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Agatha Raisin: As The Pig Turns

Agatha Raisin: As The Pig Turns [Kindle Edition]

M.C. Beaton
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"Tourists are advised to watch their backs in the bucolic villages where M. C. Beaton sets her sly British mysteries...Outsiders always spell trouble for the societies Beaton observes with such cynical humor."--"The New York Times Book Review"


"[Beaton's] imperfect heroine is an absolute gem!"--"Publishers Weekly"

"Beaton's Agatha Raisin series just about defines the British cozy."--"Booklist"

"Anyone interested in...intelligent, amusing reading will want to make the acquaintance of Mrs. Agatha Raisin."--"Atlanta Journal Constitution"


"Beaton has a winner in the irrepressible, romance-hungry Agatha."--"Chicago Sun-Times"


"Few things in life are more satisfying than to discover a brand-new Agatha Raisin mystery.""--Tampa Tribune Times"


"The Raisin series brings the cozy tradition back to life. God bless the Queen!"--"Tulsa World"


"The Miss Marple-like Raisin is a refreshingly sensible, wonderfully eccentric, thoroughly likable heroine...a must for cozy fans."--"Booklist"


"Beaton has written a pleasantly twisty cozy for the holidays."--"RT Book Reviews"

"It's been said of Agatha Christie that she's given more pleasure in bed than any other woman, but M.C. Beaton is matching her as a prolific purveyor of cosy whodunits perfect for pre-lights out "Midsomer Murders" with wit and a bit of edge."--"The Daily Telegraph" (UK)

"Hilarious...Beaton's legion of fans will most definitely enjoy her latest Agatha Raisin mystery, "As the Pig Turns." Newcomers to the series will be pleasantly surprised by this unique cozy." --"Gumshoe Reviews"


"M. C. Beaton has a foolproof plot for the village mystery."--"The New York Times Book Review"

"Beaton does a brilliant job."--"Publishers Weekly "(starred review)

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"Agatha scores again with a cunning mix of satire and mystery."--"Kirkus Reviews"

Book Description

The eagerly awaited 22nd installment in the Agatha Raisin series

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 442 KB
  • Print Length: 209 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1845299558
  • Publisher: C & R Crime (20 Oct 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780331606
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780331607
  • ASIN: B005EM8NRG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (249 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,262 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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M C Beaton was born in Scotland. She worked for many years as a journalist on Fleet Street.

As well as the bestselling Agatha Raisin series, she is the author of the acclaimed Hamish Macbeth mysteries.

She divides her time between the Cotswolds, where she lives in a village very much like Agatha's beloved Carsely, and Paris.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
By E. Heckingbottom TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
A typical Agatha Raisin book, this is lighthearted and entertaining:- it is amusing enough to make you laugh outloud in several places; it is entertaining; it is frustrating (there are certain clues that you wnat to keep reminding them of ... what about the diamonds? Have you forgotten the diamonds?); it is enjoyable; it is irritating (why am I enjoying it so much?); it is fun!
For those of us who have already enjoyed some of the previous books in the series, it is great to see how the characters develop. Tony is stil a valued member of the team, as are Philip and Patrick, Charles, James and Roy; but things have happened in Simon's life causing problems for both him and Tony. Is Agatha responsible? Is she sorry? Was she right to interfere?
For those new to the series, certain characters may need some thinking about, but the lighthearted nature of the book shouldn't make this tough. Basically, think of it as an Enid Blyton for adults and you won't be far off!
The plot in very few words: - the pig at a hog roast is not exactly what was expected; Agatha realises this and then discovers another murder victim; she, her team and her friends are then threatened; investigation is off ... then on ... off ... then on; however, this is not a boring book to listen to! It's fun, entertaining and well worth listening to!
A great way to pass a long journey! Enjoy!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful! 24 Sep 2012
By gspice2
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Like other reviewers, I read and enjoyed the first Agatha Raisin books, and having exhausted those, I am returning to the new series after a couple of years. I am so disappointed that this book is so bad. The first books were light and easy to read or listen to without having to concentrate too hard, and the characters were likeable. Agatha's cases were based on poisoned Victoria sponge, haunted houses and village fetes - all fun! She has now turned into a rude, foul mouthed bully, and this story involves kidnaps in Las Vegas, drug smuggling and blood diamonds, none of which are explained properly or have a conclusion. No fear of spoiling the plot for you - there isn't one. It's just a series of unrelated events involving characters I no longer like or care about. I'm not looking for detailed police procedure or forensics; there are other authors I can read for that, but, come on, surely there must be one foot in reality. There are so many loose ends that I (sadly) read the book twice to make sure that I hadn't missed something. Please lets go back to the old Agatha - the one star here is for the author sneaking this past the publisher! Sorry.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad, Not Great 20 Dec 2011
By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I've not read/listened to an Agatha Raisin story before so came to this having no idea what to expect.

Following a brief introduction as we are introduced to our main character & a few of the locals in her village a murder is committed very publicly to be quickly followed by another.
Our heroine finds herself up against both a ruthless killer & her inability to keep her mouth shut which gets her into trouble.

The story bobs along at a perfectly reasonable pace and has enough surprises & depth to keep the listener on board.

The characters too are varied, opinionated & interesting. The amount of dislikeable characters is unusual & makes for a more lifelike setting.

The real problem/ attraction, depending on your point of view, is Agatha herself. Bossy, interfering & something of a snob are not necessarily winning traits for a main character.
I feel that there is a real age & class divide that the author refuses to compromise on. The elderly are seldom wrong & the upper middle classes never.

But despite being an interfering busybody, think Miss Marple without the charm, Agatha still appeals. It makes a change not to have a `people person' in charge & it's difficult not to admire her determination & spirit.
Her demands that the entire planet revolve around her & her opinions are, frankly, quite realistic.

This is certainly not a classic by any means but neither is it poor. It occupies a comfortable middle ground. If you can get it for a reasonable price then give it a try. Give it time & the characters will grow on you.

One point of concern is the use of Penelope Keith to read. As Agatha she is perfect & she would be ideal in a radio play. However, as much as I love Penelope, her attempts at accents are variable to say the least & she founders when faced with voicing the great unwashed.

Avoiding a cosy approach & keeping matters moving mean that this is worth a try.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars as the pig turns 14 Jan 2012
By scampi
If you have never read any Agatha Raisin before read this one and you will be hooked,real page turner lots of red herrings, colourfull characters a very satisfying read.Loved it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be missed 13 Dec 2011
By Archbold Jake VINE VOICE
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On bended knee (well, almost) I express my apologies to M.C. Beaton and to Penelope Keith for finding a previous offering tedious if not downright boring when all the things I found frustrating then, I find charming and irritatingly funny in the case of "Agatha Raisin as the Pig Turns (BBC Audio)".

It was bliss. I sat with my headphones on for 6 hours oblivious to my wife's requests to put up a shelf, or some such. I still do not know why it is that I found the last Agatha Raisin Audio Book so different. Perhaps it was me. Perhaps it was the weather.

All I can say is that I remember the books to be funny, readable, ludicrous (in places, but nicely so), one-dimensional, sometimes poorly plotted with inconsistent characterisations, but hugely enjoyable and quite un-putdownable.

And so in the present case with "As the Pig Turns". A local 'little Hitler' meets the most gruesome fate imaginable. The villagers, about to enjoy a barbecue, are saved from an equally gruesome meal only because of the watchful eye of Agatha. Before long, the police (both local and otherwise) pile in and along with all the well loved characters (including the poor Vicar's wife!) finding themselves participating one way or another.

As may be safely assumed, Agatha saves the day!!

Don't miss it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it as usual! looking forward to her next book.
Published 8 days ago by janet gifford wills
5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant Agatha Raisin book
Another brilliant Agatha Raisin book! Mystery, lies, deceit, murder, humour, and the same old Agatha Raisin! A must for any Agatha fan.
Published 12 days ago by KG
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
As all Agatha Raisin books, this one does not disappoint. Easy reading, entertaining, often hilarious.
Published 13 days ago by Lilyblot
5.0 out of 5 stars When's the next one
Wonderful writer; real page turner
Published 1 month ago by Growingandsewing
2.0 out of 5 stars More of the same rubbish...
I have bought all of the agatha raisin books from TBP over the years, and on reading this one, I can't think why. Surely I must have enjoyed her earlier books? Read more
Published 1 month ago by saki
2.0 out of 5 stars pretty rubbish
Twee and pathetic plot, in which the leading lady fails to amuse. Read only if you Re desperate or stuck in a lift.
Published 1 month ago by Ailsa Russell
3.0 out of 5 stars it's ok
easy holiday reading - but not the world's best linguist - and the plot is fairly predictable ! But it's fun!
Published 2 months ago by JCh
2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, not for me
This is a quick read, but I did not really enjoy it. I did not believe in the characters and the situations were more suitable to a teenage novel.
Published 2 months ago by Lucinda
2.0 out of 5 stars Ooh no.
What an odd one this was.

Agatha thinks a policeman would not have thought that a bent copper might buy an expensive car? Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jill in East Kent
5.0 out of 5 stars another great storyline
have read all the Agatha Raisin books and this is another great storyline..I almost feel I know the characters personally and as I live near the Cotswolds it is extra special....
Published 2 months ago by maria
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