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As The Pig Turns
Agatha Raisin Mystery Series, No 22
M C Beaton

Robinson (Constable and Robinson)
20 October 2011 / ISBN 978-1845299552
Mystery / Contemporary / Cotswolds, England
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Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde

It is January and bitterly cold, so Agatha Raisin thinks going to neighboring village Winter Parva for a hog roast will be fun. But do pigs usually have tattoos? Is there not something rather human about the pig? It turns out that the partygoers have narrowly missed becoming cannibals, and the body is indeed that of unpopular policeman Gary Beech. His ex-wife, Amy, hires Agatha to investigate, and the case is afoot once more…

Nobody, not even Sherlock himself, could guess the tortuous passage of this case or where it will end and why. This is one of the things that make these books a rattling good read, that and the usual other characteristic of long running series, which is to catch up with the doings of the various characters. We get to discover what Simon Black has been up to, the future of the Carsely Ladies’ Society, and who is new in the village, among other things. Britain cannot boast the vast number of “cozies” that Americans have to enjoy, but at least we have that national treasure, Agatha Raisin, who is here on top form. Expect red herrings, roller coaster plot twists and turns, and plenty of humor and satire, and you won’t be disappointed. All in a remarkably modest length novel, too…what more could you want?

Reviews of other titles in this series

The Agatha Raisin Companion   [review]
Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death   [review]
Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet   [review]
Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener   [review]
Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley   [review]
Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage   [review]
Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist   [review]
Agatha Raisin and the Wellspring of Death   [review]
Agatha Raisin and the Wizard of Evesham   [review]
Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wyckhadden   [review]
Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryfam   [review]
Agatha Raisin and the Love from Hell    [review 1 ] [review 2]
Agatha Raisin and the Day the Floods Came   [review]
Agatha Raisin and the Curious Curate   [review]
Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House   [review]
Agatha Raisin and the Deadly Dance   [review]
Agatha Raisin and the Perfect Paragon   [review]
Agatha Raisin and Love, Lies and Liquor   [review]
Agatha Raisin and Kissing Christmas Goodbye   [review]
Agatha Raisin and a Spoonful of Poison   [review]
There Goes the Bride     [review]
Agatha Raisin and the Busy Body   [review]
Agatha Raisin: As The Pig Turns
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Hiss and Hers #23 [review]
Christmas Crumble (Novella) [review]
Something Borrowed Someone Dead #24 [review]
The Blood of an Englishman #25 [review]


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