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Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist (1997)

by M. C. Beaton

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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 |
I really liked this one. It was set in Northern Cypress, for the most part. It was a bit of a push with the overly-long Wikipedia type descriptions of things, like we used to do in college to increase the word count on thesis papers, but it was still enjoyable. ( )
  Twikpet | Mar 29, 2013 |
This is the second Agatha Raisin book I have read - although I don't quite remember the other. I dare say I won't quite remember this one either. The stories are ok for what they are, light mystery romances. Agatha is sort of an amusing aunt one might encounter at family reunions. She's fun, probably much more fun than the rest of the family, but not endearing enough to seek out on a regular basis. I wouldn't turn down another book in this series but am not compelled to seek one out either. ( )
  mrsrjd | Oct 26, 2011 |
This story takes us to Cyprus, where Agatha Raisin, detective, pursues her lost love, James Lacey. The narrative is frustrating at times, since James is hard to like, but is redeemed by the appearance of Charles Fraith, whose easygoing good humor is the perfect antidote to stuffy, ill-tempered James. The mystery drags a little, but the killer is a bit of a surprise, and the terrific ending makes up for any missteps. ( )
  bearette24 | Aug 29, 2011 |
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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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