Minotaur Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780312536503, 294pp.
Publication Date: October 4, 2011
Cranky yet lovable Agatha Raisin has always been ambivalent about holiday cheer, though her cozy village of Carsely has long prided itself on its Christmas festivities. Until now. This year, local Health and Safety Board officer John Sunday is threatening to undo some of Carsley's most time-honored traditions. The tree on top of the church? A public menace. The decorations hanging on the lampposts? Hazardous. Even May Dimwoody's homemade toys are deemed unsafe for the children. "Bah humbug "The Carsely Ladies Society is in an uproar and will do anything to put a stop to this Scrooge only to find that someone else has done it for them with a kitchen knife. Soon Agatha's detective agency is on the case. But when a man has made as many enemies as Mr. John Sunday, it's hard to know where to start or how to stop the killer from striking again.
M.C. Beaton's "Busy Body" continues the wildly popular Agatha Raisin mystery series.
"Beaton ... does a brilliant job of depicting Agatha's struggles with aging and keeping her detective agency afloat. Her romantic upheavals (will she ever marry close friend Sir Charles Fraith?) continue to tantalize."--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) "Testy Agatha, continuing her habit of falling for unsuitable men, scores again with a cunning mixture of satire and mystery."--Kirkus Reviews "Beaton is a master of the cozy formula — there are plenty of red herrings, a large cast of suspects and an eagle-eye view of village life."--RT Book Reviews