By M. C. Beaton
Agatha Raisin has regularly been ambivalent approximately vacation cheer, yet her comfortable little village of Carsely has lengthy prided itself on its Christmas festivities. yet this yr Mr. John Sunday, a selfimportant officer with the well-being and protection Board, has governed that the conventional tree on best of the church is a public threat; that lampposts are harmful for putting illuminations; that could Dimwoody's do-it-yourself toys are risky for children... issues have reached any such determined go that the Carsely women' Society joins forces with the women within the neighboring village of Odley Cruesis to attempt to place a cease to Mr. Sunday's meddling--only to discover that somebody has actually positioned a cease to him with a kitchen knife. Agatha's detective enterprise is at the case, but if a guy has made as many enemies as John Sunday, it truly is difficult to grasp the place to start...
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C. Beaton. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. For information, address St. Y. 10010. com Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Beaton, M. C. C. Beaton. — 1st ed. p. cm. ISBN 978-0-312-38701-3 1. Raisin, Agatha (Fictitious character)—Fiction. 2. Women private investigators—England—Cotswold Hills—Fiction. 3. City and town life—England—Fiction. 4. Cotswold Hills (England)—Fiction. 5. Christmas stories. I. Title. 914—dc22 2010030459 First Edition: October 2010 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 For Hope Dellon, with love Busy Body Chapter One Having found that her love for her ex-husband, James Lacey, had more or less disappeared, Agatha Raisin, middle-aged owner of a detective agency in the English Cotswolds, decided to hit another obsession on the head.
A murder! Her last waking thought was that she must get back to the office. She awoke late the next day to find snow piled against the windows. The central heating did not seem to be coping very well. Huddled in a dressing gown, Agatha went down to her living room and lit the fire that her cleaner, Doris Simpson, had laid ready in the grate. Then she went through to the kitchen to prepare her breakfast—one cup of black coffee. She retreated to the living room and phoned Toni Gilmour, knowing that her young assistant lived around the corner from the office and would be on duty.
I’ll go and look for her,” said Miss Simms eagerly. The meeting went on. Descriptions of the iniquities of Grudge Sunday wandered in and out of Agatha’s brain. She wondered where her ex-husband was and reflected on how glad she was that she had got over her obsession for him, and yet, how empty life seemed without it. “Found her! Mrs. Courtney had to go home for the hooch. It wasn’t in the car,” cried Miss Simms from the doorway. She came into the room followed by Miriam. Both were carrying bottles.
Busy Body: An Agatha Raisin Mystery by M. C. Beaton