Busy Body by M. C. Beaton
An Agatha Raisin Mystery (Agatha Raisin Mysteries)

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Agatha Raisin has always been ambivalent about holiday cheer, but her cozy little village of Carsely has long prided itself on its Christmas festivities. But this year Mr. John Sunday, a selfimportant officer with the Health and Safety Board, has ruled that the traditional tree on top of the church is a public menace; that lampposts are unsafe for hanging illuminations; that May Dimwoody's homemade toys are dangerous for children… Things have reached such a desperate pass that the Carsely Ladies' Society joins forces with the ladies in the neighboring village of Odley Cruesis to try to put a stop to Mr. Sunday's meddling--only to find that someone has literally put a stop to him with a kitchen knife.

Agatha's detective agency is on the case, but when a man has made as many enemies as John Sunday, it's hard to know where to start…


About M. C. Beaton

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M.C. Beaton lives in the Cotswolds with her husband. In addition to the Hamish Macbeth series, she writes the Agatha Raisin mystery series.
Published October 12, 2010 by Minotaur Books. 305 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Her Christmas vacation abroad having proved a bust, Agatha returns early to Carsley, where a friend drags her to a Ladies Society meeting at nearby Odley Cruesis to discuss the problems with overzealous Health and Safety Board inspector John Sunday.

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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 stabb

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This Christmas, Agatha Raisin has abandoned her previous, thwarted, attempts to create the all-out, roasted goose, plum pudding celebration and takes off instead for Corsica, which, she discovers, is closed for the season and rainy.

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Agatha Raisin returns, right on "shej-YULE," as the British would say, and the accent is indeed on the "Yule" in author M.C.

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