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Summary

Agatha Raisin returns for her 30th adventure.

When private detective Agatha Raisin comes across a severed leg in a roadside hedge, it looks like she is about to become involved in a particularly gruesome murder. Looks, however, can be deceiving, as Agatha discovers when she is employed to investigate a case of industrial espionage at a factory where nothing is quite what it seems.  

The factory mystery soon turns to murder, and a bad-tempered donkey turns Agatha into a national celebrity, before bringing her ridicule and shame. To add to her woes, Agatha finds herself grappling with growing feelings for her friend and occasional lover, Sir Charles Fraith. 

Then, as a possible solution to the factory murder unfolds, her own life is thrown into deadly peril. Will Agatha get her man at last? Or will the killer get her first?

©2019 M.C. Beaton (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

"No wonder she's been crowned Queen of Cosy Crime." (Mail on Sunday

"A Beaton novel is like The Archers on speed." (Daily Mail)  

"The detective novels of MC Beaton have reached cult status." (The Times)

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Back in action!

I had worried after listening to the last couple of instalments in the series that Agatha had lost the plot, but I really enjoyed this story, ok it was very silly with the donkey etc but that's what I liked about the original books, remember it all started with a quiche, in truth im slightly suspicious with the Agatha books might not all be written by the same person, facts, names, faces, cats, places all change around quite a bit, but who cares really just keep them coming.

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Disappointed.

Not as good as expected, certainly no where near as good as previous book, therefore very disappointed.

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Great fun

Always enjoy the Audible versions of these mysteries as Penelope Keith brings the characters to life.

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series.

I have enjoyed this very much. the donkey theme was interesting and I would love Mrs Raisins clothes!!

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Agatha and Penelope are both delights!

Easy listening, great characters read by a treasured and iconic voice. Caution: May bring on the sudden desire to move to Cotswolds and become really nosey!

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Agatha Raisin at her best

Another splendid book by Agatha Raisin whom I love and with Penelope Keith giving the narration what could be better.
I highly recommend for those who enjoy crime as well as not too serious a book.
It deserves 5 stars for all the categories.
I look forward to listening to more of Agatha Raisin books in the future.

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On form again

M.C and Penelope Keith are back on form in this adventure. I think it's one of Agatha's best escapades. Her relationship with her sidekick Tony is a little more fraught here but loyalty comes through in the end. P.C. Bill Wong and P.C.Alison Peters seem settled in their relationship and Agatha and Charles appear to recognise their feelings for each other. Will they ever properly get together? Agatha finally makes a conquest.

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what a mixed adventure. look out for the wedding.

Beautifully read and presented, so easy to follow the twists and turns. what a TV series these will make.

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Another brilliant story of the life of Agatha Raisin, detective and friend, brilliantly written and narrated

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Beating Around the Bush

I can’t believe this is the 30th Agatha Raisin book! I have read or listened to them all. The narration by Penelope Keith is absolutely superb. Beating Around the Bush is is like getting back together with old friends. I only discovered the series about five years ago, and I quickly made my way through the books. It’s my favourite long running series.

MC Beaton’s stories are original, witty and clever. Her prose is distinctive and I love that. It’s not often you get authors with such a special narrative style. MC Beaton’s warmth and sharp observations are a delight.

Like the other books in the series, this instalment has all the usual fun and games. A leg in a hedge, a moody donkey and a cast of well-drawn suspects make Beating Around the Bush a pleasure. Agatha is - as always - slightly neurotic but in a lovable way.

The mystery was well plotted and entertaining, but for me, it’s the characters that bring these stories alive. Overall, a fantastic addition to this brilliant series.