Beating About the Bush




      Beating About the Bush
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 Best Read [ Beating About the Bush ] Author [ M.C. Beaton ] – bluevapours.co.uk

Like her on Facebook Learnon her website Marion Chesney Gibbonsaka Ann Fairfax, Jennie Tremaine, Helen Crampton, Marion Chesney, Charlotte Ward, Sarah Chester Marion Chesney was born on 1936 in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, and started her first job as a bookseller in charge of the fiction department in John Smith Sons Ltd While bookselling, by chance, she got an offer from the Scottish Daily Mail to review variety shows and quickly rose to be their theatre critic She left Smith s to join Scottish Field magazine as a secretary in the advertising department, without any shorthand or typing, but quickly got the job of fashion editor instead She then moved to the Scottish Daily Express where she reported mostly on crime This was followed by a move to Fleet Street to the Daily Express where she became chief woman reporter After marrying Harry Scott Gibbons and having a son, Charles, Marion went to the United States where Harry had been offered the job of editor of the Oyster Bay Guardian When that didn t work out, they went to Virginia and Marion worked as a waitress in a greasy spoon on the Jefferson Davies in Alexandria while Harry washed the dishes Both then got jobs on Rupert Murdoch s new tabloid, The Star, and moved to New York.Anxious to spendtime at home with her small son, Marion, urged by her husband, started to write historical romances in 1977 After she had written over 100 of them under her maiden name, Marion Chesney, and under the pseudonyms Ann Fairfax, Jennie Tremaine, Helen Crampton, Charlotte Ward, and Sarah Chester, she getting fed up with 1714 to 1910, she began to write detectives stories in 1985 under the pseudonym of M C Beaton On a trip from the States to Sutherland on holiday, a course at a fishing school inspired the first Constable Hamish Macbeth story They returned to Britain and bought a croft house and croft in Sutherland where Harry reared a flock of black sheep But Charles was at school, in London so when he finished and both tired of the long commute to the north of Scotland, they moved to the Cotswolds where Agatha Raisin was created.

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  • Hardcover
  • 256 pages
  • Beating About the Bush
  • M.C. Beaton
  • English
  • 13 May 2017
  • 1250157722

10 thoughts on “ Beating About the Bush

  1. Beata says:

    I started reading this series years ago, and have followed Agatha Raisin ever since This 30th instalment is as good as the first books with Aggie she is bossy, pushy, and she can draw correct conclusions from her observations I enjoyed this easy weekend read and I am glad good old Aggie is back A b...

  2. Susan Johnson says:

    Agatha is up to her old tricks She s as unpleasant and direct as always as she is called in to investigate a manufacturer company s concern about security She is really ambivalent until she learns the company has a donkey and then she is in love Who knew what would melt her heart The donkey is framed for murder and Agatha does her best to clear the donkey s name The investigation takes her into an international conspiracy and the discovery has a scary consequence for her She also meets a Agatha is up to her old tricks She s as unpleasant and direct as always as she is called in to investigate a m...

  3. Linden says:

    Agatha is hired by a company suspecting industrial espionage, but after a death, which Agatha suspects is murder, everything becomescomplicated The local police chief wants to close the case, but Agatha refuses to believe a donkey called Wizz Wazz caused the woman s de...

  4. Roman Clodia says:

    Haha, well of course it s ridiculous that Agatha and friends should be employed to uncover a case of industrial espionage but from the moment Aggie discovers a severed leg in the bushes, it s a comic revelry With death by donkeyIt s nice to see Beaton creating an actual plot again, however transparent and ludicrous, but the real joy is the irascible Aggie alternating between insensitive bossiness and romantic vulnerability all over again With Charles Fraith bac...

  5. Sid Nuncius says:

    I m afraid Agatha Raisin and I didn t get on This was my first Agatha Raisin and, in spite of all the praise this series has garnered, it will probably be my last.The plot, for the record, concerns Agatha and her detective partner Toni investigating industrial espionage at a local factory, where all kinds of Odd Things seem to be going on and someone is Out To Get Them It s mildly amusing in places, but I found most of the humour clunky and overdone, the characters so caricatured and I m afraid Agatha Raisin and I didn t get on This was my first Agatha Raisin and, in spite of all the praise this series has garnered, it will probably be my last.The plot, for the record, concerns Agatha and her detective partner Toni investigating indu...

  6. The Kawaii Slartibartfast says:

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.This is my first Agatha Raisin and I loved every bit of it.The book is very funny and suspenseful and starts with a fake severed leg and a very angry goat

  7. Emma& says:

    This is the 30th Agatha Raisin mystery in the highly successful series and I have read them all Agatha Raisin books are like your favourite cosy jumper on a rainy day while some are better than others and you know what you are getting, they are always satisfying I really enjoyed this installment Some of the predicaments that Agatha finds herself in are really quite funny and the donkey does steal the show much to Agatha s disgust and the reader s amusement Her relationships with assistant This is the 30th Agatha Raisin mystery in the highly successful series and I have read them all Agatha Raisin books are like your favourite cosy jumper on a rainy day while some are better than others and you...

  8. Nancy says:

    How M C Beaton has managed to get to book thirty without Agatha aging or figuring out her life, is beyond me, yet, I continue to check in to see what this village sleuth is up to Having been called in to investigate industrial espionage, Agatha and assistant Toni Gilmour soon begin to wonder if it is all a set up when strange happenings trigger a deeper look and in doing so, Agatha befriends a bad tempered donkey, is left contending with a group that have killed to keep their secrets, and to How M C Beaton has managed to get to book thirty without Agatha aging or figuring out her life, ...

  9. Lauranj says:

    Agatha is back I ve been a fan of this series since the beginning, but in recent years some of the books have been difficult to get through The last one in particular was the first time I ever gave up and didn t finish an Agatha Raisin book I m happy to report that Beating About the Bush is quintessential Agatha and a joy for her fans In this one she s working on a case about industrial espionage that becomescomplicated when a woman turns up dead and Wizz Wass the donkey is...

  10. Mrs S Meadows says:

    Another Agatha Raisin bookEqually as good as the first book a most enjoyable read Can t wait for the next book to be published

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