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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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    4 out of 5 stars

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Vicki
  • Newton, NJ, United States
  • 01-01-11

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.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Not quote as good as others in the series

This book wasn't quite as good as previous ones. The plot seemed erratic, contrivrd, and I just couldn't buy into the characters. Overall, the series is great so I will be continuing to the next book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • L
  • New York NY, United States
  • 03-21-11

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.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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 5 people found this review helpful

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This series is fantastic.

Agatha is all sass and heart. From her first short story to the latest highly anticipated adventure, she captured this household's attentions with her bear-like stair and relatable essence brought to life in word and performance.

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  • C.
  • Beverly, ma, US
  • 12-03-17

One of the better Agatha Raisin books

I didn’t really like the one before this, but busy body was quite good. And the narrator IS Agatha to me at this point.

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fantastic!

this book is bettet than the last with the interesting characters and more axtion that a James Bond movie!

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Enjoyable

I always find the characters comfortable and yet still unpridictable. It was easy to listen to.