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The Deadly Dance (Agatha Raisin #15)

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Celebrating 20 Years of Agatha Raisin—Brand-New Bonus Story Included!

Bossy, impulsive, and unlucky in love, the all-too-human Agatha Raisin has proved to be a surprisingly effective---and endearing---amateur sleuth. But can Agatha make it as a private investigator? After getting mugged on vacation, in what she will always think of as the Paris Incident, she decides to find
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ebook, 240 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Minotaur Books (first published 2004)
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Gerry
I was just rambling through the doings of Agatha and Carsely around about page 75, and enjoying them as always, when I suddenly realised that no murder had up to that point been committed - an attempted shooting okay, but no actual murder. Then page 78, 'And on that bed lay a man, face-down.' Of course it was the first murder!

Thereafter Agatha trots off to Paris, gets involved with the French gendarmerie, is flown back to England and then her investigations, as is often the case, rub the local c
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Katherine Sweney
This may have been one of the best ones yet! They keep getting better & more hilarious as I go! Gotta love Agatha Raisin and all her shenanigans!
bella
Agatha Raisin, amateur sleuth extraordinaire, has decided to start up her own detective agency. At first things are slow going with lost cats. However soon she hires her new neighbour, Emma Comfrey, as her secretary and her friend, Sir Charles, refers a case to her. A Mrs Laggart-Brown wants her to investigate the death threats her daughter has received. As Agatha and her detectives investigate they discover a tangle of relationships and murder, as they try to get to the bottom of it.

I’m smitten
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Dolly
Nov 26, 2014 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery fans
This is the fifteenth book in the Agatha Raisin series by M.C. Beaton.

It is a fairly typical book for the series and once again, the story is riddled with Aggie's disastrous decisions concerning her business associates, her friends, and her love life. I had begun to thing that the author was going to let us off easily from the gruesome violence she'd been weaving into the stories in this series. I was wrong, but this story did seem tamer than some of the others.

I like that Aggie finally decide
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Mary Havlovic
Agatha Raisin has decided to give it a go as a Private Investigator after she is mugged while on vacation in Paris. She soon learns that P.I. work is not as easy as she thought it would be. She starts out trying to find missing cats and a son who has taken his father's car. She then gets a break when she is hired to find out who is trying to kill Mrs. Laggat-Brown's daughter. Agatha hires Emma Comfrey, a senior aged woman to help her in the Office not realizing what her employee is capable of do ...more
Sallee
In this Agatha Raisin mystery, Agatha finds herself busy running her detective agency and ends up hiring her new neighbor, (living in her former ex's cottage next door) as her secretary. She gets her first significant case when a Mrs. Laggat-Brown asks them to find out who threatened her daughter. When Agatha and Emma foil a shooting at the engagement party she feels that her agency is more than able to handle cases like this. While working the case, Emma develops a massive crush on Sir Charles ...more
Helena
This is the 867th book in M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin series. It surrounds the pivotal moment in Agatha's life when she opens up her own Private Detective Agency. The plot is a typical one in this series; Agatha stumbles upon murder and mayhem, dotes on her cats, alienates her friends, longs for James (her ex-husband/ex-neighbor), is a terrible judge of character, worries about her middle-age mustache and creates culinary chaos. I don't read Agatha Raisin books for their clever plots. I read the ...more
Nancy
I was beginning to see a chink in the old Agatha armor and I do think that this book continues with this belief. She might still have tiny bearlike eyes, but they just might be softening a bit, thanks to the patience of the much-adored Mrs. Bloxby.

While on vacation in Paris, Agatha is mugged and when Paris authorities have no interest in pursuing her assault she concludes that she could do a better job herself and returns home to open her own detective agency.

James Lacey is still away and his co
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An Odd1
When plots are remembered, the clues fall together fast. A forgotten title needs an important event to hang on and make a memory trigger. Agatha Raisin 50s, pushy fast city life PR whiz, has retired to Carsley village in picturesque England Cotswolds, vividly recreated by author who dwells there too. After solving some murders with her new friends, her black coffee-cigarette fueled breakfast energy and buzzing brain here compel her to start her own detective agency in nearby larger Mircester.

At
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Helene Harrison
ISBN? - 9781845293819

Publishing? - 2005 by Constable and Robinson (first published 2004)

Genre? - Crime / Mystery / Murder

Characters? - Agatha Raisin / Charles Fraith / Roy Silver / Patrick Mulligan / Emma Comfrey / Felicity Felliet / Jeremy Laggat-Brown / Catherine Laggat-Brown / Mrs Bloxby / Bill Wong

Setting? - Carsely (England)

Series? - Agatha Raisin #15

Title? - I'm not entirely sure where this title comes from. It doesn't refer to an actual dance but rather feints which allow a killer to get
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Sue
Four stars, to me, is almost like five stars....only the absolute best books on the planet get five stars out of me. with that quantifier out of the way, THE DEADLY DANCE was lots of fun. I realized in this installment of the Agatha Raisin series that I like Agatha. If I knew this character in "real life," she would most likely drive me crazy, but I bet I would see the good in her before too long and begin to count her among my friends. With this book, Agatha finaly opens her own detective agenc ...more
Ali

Which number in the series was this? - I've lost count. It was totally hilarious and at times rather OTT and a bit bonkers - but I really enjoyed it and it may well be my favourite so far. Hilariously, although a few years must have elapsed since the quiche incident - Agatha is still in her early fifties - a bit of artistic license perhaps - well Agatha Christie did the same with Poirot. Agatha Raisin opens a detective agency - which of course starts to be quite successful early on, she has to h
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Lucy
Our Agatha is growing up. In this book, she has started her own detective agency and ends up co-investigating an attempted murder with the police. I say "co-investigating" because she is officially hired by the mother of the shooting target and Agatha works with the police in a responsible way, sharing critical information and trying to keep out of danger while also protecting her livelihood by trying to find the culprit first. The old Agatha was fun, but I appreciate the author's choice to have ...more
Mary
Infuriated that her holiday was ruined by a mugging, Agatha Raisin decides to open up her own detective agency. The romance-minded sleuth is thrilled by visions of handsome fellow gumshoes and headline-making crimes--but soon finds the only cases she can get are a non-glamorous lot of lost cats and an errant teenager. But when a wealthy divorcée hires the agency to investigate a death threat against her daughter Cassandra, Agatha thwarts a vicious attack on the heiress bride. Now Agatha is in ho ...more
Marcia
There are 20 books in the Agatha Raisin mystery series by M. C. Beaton (Marion Chesney). With The Deadly Dance, I now have read five--not in order.

What can we say about Agatha? You may like her, you may dislike her--either way, she's a bit addictive as a character. You want to know more about her and her men. You want to zero in on those characteristics that make her so very unlikeable--the same characteristics that keep her loyal friends close to her despite constant rebuffs and slights. In Th
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Beth
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I just love Agatha's new detective agency setup! She certainly knows how to go all out on something! And all the new characters will be lovely! It was also good to see some old regulars, like Charles and Roy, back too.

I initially quite liked Emma and her subsequent behavior was certainly a surprise.

The Christmas dinner was typical Agatha and absolutely just perfect!! Charles and his assistance were just wonderful too. He really does seem to be there just w
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Julie
I don't know what number in the series this one is, but Deadly Dance by M.C. Beaton, an Agatha Raisin novel, is right on with her other books. In this installment, Agatha is beginning to feel her age. She stopped once or twice to think about how someone else might be feeling, so perhaps a mild mellowing is happening as well.
Agatha decides to open her own detective agency. It's much harder than she thought it would be. She has to hire staff and work more than one case at a time. Her first really
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Pat
This was a fun one with lots of action, lots of characters, and lots of changing plot twists. There were even two older women desperately looking at every man with stars in their eyes, rather than just Agatha Raisin to carry that standard. Very interesting!
Nell
Agatha opens a detective agency after years of giving the police more help than they wanted. Several twists, plenty of evildoers and some new characters as employees of her agency. Familiar characters reappear and this time we get a glimpse of Charles' home life. Agatha is a refreshing change from the almost syrupy sweet protagonists often found in cozies. She's blunt even tactless at times but her insecurities make her endearing. There are funny scenes. And friends with pieces of a puzzle that ...more
Alan
I listened to Penelope Keith read this delightful Agatha Raisin book - perfection! The usual mayhem ensues as Agatha opens her own detective agency and is embroiled in a series of murders, murderous attempts, and bad cooking - loved the fact that her growing number of employees all seem to be much more competent than her!
Judee
This installment of the Agatha Raisin mystery series seemed as if it was written by another author. It wasn't as humorous as the previous books until the Epilogue. It was more serious with more violence as well. It was still enjoyable, just not so much so.
Kate Millin
Can the feisty Agatha cut it as a private investigator? She soon learns that running her own detective agency in the Cotswolds is not quite like starring in a Raymond Chandler movie. But then in walks a wealthy divorcée Catherine Laggat-Brown, and Agatha is given her first real case. Death threats, blackmail, and physical attack soon follow, and once again Agatha is off scouring the countryside for clues, and showing friends and enemies alike what Raisin Investigations can do.

The body count in A
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Anne
Agatha Raisin falls into the cozy mystery category. She is a retired PR person from London who retired to the Cotswolds. She had no time for friends in her previous life but is slowly collecting them now. She solves mysteries by bumbling into the solution, usually risking her life doing it. She has great instincts. After bumbling around for a while she opened her own detective agency, which has a variety of interesting characters as employees, usually working on divorces or runaway animals. She' ...more
Rachel Gilbey
Nice to see Agatha Raisin now running a detective agency, and a bigger selection of friendly characters that aren't direct suspects in a case. Makes it feel like a more well rounded book.
Lee
Ive got to say I think since the Quiche of death this has to be the best Agatha book Ive read. I was expecting more men, her bumbling around but she seemed to have her head on in this one. Loved it!
Theresa
Im really enjoying agatha Raisin series. i liked the storyline and the characters, couldn't guess what was going to happen. Couldn't put the book down.
S.M.
Emma Comfrey was a nice surprise. It was also nice to see Agatha in a different light trying to make up for the times she snubbed Roy and Charles.
Andree
This is the 15th and best crafted of the Raisin mysteries. Agatha is still irritating, though, and it is beginning to wear thin. This is a real mystery with lots of clues for the readers. The men in her life are less amusing and more amused by Agatha, which is irritating, also. There are only 22 Agatha books, so I'm getting towards the end.

A word about Kindle books: the ones I have read so far (all older titles) are filled with typos. There are so many typos that I am compelled to count them. Wh
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Karen C
Read some of the Agatha Raisin series Didn't like them too much. Preferred the Hamish series.
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Agatha Raisin (1 - 10 of 26 books)
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  • The Vicious Vet: An Agatha Raisin Mystery (Agatha Raisin, #2)
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  • Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist (Agatha Raisin, #6)
  • Agatha Raisin and the Wellspring of Death (Agatha Raisin, #7)
  • Agatha Raisin and the Wizard of Evesham (Agatha Raisin, #8)
  • Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wyckhadden (Agatha Raisin, #9)
  • Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryfam (Agatha Raisin, #10)
The Quiche of Death (Agatha Raisin, #1) Death Of A Gossip (Hamish Macbeth, #1) The Vicious Vet: An Agatha Raisin Mystery (Agatha Raisin, #2) Death of a Cad (Hamish Macbeth, #2) Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener (Agatha Raisin, #3)

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