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Love, Lies and Liquor: An Agatha Raisin Mystery (Agatha Raisin #17)

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20 Years of Agatha Raisin—Brand-New M.C. Beaton Bonus Story Included!

In Love, Lies and Liquor, 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 vis
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published September 1st 2006)
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Aug 05, 2015 Yvonne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can’t believe I’m already up to book #17 in this series. After the first two, I wasn’t sure how long I’d continue because Agatha wasn’t a very nice person. Now, although she’s still rough around the edges, she has won me over. There’s just something about her that makes me care about her. I still wish she didn’t act like a love struck teenager and I still wish people didn’t carry on like she’s almost 100 years old instead of her mid-50’s. But, she’s amusing and, for the most part, an intellige ...more
Jul 02, 2008 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 18, 2010 Barbara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Oct 02, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 05, 2016 Gail rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
I enjoy this series very much. Agatha Raisin is a woman with a lot of sharp edges, fierce temper, defensiveness, and obsessions. Having settled into a village in the Cotswolds after an aggressively successful career in public relations, she has made friends and allies. Underneath the abrasive news is a woman longing to be loved. Constantly disappointed by the object of her obsessions, her boundless curiosity pushes her to investigate occurrences.

Her detective agency is doing very well. And her e
Dec 09, 2011 Yeva rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 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
Apr 12, 2009 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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..."
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.
May 15, 2015 Carolynne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I had tried to read an Agatha Raisin mystery once before, and found Agatha to be such an unappealing character, I stopped reading. This time, I stuck it out to the end. I was very disappointed. It’s hard to believe that this is the same author as the Hamish Macbeth mysteries, which are so very entertaining.

Agatha runs a detective agency and, in this adventure, is a suspect in a murder case. Not surprisingly, if only to clear her own name, Agatha calls upon the resources of her agency to solve th
Helene Harrison
Review - This book had all the characters we love, and more. Agatha's love affairs do get on my nerves, but they also provide a lot of the humour in the books, so it's all good. I also love Agatha running her own detective agency, as I love to see how the different personalities work together. I do prefer the stories which take place in Carsely, but this one was one of the exceptions, because it was well thought out, and all of the characters came across very 3D and real, which is unusual when t ...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
Sarah Davies
Feb 25, 2016 Sarah Davies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As usual I have enjoyed another of Agatha Raisin's cases!

With Agatha nothing goes smoothly and there are always trials and tribulations!

As always nothing goes smoothly as she is being questioned for the murder of a fellow hotel guest while on holiday with her ex husband James Lacey.

Great mix of suspects, so the story keeps you guessing until the end!
Oct 12, 2015 Theresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book lots of mystery :) Alot happened in this book only took me a day to read i couldn't put the book down wanted to know what happened next.
Dec 02, 2016 Cyndi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Agatha tries again with the self centered James. But murders follow her around. Luckily she has her crack team if detectives to help her find the killer(s). Meanwhile she finally sees James as he is and works at kicking the habit. More power to you, Darling. But, she may continually find herself quoting Jack Twist in 'Brokeback Mountain,' "I wish I knew how to quit you!"
Feb 26, 2017 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Agatha Raisin is weirdly lovable, and that is the premise of this book. But some of the set-ups were quite ridiculous, and we could have drowned in all the tears. Or was that a wave from the high tide?
Mar 24, 2017 Pinky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-17
Agatha and James go on vacation together and it lasts 2 days. The rest of the game comes to help out in a wide array of usefulness and not. I'm rooting for Agatha and Sir Charles. Excellent use of young detective Harry.
Michelle Ardillo
Feb 11, 2017 Michelle Ardillo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Narration excellent. A nice cozy mystery. Good introduction to this series and my first audible book.
An Odd1
Dec 28, 2012 An Odd1 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"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
First of all, I love the name of the village that Agatha visits: Snoth-on-Sea. Hilarious. Second, I love that Agatha is finally getting some gumption when it comes to James and she isn't chasing after him like a lost puppy dog so much. And James is shocked by this about-face in her behavior. Ha!
Aug 03, 2016 Cornerofmadness rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Not the best Agatha Raisin cozy I've read - this one needed more humor and a little more focus. I just wasn't drawn into it much.
(Audio book version)

I liked M.C. Beaton's other books, so I thought I'd give Agatha Raisin a try. Not knowing the exact order, I picked this one off the shelf. The surprising bonus is that this book was read by one of my favorite British actresses, Penelope Keith. Brilliant!

This is a nice little cozy mystery. Apparently, Agatha Raisin is a semi-likeable, middle-aged, pushy busy-body who has a knack for solving mysteries, and by the time we get to this book, has a detective agency. In this book,
Mar 04, 2017 Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wobble-nbrc
A trip with James to the coast doesn't go well (does it ever?)
Valerie Stickney
Feb 27, 2017 Valerie Stickney rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Was looking for a light read, but this was a little too silly and far fetched....could not even finish.
Pam Baddeley
In this number 17 of the series, Agatha is taken on a surprise holiday by ex-husband James, suspending her critical judgement after their apparently awful marriage, as she is still obsessed with her romantic idea of him. The biggest surprise to me, having read book 2 previously where she was desperately pursuing him and he was running away except when she played it cool and helped him solve a murder, is that they were actually married at some point between the two books.

The seaside town where Ja
Oh, dear! Agatha’s reunion with James Lacey did not get off to a good start. He invites Agatha to accompany him to a friend’s barbecue, and she has such a miserable time that she goes home without him. Weeks go by afterwards, and Agatha continues to give James the cold shoulder. Charles comes to stay with Agatha, which makes James jealous (ha ha!), so he invites Agatha on a surprise trip to somewhere special where he had fond childhood memories. Agatha is thinking of a romantic holiday to some e ...more
Feb 16, 2017 Jan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened-to
Enjoying this series....
Nov 30, 2015 Jasbr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: krimi
Es sollte mal wieder ein Agatha Raisin-Krimi sein, denn irgendwie habe ich Gefallen an dieser etwas schrulligen Privatdetektiven gefunden.

Auch dieses Buch hat mich nicht enttäuscht. Ein schrecklicher Ferienort, mehr als eine Leiche, Juwelendiebstähle und Mordversuche. Was will man mehr. Die Kulisse war meiner Meinung sehr gut gewählt, denn es wurde diesmal nicht das idyllische England, wie man es kennt, gewählt, sondern ein eher abschreckender Ferienort, an dem man nicht wirklich Urlaub machen m
The Hobbit
#17 in Agatha Raisin series. James Lacey, Agatha's next door neighbor and ex-husband, invites her to go on holiday with him, but will not reveal their destination - it's a surprise! Agatha packs sexy underwear and nighties and beach clothes, assuming they will be in the south or France, or maybe Spain. But James' destination is Snoth-by-Sea, a Sussex coast resort that was charming 40+ years ago when James visited as a boy. Now it is a crumbling seaside town with council estates and chain stores. ...more
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