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Agatha Raisin and the Love from Hell (original 2001; edition 2003)

by M. C. Beaton

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Title:Agatha Raisin and the Love from Hell
Authors:M. C. Beaton
Info:St Martins Pr (2003), Edition: First Edition, Paperback
Collections:Your library, Read but unowned
Rating:*****
Tags:agatha raisin; cotswolds; cozy mystery; british; comedy

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I just love Agatha Raisin, the protagonist in this series. She's pushing middle-age, shortish, stocky, the total opposite of politically correct, independent, a highly successful retired public relations agent, brash, pushy but with terrific hair and legs. Agatha loves a good mystery and just can't help herself, she has to solve the case, to find that murderer. Her main problem is that she's absolutely besotted with her uptight, stuffed shirt next door neighbor, James Lacey, and is ruthless in her pursuit of him.

In this book we find that Agatha's dreams have come true and she and James finally married, but then she asks herself, why is she so unhappy? Marriage isn't supposed to be an early introduction to hell but this one appears to be. When James disappears leaving behind evidence of injury and a struggle as well as a murdered mistress, Agatha, along with her friend Sir Charles, springs into action to clear James' name and find not only the real murderer but also the whereabouts of James himself.

I really enjoyed this cozy mystery, there were moments when I just couldn't stop chuckling as Agatha found herself in one scrape after the other...and losing her dignity a little more each time as the clues are unearthed. ( )
  mlbelize | Jan 27, 2014 |
The 11th in the Agatha Raisin series is so far the best of the lot. Agatha has finally married her long-time lover James and all should be happiness and joy. Not so!She and James fight constantly and then Agatha discovers James is a liar and a cheat. To top it off, he is a murder suspect and noone knows where he is. So Agatha, though heartbroken, knows James is capable of many things, but not murder, tries to catch the real killer.
A fun,quirky read and a true treat. ( )
  elliezann | Oct 3, 2010 |
The 11th in the series - I am amazed at how quickly I have got through this series - but then they are a little addictive. I really enjoyed this installment - where we discover that, as predicted by the marvelous Mrs Bloxby and the also marvelous Sir Charles Fraith, Agatha's marriage to James is a complete disaster. James disappears leaving blood in his house, and then a woman he was apparently involved with is found murdered. A rather vulnerable Agatha - accompanied by the faithful Sir Charles is soon investigating. I did think the plot of this book was less predictable than some of the others - and I only guessed whodunnit - half a page before Agatha - after the reader has had enough clues to do just that. As always good escapism and perfect for a lazy Sunday/bank holiday Monday morning read. ( )
  Heaven-Ali | Aug 30, 2010 |
#11 in this cozy British “village” mystery featuring the curmudgeonly, incorrigible Agatha Raisin. In this book, Agatha and her beloved James settle down to married life, but they’re finding it not so smooth going after they return from their honeymoon. When James forbids Agatha to take the temporary PR job she’s accepted promoting a new line of boots for a local company, it’s the last straw and she moves back full-time to her cottage next door and throws herself into her job. Meanwhile, James is seen out and about with Melissa Shepperd, a woman that he had ‘relations’ with before marrying Agatha. When Melissa turns up dead and James goes missing, he becomes the first suspect in her death. When days and then weeks go by with no word from James, Agatha and her friend Sir Charles set out to find the killer. Enjoyable, typical book in the series, a light and predictable read. ( )
  Spuddie | Sep 26, 2008 |
n this episode, Agatha has finally married her next door neighbor, James Lacey, only to discover that married life isn't all she'd hoped for. In fact, James has a mistress on the side. When the mistress is found murdered and James has disappeared, he becomes the principle suspect in the murder investigation and it is up to Agatha to not only find him, but clear his name as well. As others in here have mentioned, I like Agatha a lot better when she's not ga-ga over some man. I'll give it a 3.5. ( )
  madamejeanie | Sep 18, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312983182, Mass Market Paperback)

Agatha Raisin Has Finally Married The Man Of Her Dreams.
But Now Her Life Is Nothing Short Of A Nightmare...

The honeymoon is most definitely over for Agatha Raisin and her new husband, James Lacey. It's only been a short time since their wedding-and already they aren't getting on. But his wandering eye and her God-awful housekeeping are the least of their problems. Just days after a very public, very ugly marital row, James disappears-and when his mistress is later found murdered, he's the prime suspect. Agatha just doesn't buy it. Sure, he's a liar and a sneaky, low-down cheat. But a murderer? That's bloody impossible! And as some speculate on the role Agatha may have played in his vanishing, the forever-feisty Mrs. Raisin must piece together the most unsavory parts of the dead woman's past to clear James's name-and her own...

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The honeymoon is most definitely over for Agatha and her new husband James Lacey. His wandering eye and her god-awful housekeeping are the least of their problems. After an ugly row in public, James disappears and then his mistress is found murdered. James is the prime suspect and Agatha must clear his name.… (more)

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