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Beating About the Bush

Beating About the Bush

An Agatha Raisin Mystery

Agatha Raisin Mysteries (Volume 30)

M. C. Beaton

Minotaur Books

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New York Times bestseller M. C. Beaton's cranky, crafty Agatha Raisin—now the star of a hit T.V. show—is back on the case again.

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?

Chapter One


Private detective Agatha Raisin was being driven back to her Cotswold home by her young and beautiful assistant Toni Gilmour. It was an early autumn evening and the sun briefly broke through a mantle of dark clouds to...

Praise for Beating About the Bush

"Winning....Cozy fans with a taste for the silly and the offbeat will be gratified. This long-running series shows no signs of losing steam." —Publishers Weekly

"As usual, Beaton conceals any number of surprises behind her trademark wry humor." —Kirkus Reviews

“Every new Agatha Raisin escapade is a total joy.” —Ashley Jensen, star of the Agatha Raisin TV series

"Agatha is in top form in bestseller Beaton's twenty-seventh mystery....A twisty plot, a familiar cast of eccentric characters, and a charming English country setting mean that lovers of cozy mysteries will be satisfied indeed." —Publishers Weekly on Pushing Up Daisies

"Once you meet Agatha Raisin, you'll keep coming back." —New York Journal of Books

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

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

"Beaton's Agatha Raisin series just about defines the British cozy." —Booklist

"Full of perfectly pitched interest, intrigue, and charm.” —Lee Child

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M. C. Beaton

M. C. BEATON has been hailed as the "Queen of Crime" (The Globe and Mail). In addition to her New York Times and USA Today bestselling Agatha Raisin novels, Beaton is the author of the Hamish Macbeth series and four Edwardian mysteries. Born in Scotland, she currently divides her time between the English Cotswolds and Paris.

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