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Summary

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

Agatha Raisin has never been one for enforced holiday cheer, but her friendly little village of Carsely has always prided itself on its traditional Christmas festivities. However, this year Mr John Sunday, an officer with the Cotswold Health and Safety Board, has chosen Christmas as the time to crack down on what he sees as gross misconduct by everyone. But when Mr Sunday goes too far, he is soon found lying face down in the petunias, very much dead. Agatha is on the case, but with so many people having threatened the life of the victim, it’s hard to know where to start....

©2010 M C Beaton (P)2015 Audible, Inc

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Agatha Raisin and the Busy Body

This book was a good choice for me, for straight after the holiday. I enjoyed the fast moving story that had lots of different characters, I found them easy to visualise. The descriptions were good, and not 'too wordy' the story had a few twists and turns too. Everything that M C Beaton writes is worth reading, in my opinion. Penelope Keith is superb as a narrator of this genre. Recommended!

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Worth the money!

Thoroughly enjoyed the story brilliantly read by Penelope Keith. If you are looking for something more than a straightforward whodunnit but not so grand as a classic, this is a good choice.

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Ludicrous

I used to enjoy these stories but the authors reactionary attitude makes this book rather tedious , however I am sure members of the Brexit Party will lap it up. Be warned though the final third of the story is simply ridiculous

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No 21 - and still fun

I enjoy this series as a light and easy read - and find it very amusing.

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Entertaining

As always it keeps you wanting just a bit more. The narration by Penelope Keith is wonderful and in my mind when listening can just imagine she is agatha

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Disappointing!!

I had hoped for a cozy Christmas mystery narrated by a quality actor. The story is disappointing, the narration was skilled - except for the the accents which are are remarkably appalling! I only finished listening to the book as I wanted to find out who had done it. I won't be listening to any more in the series.

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enjoyable

good story but I find that thee later Agatha Raisin books are marred slightly by the old fashioned phrases and sayings the author gives her young characters, and of course the constant reappearance if the boring James Lacey.
but as always beautiful read.

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Wonderful Agatha

I love listening to the Agatha Raisin books. Penelope Keith IS Agatha. I enjoyed the whodunnit element of the book, but Agatha’s love life always makes me laugh. Easy listening.

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Wonderful, cosy and such fun!

This was excellent! I want to write a spoiler-free review so let me only say that I absolutely adored the central theme of this Agatha Raisin mystery. Overall, it's another typical book of the series, relaxing, light and cosy. And such fun! Highly recommended!

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Agatha Raisin is always a great listen!

listens to 4 of her books and they have all been easy listens with good story lines

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  • Paulette Shewfelt
  • 28-12-11

Beaton cannot be beat!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Agatha is perfect. The story is fun. Beaton is a genius. Technically you can start anywhere in the series and it is blast. One Agatha Raison book and you will automatically be searching for the rest. This narrator is good. She does a very good job helping the listener recognise the various characters. Highly recommened.

What other book might you compare Agatha Raisin and the Busy Body to and why?

The only one whol comes close is the Maggody series by Joan Hess, and only the earliest ones.

What about Penelope Keith’s performance did you like?

She is engaging, elloquent and professional.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

There is no way to stop a rollercoaster on an incline and who wants to? Pressing pause is a tough decision!

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  • Ursula
  • 12-12-11

A series of short stories not a novel.

I was a little disappointed to discover that it was a short story initially. However it is a good set of short stories. Well-written.