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M.C. Beaton
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28 Feb 2008 Agatha Raisin (Book 18)
Agatha is dreaming of a white Christmas - but who will be joining her under the mistletoe? During the dark, grey days of early December Agatha is obsessed by only two things - Christmas, and her ex, James Lacey. Although she says she feels nothing for James now, she feels sure that planning the perfect Dickensian Christmas for all her friends will somehow reanimate her love. Even the murder of a Mrs Tamworthy, poisoned with hemlock at the local manor house, does little to distract Agatha from organising her perfect yuletide celebrations. And yet it should do, as Mrs Tamworthy had written to Agatha, telling her that one of her family wanted to see her dead before the year was out. Slightly guiltily (and belatedly), Agatha sets out to solve the case with the help of her new recruit, young Toni Gilmour.

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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson; paperback / softback edition (28 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845295331
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845295332
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 379,572 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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"* 'a national treasure' - Anne Robinson * 'Any listener will pant for a sequel' - The Times * 'M C Beaton's imperfect heroine is an absolute gem' - Publishers Weekly * 'The Miss Marple-like Raisin is a refreshing, sensible, wonderfully eccentric, thoroughly likeable heroine' - Booklist"

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Mulled wine, roasting chestnuts...and murder. This is the eighteenth murder mystery featuring M C Beaton's imperfect heroine Agatha Raisin

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Simon Savidge Reads TOP 1000 REVIEWER
M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin and Kissing Christmas Goodbye is a wonderful title for a book though a teeny tiny bit misleading as really Christmas happens right at the end. However when it does show up it sets you in the Christmas mood as Agatha tried to organise the whole village to have dinner in her cottage, it involves a lot of expense builders and hired chef's and is very funny. However by this point a murder or two have already been solved so no actual festive murder, if there is such a thing, has taken place which is what I was expecting. I still enjoyed it immensely.

Agatha receives a letter from a Mrs Tamworthy who states "I think a member of my family is trying to kill me. Isn't the weather warm for October?" Initially thinking she is crackers and having far too much work to do she ignores the note. However after dubiously hiring a new detective in the form of seventeen year old Toni Gilmour time is freed up and indeed a murder does take place. Agatha soon hits dead ends whereas Toni seems to have amazing luck solving cases so she drags her into it all with her leading to some interesting an not seen before adventures for Agatha some quite, quite dark.

Toni is a great character with a very interesting and topically current back story and who also brings out some very different sides of Agatha's personality both good and bad. Hopefully I will read more about her in the future. I was briefly wondering if a spin off series might be planned but I can't see it happening just yet. I thoroughly enjoyed this despite my worry the detective agency might be too much. It does mean we get less of the wonderful characters from the village, but we also get to meet a whole host of new ones in two other settings. Another delightful Agatha read and just about right for Christmas time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 25 Oct 2008
I have enjoyed all the previous Agatha Raisin books, but this one left me feeling that M C Beaton had contract obligations to fill - quantity, not quality. Conversations are badly composed, the characters two-dimentional, and the descriptive passages rushed and flat.

Agatha Raisin will not live long if the author continues in this vein.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Addiction 25 Oct 2009
The first few Agatha books were really interesting, proper 'page turners'. By the time I'd reached 'Kissing Christmas Goodbye' the pages were not so easy to turn. However, with a sense of loyalty and a determinaton to see things through to the end, I shall continue to read all the Agatha Raisin books, hoping that she will find a 'happy ending' for herself.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 29 Oct 2007
By Lordy
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
What a disappointment. I finished reading all the Raisin novels back to back over a three month period about four weeks ago and was looking forward greatly to the latestest installment. I have to say that in my opinion there are large sections of the novel where the author appears to have only sketched in character, plot and dialogue, as if she intended to return at a later date and fill out the details. This is a shame, for it is in these details, particularly of Agatha's character and how she interacts with those around her where the chief pleasures of this series are usually found. I would say that this is by far the weakest novel in the series so far.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant romp, not intellectually demanding 6 May 2011
By Bizgen
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have been reading the Agatha Raisin books in order, over several years - one every 3 months or so, when I want a soothing read that is amusing and light. Bedtime cosy reading is something that anyone who has read my reviews before knows that I read concurrently with more exciting or demanding books that I tackle during the daytime hours. Thus, I sleep better.

When I read the Agatha Raisin books, I positively 'itch' to edit them, to smooth out the rough edges, to find a subtler phrase than the author can be bothered search for. I have become more and more convinced over the years that these books are 'first drafts' and that nobody is allowed to edit them to make them better. It is a shame, the plots are there, a bit shaky at times, but all the ingredients jostle for place, all they lack is the patience (or maybe the time, since M. C. Beaton is so prolific)to improve them.

Never mind, I have got used to series now, and I have to say that this book has quite a convoluted plot, maybe a few too many murders (is she vying with the TV series, Midsomer Murders?)but all the mad ingredients are still there. Agatha, her trusty sidekick, Sir Charles, a new young woman, Toni - I do hope Toni will stay, have a feeling she would be too much competition for our redoubtable detective.

I enjoyed Kissing Christmas Goodbye - Agatha Raisin is my guilty pleasure and one that I keep secret from my friends and family. She is a bit like me, outspoken, puts her foot in things, yet has a heart of gold. And speaking of gold, where does she get all her money! It has always been explained away that she was a high-flyer in the City, a lovely fairy story. A great cosy and recommended if you can bear the rather slapdash approach.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kissing Christmas Goodbye 7 Oct 2008
By Daisy
I throughly enjoyed this book, it didn't let me down, if anything I though the story was excellent from start to end, it held my attention and I couldn't put it down. The end was a real twist, and certainly not the person I thought had 'done it'. I so hope this series carries on, just one problem, it states 'Badly perserved: An Agatha Raisin Mystery' as the next book yet I can find no trace of it but there is a book called 'A spoonful of sugar' on sale. Has the title been changed? does anyone know?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good reading
Highly recommend
Published 10 days ago by Caroline Doran
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Read a lot and the Agatha Raisin books have all been good
Published 21 days ago by Patricia
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I have enjoyed every Agatha Raisin book cannot wait for the next one.
Published 24 days ago by Gail Townsend
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
I love Agatha Raisin books because they are always funny and uplifting and I would recommend them to anybody. Easy to read and the theme running through each book is addictive.
Published 1 month ago by alan
3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't follow the last one in the series ... ?
Agatha's business is booming and she has extra staff. And then there is a murder of Mrs Tamworthy at the local manor house - by all accounts a rather unlikeable character. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jill in East Kent
5.0 out of 5 stars Kissing Christmas Goodbye by MB Braton
As usual Beaton has kept me amused the books.....hope she keeps writing them. I have recommended them to quite a few people
Published 5 months ago by singer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but too far fetched
Enjoyable read....bit far fetched....easy bed time reading. This book takes laws of probability too far!...good never-the-less
Still will read the next book when published.
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars another good storyline
i enjoy the agatha raisin stories particularly as they are based around the cotswolds which is near where i live....
Published 7 months ago by maria
5.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Raisin book
I have read the whole series - they are very entertaining. Good for a light read - say on holiday - easy pick up and put down. In other words, not difficult to read. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mrs. S. Goodall
5.0 out of 5 stars Kissing Christmas Goodbye
Yet to read this book, but if the rest are anything to go by, it should be another great read.
Published 8 months ago by sue
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