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?
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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.
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.
Agatha Raisin will never be great literature, but her antics delight. M.C. Beaton has created another fun Agatha story.
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.
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.
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.
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
Made me promise not to read another Agatha Raisin.
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.
I have listened to many of both and liked most.
A human body mistaken for a pig is just too00000 much!!!
This story was fun and entertaining
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
This is the kind of light reading that relaxes me with a chuckle or two added into the mix.
Plot very scatty; also, see below
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.
Depends on cast
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
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!
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