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As the Pig Turns (2011)

by M. C. Beaton

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Series: Agatha Raisin (22)

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Winter Parva, a traditional Cotswolds village, has decided to throw a celebratory hog roast to mark the beginning of the winter holiday festivities and Agatha Raisin has arrived with friend and rival in the sleuthing business, Toni, to enjoy the merriment. But as the spit pig is carried towards the bed of fiery charcoal Agatha--and the rest of the village--realize that things aren't as they seem.… (more)
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Agatha at the Pig Roast
Review of the Blackstone Audio Inc. audiobook edition (October 2011) of the original St. Martin's Press Minotaur hardcover (October 2011)

As the Pig Turns finds Agatha and the gang attending a winter festival in the Cotswald village of Winter Parva where Agatha spots something amiss in the celebratory hog roast. They are soon on the hunt for the identity of a headless murdered man. Aside from the rather grotesque murder method and aftermath, this a typical cozy in the series, with Agatha continuing to meddle in the private life of her protegee Toni Gilmour.

I'm continuing to enjoy the fun of these cozies which are somewhat different from the TV-series which I saw first. Agatha is definitely more cranky in the books, but it is her human faults that make us accept her. Young detective Toni Gilmour continues here in this book #21 (in the TV series she was brought in at the beginning of Season 3, but as the niece of the housekeeper Simpson). Sir Charles is much more of a recurring character and occasional love interest than he is in the screen adaptation and his cheap and chintzy manners are played up quite a bit.

The narration of this book #22 continues the return of the series regular reader Penelope Keith after Wanda MacCaddon narrated books #18 & #19. MacCaddon was fine in the role but gave a much more restrained performance than Keith does in the other voices e.g. the exaggerated vocal mannerisms of Roy and Sir Charles.

Most (28 of 32) of the Agatha Raisin audiobooks are free on Audible Plus. A continuation series Book 32 Down the Hatch is yet to be released, and is expected to be published in October 2021. Down the Hatch is apparently entirely written by continuation writer R.W. Green whereas #31 Hot to Trot was a collaboration with M.C. Beaton.

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As the Pig Turns was adapted for Series 3 Episodes 7 & 8 of the currently ongoing Agatha Raisin TV series (2016-). There does not appear to be a trailer for it. ( )
  alanteder | Oct 6, 2021 |
Agatha bumbles her way through a particularly gruesome muirder and Beaton bangs on again about "global warming" (as she calls it), smoking and the rise of supermarkets. ( )
  Stephen.Lawton | Aug 7, 2021 |
I did enjoy this book, dealing with the clever Agatha Raisin and her detective agency. Most of the people that work for her are big players in this book but especially the pretty Toni. But perhaps has Agatha meddled in Toni's life a little too much this time? Will Toni quit working for Agatha? Or worse, will the murderer catch Toni or Agatha in his clutches? ( )
  LilQuebe | Apr 21, 2021 |
silly fun ( )
  A2Seamster | Apr 9, 2021 |
At the annual pig roast in the Cotswold town of Winter Parva, a body is discovered, roasting on the spit, no less. As there is no head attached, it's hard to tell who it could be. Agatha Raisin suspects it might belong to a local policeman, Gary Beech. Officer Beech is despised by the village because of his ability to find endless reasons for handing out tickets. So there is no lack of suspects. The only person interested is Gary's ex-wife and she hires Agatha and her team to investigate.

MC Beaton has once again provided the reader with an entertaining “whodunit”. Agatha is her usual “bossy” self. In fact, in this novel she's been interfering too much into the personal life of Toni, a younger female member of staff. Which leads to conflict and the possible loss of a valuable member of the team. But Agatha is strong willed. Even though this case has her more frightened than usual she is determined to see it though.

More reviews at: www.susannesbooklist.blogspot.com ( )
  SUS456 | Jul 6, 2016 |
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This book is dedicated to Sinead Goss, with many thanks for all her support for Target Ovarian Cancer.
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Agatha Raisin wearily turned onto the road leading down into her home village of Carsely in the Cotswolds and then came to an abrupt halt.
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Winter Parva, a traditional Cotswolds village, has decided to throw a celebratory hog roast to mark the beginning of the winter holiday festivities and Agatha Raisin has arrived with friend and rival in the sleuthing business, Toni, to enjoy the merriment. But as the spit pig is carried towards the bed of fiery charcoal Agatha--and the rest of the village--realize that things aren't as they seem.

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