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Agatha Raisin: As The Pig Turns Paperback – 19 Apr 2012

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (19 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780331606
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780331607
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 2 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (323 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I know I once vowed to read only Agatha Christie for a year, but I've cheated. My No. 1 mistress: M C Beaton and her Agatha Raisin whodunits. Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life. (Entertainment Weekly)

Once again M C Beaton has concocted an amusing brew of mystery and romance that will keep her fans turning the pages. (Publishers Weekly)

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The as ever eagerly awaited latest installment of Agatha Raisin.

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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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By gspice2 on 24 Sept. 2012
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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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By Friarofdoom TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Dec. 2011
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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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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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