Agatha Raisin & The Busy Body – M.C. Beaton

(Oops this should have gone live earlier but for some reason didn’t!) I don’t know about you but the ideal Christmas themed read for me (not Christmas time read full stop – I am debating a few giant books for that coveted role) is something that I can escape into, pick up and put down every so often when last minute shopping or potato peeling is required and then step straight back into. It needs to make me laugh, have me hooked and be a good excuse to remove myself from the family now and again (apologies if they are reading – but it’s true). So this year I plumped for the latest Agatha Raisin novel ‘Agatha Raisin & The Busy Body’, and broken my ‘ must read a series in order rule’ just as I did last year with ‘Agatha Raisin and Kissing Christmas Goodbye’. I had high hopes I was in for a treat and was proved right!

Agatha has only been away a few days, on a very unsuccessful trip to Corsica to avoid Christmas only she realises she misses it, and in that time John Sunday a new resident in Carsley has been driving everyone in the village and the villages nearby mad with his health and safety rules and regulations. John Sunday is one of those terrible jobs worthy types who takes everything too far and makes everyone’s life a misery. He bans the Christmas Tree from the roof of the church as it may fall on someone, original Victorian wooden shelves from the local shop for fear of splinters, candles in church as they may burn people… the list goes on. So when he is killed in front of Agatha’s very eyes not only is everyone very relieved they are also all suspects and so while the police take on finding his murderer so of course doe Agatha.

I of course can’t tell you ‘whodunit’ as that would ruin the book for you. I can tell you that in getting to the cosy yet thrilling dénouement  Agatha gets herself in trouble, a muddle and a little bit of danger – so business as normal then. Only I always forget about the business and I can’t work out if I like it or not. Sorry, slight tangent diversion there but in the latest books  Agatha has her own detective agency and as I am reading further back in the series when she goes it alone a lot more I am unsure of how much I like this because I haven’t seen it naturally emerge yet. Not that this means you cant read Agatha Raisin at any point as a standalone novel, but why would you want to when there are 20+ books in the series and they are all so lovely (in a slightly murderous fashion).

I think out of all the Agatha Raisin books that I have read so far this might be the quickest one in which we get thrown instantly into the story and taken on a whirlwind of secrets and twists and turns as the tale unfolds in all its directions. If you want some fun and thrills over Christmas from the comfort of your own chair, and we all know how that feels after one too many mince pies, then I would suggest you give this book a whirl. I thoroughly enjoyed it! 8.5/10

Anyone else giving Agatha a Christmas airing at all? What Christmas reading have you got stuck into so far, any with festive themes?

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3 responses to “Agatha Raisin & The Busy Body – M.C. Beaton

  1. ChrissieC

    Well thanks to the lovely huge box of Agatha Raisin books that the Postie dropped by off here last week courteous of yourself ;)I find myself nearing the end of Agatha’s 5th escapade – Agatha Raisin and The Murderous Marriage. I love Agatha she makes me laugh and her relationship with James is priceless, I’m looking forward to many many more hours filled with all her adventures.

    I will be picking up the next one in a wee while when I finish this one so I can say with all honesty it will be a very Agatha Raisin Christmas 🙂

    Merry Christmas and have a great New Year x

  2. I have an Agatha Raisin also with me for this period plus an Agatha Christie but right now I am reading a Barbara Pym (again a recommendation on the blogs).

    Wishing you and your family a Christmas filled with much joy, peace and love.

  3. robert b mcnamara

    I have read all of Agatha Raisins storys and have to say a big thank you for so much pleasure. (should be on TV as good as Midsummer)HOWEVER I have just one comment.In “Busy Body” The two wives drive off a jetty into the sea at Agde. You cannot drive into the sea at agde as it is about 9KL inland from cap D’agde which is on the coast. You can drive into the Herault river but not the sea. Picky I know,it did not however spoil any pleasure that the novel gace me.

    Robert

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