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As the Pig Turns

An Agatha Raisin Mystery

Agatha Raisin Mysteries (Volume 22)

M. C. Beaton

Minotaur Books

M.C. Beaton

As the Pig Turns

This little piggy went to investigate…

After a disappointing Christmas season, the touristy Cotswold town of Winter Parva is upping the stakes with an old-fashioned pig roast, complete with music, merriment, and medieval Morris-dancing. Always one for a good roasting, Agatha Raisin is looking forward to the event, especially after a heated dispute over a traffic ticket has her picturing a certain boorish cop turning on the spit. But when the big night arrives—and the smoke clears—Agatha notices that the slow-roasting “pig” has a tattoo with the name Amy on it. It’s the body of the policeman who had Agatha all fired up. And now his ex-wife Amy wants her to find the butcher who did the deed—and solve a murder that’s disturbingly well done... 

 

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Chapter One
 

Agatha Raisin wearily turned onto the road leading down into her home village of Carsely in the Cotswolds and then came to an abrupt halt. Cars stretched out in front of her. She pulled on the handbrake.
It was the end of January and a very cold month, unusually cold. The tall trees on either side of the country road raised bare branches to a leaden sky as if pleading for the return of spring. Agatha prayed it would not snow. It seemed as if two centimetres of snow were enough to close down the roads, because the council complained they had run out of salt and all
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Praise for As the Pig Turns

CRITICS HAIL AGATHA RAISIN AND M. C. BEATON!

“Tourists are advised to watch their backs in the bucolic villages where M. C.  Beaton sets her sly British mysteries...Outsiders always spell trouble for the societies Beaton observes with such cynical humor.”—The New York Times Book Review

“[Beaton’s] imperfect heroine is an absolute gem!”—Publishers Weekly

“Beaton’s Agatha Raisin series just about defines the British cozy.”—Booklist

“Anyone interested in...intelligent, amusing reading will want to make the acquaintance of Mrs. Agatha Raisin.”—Atlanta Journal Constitution

“Beaton has a winner in the irrepressible, romance-hungry Agatha.”—Chicago Sun-Times

“Few things in life are more satisfying than to discover a brand-new Agatha Raisin mystery.”—Tampa Tribune Times

“The Raisin series brings the cozy tradition back to life. God bless the Queen!”—Tulsa World

“The Miss Marple–like Raisin is a refreshingly sensible, wonderfully eccentric, thoroughly likable heroine...a must for cozy fans.”—Booklist

AS THE PIG TURNS

“Beaton has written a pleasantly twisty cozy for the holidays.”—RT Book Reviews

“It’s been said of Agatha Christie that she’s given more pleasure in bed than any other woman, but M.C. Beaton is matching her as a prolific purveyor of cosy whodunits perfect for pre-lights out reading…like Midsomer Murders with wit and a bit of edge.”—The Daily Telegraph (UK)

“Hilarious…Beaton's legion of fans will most definitely enjoy her latest Agatha Raisin mystery, As the Pig Turns. Newcomers to the series will be pleasantly surprised by this unique cozy.” —Gumshoe Reviews

BUSY BODY

“M. C. Beaton has a foolproof plot for the village mystery.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Beaton does a brilliant job.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  

“Agatha scores again with a cunning mix of satire and mystery.”—Kirkus Reviews

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • M. C. Beaton

  • M. C. BEATON is the pen name of Marion Chesney, known primarily for the more than 100 historical romance novels she has published under her own name and under several pseudonyms: Helen Crampton, Ann Fairfax, Jennie Tremaine, and Charlotte Ward. M.C. Beaton is the pseudonym she reserves for her New York Times bestselling Agatha Raisin mysteries, and her Hamish Macbeth series. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1936, Marion Chesney has worked as a fiction buyer for a bookseller, as women's fashion magazine editor, and as a reporter and theater critic. Like her amateur sleuth Agatha Raisin, Chesney lives in a cottage in the English Cotswolds.
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