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As the Pig Turns

By: M. C. Beaton
Narrated by: Penelope Keith
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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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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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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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Dear MC Beaton's fact-checker,....

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

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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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What a mess!

I love this series and Penelope Keith is always excellent. But there is a major plot hole between this book and the last. One of the characters was an orphan in the last book, a rather important part of his backstory, now in this book he has wealthy living parents. I can take the occasional mistake that comes up in this series or any long running series for that matter, but this one is way too big. What a disappointment!

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Not the best

Irritated about the lack of continuity in the Simon story line. Parents died in previous book, now they are alive and present in his life. Tony’s voice is irritating.

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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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But wait Simon was an orphan!

Okay why are Simon’s parents at the wedding?? Did he lie to Agatha about being an orphan?

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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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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

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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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