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Beating About The Bush
Agatha Raisin – Book XXX
BY M C Beaton

Constable (Little, Brown) / US edition by Minotaur Books
24 October 2019/ ISBN 9781472126993

Reviewed by Rachel Hyde 


Agatha Raisin is back with her thirtieth case and on top form. The agency has been hired by local engineering company Morrisons to look into a case of possible industrial espionage. They are working on a special cutting edge battery, which will revolutionize electric car charging, but suspicious strangers have been spotted lurking, and there was a recent fire in the R&D building. Driving back after the initial meeting, Agatha and Toni spot a severed leg lying in the bushes, and things start taking a strange turn.

These books are such fun, and this is a particularly good one with an imaginative plot, plenty to laugh at, and Agatha at her insecure, managing, and impetuous best. The other agency characters take a back seat as Agatha and Toni look into dark doings at the battery factory involving not only the leg but some strange staff and a donkey called Wizz Wazz, who ends up being a TV celebrity. To say more would spoil the plot, but Sir Charles is engaged again to a much younger (and richer) woman while Toni ponders whether her nice but dull boyfriend is marriage material. Agatha chasing men does not feature as much in this book; instead, you can expect a fast paced plot with some hilarious moments and plenty of actual detecting, all more to my taste. I marvel at how Ms Beaton manages to keep the series fresh, contemporary and engaging but she does, and even after thirty books there is no sign of it running out of steam.

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
  [book] [audio]
Hiss and Hers #23 [review]
Christmas Crumble (Novella) [review]
Something Borrowed Someone Dead #24 [review]
The Blood of an Englishman #25 [review]
Agatha Raisin and the Witches’ Tree #25 [review]
Agatha Raisin and the Dead Ringer #29 [review]
Beating About The Bush #30 [review]

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in The Bead Magazine, Making Jewellery and
Reviewed 2020