Busy Body: An Agatha Raisin Mystery

M.C. Beaton, Minotaur, $24.99 (288p) ISBN 978-0-312-38701-3
In bestseller Beaton's terrific 21st Agatha Raisin mystery (after 2009's There Goes the Bride), the fiercely formidable private detective and her perky young protégé, Toni Gilmour, look into the stabbing murder of John "Grudge" Sunday, a Mircester health and safety board officer, outside a joint meeting of two Cotswolds ladies' societies. The unpopular Sunday had put a pall on the holidays by stopping the annual custom of erecting a Christmas tree atop the Carsely church tower. Millionaire and prime suspect Miriam Courtney, who threatened to kill Sunday, hires Agatha to clear her name. Complications ensue after someone strikes Miriam a fatal blow to the head. Beaton, the pen name for Marion Chesney, does a brilliant job of depicting Agatha's struggles with aging and keeping her detective agency afloat. Her romantic upheavals (will she ever marry close friend Sir Charles Fraith?) continue to tantalize. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 08/09/2010
Release date: 10/01/2010
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Mass Market Paperbound - 294 pages - 978-0-312-53650-3
Compact Disc - 978-1-60283-927-4
Ebook - 288 pages - 978-1-4299-4474-8
Downloadable Audio - 978-0-7927-7335-1
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