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Agatha Raisin and the Love from Hell (Agatha Raisin #11)

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Recently married to James Lacey, Agatha quickly finds out that love is not all its cracked up to be - the newly weds are living in separate cottages and accusing each other of infidelity.

After a fight down the local pub James vanishes - a bloodstain the only clue to his fate - and Agatha is the prime suspect. Determined to clear her name and find her husband, Agatha begin
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Nov 19, 2016 Fiona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of Agatha's better adventures. This time she's on the pursuit of her husband James who has gone missing under mysterious circumstances after forming a close relationship with an emotionally unstable woman in the village who is murdered. Agatha can be a huge pain but also utterly hilarious. I wouldn't mind spending a day in her company!!
Mar 18, 2011 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Agatha keeps pulling me back; I cannot say that each book is better than the last, because that is not always the case, but I find myself wanting to be Agatha’s cheerleader.

She constantly makes bad choices, but I am not sure that she does it intentionally. She seems to be that person who always fails at doing the right thing. For instance, the ink is barely dry on her marriage certificate to James Lacey when already the marriage is over. Agatha is just too independent to be married to the deman
Aug 30, 2010 Ali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 11th in the series - I am amazed at how quickly I have got through this series - but then they are a little addictive. I really enjoyed this installment - where we discover that, as predicted by the marvelous Mrs Bloxby and the also marvelous Sir Charles Fraith, Agatha's marriage to James is a complete disaster. James disappears leaving blood in his house, and then a woman he was apparently involved with is found murdered. A rather vulnerable Agatha - accompanied by the faithful Sir Charles ...more
May 23, 2015 Yvonne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Agatha Raisin can’t believe it. After working hard to win the love of her neighbor, James Lacey, they are finally married. Much to Agatha’s dismay, marriage isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. Agatha and James have problems from the start. They even retain separate residences. After a particularly loud public disagreement, James goes missing. Then, his mistress turns up dead.

The police’s attention is immediately pointed in Agatha and James’ direction. Even though James is nowhere to be found,
Aug 09, 2008 _inbetween_ rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Grrrr argh. Once upon a time, due to many bad experiences with authors going out of print, I tended to buy series as they came, even if I hadn't been able to catch up with reading them. This explains Cornwell et al, but MCBeaton is a case of her own - worse, in a way. There ae many (esp. contemporary American female authors) who basically just describe their daily routines and add some "crime" elements around it; some are cozies, many aren't. "The Cat Who" series degraded into one of the most bo ...more
Jun 19, 2009 Gerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I think I've gone through every motion from grief to anger," says Agatha towards the conclusion of the book and much of those emotions came in her ill-fated marriage. Her husband unaccountably goes missing after being attacked and, with a murder committed just after his injuries, he is suspected for the crime. The police can't find him but, needless to say, Agatha does but only after the usual trials and tribulations. She also unmasks the killer, but once again as usual she gets little credit f ...more
I just love Agatha Raisin, the protagonist in this series. She's pushing middle-age, shortish, stocky, the total opposite of politically correct, independent, a highly successful retired public relations agent, brash, pushy but with terrific hair and legs. Agatha loves a good mystery and just can't help herself, she has to solve the case, to find that murderer. Her main problem is that she's absolutely besotted with her uptight, stuffed shirt next door neighbor, James Lacey, and is ruthless in h ...more
Mar 20, 2012 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery, cozy mystery
Cranky, funny, smart

I just love the cranky smart and stubborn Agatha Raisin, she makes me laugh. Agatha gets herself in situations and says things that would only happen to a "wanna-be" sleuth character. She is perpetually single and unlucky in love, one just has to relate as we all know an Agatha!

In Love from Hell, Agatha's dreams have come true, she is finally married to the handsome James Lacey! Alas, happiness doesn't last long. James has been seen in town with a younger, prettier tart. Aga
Jan 15, 2013 Claude rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Agatha climbed out of bed. Her knees were stiff and she stared down at them. Here was another bit of body betraying her. She did some exercises and took a hot shower. By the time she had dressed, the stiffness had gone. But, she wondered, was this the beginning of the end? Good-bye healthy life and hullo rubber knickers and support hose? What would it be like to creak about on a Zimmer frame? She had a sudden craving for life, for excitement. She had an impulse to ask Charles to go upstairs to ...more
Oct 03, 2016 Cyndi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gotta tell ya, I love Agatha! She's so human. She hates all the stuff that comes with middle age and fights it with everything short of healthy eating and exercise. Let's not be nuts here. If facials and high heels can't handle it, what can?
Her marriage to to one of the worse husbands in the world crashed and burned. James is a major jerk! But his ridiculousness is kind of funny. But, his character changes a lot.
Agatha says she's done with murders, but since there a lot more books in the ser
Ok, este foi o 1º livro em que tive pena da Agahta... Ela continua a fazer péssimas escolhas e tudo lhe corre ao contrário.
No final do anterior ela acaba por ser pedida em casamento por James mas a coisa não parece correr lá muito bem pois ele é pouco dado ao sentimento e incapaz de lhe expressar o que quer que seja. O casamento está longe de corresponder aos sonhos de Agatha e corre mal desde princípio.
Não percebo mesmo esta fixação da Agatha em James já que da parte dele nunca vimos, até agor
Sep 29, 2012 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
Oh, Agatha, when will you ever learn?

This is the eleventh book in the Agatha Raisin series by M.C. Beaton. The plot centers on Agatha's disastrous marriage to James Lacey and his subsequent disappearance. When a woman he was once connected with is murdered, Agatha has to find a way to clear his name.

I've been steadily reading this series and I like it; Agatha is such a contrary, but entertaining character. The stories are short, entertaining brain candy. However, I am starting to feel like the
Sep 21, 2016 Rosemary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is book 11 in the saga of Agatha Raisin's life. And what a fun saga it is! Agatha is always making the wrong decisions and doesn't understand why life is so tough. I can identify with her in so many ways. In this installment, she has married James, the man she has been wanting for years. But, of course they are all wrong for each other and it becomes the marriage from hell quite fast. Then there is a murder in their sleepy English village and her husband goes missing and it seems he was hav ...more
Jun 14, 2016 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So this is the first book i have read this year. I'm actually pretty proud that i picked up this book and finished it today after my reading block. Agatha Raisin was as good as ever and i loved this one as it featured my firm favourite Sir Charles...clearly meant to be together! This book showed what happens after james and agatha get married and his disappearance shortly after. I liked this book as she had seemed to have forgotten her detective skills when it involved the man she loved and had ...more
Oct 12, 2014 Michelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This is the 11th book in the Agatha Raisin series. Agatha and James are settling in to not so happily ever after. Thankfully, Agatha has kept her cottage, and after a spate of arguments and angst over James’ flirting behavior, she moves back home after a particularly nasty argument in public. Things get even uglier when James disappears, his girlfriend turns up dead, and both he and Agatha are suspects. Agatha is devastated, but must clear her name and hopefully find James. She is aided by Sir C ...more
Oct 27, 2016 Berit☀️✨ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Agatha has finally married James, the Guy she has been obsessing on forever.... he wants a traditional wife that cooks, cleans, and stays home, however they are living in separate houses??? As you may have guessed, this marriage goes south quickly... and then James disappears, and the lady he was involved with before he married Agatha is shocker ...... killed... turns out she was a bit psychotic, and now Agatha with the help of Charles and a little help from Roy is trying to figure out where Jam ...more
Feb 10, 2013 Lizzy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A couple years back I remember reading an AR book and was not too keen on it. Alas, my library did not have the books I wanted so I thought I would try Agatha again.
Agatha has got to be the most annoying, confused woman around. The writing is so-s0, they mystery was not gripping. Okay, I'll try one more, 3 strikes and AR is out!

Funny thing is, I love Hamish!

We took care of that unlikely marriage. Agatha seems to ever be in angst and to make her way out but with great psychological pain.
Always a pleasure :)
Jul 17, 2011 Angela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a character-based series where mysteries happen, so I am listening to these because I'm intrigued by the flawed Agatha who always manages to land on her feet. This is a tangled story where her husband, James, becomes involved with a local woman, is attacked, and disappears. As Agatha tries to clear his name of a murder plus find where he has gone, she learns many things she may not want to know and is aided by her friend, Sir Charles. Together, they investigate the many questions in the ...more
Una nuova avventura per la nostra Agatha Raisin, purtroppo molto sottotono e decisamente inverosimile.
James attraversa una crisi inaspettata e francamente ridicola, la trama gialla è tirata e caotica, Agatha saltella dappertutto senza un vero filo logico. Salvo Sir Charles, il mio personaggio preferito, anche se pure su di lui ho delle riserve, visto il finale...
Nov 21, 2016 Annie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really hate James. (view spoiler) I did end up enjoying this book more than I thought I would.
Jan 25, 2017 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was slightly longer than most of the books in the series, and I feel it was a better read for this very reason - it allowed a bit more depth in the story. Interesting to see how the relationship between Agatha and James Lacey developed. Her personal life is rather like a car crash!
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Feb 19, 2017 mari dewitt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this character and her menopausal quirkiness!
Jill Campbell
Dec 13, 2016 Jill Campbell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Funny and a little sad

Life goes on and not always the way we want it to. I'm really starting to feel that Agatha is someone I know. Great series.
Feb 03, 2017 Pinky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-17
More Sir Charles and Roy - both welcome in this darker mystery. James has a brain tumor and goes missing and there are scary scary antique dolls. Like, seriously yikes.
Nov 27, 2016 Jan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened-to
Another good Agatha Raisin tale - she gets herself into some right messes!
Dec 07, 2016 Carrisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
more of a 3.5
Jan 11, 2017 Joan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love to reread her books because I never tire of them. I had forgotten what happened with James and it was kind of surprising.
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