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Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist

by M. C. Beaton

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I actually found this series of books via the Acorn/BBC television series "Agatha Raisin" starring Ashley Jensen. The television series is a fun, light mystery series similar to "Murder, She Wrote" or "Rosemary & Thyme", and Ashley Jensen does a funny, endearing Agatha Raisin. I was looking for the same in the book series, but found, to my disappointment, that the Agatha Raisin in the books is a weary, man-chasing, curmudgeon with little resemblance to the character played in the series. That being said, the mysteries themselves are well-written and the culprit is not immediately apparent. If I had not seen the shows first, I may have had a more favorable reaction to the books. So, really, take this review with a grain of salt and give these armchair mysteries a chance, if you like that sort of thing. ( )
  ouroborosangel | Nov 30, 2016 |
I had intended to read, "Murderous Marriage" before this, but didn't manage to get hold of a copy, so continued onwards to #6 in the series. In the end, it didn't matter, there's a 'catch up' at the start of the first chapter which pretty much covers all the books to date and, lets face it, they're not exactly complicated plots, so not difficult to catch up if you miss a book.

I seem to alternate between finding Agatha annoying & then warming to her... this time she was annoying. She seems to have turned into a tearful, clingy woman. Not the independent, pig headed Agatha I was used to. There was also too much about her love life and not enough sleuthing. Having said that, the redeeming feature was that she was in North Cyprus, staying in Kyrenia - exactly where I went on holiday last year & therefore I recognized all the places she visited & some of the hotels too.

All in all, a quick, easy read, not too taxing - perfect if you like the series. ( )
  Cassandra2020 | Jan 24, 2016 |
You cant go wrong with a good Aggie ( )
  BookWormM | Jan 15, 2016 |
Agatha Raisin isn't a particularly nice person. Given the time period when this was written, I think the author was experimenting with a number of stereotypes by turning them backward. For example, Agatha loves James, but she spends loads of time with (& not surprisingly ends up sleeping with) Charles. If a male detective character did this in a novel in the late 80's to early 90's, it would be fairly normal, if he was the protagonist. If he was a love interest acting this way, then the reader would expect the (female) detective / protagonist to punish and/or drop him immediately. Neither happens to Agatha, although she is emotionally tangled up a lot.

The mysteries around this dynamic are pretty incidental. They are something for Agatha to run around finding out about so we can watch her be nosy & clever & not clever & embarrass herself & pretty much be Agatha Raisin, whom I can't seem to help liking in spite of her double standards & tendency to isolate herself with murder suspects & other silly behaviors. The murderer is usually just insane, which means the clues don't give us a logical puzzle to solve anyway. ( )
  Hanneri | Oct 14, 2014 |
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Agatha Raisin's marriage was put off when her ex-husband showed up, unfortunately alive. Fortunately, he was murdered and Agatha solved the crime. Now she is off to Cyprus to track down her ex-fiance. Instead of enjoying their planned honeymoon, however, they witness the murder of an obnoxious tourist. Two sets of terrible tourists surround the unhappy couple, arousing Agatha's suspicions. And, much to James' chagrin, she won't rest until she finds the killer. Unfortunately, it seems the killer also won't rest until Agatha is out of the picture. Agatha is forced to track down the murderer, try to rekindle her romance with James, and fend off a suave baronet, all while coping with the fact that it's always bathing suit season in Cyprus.

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In her sixth delightful outing, Agatha travels north of Cyprus, only to contend with her estanged fiance', an egregious group of terrible tourists, and a string of murders as scorching as the Greek sun.

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