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Agatha Raisin and the Love from Hell

M.C. Beaton.
Publisher Robinson  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7 x 4.3 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9781845293772
Pages/Publication Date 300/2006
Daedalus Item Code 74008
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Recently married to her sometime sleuthing partner and longtime crush James Lacey, in this 11th Agatha Raisin mystery (following Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryfam), our heroine quickly finds that love doesn't always lead to "happily ever after," and before long the newlyweds are living in separate cottages and accusing each other of infidelity. After a particularly raucous shouting match in the local pub, James vanishes completely, leaving a bloodstain as the only clue to his fate—and Agatha as the prime suspect. But her efforts to clear her name are thwarted when James's suspected mistress Melissa is found murdered. M.C. Beaton's feisty sleuth, "a glorious cross between Miss Marple, Auntie Mame, and Lucille Ball, with a tad of pit bull tossed in" (St. Petersburg Times) has won legions of fans since her first foray into crime-solving in Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death. Some 20 years and more than 20 novels later, this series of cozies continues to delight with the adventures of a cranky middle-aged woman who has a knack for stumbling across mysteries in the picturesque Cotswolds village that she has made her home.

"What makes readers love Agatha Raisin? Is it her jealous rages? Inability to quit smoking? Beady little bearlike eyes? Or perhaps it's her insistence on keeping the silly Raisin name, whatever her marital status. Somehow this cranky middle-aged dame's many flaws only make her more appealing. In her latest adventure, one of the most suspenseful tales in the series, Agatha is struggling to settle into married life with James Lacey. Although they have separate cottages, they still can't manage to get along. Agatha is outraged when James is spotted cozying up to his ex-lover, Melissa, and causes a scene that the small British village of Carsley will not soon forget. Soon after, Agatha finds Melissa dead and James vanished—after leaving some of his blood on the cottage floor. Village tongues wag even harder when Agatha's friend and former lover, Sir Charles Fraith, returns to help her find James and identify Melissa's killer. Among the many joys of all Agatha Raisin adventures are Beaton's sweetly formal prose and her vivid descriptions of colorful villagers. This one, however, adds a crackerjack plot and a delightfully comic ending to the mix, making it clearly the best of the lot. A must for all cozy fans."—Booklist

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