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Penelope Keith - who starred as Agatha Raisin in the popular BBC Radio 4 series – reads M. C. Beaton’s eagerly-awaited murder mystery.

Agatha Raisin has never been one for enforced holiday cheer, but her friendly little village of Carsely has always prided itself on its traditional Christmas festivities. However, this year Mr John Sunday, an officer with the Cotswold Health and Safety Board, has chosen Christmas as the time to crack down on what he sees as gross misconduct by everyone. But when Mr Sunday goes too far, he is soon found lying face down in the petunias, very much dead. Agatha is on the case, but with so many people having threatened the life of the victim, it’s hard to know where to start....

©2010 M C Beaton (P)2015 Audible, Inc

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Beaton cannot be beat!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Agatha is perfect. The story is fun. Beaton is a genius. Technically you can start anywhere in the series and it is blast. One Agatha Raison book and you will automatically be searching for the rest. This narrator is good. She does a very good job helping the listener recognise the various characters. Highly recommened.

What other book might you compare Agatha Raisin and the Busy Body to and why?

The only one whol comes close is the Maggody series by Joan Hess, and only the earliest ones.

What about Penelope Keith’s performance did you like?

She is engaging, elloquent and professional.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

There is no way to stop a rollercoaster on an incline and who wants to? Pressing pause is a tough decision!

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A series of short stories not a novel.

I was a little disappointed to discover that it was a short story initially. However it is a good set of short stories. Well-written.

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  • Ernest
  • 01-04-11

Agatha Raisin and the Busy Body

This book was a good choice for me, for straight after the holiday. I enjoyed the fast moving story that had lots of different characters, I found them easy to visualise. The descriptions were good, and not 'too wordy' the story had a few twists and turns too. Everything that M C Beaton writes is worth reading, in my opinion. Penelope Keith is superb as a narrator of this genre. Recommended!

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  • Debra
  • 12-22-10

Worth the money!

Thoroughly enjoyed the story brilliantly read by Penelope Keith. If you are looking for something more than a straightforward whodunnit but not so grand as a classic, this is a good choice.

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  • Gillian knox
  • 03-27-18

love these books

cosy colourful characters really love these books easy listening very good narration at just the right pace the plots unfold

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  • Les Palmer
  • 12-21-17

Agatha Raisin and the Busy Body

Brilliant as usual, the continuing life of Agatha Raisin, Village Life, Friends, Loves and of course murders to solve.

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  • kerry
  • 07-05-17

Enjoy

Another great story. I love the real life aces, pain's and ,worries ,that go along side a great mystery who done it .

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  • pie finger
  • 04-25-17

frivolous but truly enjoyed

Just great stories that are entertaining and delightful. love listening to them on the car.

agatha raisin is a lovable character and Penelope Keith is a joyful narrator.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-19-16

Another Spectacular murder mystery.

Brilliant murder mystery. Each book gets even more interesting with more murders and more information on the Cotswolds and other places. Hopefully there will be more Agatha Raisin books to chill out on.

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  • Intheamazone
  • 09-17-16

Acerbic Agatha

Another perfectly narrated offering following the exploits of amateur detective Agatha Raisin. Penelope Keith is the perfect narrator and conveys Agatha's acerbic sarcasm and dry wit to a tee. Not my favourite story in the collection but, nonetheless, so very enjoyable and a joy to listen to.
Recommended.

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  • lucy
  • 11-24-15

Brilliant!!

Again another brilliant book, loved this one just as much as the first. Just wish Agatha could meet her man!!!!


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  • Bastet Pybus
  • 12-23-12

Entertaining as ever

M.C. Beaton and Penelope Keith are a perfect combination. Penelope Keith gives wonderful voice to Agatha's spiky character. This is a book better heard than read - perfect entertainment.