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Title:
Agatha Raisin and the Busy Body (MP3)
Series:
Agatha Raisin #21
Written by:
M.C. Beaton 
Read by:
Penelope Keith 
Format:
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
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Duration:
6 hours 14 minutes 
MP3 size:
260 MB 
Published:
January 01 2016 
Available Date:
January 01 2016 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9781489096326 
Genres:
Fiction; Mystery 
Publisher:
ABC/Audible Audio 
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New York Times bestselling author

'M. C. Beaton's imperfect heroine is an absolute gem.'
Publishers Weekly

Agatha Raisin has never been one for enforced holiday cheer, but her friendly little village of Carsely has always prided itself on its traditional Christmas festivities. But this year the bells will not be ringing out Silent Night as Mr John Sunday, an officer with the Cotswold Health and Safety Board, has chosen Christmas as the time to crack down what he sees as gross misconduct by every man, woman, and child in the vicinity. The village shop is told it can no longer have wooden shelves which have been there since the time of Queen Victoria "in case someone is inflicted with a splinter". The village school is ordered to leave lights on at night "to prevent unauthorised intruders from tripping in the dark". And children are warned to not play with "counterfeit banknotes" after passing around toy money in the playground. But finally Mr Sunday goes too far when he rules that there cannot be a Christmas tree atop the church tower this year. Soon after the decree and just before Christmas, Agatha is sipping a cup of tea and trying to stay awake as minute by minute of the Carsely Ladies Society meeting at the vicarage drones on when a sudden scream wakes her from her stupor. The ladies rush out of the building and into the garden to find Sunday lying face down in the petunias, very much dead. Agatha is instantly on the case, but with so many people having threatened the life of the victim, it's almost impossible to know where to start!

'The detective novels of M. C. Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status.'
The Times

'The Miss Marple-like Raisin is a refreshing, sensible, wonderfully eccentric, thoroughly likeable heroine.'
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