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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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  • Paulette Shewfelt
  • 28-12-2011

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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  • Ursula
  • 12-12-2011

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
  • 04-01-2011

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
  • 22-12-2010

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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  • Nicola
  • 16-10-2020

No 21 - and still fun

I enjoy this series as a light and easy read - and find it very amusing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-02-2020

Ludicrous

I used to enjoy these stories but the authors reactionary attitude makes this book rather tedious , however I am sure members of the Brexit Party will lap it up. Be warned though the final third of the story is simply ridiculous

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  • Susan B.
  • 16-12-2019

Wonderful Agatha

I love listening to the Agatha Raisin books. Penelope Keith IS Agatha. I enjoyed the whodunnit element of the book, but Agatha’s love life always makes me laugh. Easy listening.

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  • Miss K Wilkinson
  • 05-01-2021

Fabulous

Another great read / listen from theAgatha mysteries full of characters twist and turns , enjoyable easy read / listen well narrated

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  • Gillian M.
  • 27-12-2020

Disappointing!!

I had hoped for a cozy Christmas mystery narrated by a quality actor. The story is disappointing, the narration was skilled - except for the the accents which are are remarkably appalling! I only finished listening to the book as I wanted to find out who had done it. I won't be listening to any more in the series.

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  • Anne Dudley
  • 13-12-2020

Agatha Raisin & the busy bodies

As usual Agatha was brilliant I'm so glad that All of these books are red by the same person (Penelope Keith) she has such a lovely voice. I will certainly look out for more Agatha Raisin books as I am enjoying the few that I have already listened to

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  • Ms Kay-Elizabeth Kent
  • 16-08-2020

enjoyable

good story but I find that thee later Agatha Raisin books are marred slightly by the old fashioned phrases and sayings the author gives her young characters, and of course the constant reappearance if the boring James Lacey. but as always beautiful read.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-03-2020

Involved plot!

Really enjoyed this story! Agatha as interesting as usual! Penelope Keith is very good at interpreting each character!

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