Monday, December 13, 2010

BUSY BODY by M.C. Beaton

"This isn't an Agatha Christie-type village with some lord or retired colonel at the head of the hierarchy, with the rest of us  peasants waiting for an invitation to some fete in the manor grounds.  We're all pretty equal."

There is no cozy character quite like Agatha Raisin.

M.C. Beaton's Busy Body meanders all over the place.  The story takes place over two Christmases.  It involves several murders including the murder of one of Agaha's own operatives.  And like a lot of Agatha Raisin books it is totally unbelievable.  But still,  Agatha is Agatha.

When someone murders a local health board official who has been making everybody miserable, Agatha is on the case.  At first Agatha thinks this murder connects to another murder, the death of a newcomer whose body is found when her castle-like mansion burns down, but then Agatha is not sure.  They may be two separate murders after all.

And all along the way, Agatha pursues, first one man and then another. Her mind is never far away from sex. That's just Agatha.

This is not exactly a Christmas story, though it uses the Christmas trappings.  It is not a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination (except perhaps as a satire of the traditional Agatha Christie cozy).  

This book is more like several stories strung together.  But as with every Agatha Raisin book I've read, I got a kick out of it.

This is a quick read about a unique character.  I always enjoy Agatha Raisin.


Karen Russell said...

I'm listening to this on audiobook right now, the perfect antidote to driving around in holiday traffic. Agatha puts it all into perspective. :D

Joe Barone said...

Agatha is a lot of fun.