- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: C & R Crime; paperback / softback edition (24 Aug. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1845293789
- ISBN-13: 978-1845293789
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.5 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 712,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Agatha Raisin and the Day the Floods Came Paperback – 24 Aug 2006
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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)
'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)
'The Miss Marple-like Raisin is a refreshing, sensible, wonderfully eccentric, thoroughly likeable heroine.' (Booklist) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
The books are a breath of fresh air - funny and friendly.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have enjoyed all the Agatha Raisin books I've read so far (reading them in order). The Day the Floods came definitely did not disappoint. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Mrs Carolyn Spence
As always a really good read! Well written & makes you want to keep reading it!Published 6 months ago by Moo