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Agatha Raisin and the Day the Floods Came (Agatha Raisin Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – Oct 2003

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Beard Books; later printing edition (Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031298586X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312985868
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 1.8 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 407,242 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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'The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status.' (Anne Robinson The Times)

Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life. (Entertainment Weekly) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The twelfth in the Agatha Raisin murder mysteries --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 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 MIDNIGHT on 24 Aug. 2011
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This series of books about AGATHA RAISIN are worth their weight in gold! Agatha is a puzzle, she tries so hard to find herself a good man all the way through this series, unfortunately she tries too hard sometimes. She gets up to all sorts of things, she is a member of the Church Ladies Group in her village and her good friend is the Vicar's wife unfortunately the Vicar does not share his wife's thoughts about her! Agatha always tries to please and things go terribly wrong, she is looking for her "place" she is use to being her own boss in her own Public Relations Company but now she is living in a little village and she has to fit in. She wants adventure and love which is right on her own doorstep, unfortunately it is not that easy and she is lead off into some interesting and funny adventures.
The books are a breath of fresh air - funny and friendly.
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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 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 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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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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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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By Jo D'Arcy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Jan. 2014
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It was by pure coincidence that I picked up reading this book when the country was in the-midst of some of the worst rain and floods for a number of years. All exacerbated when it comes over Christmas and plans with friends and family go by the wayside.

It is a flood and a body, dead of course in a wedding dress that Agatha witness that draws her into another case. Trouble is she is still smarting from her divorce to James, her other part-time lover Sir Charles has branched out into pastures new and even when she retreats abroad in the hope of forgetting these men, she stumbles across a honeymoon couple. It seems that she cannot get away from love wherever she goes.

When she was abroad the bride drowns and now back at home, Agatha witness something so similar she begins to think that there must be more to it all than the suicide that the police say it is. Agatha has to get involved and even uses a disguise to ask the probing questions that the police seem to be avoiding. Enlisting Roy, a previous employee and a somewhat faithful hapless puppy in her scheme to finding all about the dead girl in the wedding dress and who exactly killed her.

Agatha is at her best in this book, her age is a real struggle for and she is determined not to be left on the shelf, she wants to be desirable and loved trouble is her personality don't make her those things and many see her as aging inappropriately. Even her new neighbour who happens to be a crime writer is not falling over himself to get to know her and Agatha cannot understand why, surely she must be desirable?

You do have to feel sorry for Agatha, but sometimes not for very long because you think she sometimes gets what she deserves. Although I find the Vicar's vocal dislike for the women humourous. That is the beauty of these book, simple plain fun reading.
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