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Agatha Raisin: As the Pig Turns

Agatha Raisin, Book 22
Narrated by: Penelope Keith
Series: Agatha Raisin Mysteries, Book 22
Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
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Summary

Penelope Keith - who starred as Agatha Raisin in the popular BBC Radio 4 series - reads M. C. Beaton’s entertaining murder mystery.

Winter Parva, a traditional Cotswolds village next door to Carsely, has decided to throw a celebratory hog roast to mark the beginning of the winter holiday festivities and Agatha Raisin has arrived with friend and rival in the sleuthing business, Toni, to enjoy the merriment. But as the spit pig is carried towards the bed of fiery charcoal Agatha - and the rest of the village - realise that things aren’t as they seem....

Very quickly it transpires that the spit pig is in fact Gary Beech, a policeman not much loved in Winter Parva. And although Agatha has every intention of leaving the affair to the police, she rapidly changes her mind when she finds out Gary’s ex-wife has hired Toni to investigate. Cantankerous and competitive as Agatha is, she has now to join the fray and try and solve the case herself!

©2011 M.C. Beaton (P)2015 Audible, Inc

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Simon’s parents risen from the dead was a bit of a distraction

Good story but the fact that the author had forgotten that in the last book she had killed off the parents of one of the characters but they are alive and well in this book was rather distracting. How could an author forget that rather large detail? That said, the story is pretty good and I still get enjoyment listening to the Agatha Raisin books.

I still think the editing in this book is awful. Poor Penelope Keith reads the book beautifully but the editing leaves no gaps between one paragraph and another. Something the author ought to address with the publishers

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Agatha Raisin. as the Pig Turns

Another brilliant saga of Agatha's life, murder and mayhem and the brilliantly narrated by Penelope Keith

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Another great Agatha Raisin book

Great story, all fans of Agatha Raisin will love it ... and brilliant narration.

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These books really are bonkers

I think MC Beaton must have had one too many damson gins when she wrote this one. Roasting humans, a meth lab and Bulgarian gangsters using a blow torch as an instrument of torture! And all in the Cotswolds!
Still, her stories are great for sending me off to sleep at night although if you miss too much, you won't know what's happening because the story is just a bunch of barely connected plots.

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Excellent

Narrator brilliant as always. story brilliant . can't wait to start next book in series.

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Agatha Raisin: As the Pig Turns

Have enjoyed all the Agatha Raisin books so far,
but.. In As the Pig Turns Simon's parents reappear..
after finding out that they died when he was young in one of the
previous books,
Sometimes Penelope Keith's accents get mixed up,
but this did not detract from my enjoyment,

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Average but fun

Usually jolly tail, a little same old same but very enjoyable still, maybe a little convoluted,

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Not her best

I was disappointed with this Agatha Raisin book. The last few have become far too convoluted and far fetched. The author's characterisation of the younger generation is not believable (I am in constant contact with the age group represented by Toni and Simon) Furthermore, there were errors in consistency between the previous book and this one which were extremely irritating. Penelope Keith, whilst being a national treasure, and delightful to watch and listen to, has unfortunately got a limited range of accents. I was able to forgive this in her previous renditions of Agatha Raisin books because the stories were good and the limitations of the reader were therefore not as critical. However with the weaker plot a stronger performance may have helped save my overall experience. Unfortunately, she used using an Irish accent when the story called for a Scottish one and it was an annoying flaw in her performance. Sadly, this was not a great listening experience and I regret that I have used all this month's credits to buy two more Raisin books.

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  • Kristine
  • 22-11-11

Can't go wrong with an Agatha Raisin mystery

MC Beaton writes a wonderful story which is never dull, often incorporates an Aggie Raisin catch cry of 'snakes and bastards' and there is always an unexpected twist. The mystery rockets along at a really great pace and Penelope Keith reads the story brilliantly and captures all characters perfectly. Audible.com could you please get more Aggie Raisin stories.

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  • Colleen C. Ward
  • 09-12-15

Agatha is still a cute read...

It's not rocket science, but an easy read.

At least this time she doesn't leap into a new relationship!