As the Pig Turns is the 22nd book in the Agatha Raisin mysteries by M. C. Beaton, and we meet an older and wiser (?) Agatha who continues getting into trouble, stumbling into places she is not wanted. Although there has been some criticism about the plot of this book, I enjoyed it as much as any of the other Agatha Raisin books, if not more.
Life in the charming Cotswolds village of Carsely is going slowly. The neighboring village of Winter Parva has a pig roast and Agatha Raisin attends along with young Toni. They soon realize that the pig has a tattoo and upon closer inspection, it is revealed that the ‘pig’ is in fact the infuriating local policeman who Agatha had a run in with. Agatha is a suspect herself, and is hired by the victim’s ex-wife to investigate. But Amy seems too plastic and too beautiful to be real, and Agatha embarks on a fast paced pursuit of the truth.
The usual Agatha Raisin characters make an appearance and behave as expected. James Lacey is aloof and suspicious, Charles is struggling with his feelings for Agatha, Toni is looking for a job and dating an older man, and Mrs. Bloxby actually doubts her Al. More bodies drop as always. There are a lot more characters, and more action than usual, I think. Agatha is her usual insecure self, highly competitive, wanting to be top at everything.
If you have never read Agatha Raisin before, I suggest you read one of the earlier books first, like Potted Gardener or Deadly Dance. For Agatha Raisin fans, this is another installment in the life of our Aggie, set in more recent times than some of the oldest books. And there is a theme here that might be continued in the next one.