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Kissing Christmas Goodbye (Agatha Raisin Mysteries)

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Publisher Comments:

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 sleeping beauty, she would awake to passion once more....

Agatha Raisin is bored. Her detective agency in the Cotswolds is thriving, but shell scream if she has to deal with another missing cat or dog. Only two things seem to offer potential excitement: the upcoming Christmas festivities and her ex, James Lacey. This year she is sure that if she invites James to a really splendid, old-fashioned Christmas dinner, their love will rekindle like a warm Yule log.

     When a wealthy widow hires Agatha because shes convinced a member of her family is trying to kill her, Agatha is intrigued---especially when the widow drops dead after high tea at the manor house. Who in this rather sterile house, complete with fake family portraits, could have hated the old lady enough to poison her?

     Agatha sets out to find the murderer, all the while managing a pretty, teenage trainee who makes her feel old and planning for a picture-perfect Christmas, with James, all the trimmings, and perhaps even snow.

Review:

"The indestructible Agatha Raisin, still at the top of her game in her darkly droll 17th whodunit (after Love, Lies and Liquor), is feeling woefully middle-aged after hiring Toni Gilmour, an endearing U.K.-style Nancy Drew full of teen energy and charm. As Toni takes over the pet recovery end of the sleuthing business, Agatha looks into a mysterious letter from Phyllis Tamworthy, the rich matriarch of the Manor House in the idyllic Cotswolds, who suspects family members of plotting to kill her before she can change her will to disinherit them. Agatha and her friend Sir Charles Fraith attend Phyllis's 80th birthday party, only to see the lady keel over, poisoned by hemlock in her salad. Digging into Phyllis's past yields an even darker mystery. Bestseller Beaton's dry wit enhances Agatha's struggles with aging, men and her most challenging case yet." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Agatha Raisin is bored. Her detective agency in the Cotswolds is thriving, but shell scream if she has to deal with another missing cat or dog. Only two things seem to offer potential excitement: Christmas, and her ex, James Lacey. This year Agathas sure that if she invites James to a splendid Christmas dinner, their love will rekindle like a warm Yule log…but that fantasy will have to wait for now. A wealthy widow—who sent Agatha a letter before her death saying one of her family intended to kill her—has been found dead. Now Agatha must set out to find the murderer, even though, in her heart, shes still dreaming of a white Christmas, just like the ones she and James used to know….

Synopsis:

Be careful what you wish for

Agatha Raisin is bored. Her detective agency in the Cotswolds is thriving, but shell scream if she has to deal with another missing cat or dog. Only two things seem to offer potential excitement: Christmas, and her ex, James Lacey. This year Agathas sure that if she invites James to a splendid Christmas dinner, their love will rekindle like a warm Yule log…but that fantasy will have to wait for now. A wealthy widow—who sent Agatha a letter before her death saying one of her family intended to kill her—has been found dead. Now Agatha must set out to find the murderer, even though, in her heart, shes still dreaming of a white Christmas, just like the ones she and James used to know….

“Beaton has a winner in the irrepressible, romance-hungry Agatha.”—Chicago Sun-Times

 

 

About the Author

M. C. Beaton has been hailed as the "new Queen of Crime" (The Globe and Mail). Chosen as the British guest of honor at Bouchercon 2006, she is the author of seventeen previous Agatha Raisin novels, the Hamish Macbeth series, and an Edwardian mystery series published under the name Marion Chesney. Born in Scotland, she currently divides her time between Paris and the English Cotswolds.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312349110
Author:
Beaton, M C
Publisher:
St. Martin's Paperbacks
Author:
Beaton, M. C.
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
Subject:
Widows
Subject:
England
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Christmas stories
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Traditional British
Subject:
Mystery
Subject:
Detective / Women Sleuths
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Holidays
Subject:
Mystery & Detective/Cozy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Agatha Raisin Mysteries
Series Volume:
No. 18
Publication Date:
20081104
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
6.68 x 4.23 x 0.675 in

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Product details 256 pages St. Martin's Minotaur - English 9780312349110 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The indestructible Agatha Raisin, still at the top of her game in her darkly droll 17th whodunit (after Love, Lies and Liquor), is feeling woefully middle-aged after hiring Toni Gilmour, an endearing U.K.-style Nancy Drew full of teen energy and charm. As Toni takes over the pet recovery end of the sleuthing business, Agatha looks into a mysterious letter from Phyllis Tamworthy, the rich matriarch of the Manor House in the idyllic Cotswolds, who suspects family members of plotting to kill her before she can change her will to disinherit them. Agatha and her friend Sir Charles Fraith attend Phyllis's 80th birthday party, only to see the lady keel over, poisoned by hemlock in her salad. Digging into Phyllis's past yields an even darker mystery. Bestseller Beaton's dry wit enhances Agatha's struggles with aging, men and her most challenging case yet." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
Agatha Raisin is bored. Her detective agency in the Cotswolds is thriving, but shell scream if she has to deal with another missing cat or dog. Only two things seem to offer potential excitement: Christmas, and her ex, James Lacey. This year Agathas sure that if she invites James to a splendid Christmas dinner, their love will rekindle like a warm Yule log…but that fantasy will have to wait for now. A wealthy widow—who sent Agatha a letter before her death saying one of her family intended to kill her—has been found dead. Now Agatha must set out to find the murderer, even though, in her heart, shes still dreaming of a white Christmas, just like the ones she and James used to know….
"Synopsis" by ,

Be careful what you wish for

Agatha Raisin is bored. Her detective agency in the Cotswolds is thriving, but shell scream if she has to deal with another missing cat or dog. Only two things seem to offer potential excitement: Christmas, and her ex, James Lacey. This year Agathas sure that if she invites James to a splendid Christmas dinner, their love will rekindle like a warm Yule log…but that fantasy will have to wait for now. A wealthy widow—who sent Agatha a letter before her death saying one of her family intended to kill her—has been found dead. Now Agatha must set out to find the murderer, even though, in her heart, shes still dreaming of a white Christmas, just like the ones she and James used to know….

“Beaton has a winner in the irrepressible, romance-hungry Agatha.”—Chicago Sun-Times

 

 

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