, irritating both friends and others (but still managing to remain a friend), seeking love in all the wrong places, and comparing herself to others instead of realizing what an accomplished and attractive woman she is. Our Agatha is quite the force, and it's always an adventure seeing her push her way through ...more
Emma's Things to Read
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
Una Tiers
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had a strong start, although the characters are fighting. Throughout the book the author sets Agatha up and then changes direction. But the second half resorts to a tired pattern that does not appear to be written by Beaton.
The saving grace was to be able to visit with the regular characters. The book was stronger than the last several in this series but not as strong as the first ten in the series.
Janet
I finished this book and couldn’t remember a thing about it a few hours later. Not sure if Beaton is losing her magic, if she’s employed a ghost writer, or if she’s always followed a formula and I’m just now noticing, but this was much less charming than previous books. And I’m sick to death of the Charles/Agatha love interest.
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
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Clare
Nov 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was ok but I'm finding the newer books aren't as good as the older ones.
The Kawaii Slartibartfast
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 donkey
(For some strange reason I originally put goat. I start I know the difference!)
Christine
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mayda
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy, mystery
Troubled relationships abound in this installment in the Agatha Raisin series. As ever, Agatha is concerned about her appearance and getting older every time she looks at Toni. Toni, meanwhile, is dating a doctor who is getting more serious than she is. She is torn, because she is not ready to get married but realizes he is quite a catch. Agatha is always falling back on her friendship with Charles whenever her current beau falls flat. Charles is involved in a new relationship unbeknownst to ...more
Celine Godfrey
As much as I love Agatha Raisin, I think the only reason I read the books now is because I want to keep up with the series. I'm afraid I've felt the last few books have gone downhill and this one is no exception. Really thin, transparent plot, reduced number of old, favourite characters ... James is mentioned once; Charles only appears three or four times, Roy once, Mrs Bloxby once .. Bill Wong a little more often as he always seems to be picking up the pieces of Agatha's aftermath, especially ...more
Gina
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Agatha....and thankfully, narrator Penelope Keith....are BACK!! After two less than stellar books clearly not written by Beaton, it seems she's either perked up or fired her ghostwriter because this book was very much her old and much beloved style. Whew!!

I was a tad disappointed in the storyline between her and Charles this time, which I can't really discuss without spoilers, but our Aggie is back to her old antics, getting into trouble, telling people off and annoying her beleaguered but
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Shoshana
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Susan
Dec 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-england
Agatha's detective agency is hired to look into some industrial espionage. Unfortunately, her employers seem rather odd, and all their employees are even odder. As though that weren't enough, her aide Toni is moody and short-tempered, largely because she's considering a proposal from a man she doesn't love but thinks she should marry. Agatha's long-time friend Sir Charles Fraith has become engaged to a sweet young thing with money without even telling Agatha, but as it happens there's a new love ...more
Lauranj
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Annarella
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,
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Nancy
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sylvia
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lauren
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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-
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
Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller
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
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Smitten
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Jill
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
Agatha Raisin is back, and is making news. Called in to investigate possible corporate espionage, Agatha and her associates immediately stat to make sense of what’s happening in the local battery factory, to make sure that the plans for these new batteries for electric cars stay secret. She is excited to get started, even when that just means checking over HR records and interviewing employees. But as the days go by, and things don’t seem to add up at the factory, Agatha starts to dig for real. ...more
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