Beating About the Bush



Beating About the Bush New York Times Bestseller M C Beaton S Cranky, Crafty Agatha Raisin Now The Star Of A Hit TV Show Is Back On The Case Again 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 SeemsThe 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

10 thoughts on “Beating About the Bush

  1. says:

    I started reading this series years ago, and have followed Agatha Raisin ever since This 30th instalment is as good as the first books with Aggie she is bossy, pushy, and she can draw correct conclusions from her observations I enjoyed this easy weekend read and I am glad good old Aggie is back A big thank you to St Martin s Press, MC Beaton and NetGalley for arc in exchange for my honest review.

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    EXCERPT They were through the outer edge of the thicket, and only a few feet to their right they could see the brogue, the ankle, the lower leg, andthat was it There was no body, just a sawn off leg lying amid the litter of dead leaves and twigs ABOUT THIS BOOK 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 EXCERPT They were through the outer edge of the thicket, and only a few feet to their right they could see the brogue, the ankle, the lower leg, andthat was it There was no body, just a sawn off leg lying amid the litter of dead leaves and twigs ABOUT THIS BOOK 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 MY THOUGHTS I enjoyed this romp with Agatha she hates being called Aggie I enjoyed her acerbic wit, and even her temper tantrums She is a fault finder supreme who can be equally charming when she wants or needs to be, and has a smile that lights up the room and melts hearts But she does call a spade a spade, and abhors stupidity and or anyone who doesn t see things from her perspective Her personal life is something of a shambles, and I felt very sorry for her assistant Toni at times I love Beaton s descriptions of people Charles was a crease free zoneIf he were ever perish the thought to grow wrinkly with age, Gustav, his loyal retainer, would find a way to iron him And the way she gently pokes fun at the British aristocracy and their social climbing hangers on They sell sanitary towels Well someone has to Of course someone has to, Charles, but you don t marry them Agatha Raisin comes across much better on paper than she is portrayed in the TV seriesI must admit to not having been able to sit through one entire episode I enjoyed this amusing interlude with Agatha She was just the antidote I needed for all my recent dark reads She brought a smile to my face, and I can see myself calling on her again when I am in need of some light relief BeatingAboutTheBushMcBeaton NetGalley THE AUTHOR Marion Chesney Gibbonsaka Ann Fairfax, Jennie Tremaine, Helen Crampton, Marion Chesney, Charlotte Ward, Sarah Chester.Marion Chesney was born on 1936 in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, and started her first job as a bookseller in charge of the fiction department in John Smith Sons Ltd While bookselling, by chance, she got an offer from the Scottish Daily Mail to review variety shows and quickly rose to be their theatre critic She left Smith s to join Scottish Field magazine as a secretary in the advertising department, without any shorthand or typing, but quickly got the job of fashion editor instead She then moved to the Scottish Daily Express where she reported mostly on crime This was followed by a move to Fleet Street to the Daily Express where she became chief woman reporter After marrying Harry Scott Gibbons and having a son, Charles, Marion went to the United States where Harry had been offered the job of editor of the Oyster Bay Guardian When that didn t work out, they went to Virginia and Marion worked as a waitress in a greasy spoon on the Jefferson Davies in Alexandria while Harry washed the dishes Both then got jobs on Rupert Murdoch s new tabloid, The Star, and moved to New York.Anxious to spendtime at home with her small son, Marion, urged by her husband, started to write historical romances in 1977 After she had written over 100 of them under her maiden name, Marion Chesney, and under the pseudonyms Ann Fairfax, Jennie Tremaine, Helen Crampton, Charlotte Ward, and Sarah Chester, she getting fed up with 1714 to 1910, she began to write detectives stories in 1985 under the pseudonym of M C Beaton On a trip from the States to Sutherland on holiday, a course at a fishing school inspired the first Constable Hamish Macbeth story They returned to Britain and bought a croft house and croft in Sutherland where Harry reared a flock of black sheep But Charles was at school, in London so when he finished and both tired of the long commute to the north of Scotland, they moved to the Cotswolds where Agatha Raisin was createdDISCLOSURE Thank you to St Martin s Press, Minotaur Books via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of Beating About the Bush by M.C Beaton for review All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions For an explanation of my rating system please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com This review, and others, is also published on Twitter,and my webpage

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    Agatha is up to her old tricks She s as unpleasant and direct as always as she is called in to investigate a manufacturer company s concern about security She is really ambivalent until she learns the company has a donkey and then she is in love Who knew what would melt her heart The donkey is framed for murder and Agatha does her best to clear the donkey s name The investigation takes her into an international conspiracy and the discovery has a scary consequence for her She also meets a n Agatha is up to her old tricks She s as unpleasant and direct as always as she is called in to investigate a manufacturer company s concern about security She is really ambivalent until she learns the company has a donkey and then she is in love Who knew what would melt her heart The donkey is framed for murder and Agatha does her best to clear the donkey s name The investigation takes her into an international conspiracy and the discovery has a scary consequence for her She also meets a new man and gets involved into a money making scheme This is a nice addition to the series and Agatha s fans won t be disappointed Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review

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    The thirtieth book in the Agatha Raisin series is definitely something of a return to form for Agatha It s like the author thought Hmm, it s the big THREE OH I d better make it a good one The plot wasn t as hackneyed, it was genuinely funny and the general quality of the prose was just superior Also, donkeys FTW.As this was the last Aggie book released in M.C Beaton s lifetime, this is farewell to Mrs Raisin for me until the final book in the series is released posthumously later this ye The thirtieth book in the Agatha Raisin series is definitely something of a return to form for Agatha It s like the author thought Hmm, it s the big THREE OH I d better make it a good one The plot wasn t as hackneyed, it was genuinely funny and the general quality of the prose was just superior Also, donkeys FTW.As this was the last Aggie book released in M.C Beaton s lifetime, this is farewell to Mrs Raisin for me until the final book in the series is released posthumously later this year Here s hoping the stroppy old cow goes out on a high note P.S Re stroppy old cow I mean the character, not the author

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    Haha, well of course it s ridiculous that Agatha and friends should be employed to uncover a case of industrial espionage but from the moment Aggie discovers a severed leg in the bushes, it s a comic revelry With death by donkeyIt s nice to see Beaton creating an actual plot again, however transparent and ludicrous, but the real joy is the irascible Aggie alternating between insensitive bossiness and romantic vulnerability all over again With Charles Fraith back on the scene, a charming n Haha, well of course it s ridiculous that Agatha and friends should be employed to uncover a case of industrial espionage but from the moment Aggie discovers a severed leg in the bushes, it s a comic revelry With death by donkeyIt s nice to see Beaton creating an actual plot again, however transparent and ludicrous, but the real joy is the irascible Aggie alternating between insensitive bossiness and romantic vulnerability all over again With Charles Fraith back on the scene, a charming new man for Agatha to pursue, and her continued rivalry with Toni which also brings out Aggie s rather terrifying maternal side this is cosy comfort reading just made for bath or sofa with wine and chocolate

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    Agatha is hired by a company suspecting industrial espionage, but after a death, which Agatha suspects is murder, everything becomescomplicated The local police chief wants to close the case, but Agatha refuses to believe a donkey called Wizz Wazz caused the woman s death How many authors at 80 can say that the 30th in their series is the best yet MC Beaton certainly can Her newest Agatha Raisin mystery is so much fun to read Thanks to the publisher for this ARC.

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    The irascible Agatha Raisin is back in this 30th installment to the popular series This time around Agatha and her assistant Toni Gilmour are hired by Albert Morrison, the head of a company that manufactures batteries, to investigate possible corporate sabotage When Morrison s secretary Mrs Dinwiddy is found murdered, police lay the blame at the hoofs of Mrs Morrison s pet donkey Wizz Wazz Agatha soon sets out to prove Wizz Wazz s innocence and bring the real murderer to justice As in the The irascible Agatha Raisin is back in this 30th installment to the popular series This time around Agatha and her assistant Toni Gilmour are hired by Albert Morrison, the head of a company that manufactures batteries, to investigate possible corporate sabotage When Morrison s secretary Mrs Dinwiddy is found murdered, police lay the blame at the hoofs of Mrs Morrison s pet donkey Wizz Wazz Agatha soon sets out to prove Wizz Wazz s innocence and bring the real murderer to justice As in the previous books, Agatha s brashness and lack of tact makes enemies of those who encounter her, but those close to her know that beneath that tough exterior is a heart of gold Loyalty to her friends as well as her luckless love life keep readers sympathetic and always coming back This is an enjoyable cozy series with offbeat characters and intriguing mysteries So, settle in with a plate of fish and chips, a glass of gin and tonic and enjoy the ride Thanks to St Martins Press and NetGalley for the e ARC

  8. says:

    Thirty books in this series now and they just keep getting better Light hearted fun, amusing characters, a dash of romance, all mixed in with an interesting mystery This plot seemed a bitcoherent than some previous ones and kept on track A quick, fun read

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    A few years ago I was looking for cozy mysteries set in the Cotswolds I picked up the first Agatha Raisin novel and was hooked The love for this series hasn t dimmed in the years since Beating About the Bush is another great installment featuring our favorite female detective, Agatha, and her efforts to snag a man, look fantastic, and solve a crime, often all at the same time Beating About the Bush follows Agatha and her Raisin Investigations team digging deep into an industrial espionage ca A few years ago I was looking for cozy mysteries set in the Cotswolds I picked up the first Agatha Raisin novel and was hooked The love for this series hasn t dimmed in the years since Beating About the Bush is another great installment featuring our favorite female detective, Agatha, and her efforts to snag a man, look fantastic, and solve a crime, often all at the same time Beating About the Bush follows Agatha and her Raisin Investigations team digging deep into an industrial espionage case at a local battery company While this may not be 100% plausible, the hilarity that ensues after a severed leg is found on a local roadside is in typical fashion for this series When a sweet, though gassy, donkey is accused of accidentally killing an employee, Agatha and her friends take up the cause to save the donkey from being put down All of the usual gang, with the exception of James, are present and accounted for in this funny stream of Agatha related disasters After thirty installments, this crazy crew seem like familiar friends to me and I love when a new addition to the series is released The setting is, once again, the small, quaint village of Carsley nestled in the beautiful Cotswolds While I ve enjoyed the occasional novel that featured Agatha travelling, my first love will always be with her friends and coworkers at her thatched roof cottage The mystery plot was wonderfully unique since the victim was NOT a rival of Agatha s for a man s attention.The clues were cleverly placed and well thought out While I may not have been stumped by the motive of the killing, the culprit was not completely what I expected Overall, this was an enjoyable book and I hope to seefrom MC Beaton Thank you to St Martin s Press and NetGalley an advanced copy given in exchange for an honest review

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    And she s back The last few books in the series were missing the Agatha Raisin feel but this one hits it on the head There are twists and turns with Agatha riding the waves Our girl is hired to investigate espionage but soon finds murder Of course What is a cozy mystery without a dead body or two Meanwhile there is a bad tempered donkey who takes a shine on Agatha andinteresting characters are introduced This book was worth the wait.

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