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Agatha Raisin and the Love from Hell Unknown Binding – 2006

4.3 out of 5 stars 116 customer reviews

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  • Unknown Binding
  • ASIN: B00606WYVG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)

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It is like Christmas and birthday all rolled into one joyous time when a new Penelope Keith read Agatha Raisin mystery plops onto my desk.
This is an old book back from 2001 and deals with the aftermath of Agatha finally getting her heart's desire and marrying the ever elusive neighbour James Lacey who is, basically, just not the man of her dreams and is certainly not designed for holy wedlock!!

Rowing within minutes over the least domestic irritation ~ though the dyeing of James's clothes lurid pink is cause enough for instant divorce methinks ~ this is not a marriage made in heaven.

As ever Ms Keith brings all her acting talents to the telling of this story that swoops and whirls round the Cotswalds and beyond in dizzying fashion we have come to expect from Mrs Beaton.

No fan will be disappointed in this glorious telling of an Agatha tale
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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 July 2011
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Agatha's marriage to James Lacey has not started off very well. They are living in their own cottages and he seems to be having an affair with Melissa Shepherd - a glamorous newcomer to the village of Carsely. Then James disappears, having been attacked and Melissa is found dead. Agatha is immediately suspected as is the absent James.

Sir Charles Fraith comes to Agatha's aid and together they try to find the murderer and track down the missing James. Both tasks prove difficult and dangerous. I enjoyed this story because it develops the relationship between Agatha and Charles as well as Bill Wong. There are plenty of suspects as no one seems to have liked Melissa very much even though on the surface she seemed quite charming.

There are some dark undercurrents to the story though it can be read as light entertainment as well. I enjoyed it - even on second reading. Maybe not a good one to start with if you have not tried the Agatha Raisin series as you need to know a bit more about the main characters to understand all the nuances.

As ever Penelope Keith is the ideal reader for the unabridged audio book version.
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I LOVE Agatha Raisin books - for me they are the perfect antidote to stress. The Washington Post's review sums them up perfectly " Like Lemon Meringue pie. Light and fluffy but tart at the heart." and so they make me smile and relax.Each book follows a similar process/theme but this one was so ridiculously unexpected in places it was quite outrageous. Liberties are occasionally taken with the plot but as long as you enjoy them for what they are, I think they are a fun, pacey read with quite complex plots at the heart. Much more tongue in cheek than Agatha Christie's dramas, deliberately much less serious - almost, I feel, as though they were designed to take the mick out of Miss Marple but then became successful and had to carry on being written.
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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Dec. 2009
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Poor old Agatha Raisin, when everything seems to start going normally something always upset the apple cart. Now she has married the love of her life things should be rosy, but nothing could be easy in Agatha's life. Unknown to her her husband has a brain tumour, and she goes ballistic when she finds that he has been having an affair. Due to arguments and threats Agatha becomes a prime suspect when her husband disapears leaving only bloodstains behind him. Then the woman that her husband was seeing suddenly turns up dead, making him a suspect as well.

With her inimitable clumsy way Agatha decides to solve the mystery herself, with the aid of her friend and sometime lover Sir Charles Fraith. With a host of mad characters and threats, along with housebreaking will Agatha ever get to the bottom of what has been going on? Also will she find her husband?

As with all the Agatha Raisin tales this is another madcap murder mystery. I should warn you though that reading these books is seriously addictive.
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This is the Audio book, 6 CDs narrated by Penelope Keith.

I generally rather enjoy MC Beaton's books, and this is no exception. I have read a few of the series, probably no more than half a dozen, in the past. There is no doubt that Agatha is a cantankerous (not that old) soul, and is prone to stumbling her way to a correct conclusion; what is the real mystery is why any one likes her at all. And so we come to her marriage to James from next door, having bumped along for several volumes. Quite clearly it is a mistake, possibly more so than we might have expected, and another surprise is that it doesn't seem to all be Agatha's fault! When a woman Agatha suspects of having an affair with her husband is killed, and James himself vanishes after a loud argument with Agatha, she is set to recover her self esteem by tracking down the murderer - not James, of course, that would be too straight forward for her.

The story is read by Penelope Keith, in the tones you can imagine from her television appearances (and quite suitable to Agatha retired in the Cotswolds). This is the first audio book of the series for me; 7 hours listening to something light that I would read in probably under half the time isn't a compromise that the voice acting can compensate for, even when as good as here.

If you like MC Beaton, Agatha Raisin, or mildly humorous detective stories set in the English countryside, this is your cup of tea.
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