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Agatha Raisin and the Day the Floods Came

(Agatha Raisin #12)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  5,840 ratings  ·  343 reviews
Crankier than ever, Agatha Raisin wants to forget that her husband left her to enter a monastery--a turn of affairs more humiliating than when she caught him with a mistress. She feels abandoned, fat, frumpy, and absolutely furious. What are her options? She takes an island vacation and joins a Pilates class. But what finally lifts her spirits is finding a corpse. The dead ...more
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Sep 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I live and breathe, that Agatha Raisin appears to be growing up. No longer is she endlessly chasing after James, or Charles or even the new man next door. Agatha is not doing anything as trite as trying to “find herself”, but she is starting to come to some new realizations and her old irritating self is starting to wear off those rough edges and slowly, but surely, turn into a tolerable woman.

In a deep slump after James joined the Monastery and Charles has run off and married a woman purpor
Jun 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The endearing Agatha is at it again in that sleepy Cotswold village that she has retired to. "I am a real detective," declares Agatha truculently and then proceeds to hit a string of minor disasters while investigating the latest couple of murders that present themselves to her. The love interest abounds again, with new men on the horizon (and quickly off it when she realises what they are like), but amidst it all she leads the less than capable police to the perpetrator of the crime. However, a ...more
Erin L
Jan 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-british
All right, I've probably read too many Agatha Raisin books lately. She got a bit irritating this time at the end when she decided to just go ahead and search things at the end without notifying the police. I think her character made a bit of a regression there, while prior to this book, I'd been thinking that Beaton had done a pretty good job of maintaining some good character development over a long series.

Then again, I'm pretty disappointed with the direction her love life is taking as well an
Jammin Jenny
I really enjoyed this Agatha Raisin mystery. Agatha is all alone - James has taken off to join a monastery, and Charles has taken off to France to marry some girl. So Agatha decides to take a mini-vacation. When she gets back, she finds a floating dead body of a woman in her wedding dress. She and her new neighbor John investigate and of course Agatha ends up catching the murderer but at a cost of her life (almost).
Una Tiers
Agatha Raisin is secretly attracted to the new man in the revolving ownership house next door. She sees parallels in two deaths and investigates the local one. Although James has run off to join the monastery and Charles has married, it gives Mrs. Biloxby a chance to enter the fray.
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
In this book, Agatha meets her new next door neighbor, a mystery writer. He seems to be interested in her, but her low self esteem won't allow her to see it. She is still jealous of almost every woman who passes her path, especially if they are younger. But, her grumpy attitude seems to endure her to me. When she goes on about the aggravations of middle age, I can relate. Creaky joints provide the background music to many of my days.
Agatha finds the dead body of a bride floating in the river,
Sarah Booth
Our Agatha just doesn’t listen to that voice in her head that tells her not to rush in where angels fear to tread. But she will don a wig and pretend to be from Television. Aggie also just doesn’t know what to do with men. How fragile our egos are. She is all of us middle aged women when we’re not at our best. But as we see, all humans are desperate for a moment to shine and get ahead.
Rosemary Orme
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Ideal escapism eavesdropping on the happy-go-lucky detecting and men-ising [well, we have womanising, after all] anti hero Agatha Raisin. She blunders about the Cotswolds, with brief interludes on Robinson Crusoe's island, witnessing drowned brides and fighting middle age indignities. A book by M.C. Beaton is always a life affirimng, imaginative and entertaining read.
Feb 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, murder
Kind of an anemic plot, but even a mediocre Agatha Raisin story is better than most.
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a fun way to spend some required “downtime”!!
Kate Howe
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*satisfied sigh* The perfect palate cleanser after Tess of the D’uerbervilles. I adore Agatha and her sassy ways. I can’t wait to read the next one!
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Cotswolds is suffering from flooding and one victim in Evesham appears to be a young woman who Agatha Raisin briefly saw when she was having a beauty treatment. There was something about the girl which bothered her and she suspects the apparent death by drowning might not be the accident or suicide it appears to be.

Agatha has a new neighbour and she hopes to see more of him so she is more than pleased when he agrees to help her investigate the death. But John Armitage - a well known detectiv
Elena Santangelo
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I finally had to give up on this book after reading about 70%. I found myself making excuses not to get back to it.

The writing style was good, the reading of it was good (audiobook), but the more I got to know the main character, the less I liked her. She was both vain and insecure, only worrying about her dress or her makeup and what the men around her thought of her. She was on the rebound after 2 failed love affairs and too anxious to have a man back in her life when, as she put it, her cats
Nov 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This is the 12th book in the Agatha Raisin series. Agatha is fed up with life in the village after her husband leaves her to become a monk and her other paramour marries a much younger woman. So she takes a holiday to a remote tropical island where she has a surprisingly good time and meets some people who cheer her spirits. On returning, she joins a Pilates class and works on regaining her confidence. She is surprised to her in a letter that the odd honeymoon couple she observed on her trip end ...more
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James has moved out and John has moved in....
Where is Charles? Charles you are the guy I'm rooting for, where are you? Married? What???
Agatha once again is up to her Agatha self, there really isn't much growth and her from book 1 to Book 12.... she is always a bit insecure, overly obsessed with aging and her looks, and really unfortunate when It comes to men.... also she always seems to get herself in the middle of a murder... this book started off with her going to chili, and I thought OK the m
Sep 30, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't say this was my favourite AR novel - but i certainly enjoyed cosying down with another slice of Agatha Raisin. James Lacey is now absent, and Charles only pops up briefly and I suppose I sort of missed them - as I think did Agatha. I didn't find the plot particularly absorbing, although there are plently of intruiging characters that we meet along the way. Agatha gets involved in the death of a prospective bride called Kylie - from Evesham just before her wedding. She dons a wig and some ...more
Good series but I have read them too close together. Let this be a lesson when reading a long series.
Another good story with Agatha and co and of course a dead body. Agatha on the case with her new next door neighbour. Enjoyable enough.
Sep 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-in-series
One of the earlier books in the series. The characters have not been developed yet.
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is it I swear. The next one isn't in the library for another three weeks.
Damana Madden
One of my favourite Agatha Raisin's in a long time. She doesn't need a man. She's just good at solving crimes.

Read it.

a good solid Agatha Raisin mystery, not as strong as some of M C Beaton's other Raisin stories.
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘When confronted with someone who appears to be in a perpetual state of outrage, it is tempting for other people to wind them up.’ ~ M.C. Beaton, Agatha Raisin and the Day the Floods Came

Here’s an easy cozy evening read. Last year, M.C. Beaton published her 30th mystery book featuring the unforgettable Agatha Raisin and set in a seemingly peaceful Cotswolds village. I’ve just read the 12th book in the series, where we have Agatha trying to bounce back from a failed marriage whilst investigatin
Pam Baddeley
I thought at first this would be similar to number 6 in the series which I've just read, set in North Cyprus, but although at the start Agatha goes off to an island off the Chilean coast for a holiday to take her mind off her depression, she is back in her home village by page 15. James, her former husband - as it transpires after about 10 pages that they are actually divorced - has supposedly gone to France to become a monk, though this seems increasingly unlikely as various people question how ...more
This is only my fourth Agatha Raisin book but I’m afraid that I am becoming tired on her constant whining over her advancing age and physical attractiveness (or lack thereof). I do realize that this book is #12 in the series and follows the departure of James, her now ex-husband, who left her to join a monastery (of all things) and the marriage of her latest paramour to another woman. One can understand that she might be a bit lacking in the self-esteem department and the fact that she signs up ...more
Sep 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Moving on to M.C. Beaton’s, Agatha Raisin and the Day the Floods Came. Agatha finds herself bereft when James and Charles both abandon her,but she acquires a new “partner in crime” in the form of a new neighbor to help with the sleuthing. This book focused on Agatha working with her new neighbor to solve a murder. There are red herrings to follow and Agatha gets chastised by…just about everyone for her antics in crime solving. The mystery is well done and solved very satisfactorily. Agatha’s per ...more
Jun 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After a disastrous marriage attempt, Agatha Raisin needs a break from reality. She decides to go on a peaceful holiday to the South Pacific. It’s not all that peaceful when a young bride drowns. She returns home to the Cotswolds where a similar incident occurs when a young woman is found dead in a river. The woman’s fiancé tops Agatha’s list of suspects and she’s determined to prove she’s right.

Unfortunately, Agatha’s partners in crime-solving are no longer in the picture – James and Charles hav
Tetchy Agatha Raisin's attempt at a little R&R in the wake of her beloved husband's defection to a French monastery gets her revved up for another mystery when she hears that a fellow vacationer was murdered. The story takes place upon Agatha's return to her Cotswold home, when she learns of a young woman's apparent suicide & decides to investigate with the aid of her new neighbor, the dashing, cultured & vaguely lascivious writer John Armitage, & her own surprising flair for deceit and disguise ...more
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Gary E
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fun installment

Book 12 what is there left to say?

We see some new characters introduced in this one which is always fun as a series gets older.

This book follows a slightly different formula than the others which is a bit refreshing.

I guess I would say this is one of the better installments in this series.

For those of you who might be unaware this is a series of so called cozy mysteries set in the UK. I would call them detective stories but that line seems a bit blurred nowadays. They are
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