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Agatha Raisin: There Goes The Bride [Hardcover]

M.C. Beaton
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15 Oct 2009 Agatha Raisin (Book 20)
Agatha’s former husband James is engaged to be married to a beautiful, young woman and Agatha has been kindly invited to the wedding. To take her mind off this, Agatha decides she has fallen for Sylvan, a Frenchman she met at James’ engagement party. To distract her still further she decides upon a holiday and flies to Istanbul, where unfortunately she bumps into James and his fiancée not once but twice – convincing him she is stalking them. So when the bride is murdered on her wedding day, naturally Agatha is Suspect Number One – but then matters are turned on their head when the dead bride’s mother engages Agatha to take on the case of her murdered daughter! And very soon Agatha’s own life is in danger while she tries to solve the mystery of the corpse bride while fighting off (halfheartedly) the advances of a very attractive and determined Frenchman!

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Constable; 1st edition edition (15 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845299531
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845299538
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 374,709 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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Another winner from MC Beaton. --Woman's Way

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The eagerly awaited 20th Agatha Raisin title with a brand new cover style.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab - usual mix of comedy & sleuthing 27 May 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Agatha bumbles her way to the truth aided by the usual suspects. Great story told with wit and a good aray of charachters
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another good colourful yarn... 25 Oct 2012
This story is one I have really enjoyed because it jumps about alot and kept my interest from the start to finish. I like it when Agatha comes a cropper and the thought of her almost being thrown from a boat and drowned but managing to escape is quite marvellous. Like wise I could visualise her meeting dates and finding them total wash outs because who would ever meet her criteria for a relationship. The investigations into the murder of a bride and the outcome all kept me guessing. Not over long and nicely segmented this was a book to read over a few days and picking it up again and getting back into the story was easy. I could of course see Penelope Keith as Agatha and I wonder if this was how M C Beaton saw her character.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Read in less than 3 hours!!!! 24 Jun 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Bought this book at around mid-day today and had finished it by around 4pm.
Alright I did not read the first few pages, which are the same in every book.

This was a good read, but a lot lighter than most of the others. I got the feeling that it was written as quickly as I read it. Not to say it was any less of a typical Agatha Raisin book.

Having read them all in order, I must say that I have enjoyed them all so far. I know that some folk have not enjoyed them all, but I have.

They are easy reading. A break from the hard-boiled books that I normally read.

They do what they say on the tin!!!! No fault in that is there. You buy an Agatha Raisin book and you know that you are in for some good old fashioned fun.

Do not know what I am going to do when I have read them all. Sadly, the other series do not appeal for some reason.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Wedding Woes 21 Oct 2011
By Mrs. T. Mannell VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Penelope Keith was made to be Agatha Raisin's heroine.

This is another fantastic story, really enjoyed it, passed to my mother, who has passed it along, and I doubt I will ever get it back.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Kiss of Death for MC Beaton 29 Sep 2010
Ive read all the Agatha Raisin books to date and im sorry to say that this one is absolutely awful.

The story was overly predicatble ,boring and the charactisation dredful.

As another reviewer points out the author repeats herself over and over again with the same use of words "pugnacious faces, steel grey hair " .It was as if MC Beaton had actually forgotton how to write .

This was such a huge disapointment from beginning to end I rushed through it just to finish it, whereby other Agatha Raisin stories I would, yes, be rushing through it but only because I couldnt wait to find out who had done the crime .
At times I found myself thinking is this really MC Beaton's character Agatha Raisin? The ballsy, feisty,rude detective that we have all come to know and love .
It wasnt even amusing in parts just felt like a book written in a day just to make some cash.

I shall purchase the next installment of Agatha Raisin and i will keep my fingers crossed that its better than "there goes the bride".Lets hope for us Agatha fans this was just MC Beaton having an off day
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Switch-your-brain-off read 27 Feb 2010
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
I loved the early Agatha Raisin books but have to agree that the later ones are considerably weaker, marred by absurd plots and lots of very lazy and careless writing. (An example of the slapdash nature is the description of a 'Tudor' pub called the King Charles with a picture of Charles II on the sign - Tudor... I don't think so!)

Here the first couple of chapters read like a synopsis of a novel rather than the real thing, though it does get better once the story really begins.

I far prefer the books before Agatha set up her own detective agency since the latter plots are pretty thin and unbelievable. So are many of the characters, of course, especially the younger ones, but that's part of the charm of these books that they're set in a fantasy land where a teenager can run her own detective agency and be good friends with a 50-something year old woman.

Agatha is as spiky as ever, but here I felt the contradictions become too obvious, verging on the ridiculous - so a woman with an arthritic hip, too much make-up, dodgy clothes and an abrasive personality still picks up attractive men everywhere she goes...

Agatha Raisin books are a bit like meeting old friends (Mrs Bloxby and her irritable husband are my favourites) but the whole package has definitely slipped in attractiveness. Ok for a switch-your-brain-off read in the bath or bed but a far cry from the early subversiveness of this series.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Time to retire my dear! 14 Dec 2009
Oh Dear - I was so looking forward to this new book, I had it ready, hidden away, a present to me for Christmas reading, but I could not contain myself any longer, I knew where it was hidden and had to read it. Bitter disapointment - I am sorry to say I think MC has lost the plot. I could not "get into it" - normally I am THERE first few lines. Sadly not this one!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable read 9 Feb 2010
I have read all the Agatha Raisin books, but found this one a bit disappointing. I have enjoyed all the other books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
A good read Agatha Raisin books can always cheer you up and make you laugh
Published 18 days ago by alan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 22 days ago by Mrs. E. L. Welman
5.0 out of 5 stars Another really good read, agatha always makes me laugh.
Another really good read. I aways enjoy the Agatha books . Easy to read , very enjoyable. Looking forward to my holiday , and more Agatha.
Published 2 months ago by Wexford
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh Lordy Lordy
This is the one where Agatha moves to Planet Weird.

James is engaged to a slip of a thing (I think she's blonde) called Felicity. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jill in East Kent
5.0 out of 5 stars There goes the Bride by M C Beaton
Can't write anything different about these them all. I read them inbetween any other books, like my detective books ets. anf they are a great relief and light hearted
Published 3 months ago by singer
5.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Raisin
Yet another great book from M C Beaton, she has a brilliant sense of humour and her books are hard to put down. Well done.
Published 6 months ago by sue
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading
This book is light and easy, though not well written at all. Still, it dashes along at a merry pace and I was far from wanting anything remotely intellectual, so it fitted the bill... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ms. A. Brooke
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book.
I enjoyed this book and the fact that it involved I'll the regular extra cast, such as James, Sir Charles, Roy, and the peter pan esk Toni.
Published 8 months ago by Emma
5.0 out of 5 stars Aggie again!
As good as all her other books about Aggie. Light reading, suitable for all age groups. I think I have read all the Aggie tales now, so I hope more will be written!
Published 9 months ago by Rev. B. A. Huntley
5.0 out of 5 stars There Goes The Bride
This book was upto M C Beatons very high standard, it was great. Another wonderful read, Agatha is up to her usual mendling, which is why we love her so.
Published 9 months ago by Jean
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