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Kissing Christmas Goodbye (Agatha Raisin #18)

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Unlike quite a number of people, Agatha had not given up on Christmas. To have the perfect Christmas had been a childhood dream whilst surviving a rough upbringing in a Birmingham slum. Holly berries glistened, snow fell gently outside, and inside, all was Dickensian jollity. And in her dreams, James Lacey kissed her under the mistletoe, and, like a middle-aged sleeping

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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 2nd 2007 by Minotaur Books (first published 2007)
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Olga Godim
Nov 25, 2014 Olga Godim rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries
Lately, nothing book-related worked for me. My friends might’ve noticed the absence of recent reviews. Most books I read were mediocre and not worthy of reviews, or re-reads not of the sterling quality either. Sadly, this one was no exception.
It’s a new author for me though, so I stuck with the novel to the end. This author is well-known. The blurb mentions her accomplishments and calls her the “new Queen of Crime”, and the number of mysteries she has written, all published by a big house, one
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Sher
Dec 21, 2015 Sher rated it really liked it
My first Agatha Raisin mystery. Raisin is one crusty character. She eats frozen dinners all of the time. Smokes like a chimney. She's also compassionate, bright, and brave. The supporting characters are all eccentric and fun. Mixed in with mystery are growing-old pains and the pains of the young not quite old enough. Agatha hopes to have the best Christmas dinner party ever, and in a way she does, but so many unexpected things happen. Also, I really enjoyed meeting the other detectives that work ...more
Una Tiers
Mar 15, 2014 Una Tiers rated it liked it
Nice to see Agatha and Company again. That is a large part of why I return to the series. A nice quick read although too many obstacles were created and then resolved in less than a paragraph.
Fictionophile
Why is it that most of us, if we are truly honest with ourselves, are just a little bit disappointed with Christmas? That is because we want it all to be perfect, in the way of the traditional Christmas as depicted by cards, movies, and novels. In “Kissing Christmas Goodbye” Agatha Raisin strives for that perfect holiday, but like us all she falls short of the ideal. Anyone familiar with Agatha would know that going in... her plans seldom work out as she imagines. Her mishaps and disappointments ...more
The Flooze
May 08, 2016 The Flooze rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another marvelous installment, one in which all of Agatha's best qualities are showcased to the max.

Though she's always had sudden bursts of generosity and protectiveness, Mrs. Raisin outdoes herself this time. She may be mellowing a bit, but for Agatha that just means she's refocusing her no-nonsense attitudes to the benefit of those around her. And to her own benefit, as she sets boundaries and becomes more aware of her foibles and reins them in.

One of the recipients of her generosity is new c
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Andrea
Not the worst Christmas present I ever got, but close. Considering it’s hailed as “sharp, witty, hugely intelligent [and] unfailingly entertaining” I expected a whole lot more. I also expected it to be Christmas-themed given the title, but the plot takes place in October. Only the last chapter features a Christmas dinner which I thought was a bit of a let-down.
I thought the book was extremely boring; I can’t even remember the plot (I think there was more than one murder, but I could be wrong), a
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Dina
Feb 02, 2016 Dina rated it really liked it
This was my first attempt at an audio book. For the most part, I had to make myself pay attention. I find that when I drive, that's when I do some of my best thinking ;) But since I don't get to read nearly every book that I want to read...I checked this book on cd out at the library and have been listening to it for the past 2 weeks. (I mostly drive short trips..so it has taken awhile). This is my first experience with Agatha Raisin and I found her to be both amusing and annoying at times. She ...more
Jasbr
Anders als es durch den Titel vermittelt wird, handelt es sich hier nicht um einen klassischen Weihnachtskrimi. Überhaupt findet die Haupthandlung gar nicht im Winter und um Weihnachten herum statt, sondern eher im Oktober. Weihnachten spielt nur in den letzten Kapiteln eine Rolle und ist auch mehr ein Agatha-Ding, hat also nichts mit dem Fall zu tun.
Wer sich aber nicht in die Irre führen lässt, wird mit diesem Krimi Spaß haben.
Agatha hat mittlerweile eine gut gehend Detektivagentur aufgebaut un
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Anne
Aug 23, 2015 Anne rated it it was amazing
A lovely book, Agatha's dreams of an idyllic Christmas and her unrequited love for James Lacey are not destined for success. However, as she plans a perfect Christmas, Agatha is enlisted to help solve a crime. Mrs Tamworthy, the victim, had called on Agatha, with her fears that someone wants her to die.

Agatha now has an assistant, who she has taken under her wing, Toni, who proves to be worth her weight in gold. So before Christmas can be enjoyed there is a murder to be solved.

There are many sur
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Mayda
Aug 20, 2016 Mayda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, christmas, cozies
It’s nearly Christmas, but even that doesn’t cheer Agatha. Tired of the mundane cases she has been investigating, Agatha jumps at the request of a wealthy widow to find out which of her relatives is trying to kill her. Alas, the widow’s prediction comes true, and now Agatha has a new slant to the case – trying to uncover the murderer. Much is happening in this tale, including the introduction of a new character to the series, Toni, a young girl whom Agatha rescues from an unsavory home life, as ...more
Anne Hawn Smith
This was one of the better books in this series. Agatha Raisin is still irritating as usual and obsessed about James Lacy and the perfect Christmas, but she shows compassion for her young detective, Toni, whom she rescues from and abusive home. Toni is a wonderful addition to the Agatha Raisin stories and breathes new life into the series. She is talented and personable...a perfect foil for Agatha. James is his usual wooden self and Agatha's obsession with him is irritation as usual. In some ...more
Barbara
Dec 18, 2010 Barbara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I love the Hamish Macbeth series. Agatha Raisin is not a nice character and much, much harder to love, or even like for that matter. I stayed away from the Agatha Raisin series for a long time, since I knew the character was not really likable. I hoped she had evolved. In a sense, she has in this book, since she helps a new character who is in dire circumstances. However, it is not with ulterior motives on Agatha's part.

I enjoyed the read on the whole, but the main character is still not very s
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Nicole
Mar 12, 2016 Nicole rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2013
Well im failing when it comes Christmas books so far this year. This book was okay, but it was really boring. The Christmas part didn't occur until the last 30 pages. The rest of the book was set in October. I just felt like there was no real point to this book. It included side stories of characters that I didn't feel like were necessary. Agatha was just annoying. She complains all the time and is jealous of people for no reason. I get that maybe since this was book 18 in a series and I didn't ...more
Richard Ward
Dec 04, 2014 Richard Ward rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of the author; fans of PG-rated murder mysteries; fans of fiction set in rural England
Quick, entertaining read, if you don't mind a predictable and formulaic plot. My favorite aspect of the book was the introduction of a new "Watson," a younger version of Agatha with a natural talent for snooping out the truth. Agatha's new assistant is coming out of a toxic environment and needs help winning her independence, and this gives us readers a chance to see a kind, generous, sympathetic Agatha, appropriate for Christmas reading. The bad guys and gals of the book are nasty creatures, if ...more
Kim
Aug 06, 2012 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, kindle, 2012
I've just reread this one- as I've been reading the series in order and I'd read this one three years ago. I actually enjoyed it more the second time around. Agatha has taken on a teenage sidekick and they investigate a murder at a manor house. She is also organising the PERFECT Christmas dinner alongside the main story line.
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Quite a different book than my first positive experience with Ms Beaton's "A Highland Christmas". Actually disappointed with the book's multiple murders and light handed treatment, probably in keeping with it's intended 'cosy' genre. A protagonist I could not appreciate resulting in a series I will not be pursuing further.
Suzanne
Dec 27, 2015 Suzanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, holiday
It was fun visiting Agatha again as she tries to solve a murder case and have the perfect Christmas dinner.
Deanne
Sep 20, 2015 Deanne rated it really liked it
Shelves: crimethriller
Fun read with the usual blundering around by Agatha Raisin.
Mitch Cardella Trudel Du Mond
I enjoy this book, not outstanding... but ok.
Theresa
Oct 13, 2015 Theresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book was a good read
Josephine
Dec 09, 2016 Josephine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poor Agatha never seems to get it right. The men in her life let her down, or rather they don't meet her high expectations. Her schemes for publicity usually go wrong and someone else takes the limelight. In this latest story Agatha takes on a new assistant detective Toni Gilmore. Toni comes from a very troubled family and Agatha despite her gruff exterior does have a heart, she takes Toni under her wing and does her best to help her get settled away from her awful mother and brother. Toni is ...more
Darlene
I always enjoy holiday fiction, and I did love this one! Agatha has always wanted a traditional Christmas feast, and she wants to invite all her friends and staff to the party. The most important guest on her list is, unfortunately, James Lacey. She fantasizes that James will kiss her under the mistletoe, and their love affair will be renewed. Do you think that’s really the way it is going to go? On to the mystery: Agatha receives a letter from Phyllis Tamworthy, who believes that one of her ...more
Ann Boytim
Dec 03, 2016 Ann Boytim rated it really liked it
Agatha is planning a perfect Christmas celebration in hopes her ex husband will be back from Europe. In the meantime Agatha is running her detective agency and has just hired a new young women who is doing very well. Agatha has befriended Toni and set her up in a flat and promises to buy her a car once she gets her drivers license. Agatha is hired by a women who professes to believe her family is trying to murder her. The death happens and other murders follow. Agatha once again pits herself ...more
Mary
Nov 17, 2016 Mary rated it really liked it
Cozy mystery. Light reading. I've never quite figured out why I love Agatha Raisin mysteries. Agatha's so ridiculous she's a caricature more than a character. And yet, I've read the entire series more than once! Perhaps it is the eternal hope that people can accomplish amazing things in spite of their hang-ups and foibles. I especially like the murder in this one, very imaginative. The long list of suspects may have been a bit too long for me because I had no sense that it might be possible for ...more
Sammy G.
Nov 20, 2016 Sammy G. rated it really liked it
I didn't feel that the transition from the previous book to this book made any sense. You leave off with Agatha knocking on James Lacey's door to him off on travels at the beginning of this book. This mystery she detects on wasn't as thrilling as I some of the previous ones were. I also felt that Charles character is starting to get on Agatha's nerves, we will see how that works out. Glad to see Tony did well with Bill's patents.
Jenny Houle
Nov 03, 2016 Jenny Houle rated it it was amazing
I was so pleased to see Agatha free of her James obsession and branching out to help others. The addition of young Toni to the characters was wonderful, and I hope we continue to see the more maternal parts of Agatha's character embraced in her friendship with the younger woman. There were also paternal aspects to Charles's character one might never have expected without the young woman entering their midsts, so it was nice to see him on a slightly deeper, less chauvinistic, level.
Lori
Oct 25, 2016 Lori rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can always find a lovely literary palate cleanser in an MC Beaton book. This is not one of the better Agathas for the mystery, which is weak. But what happens outside the mystery with the regular characters like Charles and Roy and James and Mrs. Bloxby, and with a new hire at the agency, Toni, and a surprise at Agatha's Christmas dinner, are all quite entertaining and make this one a delightful cozy mystery.
Kerry Henderson
Nov 17, 2016 Kerry Henderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Must admit I was expecting more of a Christmas theme given the title but it's not really present until the end. the book does sum up really well that want to recreate the magic of Christmas we tend to remember from when we were kids. As to the murder it was interesting though not one of the best ones I've read. I'm still personally enjoying the series.
Serena
Nov 22, 2016 Serena rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016
As I was reading I was guessing this book was written far longer than 9 years ago. There was something so old-fashioned about the writing. I didn't find the mystery very interesting and the characters were flat. The only bright side was the lovely Christmas party at the end.

I will not be reading any other books from this author, and I don't recommend them.
Annie
Dec 02, 2016 Annie rated it really liked it
I really like the infusion of new recurring characters that work at Agatha's agency. Toni, Harry, Patrick, Phil - they're great.
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