Recently married to James Lacey, Agatha quickly finds out that it's not all 'happy ever after' - before long the newlyweds are living in separate cottages and accusing each other of infidelity. After a fight down the local pub, James vanishes completely, leaving a bloodstain as the only clue to his fate. Naturally, Agatha is Prime Suspect. Determined to clear her name and find her husband, Agatha begins her investigation - and promptly finds a murdered mistress....
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When you can't sleep at night or on a long journey nothing bette to listen too.
WithPenelope Keith reading , she has such an lovely voice to hear.
M C Beaton has created a character who resonates with mature ladies. Agatha Raisin is a retired successful business woman who, although formidable on the outside, is putty on the inside, fallible, romantic and unexpectedly feminine. She lives in a Cotswold village and ends up solving murders in the tradition of the Revenger's Tragedy. In this story she has married her next door neighbour, James Lacey after the vicissitudes of courtship, only to find they are incompatible - he expects a dutiful wife, Agatha is not wired that way; her dream has become a nightmare. The inevitable murder occurs, James disappears. Agatha with her friend, the identikit nobleman, Sir Charles Fraith, sets out to find the truth, together with the half Chinese policeman, Bill Wong. The action is hilarious, includes a visit to a monastery in France and the wisdom of the Vicar's wife, Mrs Bloxby. The story is beautifully crafted with more to it than just entertainment and Penelope Keith makes listening to it a delight
I love Agatha Raisin. She's competent, capable infuriating and deeply human. The mysteries can be a bit silly but that just adds to the charm. I always want to give James Lacey a clip around the ear and love the friendships she has snd how they illuminate her character. Sometimes the writing can be repetitive but some how that adds to the charm too (note ironic repetition) MC Beaton is altogether a very entertaining writer with a sharp eye for human frailty and Agatha Raisin, despite her faults, is my favourite of her characters.
Just the job for a few days poorly in bed! PK reads excellently, with different accents and male voices . Having been Agatha in the fab Radio 4 dramatisations, she is THE Agatha for me , reading this unabridged book with aplomb. Will certainly be getting more.
After all this trouble - the marriage doesn' t work. Kind of disappointing, but who could compete with God?
Two stories in one seem a bit confusing, but Agatha ist working it all out. Will Charles become husban no.3?
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