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Agatha Raisin and the Day the Floods Came (Agatha Raisin #12)

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Crankier than ever, Agatha Raisin wants to forget that her husband left her to enter a monastery-a turn of affairs more humiliating than when she caught him with a mistress. She feels abandoned, fat, frumpy, and absolutely furious.

What are her options? She takes an island vacation and joins a Pilates class. But what finally lifts her spirits is finding a corpse. The dead
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 24th 2006 by Robinson Publishing (first published July 1st 2002)
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Una Tiers
Agatha Raisin is secretly attracted to the new man in the revolving ownership house next door. She sees parallels in two deaths and investigates the local one. Although James has run off to join the monastery and Charles has married, it gives Mrs. Biloxby a chance to enter the fray.
Nancy
As I live and breathe, that Agatha Raisin appears to be growing up. No longer is she endlessly chasing after James, or Charles or even the new man next door. Agatha is not doing anything as trite as trying to “find herself”, but she is starting to come to some new realizations and her old irritating self is starting to wear off those rough edges and slowly, but surely, turn into a tolerable woman.

In a deep slump after James joined the Monastery and Charles has run off and married a woman purpor
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Erin
All right, I've probably read too many Agatha Raisin books lately. She got a bit irritating this time at the end when she decided to just go ahead and search things at the end without notifying the police. I think her character made a bit of a regression there, while prior to this book, I'd been thinking that Beaton had done a pretty good job of maintaining some good character development over a long series.

Then again, I'm pretty disappointed with the direction her love life is taking as well an
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Yvonne
After a disastrous marriage attempt, Agatha Raisin needs a break from reality. She decides to go on a peaceful holiday to the South Pacific. It’s not all that peaceful when a young bride drowns. She returns home to the Cotswolds where a similar incident occurs when a young woman is found dead in a river. The woman’s fiancé tops Agatha’s list of suspects and she’s determined to prove she’s right.

Unfortunately, Agatha’s partners in crime-solving are no longer in the picture – James and Charles hav
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Sandie
This is only my fourth Agatha Raisin book but I’m afraid that I am becoming tired on her constant whining over her advancing age and physical attractiveness (or lack thereof). I do realize that this book is #12 in the series and follows the departure of James, her now ex-husband, who left her to join a monastery (of all things) and the marriage of her latest paramour to another woman. One can understand that she might be a bit lacking in the self-esteem department and the fact that she signs up ...more
Fanficfan44
Moving on to M.C. Beaton’s, Agatha Raisin and the Day the Floods Came. Agatha finds herself bereft when James and Charles both abandon her,but she acquires a new “partner in crime” in the form of a new neighbor to help with the sleuthing. This book focused on Agatha working with her new neighbor to solve a murder. There are red herrings to follow and Agatha gets chastised by…just about everyone for her antics in crime solving. The mystery is well done and solved very satisfactorily. Agatha’s per ...more
Michelle
This is the 12th book in the Agatha Raisin series. Agatha is fed up with life in the village after her husband leaves her to become a monk and her other paramour marries a much younger woman. So she takes a holiday to a remote tropical island where she has a surprisingly good time and meets some people who cheer her spirits. On returning, she joins a Pilates class and works on regaining her confidence. She is surprised to her in a letter that the odd honeymoon couple she observed on her trip end ...more
Margaret
Tetchy Agatha Raisin's attempt at a little R&R in the wake of her beloved husband's defection to a French monastery gets her revved up for another mystery when she hears that a fellow vacationer was murdered. The story takes place upon Agatha's return to her Cotswold home, when she learns of a young woman's apparent suicide & decides to investigate with the aid of her new neighbor, the dashing, cultured & vaguely lascivious writer John Armitage, & her own surprising flair for dec ...more
Ali
I can't say this was my favourite AR novel - but i certainly enjoyed cosying down with another slice of Agatha Raisin. James Lacey is now absent, and Charles only pops up briefly and I suppose I sort of missed them - as I think did Agatha. I didn't find the plot particularly absorbing, although there are plently of intruiging characters that we meet along the way. Agatha gets involved in the death of a prospective bride called Kylie - from Evesham just before her wedding. She dons a wig and some ...more
Gerry
The endearing Agatha is at it again in that sleepy Cotswold village that she has retired to. "I am a real detective," declares Agatha truculently and then proceeds to hit a string of minor disasters while investigating the latest couple of murders that present themselves to her. The love interest abounds again, with new men on the horizon (and quickly off it when she realises what theya re like), but amidst it all she leads the less than capable police to the perpetrator of the crime. However, a ...more
Cristina
Se bastasse ambientare una storia in un villaggio nella campagna inglese e avere una protagonista zitella e non giovanissima per fare una nuova Miss Marple allora mezzo mondo sarebbe Agatha Christie.
Purtroppo non è sufficiente e qui ci arriviamo corti sia come protagonista, che è una lagna terrificante, sia come intreccio, che arriva anni luce da quelli di Dame Agatha. Chissà quanto sarebbe contenta la Christie dell'omaggio che l'autrice le fa dando alla protagonista il suo stesso nome!
Non che
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Maria Thermann
Trying to escape the misery Agatha Raisin experiences after her failed marriage to James Lacey, she spontaneously books a trip to Robinson Crusoe Island on the other side of the globe.

There she meets some lovely Spanish-spoken people, but also a rather odd honeymooning couple. Blessed with the instincts of the true amateur sleuth, Agatha Raisin senses there's something quite sinister about the groom. However, she is on holiday, she needs to lick her wounds and find a way to move on from her div
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Carole
Agatha Raisin is feeling abandoned--her husband James has left her to join a monastery after divorcing her, Charles has just gotten married and didn't tell her or even invite her to the wedding. She's feeling so low that she decides to take a vacation to try to forget and get her confidence back. Her travel agent suggests an island vacation, Robinson Crusoe Island off the coast of Chile, where a man was shipwrecked long ago and when he was found became the subject for the book Robinson Crusoe. A ...more
Cozy Reader
Agatha Raisin is feeling in the dumps after her failed marriage to James Lacey and even her good friend, Charles, has abandoned her and gone off to be married in Paris! Feeling like she needs a holiday she heads to a sunny island. This visit sees a murder happen on the island (wherein a husband kills his wife) and when Agatha discovers another murder on her return to Carsely, she wonders if it is the same scenario. Kylie Stokes is set to marry her fiance, Zac Jensen. However her body is discover ...more
Sallee
Agatha Raisin is on her own. Her husband James left her and joined a monastery and her long term friend, Sir Charles Fraith has gone to Paris to marry a French girl. She decides she needs to get away so she heads off to a remote island in the south Pacific. Of the people she meets on her stay, a young honeymoon couple gives her an odd feeling and later she finds out the bride has drowned under very odd circumstances. She feels bad that she couldn't do anything about it. When she returns home. T ...more
Karen Hufman
I don't know that I'd want Agatha as I friend, but I had fun with her as a character in a book. Agatha lives in a small village in England, she's been recently left by her husband who has decided to take religious vows and let down by another friend who got abruptly married without bothering to invite her. She feels alone - she decides to vacation on the island which was home to the real life Robinson Caruso. While there, she notices a honeymooning couple that feels wrong. Turns out she was righ ...more
Ann Boytim
Agatha back on track after her ex husband is supposedly in a monastery, she is back in her home in the village and has a new neighbor who she mistakes for a Morman with a bible in his hand coming to her door. Agatha goes on a vacation to a remote island and has a short adventure but is now bored but not for long as she is back on the trail of a murderer who has killed and dumped the body in the river in her wedding dress. Agaatha disgues herself and interviews co workers of the murdered girl. Ag ...more
Robert Scott
Finished 02/15/2013. Agatha has lost her husband James to a monastery in France and is very depressed. She books a week on Robinson Crusoe Island and thoroughly enjoys herself after the hardships of arrival. When she gets home to Carsely she decides to become the new Agatha and books a hair appointment and a Pilates class in Evesham. When she has to travel roundabout to reach class because the Avon is flooded, she sees a young bride float under the bridge. Lots of strange and evil doings around ...more
Angela
Good series but I have read them too close together. Let this be a lesson when reading a long series.
Gabby
This is my third AR mystery, and unless I find another buried somewhere in my stash, it will be my last AR book forever. Reading AR is kinda like waking up to find a hideous, hairy mole growing on your face, and knowing that nothing you do will ever disguise it from being the disfiguring monstrosity it is. That's the first book. By book/day two you've decided to pluck out the offending hairs and think maybe the mole isn't quite as bad as you originally thought. By book/day three, when you check ...more
Dolly
This is the 12th book in the Agatha Raisin series by M.C. Beaton. The plot centers on Agatha's investigations of the death of a young woman in her wedding dress. Once again, Aggie places herself in dangerous situations and makes mistakes by the nines, but she seems to be taking herself more seriously as a detective.

At the beginning of this story, both James Lacey and Charles Fraith were out of the picture, so Agatha turns to her protégé, Roy Silver for a sidekick, and we are introduced to a new
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Pat
Agatha Raisin somehow always manages to be at the right place to become involved in solving a murder. This one certainly had its twists and turns. She does seem to be getting a little more discriminating about falling in love so quickly but she still obviously hopes for "Mr. Right" to come charging in on a white horse. She did seem to make some genuine friends on her trips to the South Pacific island, which is good.
Becky
M C Beaton's Agatha Raisin is a hoot. She's such a "real" person that you actually think you know her. In this story Agatha has a new neighbor and he writes detective stories. Typical Agatha cozy mystery, murder happens, she blunders through solving it while taking all kinds of risks and worrying about her middle age looks. She's such a vain women, yet so insecure for someone her age. Another good Agatha story. You love the book but Agatha is so unlikeable that you love her.
Nathalie S
The funniest line to me in this book occurs when Agatha's dashing new neighbor John Armitage rings her doorbell. He has found a Bible belonging to James, Agatha's ex-husband. Agatha only sees a man holding a Bible so she yells "No!" and slams the door in his face and mutters "D*** Mormons! They always send the best looking ones!"---Made my day :D
Jane Routley
Is Agatha Raisin every woman? Her Self absorption and neurosis can be hard to take. But I have a sinking suspicions this is because she reminds me of me. Aside from Agatha MC Beaton is always a fun light read and sometimes funny as well. And in the end you can't help liking Agatha especially because of the back story at the front of this one.
Alan
Maybe I've had enough of a break or maybe it was a return to form, but I really enjoyed this Agatha Raisin mystery. Agatha always seems to be happier away from James as was the case here. The story was interesting and fun, the characters and mystery intriguing, and the Vicar's wife, Mrs Bloxley was at her subtle best.
Julie
Agatha Raisin is a middle-aged amateur detective. She is a great character that takes herself way too seriously yet has a frivolous attitude when it comes to others. She gets on the nerves of the legal authorities and quite a few others. Agatha makes me laugh out loud with her insecurities and her bold retorts.
Adrienne Kiser
Every time I finish a book from the Agatha Raisin series, I have a sense of pleasant completeness - something akin to having just eaten a very delightful piece of pie.

The stories are fun, the characters are engaging, pretty much my only issue is that I haven't read the series in its entirety. But I will!
Fi
I've read a number of Agatha Raisin books and I found this book of the usual high quality. She may be a somewhat miserable character, but she's interesting and believable, easy to relate to. It was an absolute page turner and although not mind-blowing it was a fantastic 'Sunday morning in bed' read.
Lisa
Raisin both grows up and reverts to old habits in this book. She seems to have gotten over the need to date any new man in her life, but she goes back to some foolish decisions regarding her amateur detective hobby. Having read the series out of order, I agree with the seemingly universal sentiment (in the book anyway--the Worcester police, the neighbors, Bill Wong, etc), that Raisin should indeed open her own detective agency and get on with it and become legit in her endeavors. Interesting nov ...more
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