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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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Love love Agatha

Without Penelope Keith this would just be another ordinary series. She is an incredible actor and narrator.

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loved it

Loved the story & have fallen in love with donkey. Maybe he could be in further episodes as new detective!!

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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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  • 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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  • 13-07-2020

Great fun

Always enjoy the Audible versions of these mysteries as Penelope Keith brings the characters to life.

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  • Joan Lane
  • 11-07-2020

series.

I have enjoyed this very much. the donkey theme was interesting and I would love Mrs Raisins clothes!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-05-2020

Agatha and Penelope are both delights!

Easy listening, great characters read by a treasured and iconic voice. Caution: May bring on the sudden desire to move to Cotswolds and become really nosey!

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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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  • 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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  • Les Palmer
  • 18-01-2022

Excellent

Another brilliant story of the life of Agatha Raisin, detective and friend, brilliantly written and narrated

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  • Danica
  • 30-11-2021

Beating Around the Bush

I can’t believe this is the 30th Agatha Raisin book! I have read or listened to them all. The narration by Penelope Keith is absolutely superb. Beating Around the Bush is is like getting back together with old friends. I only discovered the series about five years ago, and I quickly made my way through the books. It’s my favourite long running series.

MC Beaton’s stories are original, witty and clever. Her prose is distinctive and I love that. It’s not often you get authors with such a special narrative style. MC Beaton’s warmth and sharp observations are a delight.

Like the other books in the series, this instalment has all the usual fun and games. A leg in a hedge, a moody donkey and a cast of well-drawn suspects make Beating Around the Bush a pleasure. Agatha is - as always - slightly neurotic but in a lovable way.

The mystery was well plotted and entertaining, but for me, it’s the characters that bring these stories alive. Overall, a fantastic addition to this brilliant series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-11-2021

cosy crome

Keeps you guessing from start to finish. you never know what Agatha will get up to next.

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