Abandoned by new husband, James, Agatha Raisin hops on a plane to the South Pacific in the hope that an idyllic holiday will bring some consolation. There, she befriends a honeymooning couple but, tragically, the young bride is accidentally drowned. Returning home to the Cotswolds, Agatha finds herself involved in a strangely similar situation - a woman, dressed in a wedding gown, is found floating in the river. The police say suicide, but Agatha sets out to prove them wrong.
The latest addition in this series is funny, light and very enjoyable. The plot was well developed and the characters intersting and amusing. This is truly a good book.
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Always a great story and a few good laughs following Agatha as she attempts to solve a mystery before the police do.
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Still liking the series, but I have to admit Agatha's behavior is putting me off a bit. She is a classic example of narcissistic personality disorder. I believe it stems from her upbringing in the slums which then gave her a massive inferiority complex. It was the only way she knew how to survive, but unfortunately she never picked up healthy coping mechanisms along the way and WAHLAH. ....We have the Agatha of today. She scrutinizes everyone's behavior to the tenth degree, always looking for a slight, but blatantly excuses her own behavior, no matter how destructive and disruptive, with little consideration at all. M.C. Beaton, get your girl's shit together. I am beginning to think we are reading more than an entertaining mystery. I think you are writing a cautionary tale on full display to your readers and that you hope, really hope they will take notice and learn. Unfortunately, I must admit that this is becoming tiresome and truly a distraction from the story. Let's get back on track, please.....thank you.
The stories remain engaging and fresh partly due to the entrance and exit, and re-entrance of various new and old characters. While Bill Wong, the Vicar's wife, and Roy remain consistent interlocutors, they are somewhat more in the background than Agatha's co-sleuths, who carry more of the weight of each story. James Lacey, Charles Fraith, and now John Armitage provide the up front foils for Agatha's detecting and their here, gone, and again here give the stories consistency and grounding. Their serial introductions keep the story line from becoming too staid. These are fun stories and provide good entertainment without the heaviness of more serious stories. Even so, these are not comedies and while there is some humor, it plays a distant role and occurs naturally as part of the story at infrequent, even sparse instances.
Was very disappointed with this book. I have read many others in the series but this was just dreadful. Mrs Beaton seemed to have lost her way with wandering plot lines and indestinguishable characters. I kept having to rewind and listen again to keep up. I wonder if she has just run out of ideas . What a shame because I liked her other books .