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Agatha Raisin and the Love from Hell

(Agatha Raisin #11)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  6,534 ratings  ·  387 reviews
Recently married to James Lacey, the witty and fractious Agatha Raisin quickly finds that marriage, and love, are not all they are cracked up to be. Rather than basking in marital bliss, the newlyweds are living in separate cottages and accusing each other of infidelity. After a particularly raucous fight in the local pub, James suddenly vanishes--a bloodstain the only clu ...more
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Published March 31st 2015 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published 2001)
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Mar 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Agatha keeps pulling me back; I cannot say that each book is better than the last, because that is not always the case, but I find myself wanting to be Agatha’s cheerleader.

She constantly makes bad choices, but I am not sure that she does it intentionally. She seems to be that person who always fails at doing the right thing. For instance, the ink is barely dry on her marriage certificate to James Lacey when already the marriage is over. Agatha is just too independent to be married to the deman
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Gotta tell ya, I love Agatha! She's so human. She hates all the stuff that comes with middle age and fights it with everything short of healthy eating and exercise. Let's not be nuts here. If facials and high heels can't handle it, what can?
Her marriage to one of the worse husbands in the world crashed and burned. James is a major jerk! But his ridiculousness is kind of funny, and his character changes a lot.
Agatha says she's done with murders, but since there a lot more books in the series,
Fiona MacDonald
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of Agatha's better adventures. This time she's on the pursuit of her husband James who has gone missing under mysterious circumstances after forming a close relationship with an emotionally unstable woman in the village who is murdered. Agatha can be a huge pain but also utterly hilarious. I wouldn't mind spending a day in her company!!
Aug 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 11th in the series - I am amazed at how quickly I have got through this series - but then they are a little addictive. I really enjoyed this installment - where we discover that, as predicted by the marvelous Mrs Bloxby and the also marvelous Sir Charles Fraith, Agatha's marriage to James is a complete disaster. James disappears leaving blood in his house, and then a woman he was apparently involved with is found murdered. A rather vulnerable Agatha - accompanied by the faithful Sir Charles ...more
Jun 19, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I think I've gone through every motion from grief to anger," says Agatha towards the conclusion of the book and much of those emotions came in her ill-fated marriage. Her husband unaccountably goes missing after being attacked and, with a murder committed just after his injuries, he is suspected of the crime. The police can't find him but, needless to say, Agatha does but only after the usual trials and tribulations. She also unmasks the killer, but once again as usual she gets little credit fo ...more
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Agatha Raisin can’t believe it. After working hard to win the love of her neighbor, James Lacey, they are finally married. Much to Agatha’s dismay, marriage isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. Agatha and James have problems from the start. They even retain separate residences. After a particularly loud public disagreement, James goes missing. Then, his mistress turns up dead.

The police’s attention is immediately pointed in Agatha and James’ direction. Even though James is nowhere to be found,
Aug 09, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Grrrr argh. Once upon a time, due to many bad experiences with authors going out of print, I tended to buy series as they came, even if I hadn't been able to catch up with reading them. This explains Cornwell et al, but MCBeaton is a case of her own - worse, in a way. There ae many (esp. contemporary American female authors) who basically just describe their daily routines and add some "crime" elements around it; some are cozies, many aren't. "The Cat Who" series degraded into one of the most bo ...more
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I'm sort of beginning to wonder if I want to continue reading this series. I mean, I enjoy having a light page-turner on my hands, but there is just not much beyond the page-turner-edness. Neither the crime investigating nor the character work are outstanding in any particular way, and the protagonist entangles herself in still the same dillemmas.
I just love Agatha Raisin, the protagonist in this series. She's pushing middle-age, shortish, stocky, the total opposite of politically correct, independent, a highly successful retired public relations agent, brash, pushy but with terrific hair and legs. Agatha loves a good mystery and just can't help herself, she has to solve the case, to find that murderer. Her main problem is that she's absolutely besotted with her uptight, stuffed shirt next door neighbor, James Lacey, and is ruthless in h ...more
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Agatha climbed out of bed. Her knees were stiff and she stared down at them. Here was another bit of body betraying her. She did some exercises and took a hot shower. By the time she had dressed, the stiffness had gone. But, she wondered, was this the beginning of the end? Good-bye healthy life and hullo rubber knickers and support hose? What would it be like to creak about on a Zimmer frame? She had a sudden craving for life, for excitement. She had an impulse to ask Charles to go upstairs to ...more
A couple years back I remember reading an AR book and was not too keen on it. Alas, my library did not have the books I wanted so I thought I would try Agatha again.
Agatha has got to be the most annoying, confused woman around. The writing is so-s0, they mystery was not gripping. Okay, I'll try one more, 3 strikes and AR is out!

Funny thing is, I love Hamish!
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, mystery, murder
I pray when I start each book that Sir Charles Fraith will be in it. What a hoot!
Barbara Heckendorn
This is a nice cozy mystery. Agatha, back from her honeymoon, quickly realizes that this marriage is not under a good star. She feels that her husband has a relationship with a local woman. When he disappears injured and the alleged lover is found dead, Agathe and Charles go in search of what really happened. Soon they have to realize that they are dealing with psychopaths and James, Agatha's husband has other life plans.
Mar 20, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery, cozy mystery
Cranky, funny, smart

I just love the cranky smart and stubborn Agatha Raisin, she makes me laugh. Agatha gets herself in situations and says things that would only happen to a "wanna-be" sleuth character. She is perpetually single and unlucky in love, one just has to relate as we all know an Agatha!

In Love from Hell, Agatha's dreams have come true, she is finally married to the handsome James Lacey! Alas, happiness doesn't last long. James has been seen in town with a younger, prettier tart. Aga
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Agatha has finally married James, the Guy she has been obsessing on forever.... he wants a traditional wife that cooks, cleans, and stays home, however they are living in separate houses??? As you may have guessed, this marriage goes south quickly... and then James disappears, and the lady he was involved with before he married Agatha is shocker ...... killed... turns out she was a bit psychotic, and now Agatha with the help of Charles and a little help from Roy is trying to figure out where Jam ...more
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gah, in spite of the lame storyline they gave James, at least he was out of the way for a while. These books are so much better without him. Still hoping Agatha gets it together and writes him off completely sometime soon. Charles is starting to grow on me too. Interesting mystery this time...I admit I figured it out shortly before Agatha did, lots of little twists here made it a fun read. I do love this series despite Agatha's refusal to accept that she does not need a man to be happy.
Vanessa Diaz
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first Agatha Raisin! Truly I think it deserves more like a 3.75 so I’ll round up. The bit about James and the monastery was a little out they’re for me but I really love Agatha as a character- stubborn, cranky, and a total jealous scene-maker. She’s flawed and human and pretty fun to spend time with as a character.
Linda Smatzny
In this story, Agatha Raisin and James have married but the married life isn't for either of them. James is picking on Agatha who feels nothing she does is good enough. After a loud fight, James disappears and the woman he had an affair with is murdered. Agatha of course charges into asking questions along with Sir Charles, her good friend. The book was a quick easy read.
Feb 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Took this book and several other Agatha Raisins as we were cleaning out grandma’s bookshelves. I realized toward the end that I’ve actually read this one before, but I still enjoyed it a second time through.
Agatha Raisin is newly married but her marriage isn’t what she was hoping. When James disappears she takes it upon herself to find him.

This was another great adventure in the Agatha Raisin series. It was interesting to see Agatha finally married after pinning for James for so long. I was a little shocked by the marriage though as I really didn’t think James would act that way. I don’t think him being a bachelor for years could completely explain his misogynistic ways.

The plot and mystery were
Hannah Polley
This appears to be a book in a long series all about the adventures of Agatha Raisin. I can't say that enjoyed it very much or very much liked Agatha at all.

In this book, Agatha is going through marriage problems when her husband disappears and the woman he was cheating on her with ends up dead, Agatha is a suspect in addition to her husband and cracks the case herself.

I just didn't find much humour or interest in the book unfortunately.
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another enjoyable book about Agatha; although Charles appeared to be leading this investigation. The way she told Bill about it at the end though, you would think it were her ideas. Finally, she has let that bore, James go. Or has she?
Lynn Lowery
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: agatha-raisin
This was such a good read. Agatha went thru so much to come out in the end and on top of everything. this is why I love this series of books. No on to the next one.
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Please don't give out to me...
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
you got to love agatha. sadly I finished the last chapter after finding out that M C Beaton passed away today. I am so sad
Sep 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
Oh, Agatha, when will you ever learn?

This is the eleventh book in the Agatha Raisin series by M.C. Beaton. The plot centers on Agatha's disastrous marriage to James Lacey and his subsequent disappearance. When a woman he was once connected with is murdered, Agatha has to find a way to clear his name.

I've been steadily reading this series and I like it; Agatha is such a contrary, but entertaining character. The stories are short, entertaining brain candy. However, I am starting to feel like the
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is book 11 in the saga of Agatha Raisin's life. And what a fun saga it is! Agatha is always making the wrong decisions and doesn't understand why life is so tough. I can identify with her in so many ways. In this installment, she has married James, the man she has been wanting for years. But, of course they are all wrong for each other and it becomes the marriage from hell quite fast. Then there is a murder in their sleepy English village and her husband goes missing and it seems he was hav ...more
Jan 05, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I honestly don't know why I keep reading these. I think it's because I genuinely enjoyed the Hamish Macbeth series, because I have all of Agatha Raisin on my e-reader, and they're an easy mindless read. In saying all of that, I don't think the books are particularly well written (especially when they start reading like travel books), nor are many of the characters as likeable or personable as they could be. This book was the height of frustration to have Agatha and James have a quick wedding, a ...more
Oct 12, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This is the 11th book in the Agatha Raisin series. Agatha and James are settling in to not so happily ever after. Thankfully, Agatha has kept her cottage, and after a spate of arguments and angst over James’ flirting behavior, she moves back home after a particularly nasty argument in public. Things get even uglier when James disappears, his girlfriend turns up dead, and both he and Agatha are suspects. Agatha is devastated, but must clear her name and hopefully find James. She is aided by Sir C ...more
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