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Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage (Agatha Raisin #5)

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In her fifth outing, Agatha Raisin - the sometimes pushy, sometimes endearing heroine of Beaton's Cotswold village mystery series - has her marriage to next-door neighbour James Lacey disrupted by the startling appearance of her undivorced, long-thought-dead first husband, Jimmy Raisin. Matters go quickly from bad to worse when Jimmy is found murdered - and Agatha and Jame ...more
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Published September 15th 1997 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 1996)
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The Flooze
Oct 19, 2011 The Flooze rated it really liked it
Oh, Agatha...tut tut tut.

Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage is probably the best installment yet. Emotions are high, bodies are piling up, and Agatha herself has some near misses with the grim reaper. Though it was the pleasant, easy read I've come to expect from Beaton, the pace was faster and the characters better represented.

This book accomplishes something the previous four did not: it gives James Lacey a more distinct personality. Previously, he came across as a cardboard cutout of t
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Jenny L
Sep 26, 2013 Jenny L rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-books
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
Una Tiers
Mar 30, 2014 Una Tiers rated it really liked it
Darker than the earlier books, this installment of Agatha Raisin includes treachery and near marriage.
Gerry
Aug 03, 2010 Gerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I'm glad you've given up investigating murders, Agatha. Not that you weren't a help in the past, but mostly because of your blundering about and making things happen," says Detective Sergeant Bill Wong in the middle of this current mystery. And 'plus ca change plus la meme chose'!

How many more murders that Agatha and her amateur colleagues can unravel beggars belief ... but as long as they keep happening in sleepy little Carsely, she will continue, I am sure.

Thank goodness they happen and she d
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Ellie
Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage by M.C. Beaton is another installment in Beaton's Agatha Raisin series. Having finally gotten her next door neighbor to marry her, Agatha gives up her home only to have her husband, Jimmy, who she thought/hoped was dead turn up the wedding. She now finds herself sans both husband and home.

This is the story of how she attempts to get them back, as well as solve a few murders along the way.

If you like Agatha & her adventures (and I do), you'll like this
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Tamsinwilloughby
Jan 21, 2016 Tamsinwilloughby rated it liked it
Shelves: murder-mystery
Agatha is way too naive and bad at reading people to have sucessfully run a pr agency, but the Raisin books are entertaining fluff so I'm willing to overlook that.
CatarinaG
Mesmo no fimzinho do livro anterior, James pede a Agatha em casamento por isso, este livro começa com os preparativos para o casamento mas ainda não é desta que as coisas vão começar a correr bem para Agatha pois o seu amigo (da onça) Roy contrata uma investigadora para confirmar que o 1º marido de Agatha está mesmo morto e ele acaba por aparecer no registo, no dia do casamento.
James acaba tudo com Agatha, não quer mais nada com ela e muito menos ficar à espera que a situação se resolva. Ainda p
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Yvonne
Apr 26, 2015 Yvonne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Agatha Raisin’s big day has finally arrived. She finally snared her man…she is about to marry her neighbor, James Lacey. All of her dreams are about to come true…until her legal husband, Jimmy Raisin shows up at the wedding ceremony. Agatha assumed he had drunk himself to death years ago, but instead he shows up to cause trouble. If nothing else, he stops her from committing bigamy.

However, James Lacey is more than a little disgusted and walks out on Agatha. He breaks off their engagement and wa
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Karen
Dec 11, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it
I finally finished this book and must say that it was good, but not as fast-paced as the other Agatha books. I did guess who the murderer was before getting to the last chapter. The last chapter did leave me wanting to read the 6th --- The Terrible Tourist --- which I started last night.
Amber
Feb 23, 2009 Amber rated it liked it
Shelves: m-c-beaton
I enjoy the series of british mysteries written by M.C. Beaton. Her stories center around a cantancerous 50+ year old british woman who has moved to the Cotswalds of England, and takes to solving crimes...she is abrasive, but yet you can't help but root for her...
Andree
Oct 19, 2011 Andree rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, october
A darker and more sinister Raisin mystery but once I got used to that, I enjoyed the extra depth of the plot. I hope (but know it doesn't happen) that she and Lacey get back together.
Weebly
Sep 22, 2007 Weebly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another nice story - I like reading these long series where you get to know the characters more and more as time goes on. It is like slipping on a comfy pair of slippers.
Alia
Jul 29, 2010 Alia rated it liked it
This series is fun and easy to read. Nothing that will change your life, but entertaining nonetheless.
Robin
Mar 16, 2012 Robin added it
This is a good book too. Wondered what happened to Mr Jimmy Raisin.
Darlene
Reading an Agatha Raisin novel is like eating “comfort” food. When I am looking for a fun, light read, I can count on this series to fit the bill.

At the conclusion of the last book in the series, Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley, we found out that conniving Roy Silver had hired a private investigator to find Agatha’s louse of a husband, Jimmy Raisin, upon hearing of Agatha’s upcoming nuptial to James Lacey. I was so eager to get my hands on the next book in the series, and it did not dis
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Carol
Feb 01, 2013 Carol rated it really liked it
I believe this is the fifth of the Agatha Raisin series. She really tickles me, and I'm not reading them necessarily in order. I really like James, who she was preparing to marry, like Bill Wong from the Police, and Roy, though much younger...they are all smart, have strong personalities and tickle me while reading.

This one had James & Agatha preparing for their wedding day, when it appears that her former husband is in fact alive, when for about 7 years she thought he was deceased. So here
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Susan
I'm enjoying this series. Agatha Raisin is a middle-aged woman who is learning how to live in a cozy village. She is amazed and intrigued by friendship and is learning what it is. As a retired business woman who was pushy, firm, and blunt; it is sometimes hard for her to deal with the little every day interactions within the village. With the murder of her first husband happening right as she was ready to marry her new husband, she becomes a suspect and then decides to work on solving the myster ...more
Carolyn
Aug 21, 2007 Carolyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all women past 40
This book is part of a series--almost like a soap opera. Agatha is on a quest to enjoy life and be in a loving relationship. She is friends with two men, one handsome and "distant" (James), and the other, Charles, light hearted and, well, silly. They are both drawn to Agatha even though she is not a beauty. She is always described as having small bear-like eyes. Maybe they are just intelligent looking. She struggles against wrinkles and gray hairs and weight gain. She uses lots of make-up and co ...more
Andrea
Mar 13, 2013 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fun-mysteries
Poor Agatha Raisin. Desperate for midlife love and romance, she begins this installment on the verge of marriage to the handsome and beguiling James Lacey. But, of course, true love just isn't in the cards for Agatha. Agatha's long lost and presumed dead alcoholic husband, Jimmy Raisin appears at the wedding ceremony to ruin Agatha's happiness. Naturally, Agatha screams in front of the entire village that she will kill him, so when he turns up strangled in a ditch outside the village, Agatha and ...more
Christi
Sep 20, 2009 Christi rated it liked it
I began reading the Agatha Raisin series when the name "Agatha" caught my eye (since I'm an avid Agatha Christie fan). I have tried to read them in order using the library as my "bookstore," but for some reason they have never had this one. It fills in a lot of gaps!! I recommended this series to a friend in her mid-50's, though, and she called to let me know she hated what she had heard (she had checked out a book-on-tape for a car trip) because, I think, the character's description was a littl ...more
The Hobbit
Jan 24, 2016 The Hobbit rated it really liked it
#5 in the Agatha Raisin series. This seriesentry is more up to M.C. Beaton's cozy mystery standards featuring more humor and a good plot. Agatha Raisin left her drunken husband years ago but never got a divorce. Convinced that husband #1 probably drank himself to death, she agrees to marry James Lacey, her handsome next door neighbor. However, midway through the marriage ceremony, Jimmy Raisin shows up. Agatha tries to strangle him but is pulled away. James Lacey declares Agatha lied to him, mad ...more
Lisa Weber
Mar 17, 2014 Lisa Weber rated it really liked it
Agatha Raisin is great fun. Each book seems to start out depicting Agatha as harsh, pugnacious, short tempered and often rude. But as we read, we begin to sense a softer side. The repetition of the books seems to be quite comforting.
Lori
Mar 23, 2014 Lori rated it really liked it
what a riot, laughed out loud
Kathy Jackson
Nov 29, 2015 Kathy Jackson rated it really liked it
Well, I’m not to sure what to say about this one. I didn’t want to read it because I knew the ex would blunder in and ruin the marriage. Of course, if he hadn’t, the books wouldn’t be “Agatha Raisin” anymore as she was likely to take the last name of her husband. The story was fun enough and while I thought I knew the murderer right off, there were enough red herrings to make me doubt myself until the end when I could exclaim, somewhat smugly, that I had known it all along.

Better than the last b
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Carole
Dec 20, 2014 Carole rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-books-read
Agatha has finally gotten her neighbor, James Lacey, to the altar, but, as usual, something comes up--her long-lost husband who she thought was dead shows up before the nuptials have been completed. Agatha has sold her house, and since she had not told James about her husband, he's off marrying her even if she gets a divorce. But he does agree to her staying at his house until she figures out what she's going to do. Then her husband, Jimmy Raisin, meets an untimely death. The police think that A ...more
Anna Tomasso
Nov 10, 2015 Anna Tomasso rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adoro Agatha!!!
Candy Tiley
Dec 27, 2014 Candy Tiley rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable Agatha tale with lots of plot twists. She is finally getting married to the handsome James, her neighbor, when we find out that she is still married to her first husband who she thought was dead. The wedding is on hold as she and James try to solve several crimes. I enjoy the dry wit and the small English village feel of these books.
Dina
Nov 18, 2015 Dina rated it it was amazing
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Luffy
Mar 01, 2015 Luffy rated it did not like it
There are three reasons why I think this book does not merit one star. The beginning, the shortness of the book, and the lateness of the divulging of the culprit. However there are a couple of reasons why I am giving it the lowest score...Goodwill from other books in the series wasted, waste of opportunity for not taking advantage of the superb opening few paragraphs, bringing James and Agatha back to square one as if nothing has happened. I also think that the dreary, boring investigation of t ...more
Beth
Agatha actually has James at the altar (well, I guess it is technically not an altar) and all of the villagers waiting to celebrate at the reception when Agatha's presumed dead husband shows up at the ceremony. Next thing you know, the wedding is off, the first husband turns up dead, Agatha and James are the main suspects, and every clue they track down to try to clear their names results in another dead body. It could only happen to Agatha Raisin. As is typical in the series, this is fIlled wit ...more
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