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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
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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Una Tiers
Darker than the earlier books, this installment of Agatha Raisin includes treachery and near marriage.
Gerry
"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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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
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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Karen
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
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
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
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
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
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 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
Lisa Weber
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
what a riot, laughed out loud
Carole
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
Ann Boytim
I love this series. Agatha is one spirited woman and she finally gets ready for her wedding day to her next door neighbor who she has been pursuing for a long time. Only problem is Agatha's husband shows up - Agatha thought or hoped he was dead but he shows up and then he is subsequently murdered. Agatha is a prime suspect but she will not accept that and he goes on an investigation with her (ex fiancée) of course they are no longer to be married and James is embarrassed about the whole deal. Ag ...more
Judy
Oh, Agatha. You are so opinionated, insecure, feisty, outspoken, vain, and utterly delightful. You give women of a certain age a role model for grabbing life with both hands and holding on for the ride. Okay, you finally maneuver your next door neighbor, James Lacey, to marry you and who shows up at the wedding but Jimmy, your husband, whom you thought and hoped was dead. Then, of course, Jimmy is discovered dead and you, along with James who is understandably furious with you, have to find out ...more
An Odd1
In her fifth outing, pushy and endearing Agatha Raisin has wedding to Cotswold neighbor James Lacey interrupted by her first husband, not divorced, thought-dead, alcholic Jimmy Raisin. Witnesses see Aggie push Jim into a ditch and scream for his death. Next day, Jim is found strangled with his own tie

Rather than be accused, James helps Aggie trace subjects of Jim's blackmailing, even suggesting they pose as a married couple. After interviews, subjects are found murdered. (view spoiler)
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Michelle
(3.5 stars) The 5th book in the Agatha Raisin series has Agatha's dream coming true, with her marriage to James. Unfortunately for her, things are about to get very messy. Her friend's meddling has led him to her previous husband, Jimmy, presumed dead by Agatha, in a squatter camp. When he hears that Agatha is still alive, he finds her and arrives just in time. Both Agatha and James are upset, and as Agatha has just sold her cottage, she is forced to stay at James' while he plans on leaving the ...more
Kris
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Adam
Post listen review: This book was really not one that I enjoyed. It's pretty standard as far as how the mystery goes and is resolved. I did wonder why in the world Agatha Raisin wouldn't a. have divorced her first husband and b. found out for sure he was dead before trying to marry someone else considering she solves murder cases and all. Also, why did she get so mad when someone tried to stop her from committing bigamy? Wouldn't the guy she was trying to marry be twice as mad if they had actual ...more
Katie Rekowski
Agatha Raisin #5. Read by Donada Peters. 1996. Agatha Raisin is about to wed James Lacey when her first husband, Jimmy, shows up and declares his state as husband of the bride. Wow! If that isn't enough, he ends up murdered. Now the town thinks that either herself or James has murdered Jimmy. To be rid of the whole tangled mess, Aggie and James set off to investigate the murder themselves. Continuously in the way of the police, they are told to bud out. There is more murder.
Sallee
Agatha Raisin's dream has come true and she is all set to marry her neighbor, tall, silver haired James Lacey. Sad to say, her first husband shows up at the wedding in time to keep her from a bigamy charge. James is furious and breaks his engagement to Agatha. When her fist husband turns up dead, both Agatha and James are suspects. While trying to clear their names, they start investigating and actually have to pose as man and wife.
Stephen Lawton
My only problem with this series is that they're so easy to read and enjoyable that I finish them far too quickly! There are many things that surprise me: on some levels Agatha isn't particularly likable but I care about here; I'm surprised she'd have sex before marriage; I'm surprised she smokes; and I'm constantly surprised how unpleasant some of the characters are in this cosy, Cotswold village of Carsley.
Mary



Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage by M.C. Beaton
Read by Donada Peters


Donada Peters deftly portrays the contrast between the gruff exterior and the softer inner monologues of retired public relations guru, Agatha Raisin, who now presides in a cottage in the Cotswolds. On the day of her long awaited wedding to her handsome neighbor, James Lacey, Agatha’s husband, Jimmy Raisin, whom she left and never divorced drops in to protest. When he’s found dead in a ditch, Agatha and James are prime s
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