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Agatha Raisin: There Goes the Bride (Agatha Raisin #20)

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Book Summary of Agatha Raisin: There Goes The Bride Agatha's former husband James is engaged to be married to a beautiful, young woman and Agatha has been kindly invited to the wedding. To take her mind off this, Agatha decides she has fallen for Sylvan, a Frenchman she met at James' engagement party. To distract her still further she decides upon a holiday and flies to Is ...more
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Published April 29th 2010 by Robinson (first published 2009)
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Kathy
Finally, I've finished by Agatha Raisin reading blitz of the whole series (until the new one comes out in October). I have to admit, because after the first one I wasn't sure I would like the character, that I am now a big Agatha Raisin fan. I enjoyed her emotional and social growth throughout the series, and I think it was an advantage in reading straight through the series to fully appreciate that growth. Her humanity was somewhat lacking in the beginning, but Agatha has done a lot of growing ...more
Jenny L
Sep 26, 2013 Jenny L rated it it was amazing
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
bella
Apr 06, 2013 bella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trouble (and murder!) seem to follow Agatha Raisin around. This time when Agatha attends her ex-husband's wedding she doesn't expect the bride to turn up dead, but that is exactly what happens. While Agatha isn't sure how she feels about James Lacey, her ex-husband and on-and-off again crush, she certainly doesn't wish his fiance dead. When Felicity Bross-Tilkington turns up dead right before the "I Do's" the policy point their fingers at Agatha and it's up to Agatha to prove her innocence.

I lov
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Cyndi
Dec 17, 2016 Cyndi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James plans on remarrying but then murder arrives, with Agatha, of course. Most people just bring a crockpot as a gift.
Connie
Feb 05, 2010 Connie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I love listening to the Agatha Raisin books but in the latest, There goes the Bride, the reader has changed. I have nothing against in fact I like Penelope Keith but she is not the reader I have come to associate with Agatha Raisin. Only listened to one disk.
Ali
Dec 19, 2011 Ali rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Agatha's former husband James is engaged to be married to a beautiful, young woman and Agatha has been kindly invited to the wedding. To take her mind off this, Agatha decides she has fallen for Sylvan, a Frenchman she met at James' engagement party. To distract her still further she decides upon a holiday and flies to Istanbul, where unfortunately she bumps into James and his fiancee not once but twice - convincing him she is stalking them. So when the bride is murdered on her wedding day, natu ...more
Mary
Jan 28, 2010 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this series because it is just great fun....and because it is set in England. Reading it is rather like listening to rock and roll after listening to a Mahler Symphony. This newest book is rather more abrupt in its twists and turns.

Agatha’s former husband James is engaged to be married to a beautiful, young woman and Agatha has been kindly invited to the wedding. To take her mind off this, Agatha decides she has fallen for Sylvan, a Frenchman she met at James’ engagement party. To distra
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Erin L
Jan 28, 2011 Erin L rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-british
I'm in the middle of the next book in the series, having just finished this one. Honestly, I feel like the author is just phoning it in at this point.

While I do still see some character development in Agatha, she still makes the same mistakes again and again. And at the end of this book, there were entire chapters devoted to completely pointless crap. I know why it was put in there, but I also strongly suspect it was mostly added to make the book an acceptable length. It also felt contrived and
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Georgiann Hennelly
Agatha Raisin is unlucky in love, yet she,s hopelessly romantic. Her exhusband James Lacey is getting married to the beautiful Felicity Bross-Tilkington and it fills Agatha heart with dread. She reluntly takes time from from her successful detective agency to to attend the wedding. Even though she has her sights set on a new man handsome beguiling French man Sylvan. But when the bride is shot and killed moments before the wedding. And Agatha is named the prime suspect . Toni stands ready to help ...more
Tiffunee
Agatha Raisin is unlucky in love, yet she’s hopelessly romantic. Her ex-husband James Lacey is getting married to the beautiful Felicity Bross-Tilkington and it fills Agatha heart with dread. She reliantly takes time from her successful detective agency to attend the wedding.

Even though she has her sights set on a new man handsome beguiling French man Sylvan. But when the bride is shot and killed moments before the wedding. And Agatha is named the prime suspect.

This is the 1st book I've read i
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Linda
Apr 05, 2010 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love the Agatha Raisin series! What a hoot. Mean-spirited Agatha isn't happy when her ex-husband, James, is about to marry a beautiful young heiress, but she certainly isn't the one who shot the bride before she could say, "I do." However, Agatha is the main suspect. Once again Agatha and her detective agency bumble their way through the investigation to find the killer. M.C. Beaton has wonderfully drawn characters.
Bea Anita
Agatha Raisin is my favorite fictional fifty-something, she reminds me I'm not alone in this world of sore bones, sagging skin, and the lust for adventure. M.C. Beaton never fails me when I'm in need of a light read. I hope she has a storehouse of Agatha Raisins and Hamish MacBeths waiting to emerge.
Linette
Jan 07, 2011 Linette rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Although I love Agatha Raisin and continue to read these because of her, the stories have become somewhat formulaic and shallow, rushing through entire relationships beginning to end sometimes in a few pages.
Mavis Hewitt
May 25, 2016 Mavis Hewitt rated it liked it
Shelves: detective
I consider this series light reading, slightly predictable and far fetched, don't think the later books in the series are as good as the earlier ones.
Jacula
Nov 13, 2009 Jacula rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Number 20 in the Agatha series and eagerly awaiting by me, my Mum and her neighbour. Light reading, as is the entire series, but enjoyable. Read it in a matter of hours.
Paula
Mar 15, 2010 Paula rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had not read an Agatha Raisin book in awhile. I don't think this one was as good as some I have read, but it was a highly enjoyable read. Agatha rarely disappoints!
Angela
Jul 17, 2011 Angela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
excellent. truly good stuff
Barbara Schultz
This was my first Agatha Raisin (party because it was available via an audio download and the reviews were good). I know it is best to read in order for character development especially since I didn't care for the performer in this story. However, Agatha fun character did come through :).
Emily
Oct 25, 2016 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, mysteries
Agatha Raisin. James Lacey. May-December Relationship. Smuggling.
C.
Jan 30, 2017 C. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting.
Petula Darling
I love Agatha Raisin, but this installment seemed like it was all over the place.
Kim
Another audiobook!

Frankly, I'm glad I haven't purchased many of these novels. I loved the first one and have the second, but this series seems to hate on poor Agatha at every turn. Every love interest needs to have a twist, she can't get a "happy ending" romance to a comical degree. I actually was asking out loud if that's what was really happening. I'm not sure why Beaton thinks this is the way to go, that a highly intelligent woman would really fall for so many people so quickly and then be bu
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Machell Martin
Dec 29, 2016 Machell Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Agatha Raison: There goes the Bride

I love all M.C Beaton's books! I don't believe I've ever read a bad one. In There Goes the Bride, from page one until the end of the book, you are in constant anticipation concerning what's going to happen next.
Rita
Jan 02, 2017 Rita rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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An Odd1
Dec 05, 2012 An Odd1 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Agatha Raisin, Cotswold detective agency owner, intuitively brilliant and emotionally foolish, human balance of kindness and weakness, smokes, drinks, swears "Snakes and bastards", hops into bed with newest crush, solves knifings, mutilations, multiple murders (view spoiler). X-rating better in small doses, alternated with Beaton's Scottish Hamish Macbeth, who gives up smoking, falls for an available pretty face, also bends the law, ...more
Laurie
Jan 28, 2016 Laurie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THIS WAS AN AUDIOBOOK.  Agatha Raisin is feeling old and sorry for herself. She telephoned the French gentleman she's taken a fancy to, Sylvan Dubois, only to hear a sultry woman's voice in the background. Her assistant, Toni Gilmore, who's young and pretty, gets all of the attention at Agatha's detective agency, making Agatha feel ashamedly jealous.   Add to that her ex-husband, James Lacey, who is about to marry a woman almost half his age and exceptionally beautiful. Agatha further tortures h ...more
Sue
Sep 06, 2013 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystey
In this 20th installment of the Agatha Raisin Mysteries, Agatha and her cohorts attend a wedding. The “nearly naked” servers hired to bring food and drinks to the guests offer a twist to a party the night before the wedding. Then it turns out the bride (Felicity) is unable to walk down the aisle. Good friend Toni once again assists Agatha as she tries to figure out what happened to Felicity.

Agatha continues to struggle with the aches and pains brought on by late middle-age. Yet nothing will stop
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Nancy
Apr 11, 2013 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 20th book in this series, and I dare say, that this series is turning into one long book. Agatha Raisin is not changing and she is not learning from her previous disasters. You would think that MC Beaton would have been tired of writing the same old, same old, by now, but apparently not.

Agatha’s former husband, James Lacey, is engaged to a much younger woman and both wistful and loathing Agatha has been invited to attend the wedding festivities. At the engagement party, she is swept
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Gerry
Feb 20, 2015 Gerry rated it really liked it
At one point in 'There Goes the Bride', Agatha Raisin's policeman friend Bill Wong says, 'I should think you've enough work on your hands at the moment ... Just let the police get on with their job.' There's as much chance of that happening as there is of Agatha resisting the charms of any man who chooses to flirt with her.

And so it proves in this thrilling tale of murder and mayhem. It all begins with Agatha thinking of going over to Paris to meet up with a beau she had met at Agatha's ex-husba
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Lizzie Hayes
Sep 01, 2012 Lizzie Hayes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
’Agatha Raisin There Goes the Bride’ by M C Beaton
Published by Constable, November 2009. ISBN: 978-1-84529-953-8

I read the first book in this series when Agatha Raisin retires to the Cotswolds and decides to get involved in village life. Whilst it was an interesting mystery I didn’t take to Agatha Raisin, in fact I found her downright unpleasant. However, I am aware that she has a large fan base, so nineteen further books on I decided to give her a second go. I was considerably surprised that th
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