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

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  2,635 ratings  ·  137 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 257 pages
Published (first published 2001)
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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
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
"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
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
Mar 22, 2012 Sara rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
"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
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
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
Agatha e Jame si sono sposati, ma al ritorno dalla luna di miele cominciano i guai: James non sopporta il disordine e l'incapacità casalinga della moglie, il che sfocia in continui litigi. Agatha finge che vada tutto bene, ma non è facile, soprattutto quando ci si mette in mezzo Melissa Sheppard, da sempre troppo vicina a James. E quando lui scompare, ferito, e Melissa viene trovata assassinata, Agatha non può non far di tutto per ritrovare e scagionare il marito...

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Cozy Reader
This review refers to slight spoilers for the end of Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryham, relating to Agatha’s Raisin romantic life, not to the murder mystery.

When we left Agatha Raisin at the end of the Fairies of Fryham, she was to marry the love of her life James Lacey. Agatha has been persuing James since she arrived in Carsley and it looks like she is getting her happily ever after. However, I’m sure most readers will have seen the writing on the wall that Agatha and James’ marriage wou
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!
Unwise to have your first experience of a character in their eleventh appearance: the feisty Agatha was displaying some baffling character traits for one not pre-schooled in her ways. She is newly married to a man she seems to have little love for, nor does he care much for her by the way he absents himself to a monastery without so much as a postcard. She meanwhile is so desperate for news from him concerning his mysterious disappearance that she unplugs her phone for a fortnight. Underneath th ...more

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.
Agatha finds herself fighting with new husband, James Lacey and they accuse each other of infidelity and Agatha finds herself back living in her own cottage. James is seen around town with a lady named Melissa. Agatha and James have a horrible fight in the pub. When James vanishes leaving bloodstains in his cottage, Agatha feels she must find him and clear her name. When his paramour is found dead, she feels that Jame's disappearance and Melissa's death are somehow connected. Will she find hers ...more
Ann Boytim
Poor Agatha, this time her husband James is accused of murder and has disappeared. Agatha is crazy to find him and find our who the real murderer is. Of course her friend Charles is involved and they go on a hunt and of course get in trouble with the police. Eventually James is found in a monastery in France where he went to hide out. James was diagnosed with a brain tumor and did not tell Agatha. Agatha comes to realize James is not coming back home but he seems at peace with himself. Again Aga ...more
Agatha Raisin seems compelled to go from one mess in her life to another. Those messes usually are accompanied by the appearance of one or more corpses and a break-in or two - and sometimes an attempt on her life. Sir Charles Fraith comes and goes at will, getting Agatha to foot the bill for as much as possible. Between the two of them, they manage to solve mysteries. You have to wonder if Agatha will ever find true love and, if she does, will she drive him away? It was a good read with interest ...more
In this installment in the Agatha Raisin series, we find Agatha in a hellish marriage with James. They argue, they fight, there are scenes, and finally things appear to get better when both James and Agatha decide to reconcile. Unfortunately, things still aren't quite right. Agatha discovers that James has been cheating on her with a newcomer trollop Melissa Sheppard. Then, just as Agatha is working on a new public relations contract, Agatha discovers that James has a brain tumour, from the alle ...more
Aaron Smith
Aug 01, 2007 Aaron Smith rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery lovers
Agatha Raisin is not your typical English village lady. She's a retired PR executive from London who's had to fight her way along in a man's business world, and has had to bulldoze more than a few folks along the way. In short, she can be a real pain in the ass.

But her gruff demeanor and her lack of domestic prowess are oddly endearing, especially when coupled with her curiosity and ability to solve crimes. In this installment, Agatha has just married her long-time love James Lacey, a crusty old
this book was all i expected it to be i knew agatha & james could never last they are too different but the twists and turns in the plot were great with the usual lord charles and plenty of gin & tonic Agatha as usual did her best to outwit the local police and still yearns to be acknowledged for her detective skills these books have me roaring with laughter and trying to work out what happens before i get to the end of the book as always very well written and am now onto the next one
Peter Auber
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Helene Harrison
ISBN? – 9781845293772

Publishing - 2003 by Robinson Publishing (first published 2001)

Genre? - Crime / Mystery

Characters? - Agatha Raisin / James Lacey / Charles Fraith / Roy Silver / Mrs Bloxby / Melissa Sheppard / Megan Sheppard

Setting? - Carsely (England)

Series? - Agatha Raisin #11

Title? - Agatha's marriage to James was a "love from hell", it wouldn't have worked.

Character Analysis? - I thought that this one was better because it engaged more with Agatha's deeper emotions. In other books she ju
3.5 stars, again, for another amusing Agatha Raisin story! I like these so much, I'm going back to the beginning and will read The Quiche of Death (great title!). Fun, funny light stories, but with a main character like no other I've ever met: vain, self-important, smart and impatient, thinks rather highly of herself... I wonder what I see in her! (so long as I don't exhibit those traits, myself!)
I honestly don't know why I keep reading these. I think it's because I genuinely enjoyed the Hamish Macbeth series, because I have all of Agatha Raisin on my e-reader, and they're an easy mindless read. In saying all of that, I don't think the books are particularly well written (especially when they start reading like travel books), nor are many of the characters as likeable or personable as they could be. This book was the height of frustration to have Agatha and James have a quick wedding, a ...more
Sue Gill
I would really give thus one and a half stars if I could. I found the dialogue stilted and unbelievable at times.
The story was quite interesting but only just enough of a who dunit to keep me reading to the end.
I shall be donating this back to the charity shop and may not even bother to read the other 2 from the series I bought with it.
Stephen Lawton
I found it very hard to get into & enjoy this book. The marriage with James was sour & his disappearance early one made way for the much nicer Sir Charles. I cared not at all for any of the other characters who seems only very minimally drawn. I'll continue to read the series though post-James could prove even more interesting.
Finally got some insight into why this marriage didn't last. Puts things into perspective for all the other books in the series that keep referring to James Lacey as such a yearned for, but unattainable man for Agatha!
This is probably the least fun Agatha Raisin book that I have read, even thought it was still a good mystery. It seemed to center more around the relationship between James and Agatha than the murder investigation.
It was an okay cozy mystery, not as good as many of the Agatha Raisins I'd read so far. I positively loathed James Lacey in this book (I was not a great fan of his even before). He is too childish and self absorbed, I dont know why Agatha keeps on running after him. Synopsis:Agatha and James are finally married, though not as happily as she anticipated, and the drags of matrimony are having a negative effect on both their psyches. James starts an affair with a local belle, Agatha throws a fit, t ...more
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