Beating About the Bush

Beating About the Bush

Large Print - 2019
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"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?"--
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2019
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781432871390
Characteristics: 297 p. (large print) ; 23 cm

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catbite
Oct 01, 2020

Worst written book in the series...The story line was ridiculous. The continual repetitive conversations of the characters, aggravating. The repetitive wording that was used throughout was used to fill space in the book, aggravating. Dire incompetent choices were made in choosing the ghost writer for this book. This book could have been tightened up and written and completed in three tedious chapter's and still would have crashed..hee haw.. !

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KamalaHughes
Sep 27, 2020

Nearly finished with this one and very pleased. More like the Agatha of old...

As a reader of many of the stories and viewer of all the tv episodes, this 2019 story was more of a mystery without the constant distraction of Agatha obsessed with her almost-husband James. The author passed away at the end of 2019, so will we ever know if Agatha and Sir Charles ever marry....

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Jersey_Girl
Feb 08, 2020

It was just OK for me. Don't know what else to say.

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downingenator
Jan 01, 2020

Rest in Peace Ms. Beaton. ❤️

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lindacat
Dec 21, 2019

Seems like M.C. Beaton has a good editor for this one as not a hodge-podge like the last couple of books. It was linear and I enjoyed it. Do we really want her to end up with Charles who makes her pay for her own meals at restaurants always? What about the ex-husband? He seemed a decent sort. The actress in the television series looks nothing like Agatha in the book but she is still very cute in the part.

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DASTardlyGal
Dec 19, 2019

It appears, as the cliche goes, Miss Beaton DID NOT phone this book in. Very cute, stuff that had me giggling and laughing out loud, lots of inside squabbling and jealousy and surprises and the stuff that makes interesting secondary stuff. There didn't appear to be "rushing" in this book and for me, no confusing juxtapositions or paragraphs. I don't know why, but, I wish there was more Mrs. Bloxby. She made one, maybe two appearances the most. Just sort of missed her, as she's always so prevalent in the others, I'm used to her calming appearances and words of wisdom and the occasional human nature of envy or something not characteristic of her. The murder had me wondering how, where, when and why for a while. It reminded me of a Colombo episode, though, once the murderer or murderers were figured out, all that remained was to figure out how to get the proof. All in all, a good read for those who love the cozy mystery and Agatha. Really liked it.

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fantasyqueen
Dec 12, 2019

The cutest, funniest Agatha Raisin yet. Read it in one afternoon cuz I couldn't put it down. This one is very good.

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