Friday, September 8, 2017

Book Review: 'As The Pig Turns' by M.C. Beaton

"But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully, knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers," -- 1 Timothy 1:8-9 (NKJV)

Agatha Raisin is a most original character, whose persistence and vulnerability to her romantic illusions make her appealing despite her unlovely personal style. An increasing weakness of the series is that M. C. Beaton isn't providing enough room for our Agatha to grow and develop as a character. The other characters in the series, with the exception of Mrs. Bloxby and Bill Wong, don't wear as well, and they add more familiarity than strength to this book.

The good news is that there's a decent mystery that isn't all that easy to solve in As the Pig Turns. Otherwise, this book would certainly be a three star effort.

If you are a devoted Agatha Raisin fan, I think you'll be reasonably pleased with this one.

I particularly liked the focus on Agatha trying to be more careful in her relations with Toni. This aspect of the story offered promise for a potentially changed relationship in future stories that could add new depth to the series.

Editor's note: This review has been published with the permission of Donald Mitchell. Like what you read? Subscribe to the SFRB's free daily email notice so you can be up-to-date on our latest articles. Scroll up this page to the sign-up field on your right.

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