Kissing Christmas Goodbye
Unlike quite a number of people, Agatha had not given up on Christmas. To have the perfect Christmas had been a childhood dream whilst surviving a rough upbringing in a Birmingham slum. Holly berries glistened, snow fell gently outside, and inside, all was Dickensian jollity. And in her dreams, James Lacey kissed her under the mistletoe, and, like a middle-aged sle
It’s a new author for me though, so I stuck with the novel to the end. This author is well-known. The blurb mentions her accomplishments and calls her the “new Queen of Crime”, and the number of mysteries she has written, all published by a big house, one ...more
I thought the book was extremely boring; I can’t even remember the plot (I think there was more than one murder, but I could be wrong), a ...more
But that's where it ends, really. The plot is okay, not very thrilling or interesting at all. The Christmas thing is terribly forced - the main plot of the book has literally nothing to do with Christmas.
It's the writing itself, which drove me round the bend. At times the b ...more
I previously read books 1-5 in this series a few years ago. When Kissing Christmas Goodbye came up as the Audible Daily Deal I had to snap it up. Although this was the 18th book in the series I was glad Roy Silver, DC Bill Wong and Sir Charles Fraith were still in the series.
Agatha Raisin was planning the perfect Christmas (with the help of caterers). At her detective agency Agatha and her team were dealing with the usual lost dogs and adulterous partners. One day sh ...more
The addition of Toni as a main character was great. She is a smart girl who is getting a chance to make something of herself. Also, it gives Agatha a chance to show her maternal side, while at the same time giving her another mirror for her insecurities and fear of aging.
This book ...more
But before Christmas she has to solve a mystery. Rich Mrs Tamworthy has written to her and said one of her relatives wants her dead before Christmas. Can Agatha find the culprit ...more
In this book Agatha has decided she is going to serve the perfect Christmas dinner, perhaps she has forgotten her attempt to do this before? Or the fact that she does not cook? Of course before this happens Agatha ends up in the middle of a murder... Agatha has also taken a new young detective under her wing, somewhat becoming the surrogate mother to Tony.... always nice to see Agatha has a big heart underneath her gruff exterior.... I enjoyed this book, I like the ...more
Before we get there, though, there is a nas ...more
What really amazes me about this series is how action packed they feel despite their relatively short length.
This book was only about 250 pages but it left me feeling like I read a regular length (350 - 450 page) novel. I often complain when a book is short and thus feels incomplete; but, somehow MC Beaton manages to make these book feel complete despite their modest length.
I think of this series as a quintessential cozy British mystery. Full of great characters and a fumbling detectiv ...more
Though she's always had sudden bursts of generosity and protectiveness, Mrs. Raisin outdoes herself this time. She may be mellowing a bit, but for Agatha that just means she's refocusing her no-nonsense attitudes to the benefit of those around her. And to her own benefit, as she sets boundaries and becomes more aware of her foibles and reins them in.
One of the recipients of her generosity is new c ...more
Agatha now has an assistant, who she has taken under her wing, Toni, who proves to be worth her weight in gold. So before Christmas can be enjoyed there is a murder to be solved.
There are many sur ...more
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Marion Chesney Gibbons
aka: Ann Fairfax, Jennie Tremaine, Helen Crampton, Marion Chesney, Charlotte Ward, Sarah Chester.
Marion Chesney was born on 1936 in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, and started her first job as a bookseller in charge of the fiction department in John Smith & Sons Ltd. While bookselling, by chance, she got an offer from the Scottish Da ...more