Recently married to James Lacey, Agatha quickly finds out that it’s not all "happy ever after" - before long the newlyweds are living in separate cottages and accusing each other of infidelity. After a fight down the local pub James vanishes completely, leaving a bloodstain as the only clue to his fate. Naturally, Agatha is Prime Suspect. Determined to clear her name and find her husband, Agatha begins her investigation - and promptly finds a murdered mistress....
I enjoy the Agatha Raisin franchise and think the choice of Penelope Keith as narrator is inspired, but this one is a disappointment. Is MC Beaton really a male who doesn't like his female characters, or females in general? And the deux ex machina of getting James out of his predicament was quite loathsome.
I hope the next one won't disappoint on either account.
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Having lost a brother to primary brain cancer and a cousin to non cancerous brain tumor the Forest Gump approach to curing malignant illness wasn't entertaining. Chemo is not the first treatment of choice either. Author obviously hasn't seen this cancer close up.
Should have been a more fun book.
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This was the first book in this series that annoyed me. I always knew Agatha was a fair selfish and self-centered person, but to carry on with this attitude when her Husband is dying of cancer is inexcusable. Sometimes she was so annoying I couldn't take it anymore. I hope we get back on track with the next book.
While the mystery part of this story was ok, if rather mundane, Agatha is an unpleasant character who is hard to like.
liked it Charles especially, does he love Agatha, let
James go. he's not for you.