Review: There Goes the Bride

There Goes the Bride
There Goes the Bride by M.C. Beaton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ THIS WAS AN AUDIOBOOK.  Agatha Raisin is feeling old and sorry for herself. She telephoned the French gentleman she’s taken a fancy to, Sylvan Dubois, only to hear a sultry woman’s voice in the background. Her assistant, Toni Gilmore, who’s young and pretty, gets all of the attention at Agatha’s detective agency, making Agatha feel ashamedly jealous.   Add to that her ex-husband, James Lacey, who is about to marry a woman almost half his age and exceptionally beautiful. Agatha further tortures herself by planning to attend the wedding. Before the ceremony, Agatha chats with James and he confides in her, telling her that if he could he would call the wedding off. Agatha recommends why doesn’t he just shoot Felicity, his bride to be. She’s being facetious of course, but when Felicity Bros-Tilkington is found shot dead, Agatha finds herself a suspect in a murder case. Turns out innocent, beautiful Felicity isn’t the sweet young woman James thought she was, and Agatha is on the case to find out who in her seedy past may have wanted her dead.

I read this book out of sequence and was surprised to find that James Lacey and Agatha Raisin were divorced. In the last book I read they weren’t steadily dating yet, so There Goes the Bride is further along in the series. I enjoyed this book too, listening to Agatha lament about growing older and feeling frumpy. I felt sorry for her as she struggled to find love, competing with the younger set who make her feel dowdy and antiquated. She even begins to question her skill as a detective. In her mind it seems that others are the real case solvers and this further depresses her. Nevertheless, Agatha perseveres and this brusque woman with the warm heart always seems to find her way in the end.

I enjoyed this Agatha Raisin mystery almost as much as I have the others. The only fault with this one is that I felt it should have ended sooner after the killer was identified. The additional couple of chapters were beginning to seem a little far-fetched. Other than that, another very engrossing and satisfying read.

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