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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Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet by M.C. Beaton
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
THIS WAS AN AUDIOBOOK. 4.5 stars
Brassy Agatha Raisin has set her cap at the eligible new vet in town. Seems as though every middle-aged woman in Carsely is smitten with Paul Bladen, so when he asks Agatha on a date and then subsequently invites her back to his house she feels elated. But a last minute prick of conscience sends her fleeing from his home. Turns out this charming vet is a philanderer. But before Agatha has time enough to sulk over being lured in by his charms, Bladen is found dead. Presumably it was an accident, but might someone have wanted the vicious vet dead?
This was book 2 in the Agatha Raisin series and it too was greatly enjoyed. Like I mentioned in my review of Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death, Agatha Raisin is no Jessica Fletcher, and this book is no cozy mystery. Agatha’s brusque manner and spontaneous outbursts can make one blush at times, but you just can’t help but like her, flaws and all. Her absence of decorum in times of distress is what captivates me. She’s only human after all, and her down-to-earth character is endearing.
I am growing more and more fond of the Agatha Raisin series and of M.C. Beaton’s writing. If you like a good mystery with a mature female amateur sleuth, you will likely enjoy The Vicious Vet.
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Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ THIS WAS AN AUDIOBOOK. Agatha Raisin, 53, has recently retired early from her highly respected Public Relations firm in London, Raisin’s Promotions, and is determined to live out her dream of a more placid existence in the Cotswolds, where she has purchased a thatched roof cottage. This is the dream since childhood that she has finally realized, life in the quiet Cotswolds, nestled in among the bucolic setting of the lush countryside. As a way to become more familiar with her new neighbors she enters a quiche contest expecting to win and thus gain admiration and a measure of fame from the village residents. To Agatha’s dismay things don’t turn out exactly the way she expects, in fact someone turns up dead instead and Agatha’s presumed quiet life in the country turns out to be anything but.
This was my first M.C. Beaton mystery and I enjoyed it so much. I loved the setting and how the author expounds on the British way of life in a small village teeming with quirky, fun characters. Agatha Raisin is no sweet middle-aged woman, she is sharp tongued, dishonest at times, and can be downright mean. This made her character unique and once I adjusted to her personality (she’s no Jessica Fletcher), I began to relax and enjoy the story even more. The audio narrator was fabulous and I am so happy to have come across this audible daily deal because I look forward to many more of Agatha’s antics in this very enjoyable mystery series.
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