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Busy Body

(Agatha Raisin #21)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  5,973 ratings  ·  508 reviews
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 self important 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; t
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Published October 12th 2010 by AudioGO
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Marguerite Czajka I haven't read either of those two authors, but if they are similar to MC Beaton, then I would recommend the Hamish Macbeth series over Agatha Raisin.…moreI haven't read either of those two authors, but if they are similar to MC Beaton, then I would recommend the Hamish Macbeth series over Agatha Raisin. The characters are much more likeable.(less)
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Jul 22, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jenny L
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-books
Read them! All of them. All 23. They are simply fabulous! I love them and love Agatha Raisin. The stories are set in the English Cotswolds - which is where I'm from, so that makes them extra special, but I cannot recommend them highly enough. If you want to read about an opinionated, outspoken, headstrong single woman in her middle years with no money worries, but men worries and murder at every turn, then you too will love Agatha Raisin. Just make sure you buy more than one at a time, because y ...more
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, audiobooks
Will Agatha and Charles actually end up together???

Once again Agatha finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation.... she also managed to get the swine flu.... there was a lot going on in this book, and ultimately all of it was over Christmas lights..... when I pick up a book in the series it is not for an amazing mystery, but rather fabulous characters that always make me feel like I'm home.... can't even believe I am almost to the end of the series, what will I do???
Jan 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
I need to admit up front that I've read a few of the early books in this series and I didn't like them at all. In fact I decided to never read another one. But when I heard that Penelope Keith is narrating these I had to try one out. I've enjoyed Ms. Keith in "Good Neighbors" and "To the Manor Born" on TV, and I find her voice delightfully British. So I decided to try listening to this Christmasy book just after the holidays. The verdict? I really, really like Penelope Keith. I really, really do ...more
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes you just need a dose of over-the-top Ms Agatha Raisin. This is a series I love coming back to, and I know I can jump in and read any book in the series and still love it. I also enjoy how different life is for Agatha Raisin and the start and end of this series. She has gone from PR snoop to a professional detective with employees (and still such a snoop). Her propensity to quickly fall in and out of love with men and be easily insulted never does change, which endears her to me even mo ...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
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads
I found this one extra funny.
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listened to it on audio, I think that Penelope Keith is just brilliant as the narrator, which has encouraged me to listen to as many as I can.
The story was good, a little bit 'Midsomer esque' but still very good.
The writing in some parts is very exciting and in others very funny!

Looking forward to reading/ listening to the next.
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
A great mix of murder, mayhem, and humour makes this another enjoyable installment in the Agatha Raisin series!

The story starts off with Agatha in Corsica, determined to put thoughts of Christmas out of her head. It seems that she can’t escape Christmas, even there! With most of the local restaurants and shops closed for the holidays, Agatha does not have much to do and the local Christmas decorations only remind her of what she is missing in Carsely. She returns to the Cotswolds to find that Jo
Mar 14, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Is it any use , Agatha, telling you yet again to keep out of it?' says police officer Bill Wong to amateur sleuth Agatha Raisin after the second murder in that terrorised village of Carsely in the Cotswolds. The unsaid answer was 'No, there is no point telling me', for Agatha gets deeply involved in all the intrigue and various murders that take place, one of which takes place very early in the piece.

Agatha and her trusty crew, plus assistance from one or two of her old friends, delve as usual
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
John Sunday is causing havoc in and around Carsely - the Cotswold village where Agatha Raisin lives. He is a Health and Safety officer and is upsetting everyone by banning things such as the Christmas Tree on top of the church steeple and the wooden shelves in the village shop.

Then during a meeting in a nearby vicarage to organise a protest against Sunday's activities the man himself is found dead in the garden. The problem for the police and for Agatha is that there are too many suspects. Just
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
Oct 31, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 03, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
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
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, 2012
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. ...more
Laura Leilani
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brit-lit, mysteries
Another ridiculous adventure with our Aggie. This book had a more complicated plot. Wish there were more details about Agatha's trip to America. That could have been hilarious! Will Agatha settle down with Sir Charles?! Fingers crossed! ...more
Jul 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book, just as I love all of M.C. Beaton's books. Read my full review at ...more
Nov 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, kindle-books
Another great read in the series. I literally laughed out loud at the end.
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Love, love, love Aggie. It's nice to see its not all about her this time, there are a few characters and you are hearing more of them in this one. On to the next one! ...more
Jennifer Dombrowski
I think this was one of the best M.C. Beaton books I have read to date. All of this author's books are great, but this one was exceptional with what Mr. Friday had as rules for safety were ridiculous! A definite read since it involves two years of Christmas' that Agatha Raisin had both of them not too happy. ...more
Dec 23, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Perhaps it is because the style of writing mimics the personality of Agatha-abrupt, staccato, inconsistent-but I am wondering about the longevity of this series. This one felt contrived, as if she was working from a list of plot points. Familiar verging on repetitive.
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this one is set over around a year, and is a bit twisty, and not very obvious, I think you can work out how dunnit only if you take stabbing guesses to be honest.

However, it's the character and relationship development in this one that's interesting. Looking forward to the next one.
Kathy Warren
This read just wasn't the greatest of MC Beaton's Agatha Raisin. Poor writing and mystery was poor. ...more
This is a fun book with a Christmas theme. Health and Safety has turned the town's Christmas time looking glum but it is Agatha to the rescue. ...more
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Agatha has decided to skip the Christmas party this time, but murder? Not so much.
Kai Charles(Fiction State Of Mind)
Twisty reveals and high body counts :)
Suzanne Riddell
An interesting storyline but there was too much jumping about with no flow. It was hard to understand the characters but this may be that you need to read the series. Not a bad book but not to my taste
Melissa Keller
3.5 enjoyed.
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