- Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; 1st edition (November 4, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312946775
- ISBN-13: 978-0312946777
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 83 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #665,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kissing Christmas Goodbye (Agatha Raisin Mysteries, No. 18) Mass Market Paperback – November 4, 2008
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The indestructible Agatha Raisin, still at the top of her game in her darkly droll 17th whodunit (after Love, Lies and Liquor), is feeling woefully middle-aged after hiring Toni Gilmour, an endearing U.K.-style Nancy Drew full of teen energy and charm. As Toni takes over the pet recovery end of the sleuthing business, Agatha looks into a mysterious letter from Phyllis Tamworthy, the rich matriarch of the Manor House in the idyllic Cotswolds, who suspects family members of plotting to kill her before she can change her will to disinherit them. Agatha and her friend Sir Charles Fraith attend Phyllis's 80th birthday party, only to see the lady keel over, poisoned by hemlock in her salad. Digging into Phyllis's past yields an even darker mystery. Bestseller Beaton's dry wit enhances Agatha's struggles with aging, men and her most challenging case yet. (Oct.)
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“Beaton's Agatha Raisin series just about defines the British cozy.” ―Booklist on M. C. Beaton and the Agatha Raisin Series
“Few things in life are more satisfying than to discover a brand-new Agatha Raisin mystery.” ―The Tampa Tribune on M. C. Beaton and the Agatha Raisin Series
“Anyone interested in...intelligent, amusing reading will want to make the acquaintance of Mrs. Agatha Raisin.” ―The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on M. C. Beaton and the Agatha Raisin Series
“[Beaton's] imperfect heroine is an absolute gem!” ―Publishers Weekly on M. C. Beaton and the Agatha Raisin Series
“Outwardly bossy and vain, inwardly insecure and vulnerable, Agatha grows more endearing with each installment.” ―The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) on M. C. Beaton and the Agatha Raisin Series
“[M. C. Beaton] is Britain's successor to Dame Agatha Christie. If you've never read an Agatha Raisin novel, it's time to start.... All of them are cunningly plotted, beautifully written, and more fun than you can imagine.” ―The Globe and Mail on M. C. Beaton and the Agatha Raisin Series
“[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 on M. C. Beaton and the Agatha Raisin Series
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The brightest spot in the novel may be the addition of a new character, teenage Toni Gilmour, whose background is eerily akin to that of Agatha. Toni may be the anti-Agatha: young, beautiful, vivacious, charming and clever. Despite Agatha's occasional bursts of jealousy, the two women are friends as well as fellow detectives and Agatha's incredible generosity in helping Toni softens the many hard edges she still exhibits.
Mrs. Tamworthy, matriarch of a highly dysfunctional family, hires Agatha to find the person who is attempting to kill her. More murders follow as Agatha is both friend and enemy to the Tamworthy heirs. There are red herrings aplenty before she finally cracks the case and can enjoy hosting her Christmas party. Will she get the snow she longs for and will James Lacey be the man she dreams he can be?
Long-time readers will enjoy visits from Bill Wong, Roy Silver, Sir Charles Fraith, Mrs. Bloxby (and even a deeper look at Alf Bloxby) and another cameo appearance by James Lacey. Two big questions remain to tease readers at the end: is Agatha really over James and has Bill Wong found the girl of his dreams at last? Can't wait for the next installment!