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Near the start of bestseller Beaton's splendid 20th Agatha Raisin mystery (after 2008's A Spoonful of Poison), the lovelorn middle-aged detective reluctantly attends the wedding of her ex-husband, James Lacey, in the market town of Hewes. But before James can tie the knot with the lovely, much younger Felicity Bross-Tilkington, the bride is shot to death. Felicity's mother hires Agatha and her young detecting associate, Toni Gilmour, to find the monster responsible, despite the disapproval of Felicity's real estate whiz father, George. As other corpses connected to George begin turning up, his visiting friend, the debonair Sylvan Dubois, flirts shamelessly with Agatha. Sylvan's deadly charm puts Agatha in harm's way after she figures out the Frenchman and George are involved in illegal activities. Some Beaton fans may wish her heroine will find lasting romance and happiness, but a closing twist or two suggests Agatha is unlikely to settle down with one man anytime soon. (Oct.)
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“Tourists are advised to watch their backs in the bucolic villages where M. C.  Beaton sets her sly British mysteries...Outsiders always spell trouble for the societies Beaton observes with such cynical humor.”—"The New York Times Book Review"“[Beaton’s] imperfect heroine is an absolute gem!”—"Publishers Weekly"“Beaton’s Agatha Raisin series just about defines the British cozy.”—"Booklist"“Anyone interested in...intelligent, amusing reading will want to make the acquaintance of Mrs.  Agatha Raisin.”—"Atlanta"" Journal Constitution"“Beaton has a winner in the irrepressible, romance-hungry Agatha.”—"Chicago"" Sun-Times"“Few things in life are more satisfying than to discover a brand-new Agatha Raisin mystery.”"—Tampa Tribune Times"The Raisin series brings the cozy tradition back to life. God bless the Queen!”—"Tulsa"" World" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Agatha Raisin
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Camden; Large type edition edition (October 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140845775X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408457757
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

More About the Author

M.C. BEATON has won international acclaim for her bestselling Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin mysteries. She is also the author of over 100 romance titles and a series of romantic suspense, The Edwardian Mystery Series. M. C. Beaton lives in a Cotswold cottage with her husband.

Marion is active on Facebook using her most popular pen name, M.C. Beaton. You can find complete book lists, information on events, and sign up for news updates at her website, www.MCBeaton.com.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By BeeTee on October 26, 2009
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I am such a fan of the Agatha Raisin series but was a bit disappointed with this latest offering. It felt rather disjointed to me in several places. It lacked the flow the novels usually have that let me "enter" the world of Agatha. It felt more like a series of happenings, rather than something plot driven with flow. The end of the novel(the last few chapters) especially felt this way. Don't get me wrong- I love the series and will pre-order the next book when it is released. However, this book just didn't cut it for me. I don't want to say more for fear of giving away spoilers for those who have not read.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Ibbotson VINE VOICE on October 5, 2009
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This is the 20th in the Agatha Raisin series and I've read them all. In fact, I wait every year for the latest book. Agatha started off as an amateur sleuth and now owns her own detective agency. She is battling aging, a bad hip, and is starting to feel frail. Even worse she is beginning to think she is losing her ability as a detective. She is also a romantic who is waiting for the right man to come along. Her ex-husband, James, who divorced her because he wanted to become a monk, is now engaged to a a beautiful, young woman and has invited Agatha to the wedding. When the bride is murdered minutes before the wedding, Agatha becomes the prime suspect. These books are an updated version of the British cozy and are very entertaining.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By tmvjr on May 31, 2010
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My impression is that the publishers rushed to publish an outline of a story and not an edited final draft. Almost every paragraph either had separation stars or a few blank lines between them, signifying that the author's outline was used rather than a final draft. The dialog is in outline form, the plot is not smooth, the transitions between paragraphs are not present, and there are even bullet-points still present that she obviously intended to edit at some future time. I don't know if the author has gotten too old to really craft a fine novel anymore, but nothing can kill a series faster than a shoddy version like this that will disappoint die-hard fans. (See Lilian Jackson Braun's last "The Cat Who..." book for a similar ignominious finale). Age itself does not seem the issue -- indeed, P. D. James latest was again brilliant-- but for fans of M.C. Beaton, this novel was so dramatically weaker than all previous entries, there is a serious question as to whether the author herself was actually involved in the publication decision. But publishers need to remember that if we are burned by one purchase, we will not be very likely to run out and purchase any subsequent books in ANY of her series. Personally, I'm going to wait for a library copy of the next book, just to be sure.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Catheter on November 11, 2009
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I found "There Goes the Bride" to be so-so and not one of Beaton's best. James is back and is getting married to a young woman with a strange family. Agatha agonizes about whether to attend the wedding, but is surprised by her own calm at James' remarriage. When the bride is murdered, she is hired by the young woman's mother to sleuth -- and Tony joins her in the case. I will read everything Beaton writes, and did enjoy this book, but it is not one of my favorites.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Claire McManus on January 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Book Club Review
There Goes the Bride
M.C. Beaton

Our book club's choice for January was THERE GOES THE BRIDE, by M.C. Beaton. We had a very specific agenda in choosing this book. After struggling through 2666 by Roberto Bolano for our November/December choice, we felt entitled to something fast, light, and short. Most of us had read Beaton in one form or another over the years, whether the Agatha Raisin books or Hamish Macbeth books. So it was easy to come to consensus on our January book.

THERE GOES THE BRIDE finds Agatha Raisin--middle-aged divorcee, former PR specialist, and current detective agency owner--in the middle of a murder. The victim is the intended bride of Agatha's ex-husband, James. The borderline-retarded and completely nymphomaniacal Felicity is shot through her bedroom window as she is performing one of her infamous strip-teases for the neighborhood boys. Agatha is asked to investigate by the girl's grieving mother, only to be pulled off the case by the girl's not-so-grieving father.

There is only one word to describe our collective response to this book: disappointment. Everything about THERE GOES THE BRIDE seems phoned in. The writing is repetitive and sloppy. The plot is foolish, and takes much too long to resolve. The motivations make little or no sense. Every once in a while one sees those interesting or dark angles that Beaton's other work is noted for, but they happen much too rarely.

The biggest disappointment is Agatha Raisin herself. While most of us could relate to Agatha's frustration at getting older, the Agatha Raisin of this book is a thoroughly unpleasant person. It's hard to believe that she is a famous and respected detective, because she does almost zero detecting.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Teacher in Texas on July 18, 2010
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I won't repeat what many other reviewers have said. In short, this was a fairly disappointing book from an author whose books I once really enjoyed reading. If you want real English mysteries, stick to the classics: Christie, Rendell, Allingham, James, etc.
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