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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (21 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849015996
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849015998
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 2.1 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pure entertainment. (Guardian) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The eagerly awaited 21st Agatha Raisin murder mystery out now in paperback in the stunning new cover style.

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This review is for the unabridged audiobook narrated by Penelope Keith.

When local busy body John Sunday is found unexpectedly dead, Agatha Raisin sets out to winnow away the multitude of suspects and to find the murderer. In this tongue in cheek take on the world of amateur sleuths such as Miss Marple, MC Beaton provides us with a decent well written plot, with some nice twists and turns, and believable characters. The joy of the story is the sense of humour, and Agatha's constant stream of acerbicness. It's an entertaining story.

Having played MC Beaton's detective creation in a radio series, Penelope Keith seems a natural choice for narrating this audiobook version of her 21st adventure. The vocal characterisation is great, especially for Agatha herself. She is an actress of versatility and able to imbue the different characters with a unique voice. The six hours just sail by.

The set contains 6 discs, in a case about the size of a double jewel case. In all a great way to pass 6 hours in the car.
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By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 25 Oct. 2011
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Agatha Raisin and the Bust Body is a prime example of that very British kind of cosy murder mystery that mixes corpses with middle class aspiration, something that author M.C. Beaton certainly isn't unaware of, keeping just enough of her tongue in her cheek to avoid descending into total tweeness. This entry in her popular series is a perfect bit of middle class wish fulfilment as the village's pedantic health and safety officer gets offed, but not before cancelling Christmas and leaving pretty much everyone with a motive for delivering the coup de grace. Most of the expected plot developments follow, including the omnipresent death of the chief suspect, but it's all handled deftly and wittily without getting bogged down in too many preliminaries. Beaton's small world isn't always a convincing one, owing more to the conventions of the amateur sleuth genre, and some of the plot developments strain credulity a bit, but Penelope Keith's reading of the unabridged CD audiobook captures the recognisable grumpiness of the modern day Miss Marple without making her too unlikeable and does a colourful job with the supporting characters too. It's not likely to make many new converts, but it's an amiable enough affair for its target readership.
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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Oct. 2010
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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 about all the villagers have means motive and opportunity to commit the crime.

This is the sort of case Agatha loves - where she can go ferreting around to find all the secrets that everyone wants to hide - and there are plenty of secrets to discover especially when another murder is committed and the whole thing acquires an international flavour.

I really enjoyed this fast paced story and the character development of the series characters. Agatha is also taking on new detectives for her expanding detective agency. This is a great addition to the series and will be read and enjoyed by all Agatha Raisin's many fans.
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By C. FULLER TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Nov. 2013
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As a regular Agatha Raisin reader this one is an instant favourite. The book was originally published in 2010 and I have only just discovered it. The stories surrounding the detective agency are well written and there are many characters and what seems to be an ever changing canvass. It was topical that Health & Safety should be an undercurrent and great to have the crazy rules as a back drop to a murder. The new trainee investigator Simon Black is the perfect partner for Toni Gilmour but Agatha has already imposed conditions fearing she will lose them both. The chase to catch the culprits and their wives was exciting. Will ever find her man? only MC Beaton will know the answer? Forget all about James Lacey and Sir Charles Fraith is a real fly by night. I hope not just yet as there must be more investigations and antics still to write about.
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By ziggy_fan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Dec. 2010
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I do enjoy the Agatha Raisin audiobooks. The tongue cheek nature of the series is an important element too. This particular set is also a good addition to the series, and packaged nicely too. The plot for "busy body" is one of the best and most intricate ones, and I enjoyed listening to it immensely. I have to say though that the main reason I have been hooked into these audiobooks is Penelope Keith's superb reading and characterisations. She is brilliant and brings an added geniality to the stories.

Highly recommended also because this is an unabridged version, which I prefer.
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What a disappointment, I thought it was disjointed story line and some out of character moments for Agatha.Can we really believe she would fail to show any interest when one of her staff died ? Her hip replacement was merely mentioned in a short paragraph covering 4 months with no details.The old Agatha would have a least found a murderer in hospital or at a nursing home whilst recovering. Is she getting too old? Her friend, Roy is attacked but spends his recovery at an aunt's home. Charles appears and disappears throughout - can't she take away his key? I'm losing interest fast.
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