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Busy Body | [M. C. Beaton]

Busy Body

Agatha Raisin has never been one for forced holiday cheer, but her friendly little village of Carsely has always prided itself on its traditional Christmas festivities. But this year the bells will not be ringing out, as Mr. John Sunday, an officer with the Cotswold Health and Safety Board, has chosen Christmas as the time to crack down on safety hazards. But Mr. Sunday is soon found face down in the petunias, very much dead.
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Agatha Raisin has never been one for forced holiday cheer, but her friendly little village of Carsely has always prided itself on its traditional Christmas festivities. But this year the bells will not be ringing out, as Mr. John Sunday, an officer with the Cotswold Health and Safety Board, has chosen Christmas as the time to crack down on safety hazards all around the community. But he goes too far when he rules that there cannot be a Christmas tree atop the church tower this year.

Mr. Sunday is soon found face down in the petunias, very much dead. Agatha is instantly on the case, but with so many people having threatened the life of the victim, it's almost impossible to know where to start!

©2010 M. C. Beaton. All rights reserved. (P)2010 BBC Audio

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    01-26-11
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    "Busy body,There goes the bride"


    Love agatha all of her stories. Do not like the new reader. Miss Donata Peters. She is Agatha!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ali M Reynoldsburg, OH, United States 01-12-11
    Ali M Reynoldsburg, OH, United States 01-12-11
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    "Love Agatha! Penelope, not so much..."

    I have enjoyed other books narrated by Penelope Keith, but this is not the venue for her talent. Extremely disappointed.

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    L New York NY, United States 03-21-11
    L New York NY, United States 03-21-11 Member Since 2004
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    "disappointing"

    This is my first M.C. Beaton book and I am finding it very disappointing. I like the narrator fine and the author writes well, but the main character comes across to me as really petty and sad! She seems primarily to be a person disappointed in life. Listening to it feels like listening to someone complain, which is tiresome and depressing! I like books where the main character faces adversity and is a flawed human being, yes, but this woman's personality does not seem balanced by any real liveliness, wit, or spiritedness, which is what I look for in a heroine. It seems every few minutes mention is made of her envy, fears of seeming old, competitiveness, jealousy - her inner monologue is a catalogue of slights and rejections, etc. She seems driven by fear and envy mostly. I like listening to books with main characters I can pull for, and as much as I'd like to, I can't pull for this woman. I won't be finishing the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bookbums United States 11-06-10
    Bookbums United States 11-06-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Agatha is Agatha"

    Agatha Raisin does not disappoint. Yes, this is light fare, but Agatha helped by the agency, the Vicker's wife, Charles, Roy, and ex-husband James gallivant through the pages doing not quite what we expect of them. It is like a visit with old friends. Perhaps not as well plotted as some of the earlier novels.

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    Vicki Newton, NJ, United States 01-01-11
    Vicki Newton, NJ, United States 01-01-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Penelope is just as much fun"

    Being a fan of "To the Manor Born", I feel Penelope has been cast perfectly as a narrator of some of the Agatha books. Yes, Donada Peters is wonderful, and I thoroughly enjoy all of those she has narrated--but I heartily disagree with those who have given Penelope's versions such low marks.

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    What did you love best about Busy Body?

    I love Agatha's group of supporters. Just when one goes away another enters to help her along.
    I found it funny that Miriam rubbed Agatha the wrong way right from the start.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes it did. It seemed that once you begin to think one way, another character or situation is added to the mix and you get all tied up again.
    At one point I was sure that the vicar's wife - Penelope was the murderer!


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

    I love Roy. I think he is amazing. I love the relationship that Agatha has with him. She is his mentor, and his place to go when he needs a break. He is the son she never had...but would be too vain to say she would be old enough to have said son. lol


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I nearly cried when it looked like Roy may be dead. I loved that Charles was there for Agatha. It was very touching.


    Any additional comments?

    The Beagles and the Summers were hilarious. I wished they had ran into the Boggles. I think this would have made for interesting reading indeed. lol

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    C. Schmidt Mid-America 04-18-13
    C. Schmidt Mid-America 04-18-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Very undisciplined book"

    This book is not well edited and reads like a late draft rather than a completed manuscript. All the same, if you like Agatha Raisin, you'll like this one as well. I will say that M.C. Beaton must hate to end a story because this has ending after ending after ending to get through. I don't mind much because it stretches the stories out. It's a shame that Beaton did not take more time to develop characters along the way, though, as the story could have been fleshed out in a much more satisfying way. Unlike "As the Pig Turns" (the next in the series), this does "feel" like it was written by M.C. Beaton.

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    Jean Chilliwack, BC, Canada 08-05-12
    Jean Chilliwack, BC, Canada 08-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Very Light Reading"

    Certainly a sale book but entertaining enough. I must admit that I prefer Hamish Macbeth as a character though.

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    Catherine Escondido, CA, United States 06-29-11
    Catherine Escondido, CA, United States 06-29-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Sorry, not as an audio book"

    I love M.C. Beaton and Agatha Raisin but I think I would rather cozy up to her books with a cup of tea versus my Ipod. I just couldn't get through it.

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