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Agatha Raisin and the Day the Floods Came Hardcover – Jul 2002


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Minotaur; 1 edition (July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312207670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312207670
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.3 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,279,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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M C Beaton was born in Scotland. She worked for many years as a journalist on Fleet Street.

As well as the bestselling Agatha Raisin series, she is the author of the acclaimed Hamish Macbeth mysteries.

She divides her time between the Cotswolds, where she lives in a village very much like Agatha's beloved Carsely, and Paris.

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Agatha Raisin is sharp, witty, hugely intelligent, unfailingly entertaining, delightfully intolerant and oh so magnificently non PC. M C Beaton has created a new national treasure... the stories zing along and are irresistible, unput-downable, a joy. If you buy one book a year, let it be this. Agatha Raisin is The Strongest Link. (Anne Robinson)

Beaton's dry sense of humour and her unflattering but affectionate portrait of gruff, often adolescent acting Agatha make this... tale a bloom worth picking. (Publishers Weekly) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Two drowned brides distract Agatha from her marriage in the twelfth Agatha Raisin murder mystery --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Browne on 27 July 2010
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Oh dear my second and I fear my last Agatha Raisin. This appears to be the twelfth in the series I had previously read the first one which I enjoyed. It just seems to be more of the same. It comes across that Agatha is still a cranky older woman in a series of unfulfilling and unsatisfactory relationships which colour her view of the whole world. The murder story was good but the back story kept getting in the way for me. Perhaps it is aimed at a different market. Dare I say older women in search of murder story with a little romance? I suppose it fits the bill.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Maher on 20 Aug 2012
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A really enjoyable storyline . Agatha at her best , fed up and bored with life ,she goes off to Robinson Crusoe island and moans continually about the lack of the 5 star facilities that she is used to, but on meeting a lovely family who take her in hand she has a great time . On returning home it doesnt take long for her to get involved in a puzzling murder ,recalling memories of the island holiday.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Markerp3n on 26 July 2012
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usually funny as well as having the serious side. shennanigans with the neighbours on all counts especially the chap next door! Or even with any new character thats in a particular story melts in with Agatha Raisin. I have some dramatisations of Agatha Raisin which are hilarious with the seriousness of a case they are just light mysteries.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Mar 2010
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Agatha Raisin returns once again for a mystery outing. She is now divorced from James Lacey, who is now a monk, and Sir Charles Fraith has got married to a French woman. Determining that her new next door neighbour will be an old fat little man she takes herself off on holiday. Whilst making friends on holiday she sees a couple that look at bit suspicious. When she returns home to Carsely she gets an email saying that the woman of the suspicious couple has been drowned by her husband.

Agatha gets the same vibe about a couple in Evesham, and then one day when there is flooding Agatha sees the girl of this couple, Kylie floating dead down the river in a wedding gown clutching a bouquet. With what she had found out about the couple on holiday Agatha is determined to start her own murder investigation. Employing the help of her former employee, and her new neighbour Aggie is soon on the case. With a near miss in a hit and run, and the bodies mounting up could Agatha have chewed off more than she can swallow?

As usual Agatha goes charging around like a bull in a china shop, upsetting people and getting herself into danger. This is a classic Raisin story, and once again you get the feeling that although Aggie does all the snooping and legwork that ultimately the vicar's wife, Mrs Bloxby consciously or subconsciously leads Agatha in the right direction. A must have for all Agatha Raisin fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. FULLER TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Nov 2013
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I have read all of the Agatha Raisin books and in any order. This one dating from 2010 is excellent as it takes us on another journey and the characters we meet as Agatha gets into more troubles are a different age group so interesting how she copes. There is always a comedy element to Agatha whether it is her out spoken views on most subjects but particularly the smoking ban or her head in the sand approach to relationships. All told this one got me guessing and the killer was nicely disguised. Always easy to read they are excellent value.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte Bennett on 4 Jan 2013
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You have to be careful with these as it is so easy to become addicted. I listen to the books whilst ironing and now everybody has beautifully ironed socks as I stop the CD as soon as the ironing is finished and have to wait until ironing again to continue with the story. Penelope Keith is without doubt superb and totally draws you into the story. Speedy delivery well packaged.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Heather Fairgrieve on 26 Dec 2012
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Because it was light reading material that still held your imagination throughout. I enjoy her books and the titles are not misleading
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Aug 2007
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How would you feel if your spouse asked for a divorce so he or she could become a monk or a nun? That's where Agatha Raisin was left at the end of Agatha Raisin and the Love from Hell. As you can imagine, the experience didn't leave Agatha feeling too cheerful. She decides she needs to get away from it all and her travel agent persuades her to visit remote Robinson Crusoe Island in the Juan Fernandez Archipelago off Chile (where Alexander Selkirk was marooned and became the inspiration for Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe). Agatha makes friends, despite her lack of Spanish and can almost forget James Lacey (her ex-husband) for awhile. But she's troubled by a honeymooning couple where the husband seems to be waiting for something . . . only to discover that he drowned his new bride but a few days later.

Back in Carsely, Agatha realizes she desperate needs beauty treatments and even signs up for a Pilates class. Feeling bereft, Agatha decides to take up her PR career again and calls Roy Silver, her former assistant.

But fate intervenes when huge rains cause a terrible flood in Evesham, and Agatha recognizes a fellow customer from the beautician's (an engaged young woman named Kylie) dead, floating across the face of the flood in her wedding dress and holding a bouquet of flowers. Shaken up by the experience, Agatha decides to investigate after the police notice that the body has been frozen for some time in addition to showing signs of a heroin overdose. Could the healthy looking young Kylie have been an addict? Agatha doubts it. Agatha is disappointed to realize she'll have no one to help her now that James is gone and Sir Charles Fraith (an ex-lover and sometime sleuthing partner) has gotten married to a young Frenchwoman who is expecting twins.
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