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Agatha Raisin: Beating About the Bush

Narrated by: Penelope Keith
Series: Agatha Raisin Mysteries, Book 30
Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Agatha Raisin returns for her 30th adventure.

When private detective Agatha Raisin comes across a severed leg in a roadside hedge, it looks like she is about to become involved in a particularly gruesome murder. Looks, however, can be deceiving, as Agatha discovers when she is employed to investigate a case of industrial espionage at a factory where nothing is quite what it seems.  

The factory mystery soon turns to murder, and a bad-tempered donkey turns Agatha into a national celebrity, before bringing her ridicule and shame. To add to her woes, Agatha finds herself grappling with growing feelings for her friend and occasional lover, Sir Charles Fraith. 

Then, as a possible solution to the factory murder unfolds, her own life is thrown into deadly peril. Will Agatha get her man at last? Or will the killer get her first?

©2019 M.C. Beaton (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

Critic Reviews

"No wonder she's been crowned Queen of Cosy Crime." (Mail on Sunday

"A Beaton novel is like The Archers on speed." (Daily Mail)  

"The detective novels of MC Beaton have reached cult status." (The Times)

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Agatha Raisin in good form

I enjoyed this latest reading. Donkey’s name got a bit annoying. Thankfully, no crazy adolescent infatuations this time. Agatha appears to be maturing, less jealous of Tony’s youthful looks. I’m just looking forward to resolution re settled relationship and hope author can achieve this in her lifetime! Just love the sound of Penelope Keith’s voice. Good work as usual.

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  • James Bowman
  • 03-11-2019

Back in action!

I had worried after listening to the last couple of instalments in the series that Agatha had lost the plot, but I really enjoyed this story, ok it was very silly with the donkey etc but that's what I liked about the original books, remember it all started with a quiche, in truth im slightly suspicious with the Agatha books might not all be written by the same person, facts, names, faces, cats, places all change around quite a bit, but who cares really just keep them coming.

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  • Angelcritique
  • 24-10-2019

On form again

M.C and Penelope Keith are back on form in this adventure. I think it's one of Agatha's best escapades. Her relationship with her sidekick Tony is a little more fraught here but loyalty comes through in the end. P.C. Bill Wong and P.C.Alison Peters seem settled in their relationship and Agatha and Charles appear to recognise their feelings for each other. Will they ever properly get together? Agatha finally makes a conquest.

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  • McDuff
  • 28-10-2019

Disappointed.

Not as good as expected, certainly no where near as good as previous book, therefore very disappointed.

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  • AndyD
  • 12-02-2020

brilliant

great story well read by Penelope well done and usual. I love Agatha a typical ditzy blonde

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  • Anncat
  • 07-02-2020

Agatha Raisin at her best

Another splendid book by Agatha Raisin whom I love and with Penelope Keith giving the narration what could be better.
I highly recommend for those who enjoy crime as well as not too serious a book.
It deserves 5 stars for all the categories.
I look forward to listening to more of Agatha Raisin books in the future.

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  • Beth Goodman-Williams
  • 17-01-2020

Great entertainment

Fun, entertaining story with great characters, read by the awesome Penelope Keith who has an amazing talent for story telling

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  • Stella
  • 05-01-2020

As the author dies

I completed this on the day I read a lovely obituary in a Canadian newspaper. As they said wonderful characterisation great plot fun listen and outstanding performance from Penelope Keith Nothing like awful TV adaptation. RIP and do Agatha will never romp with Charles again.

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  • PoppyPuppy
  • 31-12-2019

Agatha is back on form!

I was rather reluctant to download this book after I felt book 29 was so disappointing. It was rather ridiculous and Agatha was not very nice. But I really enjoyed this one, it's back to the old style with a proper storyline.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-11-2019

Wiz- wastastic

If you love Agath you'll love this ! I just wish it were longer can't wait for the next Aggie adventure .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-11-2019

Eacellent Agatha

I love all Agatha Raisin stories, but have to say this is one of the better ones. It hasn't been rushed through like some of the more recent ones. Jogged along at just the right pace, will become one of my favourites.