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

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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  2,277 ratings  ·  116 reviews
Agatha Raisin Has Finally Married The Man Of Her Dreams.
But Now Her Life Is Nothing Short Of A Nightmare...
The honeymoon is most definitely over for Agatha Raisin and her new husband, James Lacey. It's only been a short time since their wedding-and already they aren't getting on. But his wandering eye and her God-awful housekeeping are the least of their problems. Just da...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 20th 2003 by Minotaur Books (first published January 1st 2001)
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Nancy
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 in 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 de...more
Ali
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
Gerry
"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
Mikela
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
_inbetween_
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
Sara
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...more
Claude
"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
Dolly
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...more
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...more
Elizabeth
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!
Correen

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.
Sallee
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
Angela
SKIPPED AHEAD TO THIS ONE IN THE SERIES BECAUSE OF AUDIOBOOKS. lOVED IT BUT SO SAD.
Pat
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
Sukhi
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...more
Helen
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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Nicola
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
Annobime
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!
Psmith
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
Heidi
I love all of the books in M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin series and her Hamish MacBeth series. They are always entertaining.

Poor Agatha Raisin is the prime suspect in both a disappearance and a murder! Not only has her new estranged husband disappeared, leaving only his bloodstains, but also his mistress is found murdered days after his disappearance. Agatha and her good friend, Charles, set out and succeed in clearing her name and discovering the fate of her husband. M.C. Beaton delivers another...more
Malissa
I have really come to love this series and Agatha has grown on me. It is a quick, easy, fun read and the characters and settings really draw you in. I highly recommend this book, but you should start from the beginning of the series. The one the one thing that makes me a little crazy are a couple of continuity errors within the series and the frequent typos and wrong words/names used throughout the book as if they hadn't been edited properly.
That being said, I have learned to ignore the mistake...more
Theresa
I really enjoyed this book i liked the storyline can't wait to read next book
Marti
This is the "blind date with a book" that I unwrapped--the idea was that you chose a book by genre, and take it out as long as you need. There was just one thing wrong with this idea--the clerk at the desk gave me a printout which had the title. I had read another Agatha Raisin mystery, and enjoyed it, and this was rather delightful. The setting is England, which makes it a little different. Agatha's husband James has disappeared. Was he killed? Where is he? THere are any number of crazy charact...more
Sonia
I think I'm reading these now more for Agatha's personal life than for the mysteries she "solves"!
Kaye
Agatha finally marries her beloved James and of course things don't go well. But James is attacked and disappears leaving Agatha and Charles to solve the who done it. I am beginning to wish Beaton would let Agatha grow a little more as a character. She is professional in her work and raises large funds for charity but the author still doesn't let Agatha feel part of her community or enjoy herself more now that she has friends. I also didn't care for the turn James took when they were married. I'...more
Jules
Super series! I've been reading this series on & off for quite a few years now. Having read 18 books so far, I struggle to remember details of each book individually, so this is a general review.

This is such an enjoyable modern day Miss Marple. Agatha Raisin is so annoying at times, I've felt the desire to shake sense into her. Despite that, I can't help but like her. These books are filled with murder, mystery, quirky characters, country living & village gossip. I find they make quite a...more
Book Wormy
Not my favourite but an entertaining read none the less
Donna Syler
I love the Agatha Raisin books.
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Marion Chesney was born on 1936 in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, and started her first job as a bookseller in charge of the fiction department in John Smith & Sons Ltd. While bookselling, by chance, she got an offer from the Scottis...more
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