Title: As the Pig Turns Author: M. C. Beaton Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (October 11, 2011) Format: Hardcover; Pgs 292 Genre: Cozy Mystery Source: Library Series: Agatha Raisin #22
I am convinced that MC Beaton does not use a plotting outline when she sits down to writer her books in the Agatha Raisin series. Any book that begins with Mrs. Bloxby convinced that her husband is having an affair, an idea that is never revisited, and ends with the Bulgarian mafia, leaves the reader wondering if there is any pre-thought or just the ramblings of a bored writer.
The Agatha Raisin series is one that I revisit often since there is no deep thought needed to get through them. The same characters are in every book; the plotline, though convoluted, is easy to follow and the reader does not have to invest too deeply to get to the end.
Slightly bored with her detective agency, Agatha gathers a group of her friends to visit Winter Parva a local Cotswold village. The group gathers around a pig roasting only to hear Agatha exclaim, “Pigs don’t have tattoos”. Thus begins Agatha latest adventure when it is discovered that the pig roasting is a much disliked police officer.
Add in an ex-wife, cosmetic surgery, leather goods, errant boyfriends back from the army, a cancelled wedding, Charles having more feelings that he likes for Agatha, James not liking the idea that Agatha might actually be over him. In addition, Toni trying to find a new job, Bill Wong not sure that he should date someone within the police force, stolen farm equipment, and a new gardener.
Really, the stuff that was thrown into this less than 300 page book is mindboggling.
You have to take Agatha Raisin with a grain of salt (I just love some of those old idioms) and realize that they are not literature, but a way to spend a few hours away from your own realities.