Agatha Raisin and the Love from Hell Unknown Binding – 2006
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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
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gave it as gift to someone who never reads. But they loved it and.have bought.too more.Published 6 months ago by Eileen
discs in perfect condition, great story if you're an Agatha raisin fan.Published 8 months ago by Miss A.