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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 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.
Erin L
Jan 28, 2011 Erin L rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-british
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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Cyndi
Oct 06, 2016 Cyndi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
In this book, Agatha meets her new next door neighbor, a mystery writer. He seems to be interested in her, but her low self esteem won't allow her to see it. She is still jealous of almost every woman who passes her path, especially if they are younger. But, her grumpy attitude seems to endure her to me. When she goes on about the aggravations of middle age, I can relate. Creaky joints provide the background music to many of my days.
Agatha finds the dead body of a bride floating in the river,
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Gerry
Jun 15, 2009 Gerry rated it it was amazing
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
Pam Baddeley
I thought at first this would be similar to number 6 in the series which I've just read, set in North Cyprus, but although at the start Agatha goes off to an island off the Chilean coast for a holiday to take her mind off her depression, she is back in her home village by page 15. James, her former husband - as it transpires after about 10 pages that they are actually divorced - has supposedly gone to France to become a monk, though this seems increasingly unlikely as various people question how ...more
Rosemary Orme
Jan 07, 2017 Rosemary Orme rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Ideal escapism eavesdropping on the happy-go-lucky detecting and men-ising [well, we have womanising, after all] anti hero Agatha Raisin. She blunders about the Cotswolds, with brief interludes on Robinson Crusoe's island, witnessing drowned brides and fighting middle age indignities. A book by M.C. Beaton is always a life affirimng, imaginative and entertaining read.
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
Sep 23, 2013 Fanficfan44 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-mystery
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
Yvonne
Jun 21, 2015 Yvonne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Michelle
Nov 06, 2014 Michelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
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
Ali
Sep 30, 2010 Ali rated it liked it
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
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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
Rosemary
Oct 25, 2016 Rosemary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Number 12 in the Agatha Raisin series. I listened to it. Another delightful romp through the English countryside with Agatha. She is once again trying to solve a local murder, but this time with the help of her new neighbor John a mystery writer. Of course, that relationship goes all wrong. Agatha is predictable and unpredictable at once. Seeing what trouble she gets into makes it a great read.
Angela
Jul 17, 2011 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good series but I have read them too close together. Let this be a lesson when reading a long series.
The Badger
From the title, I thought this was a memoir of Agatha's first period. It wasn't. However, it was still another enjoyable Agatha Raisin cozy!
Berit☀️✨
Oct 30, 2016 Berit☀️✨ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James has moved out and John has moved in....
Where is Charles? Charles you are the guy I'm rooting for, where are you? Married? What???
Agatha once again is up to her Agatha self, there really isn't much growth and her from book 1 to Book 12.... she is always a bit insecure, overly obsessed with aging and her looks, and really unfortunate when It comes to men.... also she always seems to get herself in the middle of a murder... this book started off with her going to chili, and I thought OK the m
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Sue
These audio books are a fun listen as Agatha navigates through life, often with disastrous results caused by poor life choices. She comes off as a real woman with flaws who is sometimes petty, sometimes wise, sometimes smart, and occasionally noble, but always fun to watch. James and Charles are out of the picture and her new neighbor is a mystery writer who helps Agatha with her latest investigation. Agatha questions people in disguise as a TV producer, and with some additional help from old pa ...more
Liz Deakin
Jan 15, 2017 Liz Deakin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again another good Agatha Raisin book, perfect for when you don't want to think and just want to enjoy an amusing, slightly eccentric murder detective story! I can't say Agatha is particularly likeable but you do get accustomed to her I can't wait to see what she gets up to next!
Sharron
Agatha is once again her dependably irritating self. Thank goodness. And Penelope Keith delivers yet another terrific narration.
Jill Campbell
Dec 22, 2016 Jill Campbell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Agatha is a great character

Once again I really enjoyed the settings and plot. Good build-up of characters. One, two, three, four, five, six more words.
mari dewitt
Feb 19, 2017 mari dewitt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book!
Pinky
Feb 08, 2017 Pinky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-17
Hello, new neighbor who helps Agatha solve the murders and writes successful murder mysteries on the side! Like the addition of John Armitage and always want more of Mrs. Bloxby, the vicar's wife. Poor Sir Charles. Kind of sad that he grew old, fat, married and bald between The Love from Hell and this book.
Carrisa
Dec 11, 2016 Carrisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
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Maria Thermann
Nov 04, 2014 Maria Thermann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Sam Wilkinson
Dec 21, 2016 Sam Wilkinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this one, especially the open ending!
Dolly
Oct 02, 2012 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery fans
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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CatarinaG
James continua ausente (no mosteiro) e a casa ao lado da Agatha tem novo habitante. Outro e escritor e ainda mais giro que James (cai-lhe sempre na rifa um giraço para a tentar).
Agatha tem saudades de James, Charles casou-se e nem lhe disse nada e uma certa tristeza abate-se sobre Agatha pois a vida não lhe correr como ela gostava. Não se sente como parte integrante na vila (para uma mulher que sempre viveu na cidade, existe um limite para aguentar os chazinhos de caridade, as reuniões das ladys
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Gabby
Mar 20, 2013 Gabby rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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