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There Goes the Bride (Agatha Raisin #20)

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James Lacey wandered over to the window of his hotel room. His fiancée, Felicity, was asleep. He was feeling some twinges of unease. What he loved about Felicity was the way she looked at him with her large eyes, appearing to drink in every word.

But on the plane journey, he wondered if she were listening to him. “The order to charge was given,” said James, “and a spaceshi
ebook, 288 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by Minotaur Books (first published 2009)
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I think the best way to approach one of M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin books is to know that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Each of the books in this extensive series (including this, the 20th Agatha Raisin novel) is a light, fun, detective romp, but the series itself is more satisfying than any one book.

Agatha is a classic anti-hero: she definitely lacks nobility of mind or spirit. Yet she is incredibly spirited and very spunky. Retired from a cut-throat career in public relations
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.
Another tale of mysterious deaths and other mayhem in the Cotswolds and other locales! Stir in a woman who feels she is watching all the good parts of her life disappear and a string of men ready and willing to use her for their own reasons and we have another tangled web of a book. Mrs. Bloxley remains a sensible and steadfast friend, as always. James Lacey, Charles Fraith and Roy Silver are in and out of her life and tend to come through for her when she needs them. Toni Gilmour, although ofte ...more
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.
I do like an Agatha Raisin book. I have read almost all of the series and I was given this to read because it is one I have missed. This was written in the same way as all the others but went on for a little bit longer than was necessary I thought. It was fairly repetitive which I am slowly starting to find really annoying in recent books I have read as there is no need to write the same expressions over and over again in any novel! There were a few exciting bits which there always are in this s ...more
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.
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.
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!
Mary Aris

When Agatha's Ex-husband, Charles, invites Agatha to his Wedding with a young Spanish woman named Felicity, Agatha feels jealous. She decides to take a trip to Istambul to get over her jealousy and possibly find romance there with her French friend, Sylvan, only to find that Charles and his fiancee are guests at the same hotel as Agatha. The Wedding is set and Agatha and her friend, Toni attends the enagement party; but when the Bride is murdered, Agatha is named prime suspect. The bride's paren
excellent. truly good stuff
#20 in the Agatha Raisin series. This 2009 entry has more on the affairs with James Lacey after #17 Love, Lies and Liquor (2006).

#20 - Agatha Raisin attends the wedding of her ex-husband, James Lacey to the young Felicity Bross. James was overheard expressing his second thoughts to Agatha and when Felicity is murdered just before the ceremony, Agatha and James are prime suspects. Agatha's detective agency is on the job and Felicity's family and friends are investigated with expected complication
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
An Odd1
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
Kate Millin
I found this a better read than some of the others - as it had a better mystery in it and, although Agatha is full of angst for some reason the fact it is about her ability as a detective and not a woman for most of the time is more acceptable to me! The end was a bit rushed and did not really add anything to the main story.

Much as it goes against the grain, Agatha Raisin is trying to be a good sport. Even though her ex-husband James Lacey’s upcoming marriage to the beautiful Felicity Bross-Tilk
 Gigi Ann
This is the first "Agatha Raisin Mystery," written by M. C. Beaton I have ever read. First time I read anything by this author.

I really didn't find this book very exciting, and it wasn't difficult to figure out who the bad guy/guys were either. Every time something happened he was there. Leaving me wondering, how did he get here, where did he come from, and why he was always there at another crime scene?

Agatha has a very unhappy love life, hopelessly romantic, she is so unlucky in love. With h
Well, looks like I have finally found a female P.I. protagonist that I can really relate to. Agatha Raisen is in her 50’s, has an arthritic hip that constantly gives her trouble, is just a tad jealous of Toni (the blond, beautiful and extremely photogenic junior member of the detective agency) and is feeling a more than a little insecure about her looks since her ex-husband James has decided to marry a woman several years his junior.

When Felicity, James’s bride-to-be, is shot dead on her wedding
This is the perfect beach book--and since I happen to be spending the week at the beach--a good choice. I think that this the 20th book in the Agatha Raisin series. Agatha Raisin is an overweight, insecure, scarcastic, middle aged woman who is constantly getting into scrapes from which she has to be rescued by her friends. Sounds a bit like me. Oh, but wait. Agatha is very wealthy and owns a detective agency in the English Cotswolds. In this outing, Agatha is distressed about the fact that she d ...more
Lizzie Hayes
’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
THERE GOES THE BRIDE by M C Beaton is 277 pages in paperback form.

Brief Description:

For whom the wedding bells toll...

Much as it goes against the grain, Agatha Raisin is trying to be a good sport. Even though her ex-husband James Lacey's upcoming marriage to the beautiful Felicity Bross-Tilkington fills her heart with dread, she takes a break from her successful detective agency to attend the wedding. It seems like a good idea at the time -- especially since Agatha's had her sights on the tres h
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
Ive read all the Agatha Raisin books to date and im sorry to say that this one is absolutely awful.

The story was overly predicatble ,boring and the charactisation dredful.

As another reviewer points out the author repeats herself over and over again with the same use of words "pugnacious faces, steel grey hair " .It was as if MC Beaton had actually forgotton how to write .

This was such a huge disapointment from beginning to end I rushed through it just to finish it, whereby other Agatha Raisin st
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