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As the Pig Turns | [M. C. Beaton]

As the Pig Turns

The picturesque Cotwsold village of Winter Parva has decided to warm the post-Christmas season by roasting a pig in the town square. Agatha, always one for a good roasting, organizes an outing to enjoy the merriment. But as the rotary spit is placed over a bed of fiery charcoals and the pig is carried toward its final resting place, Agatha realizes that things are not as they seem... Stop!" she screams suddenly. The "pig," in fact, is Gary Beech, a policeman not exactly beloved by the good people of the village. Although Agatha has every intention of leaving matters to the police....
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The picturesque Cotwsold village of Winter Parva has decided to warm the post-Christmas season by roasting a pig in the town square. Agatha, always one for a good roasting, organizes an outing to enjoy the merriment. But as the rotary spit is placed over a bed of fiery charcoals and the pig is carried toward its final resting place, Agatha realizes that things are not as they seem...

"Stop!" she screams suddenly. The "pig," in fact, is Gary Beech, a policeman not exactly beloved by the good people of the village. Although Agatha has every intention of leaving matters to the police, everything changes when Gary's ex-wife hires Agatha's detective agency to investigate - and then is murdered too. With that provocation, how could any sleuth as vain and competitive (and secretly insecure) as Agatha do anything other than solve the case herself?

©2011 M.C. Beaton (P)2011 AudioGo

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    G. Byrge Upper Peninsula, MI USA 11-22-11
    G. Byrge Upper Peninsula, MI USA 11-22-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Beaton always delivers"

    Agatha Raisin is definitely human. She can be petty, crabby, selfish - in other words, just like the rest of us. She is not a superhero in any sense of the word. Beaton writes with wry humor and spins an engaging yarn. I've read thousands of mysteries and thrillers, and I must admit, this story has a unique way of disposing of a body. If you enjoy British humor, you'll enjoy this one.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    nancy Westhampton, NY, United States 10-14-11
    nancy Westhampton, NY, United States 10-14-11 Listener Since 2008
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    "Who wrote this book?"

    How and when did Simon's parents rise from the dead. If the writer read Busy Body they would have known Simon's parents were killed in an accident. Now in As the Pig Turns they show up at his wedding. The story was a good one if you hadn't read Busy Body.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Malokas Marina, CA USA 04-02-12
    Ann Malokas Marina, CA USA 04-02-12 Member Since 2009
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    "As The Pig Turns"

    Agatha Raisin will never be great literature, but her antics delight. M.C. Beaton has created another fun Agatha story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cliffie Rural, VT 07-08-12
    Cliffie Rural, VT 07-08-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Penlope Keith is perfect !"

    Agatha is a breath of fresh air, and Penelope Keith knows her inside and out. The whole Raisen series is a British sit com in written form, and from "Good Neighbors" to "Agatha Raisen", no one portrays a cranky, bitchy, opinionated, reckless goodhearted. British upper class busy-body better than Keith. This is strong hot tea with lemon, thank you, not with warm milk and sugar. The plots are roughly Brit-Sit, too -- who needs to believe them? In the diet of Brit Myst readers, P.D. James may be the hearty main course, but don't forget some Beaton for dessert.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Judith A. Weller LaVale, MD United States 06-24-12
    Judith A. Weller LaVale, MD United States 06-24-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Best Narrator for the Series"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would go back to the old Agatha Raisin of the early books. Running the detective agency makes Agatha Raisin books less fun and more trite. I didn't care for the book much. The plot was a typical plot you could find in a lot of detective books -- meth labs, bent cops, secret lives etc. The book lacked the wit and charm of the earlier books in the series.


    Would you be willing to try another book from M. C. Beaton? Why or why not?

    I read the early Agatha Raisins and love them for their charm of the English country side. But this book loses all that. I would not read another Agatha Raisin book. MC Beaton's books tend to lose their charm as the series age. We leave the lovely English or Scottish Countryside and get too involved in big city affairs. I have not read her books set in Victorian England.


    What about Penelope Keith???s performance did you like?

    I addored her Performance and thought the voices were "spot-on". I enjoyed her when she was doing various BBC TV series and thought she was great. I wish she would do more books and not just Agatha Raisin


    Did As the Pig Turns inspire you to do anything?

    Made me promise not to read another Agatha Raisin.


    Any additional comments?

    The early books in the series are so much better - the listener should try those. They have wit and charm - something missing from this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Too big a leap!"
    Would you try another book from M. C. Beaton and/or Penelope Keith?

    I have listened to many of both and liked most.


    What was most disappointing about M. C. Beaton’s story?

    A human body mistaken for a pig is just too00000 much!!!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gail Phoenixville, PA, United States 02-09-12
    Gail Phoenixville, PA, United States 02-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A fun little read!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    This story was fun and entertaining


    Have you listened to any of Penelope Keith’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Agatha raisin is certainly an interesting character. The book dragged at times but overall it was a good read. But I don't know that I've run out and read it again

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret McLeansville, NC, United States 02-06-12
    Margaret McLeansville, NC, United States 02-06-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Fun and outragous"

    This is the kind of light reading that relaxes me with a chuckle or two added into the mix.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Quitman, GA, United States 01-03-12
    Deborah Quitman, GA, United States 01-03-12 Member Since 2009
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Plot very scatty; also, see below


    What was most disappointing about M. C. Beaton’s story?

    Simon Black's parents, decidedly dead when first we met him, are here miraculously resurrected to spoil him and attend his wedding--and with no fanfare, marveling, or explanation given.


    Which character – as performed by Penelope Keith – was your favorite?

    Agatha, always


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Depends on cast


    Any additional comments?

    Finally, Ms Keith has realized that not all Americans have southern accents--praise be! In Busy Body, she gave the residents of Philadelphia inappropriate and definite drawls. ugh

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Martha Las Cruces, NM, United States 01-30-12
    Martha Las Cruces, NM, United States 01-30-12 Member Since 2009
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    "The Gang's All There!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of As the Pig Turns to be better than the print version?

    Agatha, Toni, Mrs. Bloxby, James, Charles, Simon, etc etc. The gang is all back. Great news. Beaton has winning characters and a fun story line. I enjoyed this book. From the catchy title to the resolution of the mystery, it was all fun. Also, Beaton has set up the next one -- can't wait!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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