As the Pig Turns

As the Pig Turns

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An irresistible new adventure for the bossy, vain, and endearing Agatha Raisin --now the star of a hit show on Acorn TV and public television-- from New York Times bestselling M.C. Beaton, "the reigning queen of the cozies" (Booklist).

Winter Parva is a "picturesque" (touristy) Cotswold village with gift shops, a medieval market hall, and thatched cottages. After a disappointing Christmas season, the parish council has decided to hold a special event in January, complete with old-fashioned costumes, morris dancing, and a pig roast on the village green.

Always one for a good roasting, Agatha Raisin organizes an outing to enjoy the merriment. The rotary spit turning over a bed of blazing charcoals is sure to please on this foggy and blistery evening. But as the fog lifts slightly, the sharp-eyed Agatha notices something peculiar about the pig: a tattoo of a heart with an arrow through it and the name Amy.

"Stop!" she screams suddenly. "Pigs don't have tattoos."

The "pig," in fact, is Gary Beech, a policeman not exactly beloved by the locals, including Agatha herself. Although Agatha has every intention of leaving matters to the police, everything changes when the Gary's ex-wife, Amy, hires Agatha's detective agency to investigate--and another murder ensues. With that provocation, how could any sleuth as vain and competitive (and secretly insecure) as Agatha do anything other than solve the case herself?

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781250001917
9780312387020
Branch Call Number: M BEA
Characteristics: 292 p. ;,22 cm

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JeanH
Sep 13, 2015

Love the Agatha Raisin series... But the large print of this book has a poor denoument. Quite unlike the others. Maybe the other versions include more of a conclusion..?

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smworthy
Jun 21, 2012

A bit more graphic than some of the earlier novels in this series. Not the most loveable characters, but still have to keep reading to find out the latest antics!

Bierlingen Jan 20, 2012

So typically Agatha Raisin! Busy adjusting her mascara and scarfing down a pub meal as she bulldozes her way to solving the latest murder mystery....with the vicar's wife, her loyal detective agents and prospective lovers in tow.

A quick read but I always look forward to the next one :)

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novel
Nov 27, 2011

Agatha is back and (delightfully) brash and blunt as usual.

bookfanatic1979 Nov 09, 2011

It occurred to me that the things I most enjoy about this series—the familiar jokes Beaton includes in each book—might be the very things that would drive someone else crazy. Agatha’s always stubborn and hungry for publicity, she’s still got her never-ending obsession with men (including…still…James Lacey), and I still laugh every time.

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sue2138
Nov 01, 2011

I love her Agatha Raisin and Hamish MacBeth mysteries. Also all of her Marion Chesney Regencies and Edwardian romances.

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