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Kissing Christmas Goodbye

(Agatha Raisin #18)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  5,638 ratings  ·  486 reviews

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

Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 2nd 2007 by Minotaur Books (first published 2007)
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Josephine (Jo)
Poor Agatha never seems to get it right. The men in her life let her down, or rather they don't meet her high expectations. Her schemes for publicity usually go wrong and someone else takes the limelight. In this latest story Agatha takes on a new assistant detective Toni Gilmore. Toni comes from a very troubled family and Agatha despite her gruff exterior does have a heart, she takes Toni under her wing and does her best to help her get settled away from her awful mother and brother. Toni is go ...more
Oct 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I can always find a lovely literary palate cleanser in an MC Beaton book. This is not one of the better Agathas for the mystery, which is weak. But what happens outside the mystery with the regular characters like Charles and Roy and James and Mrs. Bloxby, and with a new hire at the agency, Toni, and a surprise at Agatha's Christmas dinner, are all quite entertaining and make this one a delightful cozy mystery.
Olga Godim
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries
Lately, nothing book-related worked for me. My friends might’ve noticed the absence of recent reviews. Most books I read were mediocre and not worthy of reviews, or re-reads not of the sterling quality either. Sadly, this one was no exception.
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
Not the worst Christmas present I ever got, but close. Considering it’s hailed as “sharp, witty, hugely intelligent [and] unfailingly entertaining” I expected a whole lot more. I also expected it to be Christmas-themed given the title, but the plot takes place in October. Only the last chapter features a Christmas dinner which I thought was a bit of a let-down.
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
Alexander Peterhans
Oh Agatha.. I wish I liked this more. This was my first Agatha Raisin book, after having watched the television series, and I actually like the older, more bullish version of Raisin in the book more than her TV representation.

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
Listened to in audio format.

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
Feb 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
I love Agatha Raisin...she is so un-PC. I love all the re-occurring characters like Charles and Bill and Mrs Bloxey who are in each book and have been developed over 15+ books to where you know exactly what to expect.

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
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Agatha Raisin has always wanted to have a traditional Christmas with a proper Christmas tree, turkey and plum pudding and especially snow on Christmas day. Her previous efforts haven't turned out quite how she wanted them to. So she is planning well ahead and employing caterers so that nothing can go wrong with the meal.

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
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
My first Agatha Raisin mystery. Raisin is one crusty character. She eats frozen dinners all of the time. Smokes like a chimney. She's also compassionate, bright, and brave. The supporting characters are all eccentric and fun. Mixed in with mystery are growing-old pains and the pains of the young not quite old enough. Agatha hopes to have the best Christmas dinner party ever, and in a way she does, but so many unexpected things happen. Also, I really enjoyed meeting the other detectives that work ...more
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I absolutely adore Agatha.....
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
Anne Straub
Dec 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I thought I had read all of the Agatha raisin mysteries, but I must have skipped over this one when it came out. It was enjoyable, and it is proof that the series has slipped in the past decade. Bring back the plots that made sense and the Agatha that didn't drive me up the wall with her dithering!
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable, entertaining read - with interesting characters, twists and turns.
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2020
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Dec 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Although my only acquaintance with Agatha Raisin, before reading this book, was the excellent television adaptations, I had looked forward to checking out the books. And, given the title of this one, I thought this would be a perfect holiday season read; unfortunately, although Agatha Raisin thinks about the perfect Christmas celebration and goes about planning it, we only get about 20 pages of the actual holiday festivities towards the end of the book.

Before we get there, though, there is a nas
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
The eighteenth in the Agatha Raisin series continues to follow Agatha's exploits as a private investigator in the Cotswolds. She adds a new detective to her staff, a young woman whose home life is tragic and whose skills as an investigator are surprisingly tiptop. A wealthy woman hires Agatha to determine which of her family members is plotting to kill her...and then is found murdered. When Agatha isn't busy trying to solve this crime, she is planning the perfect Christmas dinner party where she ...more
May 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Agatha Raisin, eternally hopeful for romance, love and a perfect storybook Christmas, hires a young girl as a trainee in her private enquiry firm, and starts investigating a family who is suspected of plotting to murder their mother/matriarch. The usual familiar characters appear- Roy Silver, one of Agatha's former colleagues at an advertising firm- Sir Charles Fraith, a sometime lover and cheapskate friend- Bill Wong, a local police detective- Mrs. Bloxby, wife of the local vicar and good frien ...more
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio, mystery
Love this swerve away from the normal activities of the Agatha Raisin books as Agatha, who grew up in the Birmingham slums, wants the picture perfect Cotswold Christmas and will stop at nothing to get it.
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Agatha, like many of us, dreams of a perfect Dickensian Christmas (and of course, a smooch or two under the mistletoe with ex James Lacey) and sets out to provide one for her nearest and dearest. As expected, hilarity ensues AND at least one body is found. There were some really funny moments in this one--a great way to ease into the holiday spirit. I do love this bunch, more with every book.
Dec 20, 2018 rated it liked it
not all that well written but fun and light and silly. just what i needed.
Heidi Burkhart
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book kept me guessing! I enjoyed the holiday theme woven into the story.
Hattie McInerney
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Love how easy these books are to read, started and finished in a day and great to hear that Agatha got her almost perfect Christmas!
Melissa Keller
Jul 18, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 Nothing amazing but another enjoyable mystery.
Linda Smatzny
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
In this book, Agatha Raisin is dreaming of the perfect Christmas even though it is only October. Agatha hires a new person, a young girl who has really good luck with her first two cases. Agatha has received a letter from a woman who feels someone in her family is going to kill her. When she is found dead, Agatha investigates to find the killer. Agatha is beginning to feel her age and resents that. The book was a very quick easy read.
Why is it that most of us, if we are truly honest with ourselves, are just a little bit disappointed with Christmas? That is because we want it all to be perfect, in the way of the traditional Christmas as depicted by cards, movies, and novels. In “Kissing Christmas Goodbye” Agatha Raisin strives for that perfect holiday, but like us all she falls short of the ideal. Anyone familiar with Agatha would know that going in... her plans seldom work out as she imagines. Her mishaps and disappointments ...more
Gary E
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book

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
The Flooze
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another marvelous installment, one in which all of Agatha's best qualities are showcased to the max.

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
This was my first attempt at an audio book. For the most part, I had to make myself pay attention. I find that when I drive, that's when I do some of my best thinking ;) But since I don't get to read nearly every book that I want to read...I checked this book on cd out at the library and have been listening to it for the past 2 weeks. (I mostly drive short it has taken awhile). This is my first experience with Agatha Raisin and I found her to be both amusing and annoying at times. She ...more
The Hobbit
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
#18 Agatha Raisin series. Agatha receives a letter from Phyllis Tamworthy, old and wealthy, claiming one of her family members is trying to kill her. Agatha agrees to pretend to be a guest at Phyllis's birthday party to observe her four children and their spouses. At the conclusion of the birthday tea, Mrs Tamworthy is unsteady getting up from her chair. She retires to her bedroom where she is found hours later, dead - poisoned and holding hemlock root in her hand! Was it one of the woman's chil ...more
Really love this series. I can't get enough of Agatha.
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A lovely book, Agatha's dreams of an idyllic Christmas and her unrequited love for James Lacey are not destined for success. However, as she plans a perfect Christmas, Agatha is enlisted to help solve a crime. Mrs Tamworthy, the victim, had called on Agatha, with her fears that someone wants her to die.

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
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