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Publisher's Summary

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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

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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.

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The Gang's All There!

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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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As The Pig Turns

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

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an easier way !

I have almost finished the complete series of Agatha raisin it would be nice though if somehow you could get them one and 2 and 3 and 4 and 5 and so on rather than having to search it out there's got to be an easier way of doing this I just haven't found it out yet

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Nice mystery, characters are very interesting

This is just a good, solid series. All the stories are light, humorous, and engaging easy reading. I always look forward to continuing on to the next story in the series and considering there are 20+ books in the series, that is quite an achievement. The narration by Penelope Keith is also exceptional.

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fantastic!

i love this series and all of the characters and mostly the adventures.Another fantastic episode.

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