There Goes the Bride (Agatha Raisin Series #20)
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There Goes the Bride (Agatha Raisin Series #20)

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by M. C. Beaton

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Much as it goes against the grain, Agatha Raisin is trying to be a good sport. Even though her ex-husband James Lacey's upcoming marriage to the beautiful Felicity Bross-Tilkington fills her heart with dread, she takes a break from her successful detective agency to attend the wedding. It seems like a good idea at the time—especially since Agatha's had her


Much as it goes against the grain, Agatha Raisin is trying to be a good sport. Even though her ex-husband James Lacey's upcoming marriage to the beautiful Felicity Bross-Tilkington fills her heart with dread, she takes a break from her successful detective agency to attend the wedding. It seems like a good idea at the time—especially since Agatha's had her sights on the très handsome Frenchman Sylvan. But as soon as she lays eyes on James, she realizes she's still desperately in love. Then, just moments before saying "I do," Felicity is shot. And now Agatha—highly competitive, hopelessly romantic, and no stranger to scandal—is named the prime suspect for murder….

There Goes the Bride shows bestselling mystery author M.C. Beaton at the top of her game.

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“Tourists are advised to watch their backs in the bucolic villages where M. C. Beaton sets her sly British mysteries...Outsiders always spell trouble for the societies Beaton observes with such cynical humor.” —The New York Times Book Review

“[Beaton's] imperfect heroine is an absolute gem!” —Publishers Weekly

“Beaton's Agatha Raisin series just about defines the British cozy.” —Booklist

“Anyone interested in...intelligent, amusing reading will want to make the acquaintance of Mrs. Agatha Raisin.” —Atlanta Journal Constitution

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

“Few things in life are more satisfying than to discover a brand-new Agatha Raisin mystery.” —Tampa Tribune Times

“The Raisin series brings the cozy tradition back to life. God bless the Queen!” —Tulsa World

“The Miss Marple–like Raisin is a refreshingly sensible, wonderfully eccentric, thoroughly likable heroine...a must for cozy fans.” —Booklist

“Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, pack-a-day habit, and major man lust…Beaton's latest installment, in which Aggie gets mixed up in a deadly jam-tasting contest, is pretty terrific--a must-read.” —Entertainment Weekly on A SPOONFUL OF POISON

“Take two fine old English traditions--the village fete and death by poison--and you have a clever tale...featuring irascible, lovable Agatha Raisin. A Spoonful of Poison will go down just fine.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch on A SPOONFUL OF POISON

“Beaton's sly humor enhances the cozy-style plotting, while updates on Agatha's…romantic travails are as delightful as ever. The open-ended resolution points to more madcap mayhem to come.” —Publishers Weekly on A SPOONFUL OF POISON

“British cozy fans will no doubt find this book an engaging teatime companion.” —Booklist on THE WALKERS OF DEMBLEY

“Trenchant and droll.” —St. Petersburg Times on THE WALKERS OF DEMBLEY

“Among writers of cozy village mystery series, count M.C. Beaton as one who creates a nice tea party.” —Associated Press on THE WALKERS OF DEMBLEY

“From the author's sure-fire plot comes this fail-safe moral: It takes an outsider to open people's eyes to the beauty--and the evil--within.” —The New York Times Book Review on THE POTTED GARDENER

“Compare this one to lemon meringue pie: light. . .with a delicious hint of tartness at its heart.” —The Washington Times on THE POTTED GARDENER

“Agatha Raisin is still at the top of her game…in her most challenging case yet.” —Publishers Weekly on KISSING CHRISTMAS GOODBYE

“Beaton, the reigning queen of the cozies, adds an English manor house and a Christmas theme to her usual Costwold village setting, upping the comfiness factor even higher.” —Booklist on KISSING CHRISTMAS GOODBYE

“Another highly satisfying Beaton cozy, this one is long on the kind of social comedy that uses character, plot, and atmosphere to produce the laughter.” —Booklist on LOVE, LIES AND LIQUOR

“Driven by Agatha's strong personality, [Love, Lies and Liquor] will please devoted fans.” —Publishers Weekly on LOVE, LIES AND LIQUOR

“Though Agatha is still a bit of a piece of work, she is mellowing with age, and in this book even forgets to ‘gussy' herself up once when she goes out. There's a cliffhanger at the end...that is going to be interesting in the next book.” —Deadly Pleasures on THE PERFECT PARAGON

“This is the latest perfectly precious prose problem from Beaton, Britain's successor to Dame Agatha Christie. If you've never read an Agatha Raisin novel, it's time to start, and you'll have fifteen more of these confections awaiting you. Polish those off, and you still have a batch of Hamish Macbeth tales. All of them are cunningly plotted, beautifully written and more fun you can imagine. The Perfect Paragon is as perfect as all the others, and you won't figure out whodunit until the final pages.” —The Globe & Mail on THE PERFECT PARAGON

“Entertaining…welcome back to Carsely, the charming Cotswolds village that's home to the sixteenth Agatha Raisin mystery.” —Publishers Weekly on THE PERFECT PARAGON

“Fabulous…M.C. Beaton is at her best with this fine tale filled with twists.” —Midwest Book Review on THE PERFECT PARAGON

“It's been 40 years since Dame Agatha Christie's death, and in that time, reviewers have often bestowed her mantle on new authors. M. C. Beaton is one of those so honored, and she deserves it. When it comes to artfully constructed puzzle plots and charming settings, Beaton serves it up…This is a classic British cozy plot, and a setting done with panache. Maybe M. C. Beaton really is the new ‘Queen of Crime.'” —The Globe & Mail on THE DEADLY DANCE

“It is always fun to read an Agatha Raisin mystery, but the latest installment freshens up a delightful series by converting the heroine from amateur sleuth to professional without changing her caustic wit. Agatha remains crude and rude even to clients, but also retains that vulnerability that endears her to readers.” —Midwest Book Review on THE DEADLY DANCE

“A very satisfying change for the smart woman of mystery with a new cast of colorfully realized characters blending with a few old favorites.” —Mystery Lovers Bookshop News on THE DEADLY DANCE

“The story was first-rate and moved along with many twists and turns that kept me always guessing…I read this book in one sitting, which I think speaks for itself.” —I Love a Mystery on THE DEADLY DANCE

“Fans of Agatha Raisin will be absolutely delighted at this latest addition to the series. Ms. Beaton has surpassed herself in The Deadly Dance.” —Reviewing the Evidence on THE DEADLY DANCE

Publishers Weekly
Near the start of bestseller Beaton's splendid 20th Agatha Raisin mystery (after 2008's A Spoonful of Poison), the lovelorn middle-aged detective reluctantly attends the wedding of her ex-husband, James Lacey, in the market town of Hewes. But before James can tie the knot with the lovely, much younger Felicity Bross-Tilkington, the bride is shot to death. Felicity's mother hires Agatha and her young detecting associate, Toni Gilmour, to find the monster responsible, despite the disapproval of Felicity's real estate whiz father, George. As other corpses connected to George begin turning up, his visiting friend, the debonair Sylvan Dubois, flirts shamelessly with Agatha. Sylvan's deadly charm puts Agatha in harm's way after she figures out the Frenchman and George are involved in illegal activities. Some Beaton fans may wish her heroine will find lasting romance and happiness, but a closing twist or two suggests Agatha is unlikely to settle down with one man anytime soon. (Oct.)
Library Journal
In Beaton's 20th Agatha Raisin mystery, trouble comes with an invitation to ex-husband James's engagement party. Agatha is reluctant to attend but can't stand appearing jealous of the young bride. The party is a disaster, with angry words for everyone from the bride, barely dressed waiters, and a beleaguered groom. But when the wedding is canceled, it's because the bride has been fatally shot at the altar. As soon as she's cleared of suspicion, Agatha begins her own investigation into the murder, providing the police with solid clues and a few suspects, including a debonair Frenchman she'd like to date. But she can't stop questioning herself and her choices. Agatha's insecurity over her looks, her sleuthing skills, and her appeal to men soften her gruff personality, allowing readers to root for a happy ending for her no matter what trouble she starts. VERDICT Beaton and cozy fans will want this one. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 6/1/09.]—Stacey Hayman, Rocky River P.L., OH
Kirkus Reviews
Detective agency owner Agatha Raisin's ongoing obsession with her ex-husband lands her in the soup. About to marry the young and beautiful Felicity Bross-Tilkington, James Lacey doesn't want to see his ex-wife again, especially outside the happy couple's Crimea hotel. He accuses her of stalking him, a charge Agatha hotly denies. After all, despite her tough exterior and bossy demeanor, she's once again busy falling for the wrong man. This time it's suave Frenchman Sylvan Dubois, a friend of the bride's parents. When Felicity is found shot dead, Agatha and James are high on the suspect list, Agatha for obvious reasons and James because-belatedly realizing that dazzled by youth and beauty, he'd ignored his fiancee's extreme lack of intelligence-he tried to cancel the wedding. First accused of murder, then hired by Felicity's mother to find the killer, Agatha has plenty of help from the detectives who work for her agency and a former employee, clever young Toni Gilmour. Always seeking the limelight, Agatha, jealous of Toni's talent and good looks, had encouraged her to start her own agency. Now in financial difficulties, Toni returns to work for Agatha. Suspecting that the bride's father and Dubois may be involved in some illegal enterprises, the sleuths delve deeper. As the bodies pile up, Agatha wonders whether she'll escape her latest misadventure with her life. Agatha (A Spoonful of Poison, 2008, etc.) is as overbearing and abrasive as ever. But she does have her good points, as does this meandering tale.

Product Details

St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
Agatha Raisin Series, #20
Edition description:
First Edition
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Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

M. C. Beaton has been hailed as "the new Queen of Crime." She is The New York Times bestselling author of the Agatha Raisin mysteries, including As the Pig Turns and Busy Body, set in the English Cotswolds, as well as the Hamish Macbeth mysteries set in Scotland. She has also written historical romance novels and an Edwardian mystery series under the name Marion Chesney. Before writing her first novels, Beaton worked as a bookseller, a newspaper reporter, a fashion critic, and a waitress in a greasy spoon. Born in Scotland, she currently divides her time between Paris and a village in the Cotswolds. She was selected the British Guest of Honor for the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in 2006.

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There Goes the Bride 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
ZoeyTheCat More than 1 year ago
This is by far one of the worse Agatha Raisin books, and very disappointing. It is full of Agatha's whining and railing on about her age, wrinkles, jealousy of younger women, Narcissistic self-pity. While I've read other books from the library about Agatha and know that it's one of her major personality flaws, this book rarely allows you to get through five pages without the whining about her age. The plot points are all over the place and Agatha unbelievably puts herself in harms way and just as unbelievably escapes death....MULTIPLE TIMES. Being a detective you would think she would check out an incredibly expensive dating service before joining at the cost of ten thousand pounds, only to find that she gets set up with losers. Not to be thwarted, she gets into another scenario where she makes a friend and, although a killer is on the loose and gunning for her, she doesn't check out anything. There are a lot of editing issues too, with repetitive errors. Happy to say, I've never paid for one of these books and at the cost of nine dollars, I never would. I enjoy Beaton's Hamish Macbeth series much more than this. Agatha Raisin is too vain, vulgar, man-crazy, whiny, and mean spirited for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have thoroughly enjoyed all the Agatha Raisin books - until this one. Finishing A Spoonful of Poison spurred me to download the Barnes and Noble e-reader onto my iphone so I could read There Goes the Bride. The good news - I learned a new technological trick. The bad news - I wasted time, money, and storage on my iphone with There Goes the Bride. The last third of the book was repetitious and seemed Marion was just trying to fill up pages so she could get the book to the publisher ASAP. I was quite happy to finish the latest Agatha book and am quite content to wait as long as it takes to read the next one.
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SchaeferR More than 1 year ago
I love M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin books. Easy reads, fun and entertaining. I have often thought it would be nice if they would make a weekly series out of the Agatha Raisin books. A British Version of "Murder, She Wrote" and wouldn't the scenery be grand?
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Kahuna24 More than 1 year ago
Agatha Rocks again in this, her 20th episode. She is up and down so often that the ending is quite a ride. She either surprises or gets surprised at each turn. You will love this book and if you have never read her series, start anywhere and you will love her.
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