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Love, Lies and Liquor (Agatha Raisin #17)

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20 Years of Agatha Raisin—Brand-New Bonus Story Included!Agatha Raisin is lonely. Busy as she is with her detective agency and the meetings of the Carsely Ladies’ Society, she still misses her ex-husband, James Lacey. So when he suddenly resurfaces and invites her on holiday at a surprise location, she’s ready to go yesterday. With visions of a romantic hideaway in Italy o...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published September 1st 2006)
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Patricia
She is not nice in the conventional sense and she has none of the homemaking qualities one associates with good village women. And yet there is something about her insecurities, her imperfect pitch in the hum of relationships, and her dazzling self-involvement (coupled with almost no self-awareness) that makes her a wonderful protagonist in the perfect-picture setting of these novels. M.C. Beaton again develops a believable and funny cast of characters, some of whom are quite disposable, and set...more
Nancy
It appears that Agatha has put on her big girl panties and she is no longer going to be ex-husband James Lacey’s doormat. He cannot suddenly appear in her life and on a moment’s notice assume that she is going to drop everything and follow him on a whim.

OK, well maybe after this one trip.

After seventeen books, we all know Agatha pretty well, she puts on a strong face, but deep down she is desperate for a man’s attention, even if the said man of the moment does not treat her very well. This time...more
Yeva
Oh my...I'm not sure where to start. The title is great. Best thing about the book actually, even though I failed to see any connection to the dreadful story starring the stout little temptress Agatha. Oh wait...no one was tempted. The entire book wasted valuable story time with Agatha and James' pathetic relationship. The relationship couldn't even really be classed as "on again/off again" because it was never turned on. Oh, and the bit about Agatha's "filmy" underwear. That was just sad. Agath...more
Babs
Tried this series after much time away, since the main character is not really very likeable.

Unfortunately, I've found she really is not better than I expected. She is not static - she has developed, but in baby steps. It's very disappointing.

Maybe, however, this is how life really is. In reality, we all evolve, grow, expand in baby steps, and I haven't realized this yet and am taking it out on this character.

Agatha Raisin is very self-centered and selfish character. Everything revolves around...more
Bob Schmitz
M.C. Beaton has written another series about a murder solving policeman, Hamish Macbeth, that I have enjoyed so I tried Agatha Raisin. I didn't enjoy it as much. Agatha seems to just hang around and get captured by the bad guys who try to kill her, she escapes and solves the murder. She is so passive. Also her relationship with men is rather odd. She chases after one in particular that don't treat her very well. I did find the descriptions of the boorish, self-centered behavior of the men around...more
Sallee

This was another wonderful read. Agatha has been talked into going on vacation by her ex-husband, James Lacey. He won't tell her where as he wants it to be a surprise so she packs for warm weather and southern breezes only to find herself in an English seaside town that had seen better days...years ago. James has childhood memories of when the town was in its prime. The hotel is seedy, the food inedible, the sea has eroded the beach and at high tide, waves splash water on the front of building...more
Kristen
I listened to this on a road trip with my mother, and neither of us were very big fans. The mystery was fairly shallow, none of the characters were very likable, and all in all, it just wasn't a great read. I also listened to the first in the series, and thought it was okay, so maybe this was just a bad one. But I think I've given up on Agatha Raisin.
Pam
I enjoy reading the Agatha Raisin mysteries--I'm sure it's not everyone's cup of tea, but I have to agree with the review by "Patricia": "there is something about her insecurities, her imperfect pitch in the hum of relationships, and her dazzling self-involvement (coupled with almost no self-awareness) that makes her a wonderful protagonist..."
An Odd1
"New Queen of Crime" claim belongs there on back flap. She has a knack for funny characters, lines, and situations, but not lyrical prose, eccentrics of class conscious Britain, and relevant titles of true Queen, Agatha Christie. Unfortunately, like Christie plots descended into excess complexity, so deteriorates Beaton. Why add kingpin, foreign money launderers, pro assassins, multiple mixed motivations, many killers? KISS is an acronym I learned decades ago. The conclusion is unsatisfactory, e...more
Helene Harrison
ISBN? - 9781849011501

Genre? - Mystery / Crime / Drama

Characters? - Agatha Raisin / James Lacey / Charles Fraith / Roy Silver / Harry Beam / Patrick Mulligan / Geraldine Jankers / Fred Jankers / Wayne / Chelsea / Cyril Hammond / Dawn Hammond

Setting? - Snoth-on-Sea & Carsely (England)

Series? - Agatha Raisin #17

Title? - The three things that create a murder (or just a suspect!)

Character Analysis? - This book had all the characters we love, and more. Agatha's love affairs do get on my nerves, bu...more
Annette
Ive read all the Agatha Raisin books ... ..And although this isn't one of the best, it still, in parts for me, has some outstanding laugh out loud moments.

We see the return of the forever elusive James Lacey ..but from this a stronger Agatha evolves.

All the regulars make an appearance Mrs Bloxby even gets involved in the "case" .

Its a good entertaining light read with a murder mystery thrown in ...

This is one of those stories whereby you are taken away from the comfortable village surroundings o...more
Heather Boustead
Love, Lies and Liquor
Agatha Raisin Mystery Series Book Seventeen
By M.C. Beaton

Agatha Raisin decides to go on a holiday with her ex-husband but when he takes her to his favorite childhood retreat and finds the town has become dilapidated and crude they soon decide to venture elsewhere. Until a woman is found strangled on the beach by Agatha’s scarf and Agatha becomes determined to find out who killed this woman.

I have recently fallen in love with Cozy Mysteries, a subgenre of crime fiction where...more
Gerry
"... remember, your amateur efforts are impeding a police investigation," Says Detective Inspector Barret to Agatha Raisin when she tries to assist in finding the murderer of another guest at the hotel she is, unwillingly, staying at in the run-down resort of Snoth-on-Sea.

Later on when her friend Detective Sergeant Bill Wong, back home at their village of Carsley, was watching some television footage of Agatha at a press conference his view was "he knew of old that Agatha blundered around cases...more
Pat
Agatha Raisin seems to be really at loose ends in this book. She can't settle on whether she still fancies her ex-husband James Lacey or she has had enough of his behavior toward her. For his part, whenever she ignores him, that is when his interest is piqued. The tales of thievery entwined with the various murders combined with all the characters and places make for quite a twisted tale.
Judee
Another fun romp with Agatha Raisin. this time, James Lacey takes her to a seaside town where he enjoyed childhood holidays. It turns out to be a terrible place. Before they can get out of the town, a murder is committed and Agatha is accused. How she and James treat this situation and their relationship (or lack thereof) makes for a fun and exciting read.
Bonnie
Another great Agatha Raisin mystery, which I like mostly because of the imperfection of most of the characters, headed by that most imperfect detective, Ms Raisin, herself. You'll have to read one to understand what I mean and I'm sure you'll either hate these books, or become addicted to them as I have. I tend to read them in one day.
Kate Millin
This was a less irritating than other books in this series as most of the time Agatha managed to resist her feelings for James - although she still manages to put herself into some dangerous situations. These are a quick read- but sometimes the story is lost to Agatha's feelings of being inadequate, which frustrate me.

Agatha Raisin thinks she's in for a treat when her ex-husband James Lacey invites her on holiday, but - horror! - his idea of an idyllic break is the small, run-down resort of Snot...more
Sue
Agatha continues to be a surprise throughout this installment of MC Beaton's Agatha Raisin series. It is excitig to watch Agatha, in her retirement, continue to mature in her friendships and within her own shell. It was fun to have Mrs. Bloxby join in doing some low-key detecting. I hope to see more of her in future installments! There wasn't much from Bill Wong or Roy this time around. But the addition of Harry and some of the others who now work with in Agatha's office are adding a lot to the...more
Leylamay
I'm working my way through the Agatha Raisin series on and off, and after being disappointed with the previous volume, the name of which escapes me at the moment, due to their being so many threads and characters, this chapter in Agatha's life was back to the usual brilliance!

A great read.
Carmen
Okay, but not great. There is a struggle between Agatha and her ex. She doesn't want to acknowledge that it is over. So when he invites her on a vacation, she says yes. It turns out to be a horrible vacation. He was trying to recapture a childhood experience. But the town is now run down, a druggie place and became very bad luck for Agatha and James. A murder happens to someone in the hotel, a person whom Agatha has publicly argued with the night before. She is arrested for the murder. To prove...more
Ali

This was a light, comforting familiar read, as is always the case with A R books. I didn't however think it as good as some of the earlier books. This is number 17 in the series, and some of Agatha's familiar mishaps start to get a tiny bit wearisome. Agatha is still running her detective agency - I think I preferred her as a bumbling amateur - although she is still quite bumbling. It was good to have both Charles and James around in this one - although they too began to grate on my nerves. I wa...more
Janet
The man-chasing Agatha of old is a thing of the past. Suddenly mature enough to realize James is nothing but grief, she spends most of the novel convincing herself she doesn’t need him; while James is trying everything in his power to ensnare her once again. The plot is solid, with a few too many narrow escapes to be entirely believable, and there is the usual plethora of goofy characters. I’ve followed this series from the beginning and I was charmed to see the previously friendless Agatha now...more
Jenny L
Read them! All of them. All 23. They are simply fabulous! I love them and love Agatha Raisin. The stories are set in the English Cotswolds - which is where I'm from, so that makes them extra special, but I cannot recommend them highly enough. If you want to read about an opinionated, outspoken, headstrong single woman in her middle years with no money worries, but men worries and murder at every turn, then you too will love Agatha Raisin. Just make sure you buy more than one at a time, because y...more
Tania
Agatha is a female PI running her own agency, living next door to her ex whom she still pines for (James). Set in England. When he invites her on a get-away vacation she gladly accepts, only to find herself miserably trapped in the desolate remains of what was once a beautiful seaside resort. To make matters worse, Agatha becomes the prime murder suspect after cross words are exchanged in the dining room.

I didn't think this book was anything special, and I never really felt drawn in by the chara...more
Kaye
Agatha Raisin is off on another murder investigation this one occurs while she goes on holiday with James to Brighton. These continue be easy read mysteries that are not gruesome. Agatha is still bossy and pushy but seems to have mellowed a little. She also has more friends than in the beginning of the series. Mrs. Bloxby, the wife of the minister always gets in a good line or two. Agatha isn't the greatest sleuth but she has dogged determination and eventually you know she will stumble upon the...more
Karen
This book was just ok. I really enjoy the Hamish MacBeth series of Beaton's books so I thought I'd try Agatha Raisin and see if this series would be enjoyable too.

Beaton's crime-solving lead is portrayed as a weak, unlikable woman and I can't fathom why Beaton would choose to portray a female lead in such light. I prefer my heroines to be strong and confident rather than treated as a fool by men. The negative vibes written as asides in this book detracted too much for me to enjoy the "mystery"....more
Andrea
Agatha Raisin is at it again, finding herself tangled up in murder, when all she really wants is to sort out her complicated relationship with her once and future (?) husband, James Lacey. No big shockers here, except that I do enjoy Beaton's ability to let Agatha grow over the course of the series. The murder plot, as always, is neatly worked out,challenging , but not insoluble. And, surprisingly, Agatha's relationship with James Lacey is still unresolved by the end:)
Kate
Absolutely awful! Writing is disjointed and the plot is even worse. None of the characters are particularly attractive, and our "heroine" needs to read Women Who Love Too Much and get her sorry ass into CoDA. There was absolutely nothing redeeming about this book, and I can only assume it is typical of the entire series ... which I won't be reading.
Mary
A fun read, partly because Agatha is cranky and hard to get along with.

Cotswold detective Agatha Raisin lies to herself, hoping skimpy lingerie will suit her ex's surprise holiday. He lies to himself, remembering childhood heyday of Snoth-on-Sea as sunny, now a wreck in a cold windy storm. Aggie threatens obnoxious guest Geraldine, later found strangled in Aggie's lost scarf. Aggie can try drink, but needs all her friends when bodies pile up.
Rebekah
As the wife of a minister, Mrs. Bloxby is my hero. M.C. Beaton just doesn't get any better than this. Agatha Raisin finally seems to get past her unrealitic imaginings about her ex, James Lacey. But the story is broader, deeper, and so much fun.... with new characters and and some of the best humor prose ever, anywhere. Rivals J.K. Rowling's writings about the Weasley Twins' enchanted fireworks at Hogwartz.
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