Agatha Raisin and the Love from Hell (Agatha Raisin Mysteries, No. 11) Mass Market Paperback – January 20, 2003
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"[Agatha] is a glorious cross between Miss Marple, Auntie Mame, and Lucille Ball, with a tad of pit bull tossed in. She's wonderful." -St. Petersburg Times
"Among the many joys of all Agatha Raisin adventures are Beaton's sweetly formal prose and her vivid descriptions of colorful villagers. This one, however, adds a crackerjack plot and a delightfully comic ending to the mix, making it clearly the best of the lot." -Booklist (starred review)
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"Few things in life are more satisfying than to discover a brand new Agatha Raisin mystery."
-Tampa Tribune Times
"Beaton has a winner in the irrepressible, romance-hungry Agatha."-Chicago Sun-Times
"The Miss Marple-like Raisin is a refreshingly sensible, wonderfully eccentric, thoroughly likable heroine...A must for cozy fans."-Booklist
"Anyone interested in...intelligent, amusing reading will want to make the acquaintance of Mrs. Agatha Raisin."-Atlanta Journal Constitution
"The Raisin series brings the cozy tradition back to life. God bless the Queen!"-Tulsa World
"[Beaton's] imperfect heroine is an absolute gem!"-Publishers Weekly
Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryfam
"Witty...[a] highly amusing cozy."-Publishers Weekly
"Agatha is as fractious and funny as ever. Don't miss this one."-Tulsa World
"Outwardly bossy and vain, inwardly insecure and vulnerable, Agatha grows more endearing with each installment."-Cleveland Plain Dealer
"More great fun from an endearing heroine."-Library Journal
Agatha Raisin Aad the Wizard of Evesham
"Another delightful cozy featuring Cotswolds surroundings, a bit of history, and buoyant characters."-Library Journal
"[A] smartly updated Miss Marple...Beaton's books about this tough little Raisin cookie are well-made and smoothly oiled entertainment machines...Trust Agatha to solve it all in style."
"The return of Agatha Raisin, amateur sleuth extraordinaire, is always a treat and M.C. Beaton does not miss a beat...Another fabulous English cozy by the great M.C. Beaton."
-Harriet Klausner, Painted Rock Reviews
Agatha Raisin and the Wellspring of Death
"Tourists are advised to watch their back in the bucolic villages where M.C. Beaton sets her sly British mysteries...Outsiders always spell trouble for the inbred societies Beaton observes with such cynical humor."-The New York Times Book Review
"Outspoken, chain-smoking, aggravating Agatha roars back for a[n]...outing that will keep fans cheering. Must be something in the water."-The Poisoned Pen
Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist
"Another refreshing and delightful series addition." -Library Journal
Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage
"Beaton gleefully creates one excruciating situation after another for her indomitable heroine to endure." -Publishers Weekly
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descriptions of the various characters, their interactions with each other, their inner musings about each other (once in a while we switch POV and get an outside look at Agatha) . I feel as though I am in the backseat traveling around with Agatha and Cheap Charles (or whoever is the companion of the moment; like Dr. Who, Agatha has a companion of the moment or COTM ) . Agatha fascinates me. She can be so clueless , yet bold and feisty. Tough on the outside but buttery soft on the inside. Something I do find tiny bit disturbing is the way agism is written into the character interactions. Agatha is often called "old" and "frumpy" ...but I try to keep in mind that we are in her
POV most of the time and the poor woman is very short on self esteem but full of courage and bravado. M.C. Beaton has Agatha spout a some conservative opinions like criticism of the NHS or the concept of global warming but these ideas are just so "Agatha". She doesn't do much introspective thinking but Agatha is, well, adorable, and I would love to have her for a friend. She is written in a very real way. I laughed when she unexpectedly had to spend the night at a hotel and brought no change of clothes . So she washed out her panties (as one would) but they didn't dry completely and she had to wear them damp (one might...).!!
This title (Agatha Raisin and the Love from Hell) is my favourite so far. I like the balance between Agatha and Charles and James.
Charles seems to be drawing closer to Agatha, while she is clueless as usual. The countryside is vividly described and there is even an antiques auction (where is Lovejoy when you need him). Sometimes I wonder how Agatha would be depicted in the "Lost in A Good Book" (Jasper Fforde) alternate book universe .
These books are light...no Vera Stanhope here....but they are still picturesque, fun, modern...with a depth to them that has to do
Agatha's unconventional musings. And, these books will probably make you laugh.
Before I go : kudos to Dame Penelope Keith . She does all the audible narration and she is fantastic. If you choose the kindle version for only $3.99 extra you can get the audible narration by the wonderful Dame Penelope Keith. What a deal.
I enjoyed spending time with Charles Fraith very much as always. Agatha is an interesting character who has never frustrated me to the point that I no longer want to read about her. I suspect I'll be right there with her to the end. I'm not sure why, because M.C. Beaton is a very prolific but not a particularly good writer. Dorothy Simpson, E.X. Ferrars, Ruth Rendell, June Thomson, and Martha Grimes fill those spots for me.
I will end with this is a perfect member to Agatha's life, and I am pleased to have it on my Kindle.
Agatha Raisin is a modern day Miss Marple - wherever she is there is a murder or two. But unlike an Agatha Christie novel the books also detail the emotional aspects of Mrs Raisin's life as well as the murders: her concerns for her appearance, friendships, loves etc.
In this book we learn that her great achievement - her marraige to her long time love James Lacey (we have followed the romance from book 1) is not what she had hoped for. Indeed a woman he has an affair with is later found murdered and he then disapears. Mrs Raisin must fight to save her own and his name and she hopes her marriage.
Although this is 11th is the series it could be read alone but would be greater enjoyed if the previous books had been read first.
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I love Agatha Raisin and some of the main characters but my advice is the same as I would give about smoking, don't start because its really hard to quit.
But all good fun, an easy read. Maybe a slightly calmer Aggie. And Charles comes a little more to the fore in this one which is interesting.