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In her fifth outing, Agatha Raisin - the sometimes pushy, sometimes endearing heroine of Beaton's Cotswold village mystery series - has her marriage to next-door neighbour James Lacey disrupted by the startling appearance of her undivorced, long-thought-dead first husband, Jimmy Raisin. Matters go quickly from bad to worse when Jimmy is found murdered - and Agatha and Jame In her fifth outing, Agatha Raisin - the sometimes pushy, sometimes endearing heroine of Beaton's Cotswold village mystery series - has her marriage to next-door neighbour James Lacey disrupted by the startling appearance of her undivorced, long-thought-dead first husband, Jimmy Raisin. Matters go quickly from bad to worse when Jimmy is found murdered - and Agatha and James are the prime suspects.


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In her fifth outing, Agatha Raisin - the sometimes pushy, sometimes endearing heroine of Beaton's Cotswold village mystery series - has her marriage to next-door neighbour James Lacey disrupted by the startling appearance of her undivorced, long-thought-dead first husband, Jimmy Raisin. Matters go quickly from bad to worse when Jimmy is found murdered - and Agatha and Jame In her fifth outing, Agatha Raisin - the sometimes pushy, sometimes endearing heroine of Beaton's Cotswold village mystery series - has her marriage to next-door neighbour James Lacey disrupted by the startling appearance of her undivorced, long-thought-dead first husband, Jimmy Raisin. Matters go quickly from bad to worse when Jimmy is found murdered - and Agatha and James are the prime suspects.

30 review for Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jenny L

    Read them! All of them. All 23. They are simply fabulous! I love them and love Agatha Raisin. The stories are set in the English Cotswolds - which is where I'm from, so that makes them extra special, but I cannot recommend them highly enough. If you want to read about an opinionated, outspoken, headstrong single woman in her middle years with no money worries, but men worries and murder at every turn, then you too will love Agatha Raisin. Just make sure you buy more than one at a time, because y Read them! All of them. All 23. They are simply fabulous! I love them and love Agatha Raisin. The stories are set in the English Cotswolds - which is where I'm from, so that makes them extra special, but I cannot recommend them highly enough. If you want to read about an opinionated, outspoken, headstrong single woman in her middle years with no money worries, but men worries and murder at every turn, then you too will love Agatha Raisin. Just make sure you buy more than one at a time, because you will regret it otherwise!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cherie

    I have devoured 4 Agatha Raisin novels today, they are that good! I have listened to the BBC audio books from my library. I am enjoying them so much that I must find the tv series to watch them as well. Agatha Raisin is a delightful, snarky, sassy, comical character that stumbles into mysteries accidentally.

  3. 5 out of 5

    The Flooze

    Oh, Agatha...tut tut tut. Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage is probably the best installment yet. Emotions are high, bodies are piling up, and Agatha herself has some near misses with the grim reaper. Though it was the pleasant, easy read I've come to expect from Beaton, the pace was faster and the characters better represented. This book accomplishes something the previous four did not: it gives James Lacey a more distinct personality. Previously, he came across as a cardboard cutout of t Oh, Agatha...tut tut tut. Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage is probably the best installment yet. Emotions are high, bodies are piling up, and Agatha herself has some near misses with the grim reaper. Though it was the pleasant, easy read I've come to expect from Beaton, the pace was faster and the characters better represented. This book accomplishes something the previous four did not: it gives James Lacey a more distinct personality. Previously, he came across as a cardboard cutout of the attractive yet distant bachelor. Though those descriptors still apply, Beaton manages to flesh him out more. Interesting that this coincides with Agatha's rose-coloured glasses losing a bit of their tint. The mystery here is of a personal nature for Agatha, leading her to elaborate on her downtrodden past. I already knew she was ambitious and determined, but her backstory proves she's quite the survivor. As always, village life plays a major role in the story. At times in this series I think it is the story, with the mysteries merely providing structure for the residents' conversations. This is shored up by the fact that Agatha does more blundering than investigating. As friend and police officer Bill Wong comments: "I don't know if she exactly solved those last crimes, but she made things happen by poking her nose in; otherwise we'd never have got to the murderers." (p.89) My opening line is in response to the final pages. For all her business aptitude and ballsy attitude, Agatha makes some disastrous decisions - never more apparent than in this volume. She makes a fabulously horrible one towards the end, setting us up for more emotional turmoil and mayhem. What one earth will she be poking her nose into next?

  4. 5 out of 5

    Blaine DeSantis

    Another good entry in the Agatha Raisin series and this book differs considerably with the TV Episode. We have Agatha getting ready to marry James, and at the last minute her first husband shows up! Oops!!! She never got a divorce and thought he had died of drink many a long year ago. But he is back for a brief appearance and then turns up dead!!!! Agatha is a prime suspect, and then she goes into full sleuth mode. Lots of different possibilities exist as to who could have killed Jimmy Raisin, a Another good entry in the Agatha Raisin series and this book differs considerably with the TV Episode. We have Agatha getting ready to marry James, and at the last minute her first husband shows up! Oops!!! She never got a divorce and thought he had died of drink many a long year ago. But he is back for a brief appearance and then turns up dead!!!! Agatha is a prime suspect, and then she goes into full sleuth mode. Lots of different possibilities exist as to who could have killed Jimmy Raisin, and after numerous near catastrophes the police ask her to please "butt out" for her own safety. Right! So we have a very interesting murder and a very ambivalent James after the wedding ends. One of the biggest difference between the book and TV show is that Roy, her old advertising pal, is not nearly the sweet character in the books as he is on TV. Also Agatha keeps going back and forth as to whether she is a British village gal or a Londan exec. This waffling has to come to an end shortly. All in all, another solid effort by MC Beaton and despite having a lot of books in my Goodreads queue I will probably start Book Six of the series in the near future.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    I'm dangerously close to od'ing on these as I'm starting to feel like I could quote the upcoming lines before they are uttered. Still these sorts of books are the ones I turn to when I'm doing something else that really requires concentration. They are more than a bit silly, weirdly obsessed with the way that people look, and very samey after a while. Perhaps don't binge listen like I've been doing as the repetitiveness really stands out, but on the whole, really good for people looking for some I'm dangerously close to od'ing on these as I'm starting to feel like I could quote the upcoming lines before they are uttered. Still these sorts of books are the ones I turn to when I'm doing something else that really requires concentration. They are more than a bit silly, weirdly obsessed with the way that people look, and very samey after a while. Perhaps don't binge listen like I've been doing as the repetitiveness really stands out, but on the whole, really good for people looking for something less confrontational that many crime fiction listens. (And don't expect these to match up with the TV series - even when the plot co-incides the characters are so different you'll either be terminally confused, mildly disappointed, or oddly relieved that the perky is well and truly not part of the books).

  6. 5 out of 5

    Una Tiers

    Darker than the earlier books, this installment of Agatha Raisin includes treachery and near marriage. Second reading, this book really describes the selfishness of James Lacey.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Luffy

    There are three reasons why I think this book does not merit one star. The beginning, the shortness of the book, and the lateness of the divulging of the culprit. However there are a couple of reasons why I am giving it the lowest score...Goodwill from other books in the series wasted, waste of opportunity for not taking advantage of the superb opening few paragraphs, bringing James and Agatha back to square one as if nothing has happened. I also think that the dreary, boring investigation of t There are three reasons why I think this book does not merit one star. The beginning, the shortness of the book, and the lateness of the divulging of the culprit. However there are a couple of reasons why I am giving it the lowest score...Goodwill from other books in the series wasted, waste of opportunity for not taking advantage of the superb opening few paragraphs, bringing James and Agatha back to square one as if nothing has happened. I also think that the dreary, boring investigation of the book, which already feels like a tired 20th entry in the series, plus the lack of brains throughout damned the book as a failure. My patience is wearing thin with the series and if the next 3 books don't deliver I'm through with it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bill

    Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage is the 5th book in M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin, cozy... ish mystery series set in the Cotswolds of England. In episode 5, Agatha is finally about to marry the man she's fallen in love with since she retired from the advertising business and moved to her small town in the Cotswolds, her neighbour James Lacey. Unfortunately her life will take a harsh step backwards when her ex-advertising friend, Roy Silver, in a spiteful move hires a detective to find her Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage is the 5th book in M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin, cozy... ish mystery series set in the Cotswolds of England. In episode 5, Agatha is finally about to marry the man she's fallen in love with since she retired from the advertising business and moved to her small town in the Cotswolds, her neighbour James Lacey. Unfortunately her life will take a harsh step backwards when her ex-advertising friend, Roy Silver, in a spiteful move hires a detective to find her ex-husband Jimmy Raisin. Agatha left Jimmy many years ago when she discovered him to be an alcoholic, violent husband. She has assumed that he is probably dead, but Roy's detective finds Jimmy and Roy tells him that Agatha is about to marry. Roy immediately feels bad about this, but Jimmy still turns up at the wedding to ruin Agatha's life. Thing begin to fall to pieces very quickly. James Lacey in a fit of depression heads off to northern Cyprus to hide out from the fiasco and Jimmy is found dead in a ditch. The police, including Agatha's friend, Bill Wong, bring James back and both he and Agatha are immediately suspected of the murder. When they are determined to be innocent, the duo decide that they have to find the killer so their lives can return to some sort of normalcy. Agatha is forced to room with James as she had sold her house due to the impending nuptials. The new owner gives off a bad first impression, being irascible and off-putting. As Agatha and James begin their investigation, they also re-examine their lives together as either a couple or just friends, or... what? Bill Wong is in lust with a new female police officer but she tests his friendship with Agatha. As bodies begin to crop up the tension mounts and while the police tell the duo to stop interfering, Agatha and James expand their investigation. All in all, it's an entertaining story. Agatha is a neat character, strong at times but also nicely emotional. She must examine her feelings deeply in this story, feelings for James, feelings for her decision to retire and move to the Cotswolds. It's a nice, quick moving story and well-written with a satisfying ending. I'm glad there a still a few more books to read in this series as it's always a joy to delve into Agatha's life and those of her friends. (4 stars)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ariadne Oliver

    Agatha is way too naive and bad at reading people to have sucessfully run a pr agency, but the Raisin books are entertaining fluff so I'm willing to overlook that. Agatha is way too naive and bad at reading people to have sucessfully run a pr agency, but the Raisin books are entertaining fluff so I'm willing to overlook that.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Gerry

    "I'm glad you've given up investigating murders, Agatha. Not that you weren't a help in the past, but mostly because of your blundering about and making things happen," says Detective Sergeant Bill Wong in the middle of this current mystery. And 'plus ca change plus la meme chose'! How many more murders that Agatha and her amateur colleagues can unravel beggars belief ... but as long as they keep happening in sleepy little Carsely, she will continue, I am sure. Thank goodness they happen and she d "I'm glad you've given up investigating murders, Agatha. Not that you weren't a help in the past, but mostly because of your blundering about and making things happen," says Detective Sergeant Bill Wong in the middle of this current mystery. And 'plus ca change plus la meme chose'! How many more murders that Agatha and her amateur colleagues can unravel beggars belief ... but as long as they keep happening in sleepy little Carsely, she will continue, I am sure. Thank goodness they happen and she does, because the books are always a jolly good read, amusing, full of red herrings, romantic even at times and this one is no different. Once the first murder takes place, and one can never be sure more won't follow, the sleuthing begins but with a difference as Agatha and James Lacy are prime suspects. On this occasion it is very personal to Agatha so, of course, she is intimately involved in solving the crime(s). Another great read from Marion Chesney, aka M C Beaton.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    This one felt short or perhaps just read fairly quickly. Some fun mystery and hijinks here, but I’m coming to really dislike a number of characters in this series. James is an idiot and far too old to be so wishy-washy. And I can’t stand Roy and want to smack him. Fun read, but not my favorite of this series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)

    Poor Agatha always in the wrong place at the wrong time, but I love her for it! I love her way of snooping out facts and keeping the story twisting and turning keeping the reader on their toes. The description of the characters is done so well that you can see them in your mind can see them acting everything out, as soon as you think you know who has done it, why and how you get thrown into another direction and get completely onto another track. I never want the Agatha Raisin series to stop I ab Poor Agatha always in the wrong place at the wrong time, but I love her for it! I love her way of snooping out facts and keeping the story twisting and turning keeping the reader on their toes. The description of the characters is done so well that you can see them in your mind can see them acting everything out, as soon as you think you know who has done it, why and how you get thrown into another direction and get completely onto another track. I never want the Agatha Raisin series to stop I absolutely adore her and look forward to reading many many more stories with her in. M.C. Beaton is one of my favourite authors, an absolutely amazing author!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dorottya

    2.5 And this series still frustrates me. So, what I thought about the STUUUUUPID ending of the previous book came to life... no one can avoid the consequences of lies and moronic decisions. It was so OBVIOUS the whole thing was done for drama from the author's side... I had enough of the drama and bickering between Agatha and James. They both acted like two 13 year olds from the stupider kind. I was especially frustrated with Agatha... I mean, she EXPECTED James to forgive her... not even forgive h 2.5 And this series still frustrates me. So, what I thought about the STUUUUUPID ending of the previous book came to life... no one can avoid the consequences of lies and moronic decisions. It was so OBVIOUS the whole thing was done for drama from the author's side... I had enough of the drama and bickering between Agatha and James. They both acted like two 13 year olds from the stupider kind. I was especially frustrated with Agatha... I mean, she EXPECTED James to forgive her... not even forgive her, but forget her shit in one snap and proclaim his everlasting love? Come onnnnnn... James was equally as bad. He waited for Agatha to show her emotions more (begging even???) but he was flirting with multiple women and even going on a semi-date with one? Let alone what he did at the end??? I also did not understand why Agatha and James still take a dump on the police's work. Police usually does better work than two amateurs... we could see the results of their "great" work. Plus thnking that a friend from a police is betraying you because he is interrogating you? Cut poor Bill some slack, he is doing his job! The investigation part I liked, there were enough suspects and all, but it was a bit rushed for my liking. I also liked Roy's part in this whole situation, I can kind of see someone doing something similar on a whim to what he did for personal gains but feel remorse when things get out of hand...

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I really liked this Agatha Raisin book, even with the ridiculous relationship between James and Agatha. I do not understand her every changing love/obsession with him, he seems so boring and stuck up. I was interested in the mystery and I did (view spoiler)[ suspect the new neighbor, but wasn't sure if she was just a strange character to add some drama. SO MANY DEATHS in this one and really a pretty mild reaction. I guess this "sleepy small village" is used to the probably hundreds of deaths it I really liked this Agatha Raisin book, even with the ridiculous relationship between James and Agatha. I do not understand her every changing love/obsession with him, he seems so boring and stuck up. I was interested in the mystery and I did (view spoiler)[ suspect the new neighbor, but wasn't sure if she was just a strange character to add some drama. SO MANY DEATHS in this one and really a pretty mild reaction. I guess this "sleepy small village" is used to the probably hundreds of deaths it will have by the end of this series. I know murder is serious, but it cracks me up that these books always have a silly murderer who sometimes kills for seemingly stupid reasons. (hide spoiler)]

  15. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    3.5 Stars Another light hearted episode in this very different series. Usually you are left not really liking Agatha, although in this one I did end up feeling rather sorry for her! Even if she did bring on herself by the most stupid of actions in agreeing to a marriage whilst the possibility that her husband may still be alive. Whilst not always liking the main character I do like the feel of this series, but do appreciate the series is not for everybody but I do intend continuing with the serie 3.5 Stars Another light hearted episode in this very different series. Usually you are left not really liking Agatha, although in this one I did end up feeling rather sorry for her! Even if she did bring on herself by the most stupid of actions in agreeing to a marriage whilst the possibility that her husband may still be alive. Whilst not always liking the main character I do like the feel of this series, but do appreciate the series is not for everybody but I do intend continuing with the series.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Weebly

    Another nice story - I like reading these long series where you get to know the characters more and more as time goes on. It is like slipping on a comfy pair of slippers.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alan Teder

    Agatha and the Attempted Bigamy Review of the Blackstone Audio Inc. audiobook edition (December, 2012) of the original St. Martin's Press hardcover (November, 1996) Agatha almost gets crush James Lacey to the altar in this one, but unfortunately her un-deceased first husband Jimmy Raisin shows up to stop the proceedings. Jimmy is murdered shortly afterwards and Agatha becomes the main suspect, so she has to solve the crime again with now reluctant bridegroom Lacey in tow. Most (28 of 32) of the Ag Agatha and the Attempted Bigamy Review of the Blackstone Audio Inc. audiobook edition (December, 2012) of the original St. Martin's Press hardcover (November, 1996) Agatha almost gets crush James Lacey to the altar in this one, but unfortunately her un-deceased first husband Jimmy Raisin shows up to stop the proceedings. Jimmy is murdered shortly afterwards and Agatha becomes the main suspect, so she has to solve the crime again with now reluctant bridegroom Lacey in tow. Most (28 of 32) of the Agatha Raisin audiobooks are free on Audible Plus. Book 32 Down the Hatch is yet to be released, and is expected to be published in October 2021. Trivia and Link The Murderous Marriage was adapted as the concluding Episode 8 of Season 1 of the currently ongoing Agatha Raisin TV series (2016-) and a teaser trailer is available on YouTube here.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    3 stars This book wasn’t as strong as earlier books in the series in terms of humor and mystery but it did have some nice character development for Bill For a brief moment, he wondered if he even liked Maddie, but when she crossed her legs in their sheer black stockings, lust took over and rationalized all his feelings back into romance. Also in character development, we learn a bit more about Agatha’s hard upbringing and her struggles to improve her lot in life. While I might not have thought it 3 stars This book wasn’t as strong as earlier books in the series in terms of humor and mystery but it did have some nice character development for Bill For a brief moment, he wondered if he even liked Maddie, but when she crossed her legs in their sheer black stockings, lust took over and rationalized all his feelings back into romance. Also in character development, we learn a bit more about Agatha’s hard upbringing and her struggles to improve her lot in life. While I might not have thought it was as funny as earlier novels it still had it great moments when Agatha fantasizes and James acts clueless. He would stretch his arms up to her and she would drop down into them, her eyes closed, and she would whisper, "James, oh James." "Help!" she called softly. She dropped down the other side of the fence, stumbled and landed face-down in a flowerbed. She got to her feet and glared. James, totally oblivious to the romantic script she had written for him, was unlocking the kitchen door.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Julie Davis

    This is the best yet of the Agatha Raisin mysteries and one that had me actively loving the kinks in the plot. We get the most honesty ever between Agatha and James, even though the overall plot in their situation is effectively reset, as the book title and summary hints at. We also see Agatha's history in more depth and it gives us nice insight into why she reacts like she does. I particularly enjoyed James's reaction to an aggressive woman, Agatha and Roy's field trip, and the way Bill Wong ca This is the best yet of the Agatha Raisin mysteries and one that had me actively loving the kinks in the plot. We get the most honesty ever between Agatha and James, even though the overall plot in their situation is effectively reset, as the book title and summary hints at. We also see Agatha's history in more depth and it gives us nice insight into why she reacts like she does. I particularly enjoyed James's reaction to an aggressive woman, Agatha and Roy's field trip, and the way Bill Wong can see no imperfection in his parents and home. I'd probably give it 3-1/2 stars but my sheer enjoyment pushed it up to 4, given GoodReads' deficiency in half-star ratings.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tressa

    Shockingly, James Lacey proposes marriage to Agatha, but she's too anxious about not jinxing this engagement that she fails to tell James that she's still married to Jimmy Raisin, an alcoholic she assumes drank himself to an early death. Well, he's not dead and a vengeful Roy summons him to the village and a wrench is thrown into Agatha's happy plans. I really enjoyed learning more about Agatha's early days and how she came from lower class Birmingham to one of the best take-no-prisoners public Shockingly, James Lacey proposes marriage to Agatha, but she's too anxious about not jinxing this engagement that she fails to tell James that she's still married to Jimmy Raisin, an alcoholic she assumes drank himself to an early death. Well, he's not dead and a vengeful Roy summons him to the village and a wrench is thrown into Agatha's happy plans. I really enjoyed learning more about Agatha's early days and how she came from lower class Birmingham to one of the best take-no-prisoners public relations officer around.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

    Agatha Raisin's forwardness is legendary. She is hilarious, and I love her! However, this mystery fell slightly from the quality of the previous book. To begin with, the mystery was extremely transparent. The killer was projected from the first hundred pages, and didn't stop being projected until the end. However, this book was still above-normal in it's quality. As I said above, Agatha is a wonderfully written character, and I'm genuinely excited to read the next one. Recommend! Agatha Raisin's forwardness is legendary. She is hilarious, and I love her! However, this mystery fell slightly from the quality of the previous book. To begin with, the mystery was extremely transparent. The killer was projected from the first hundred pages, and didn't stop being projected until the end. However, this book was still above-normal in it's quality. As I said above, Agatha is a wonderfully written character, and I'm genuinely excited to read the next one. Recommend!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Meg GlitteryOtters

    3.5 stars

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dominika

    2.5 stars

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ellie

    Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage by M.C. Beaton is another installment in Beaton's Agatha Raisin series. Having finally gotten her next door neighbor to marry her, Agatha gives up her home only to have her husband, Jimmy, who she thought/hoped was dead turn up the wedding. She now finds herself sans both husband and home. This is the story of how she attempts to get them back, as well as solve a few murders along the way. If you like Agatha & her adventures (and I do), you'll like this one Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage by M.C. Beaton is another installment in Beaton's Agatha Raisin series. Having finally gotten her next door neighbor to marry her, Agatha gives up her home only to have her husband, Jimmy, who she thought/hoped was dead turn up the wedding. She now finds herself sans both husband and home. This is the story of how she attempts to get them back, as well as solve a few murders along the way. If you like Agatha & her adventures (and I do), you'll like this one (I did).

  25. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    He's dead, he's not dead, he's dead. That's the tale of Aggie Raisin's first husband Jimmy who she thought was dead and then he turns up to spoil her wedding plans with James her handsome neighbor, current sleuthing and romantic partner. Then Jimmy is found dead, then begins the real trouble for Agatha and for James Lacey too! As usual Aggie has help from a veritable cast of characters and there are plenty of mishaps along the way to hopefully solving the crime. Will James and Agatha ever end u He's dead, he's not dead, he's dead. That's the tale of Aggie Raisin's first husband Jimmy who she thought was dead and then he turns up to spoil her wedding plans with James her handsome neighbor, current sleuthing and romantic partner. Then Jimmy is found dead, then begins the real trouble for Agatha and for James Lacey too! As usual Aggie has help from a veritable cast of characters and there are plenty of mishaps along the way to hopefully solving the crime. Will James and Agatha ever end up "Happily Ever After" ? The answer remains to be seen, but readers can certainly enjoy a chuckle or two along the way.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin Copp

    Agatha is back, as abrasive, brash and pushy as usual. This time she is finally getting what she wants- to marry her handsome long time bachelor neighbor James Lacey. The only problem is that pesky maybe dead, maybe alive husband of hers, Jimmy Raisin. Agatha is mortified when Jimmy comes crashing in during the ceremony, and even more mortified when James calls off the ceremony and takes off for parts unknown to get away from Agatha. Agatha is mad with anger and everyone knows it so when she is Agatha is back, as abrasive, brash and pushy as usual. This time she is finally getting what she wants- to marry her handsome long time bachelor neighbor James Lacey. The only problem is that pesky maybe dead, maybe alive husband of hers, Jimmy Raisin. Agatha is mortified when Jimmy comes crashing in during the ceremony, and even more mortified when James calls off the ceremony and takes off for parts unknown to get away from Agatha. Agatha is mad with anger and everyone knows it so when she is seen arguing with Jimmy and then not long after he is found dead in a ditch, all fingers point to Agatha.

  27. 4 out of 5

    ✨ Gramy ✨

    . This is a quick, fluffy, cozy mystery. Agatha is not your typical woman sleuth, but she is acerbic and pushes her way around. The other characters are quriky at times. The humour is most advantageous and appreciated. Lots of tidbits about the Cotswold. This book is able to stand on its own and delivers an HEA.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    I enjoy the series of british mysteries written by M.C. Beaton. Her stories center around a cantancerous 50+ year old british woman who has moved to the Cotswalds of England, and takes to solving crimes...she is abrasive, but yet you can't help but root for her... I enjoy the series of british mysteries written by M.C. Beaton. Her stories center around a cantancerous 50+ year old british woman who has moved to the Cotswalds of England, and takes to solving crimes...she is abrasive, but yet you can't help but root for her...

  29. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I finally finished this book and must say that it was good, but not as fast-paced as the other Agatha books. I did guess who the murderer was before getting to the last chapter. The last chapter did leave me wanting to read the 6th --- The Terrible Tourist --- which I started last night.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cyndi

    I suppose if you're going to stop a wedding, it must be done just before the 'I do's"? That's what happens when Mr. Raisin comes to the village. These books are very entertaining. Nice 'cozy mystery' that makes it look like small towns are deadly. I suppose if you're going to stop a wedding, it must be done just before the 'I do's"? That's what happens when Mr. Raisin comes to the village. These books are very entertaining. Nice 'cozy mystery' that makes it look like small towns are deadly.

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