Almost bigamy and absolute murder - Agatha Raisin's life is never dull.... The morning of Agatha's longed-for marriage to James Lacey dawns bright and clear. But her luck runs out in the church when Jimmy, the husband she had believed long dead, turns up large as life and twice as ugly. Agatha has a go at strangling him. It's all too much for James, who breaks off the engagement. So when Jimmy is found murdered the next day, Agatha and James are both suspects. And they'll have to work together in order to clear their names....
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Yes. After reading other reviews I was wary of this book by one of my favorite authors. I was curious why so many readers had negative things to say about the usually marvelous reader and the story itself. Curiosity won out and I had to read it for myself. It turns out that our beloved Agatha seems so unjustly treated by her fellow characters, that it really got my dander up! Also, she reacts in ways that I did not expect of her, and consequently did not want to believe of her. So, at first I thought, "I don't like this!" However, the reality is that the story is as full of twists and turns as we have all come to expect...in fact more so. Since the crisp character of Agatha with all her faults is like an old friend, It is only human nature to want things to work out harmoniously for her in the end rather than seemingly inequitably. Readers experience that often enough in real life.
In a nutshell, I recommend that avid friends of Agatha brave the reading of this tangled mystery, and muddle through with our heroine to the surprising ending.
Ms. Keith perfectly intones our crusty Agatha and renders the other characters with tell-tale hints of their personalities.
Definitely...Agatha needs a well deserved pat on the back next time.
I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.
This was my least favourite Agatha Raisin so far. I felt that it was too removed from the village. It was more unbelievable than usual. The plot became too convoluted for me which made the whole book seem weak. I am not sure if I would read another Agatha after this one.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
When Agatha's long lost husband, Jimmy, shows up at her wedding to James, all heck breaks loose . . . James breaks their engagement . . . Agatha gives Jimmy a handful of cash and tells him to bugger off . . . the townsfolk see Agatha and Jimmy's fight, and soon after, he's found dead . . . James has fled Carsely to clear his head . . . and Detective Bill Wong is left to investigate the murder . . . in which both Agatha and James are suspects . . . this installment to the series is just as crazy and funny as the rest, finding Detective Wong falling for a fellow police officer . . . whom Agatha believes to be a witch (with a b) . . . one of my favorite parts is when Detective Wong takes his girlfriend to meet his parents . . . which leaves no doubt as to the witch's true character . . . lol . . . James returns, long enough to help Agatha clear both their names, and investigate the murder . . . which leads them on an interesting trail . . . another GREAT listen . . . and ending, again, is superb . . .
real estate agent, owner of a fixer upper
Good characters. Light. Not super mystery, but fine. Amusing. Diverting. Good for a car trip. British. Good dialogue. Not deep.
Enjoyable tale. Light fun. Well presented. When you need a break from serious or tedious, turn to Agatha Raisin. Also if you like Hamish, you will like Agatha.
I have become addicted to the Agatha Raisin stories and I love the narrator. They are light, funny and entertaining and I love that they make the gorgeous Cotswolds a dark and dangerous place with murderers lurking behind the quaint fences and thatched cottages.
I am an artist, lover of books. Love reading or listening to a good book. I live on the East Coast of Canada with an awesome ocean view.
I enjoy all the books by M.C. Beaton. They are light, humorous and well written. Always a good mystery tale.
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