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Busy Body: An Agatha Raisin Mystery by M. C. Beaton

By M. C. Beaton

Agatha Raisin has continuously been ambivalent approximately vacation cheer, yet her comfortable little village of Carsely has lengthy prided itself on its Christmas festivities. yet this 12 months Mr. John Sunday, a selfimportant officer with the health and wellbeing and security Board, has governed that the conventional tree on best of the church is a public threat; that lampposts are detrimental for placing illuminations; that could Dimwoody's selfmade toys are harmful for children... issues have reached this sort of determined go that the Carsely women' Society joins forces with the women within the neighboring village of Odley Cruesis to aim to place a cease to Mr. Sunday's meddling--only to discover that somebody has actually placed a cease to him with a kitchen knife. Agatha's detective company is at the case, but if a guy has made as many enemies as John Sunday, it really is not easy to grasp the place to start...

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Agatha turned the car into the drive of the manor house. She switched off the engine and slewed round to look at Toni. “When I asked you about Sharon, that ‘all right’ sounded a bit muted. ” Toni sighed. “It’s just that she’s quarrelled with her parents and moved in with me. I’ve only got that small flat, as you know, and, well, it’s all a bit claustrophobic. She’s messy and I like things neat. She dyes her hair a lot, different colours, and there are streaks of dye on the hand basin and in the bath.

I have had a lot of success,” said Agatha, repressing a sudden impulse to throw her coffee cup at Miriam’s head. “I bet I’d make a pretty good detective. ” “I doubt if you will,” said Agatha. “Oh, he’s taking me for dinner tonight. ” He’s my friend, not yours, thought Agatha savagely. She wished she’d never taken Miriam on as a client. She felt that this woman was going to move into her life and friends and take over. Aloud she said, “Can you think of anyone else in this village before I get back to Mircester?

In the short time since her arrival, the sky had darkened and a freezing wind was bending the palm trees in the port and singing in the shrouds of the yachts moored alongside the quay. Agatha had lunch in one of the few restaurants. The food was good—but no lobster. Determined to visit the old town, after lunch Agatha drove up into it and found herself in a terrifying maze of very narrow streets. Several times she nearly scraped the car. Several times she nearly lost her way before, with a sigh of relief, finally finding the route to the port again.

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