The morning of Agatha's marriage to James Lacey dawns bright and clear. But her luck runs out in the church when Jimmy, the husband she had believed long dead, turns up large as life and twice as ugly. Agatha has a go at strangling him. James breaks off the engagement. So when Jimmy is found murdered next day, Agatha and James are both the prime suspects. And they'll have to work together in order to clear their names...Praise for the Raisin series: 'M.C. Beaton's imperfect heroine is an absolute gem' - Publishers Weekly. 'The detective novels of M.C. Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status' The Times. 'Being a cranky, middle-aged female myself, I found Agatha charming' - Amazon customer review. 'I dream of being able to speak out like Aggie ...she's a heroine' - A. Lucas, Essex, reader review. 'Anyone interested in a few hours' worth of intelligent, amusing reading will want to make the acquaintance of Mrs. Agatha Raisin.' - The Cleveland Pain Dealer '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, unputdownable, 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. 'Engaging' - Booklist.
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.