There Goes the Bride (Agatha Raisin Series #20)

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For whom the wedding bells toll…

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 ...

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Overview

For whom the wedding bells toll…

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….

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

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Editorial Reviews

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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

A SPOONFUL OF POISON

“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

“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

"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

THE WALKERS OF DEMBLEY

“British cozy fans will no doubt find this book an engaging teatime companion.”—Booklist

“Trenchant and droll.”—St. Petersburg Times

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

THE POTTED GARDENER

“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

 “Compare this one to lemon meringue pie: light. . .with a delicious hint of tartness at its heart.”

The Washington Times

KISSING CHRISTMAS GOODBYE

“Agatha Raisin is still at the top of her game…in her most challenging case yet.”

—Publishers Weekly

“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

LOVE, LIES AND LIQUOR

“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

“Driven by Agatha’s strong personality, [Love, Lies and Liquor] will please devoted fans.”—Publishers Weekly

THE PERFECT PARAGON

“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

“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

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

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

THE DEADLY DANCE

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312373221
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/31/2010
  • Series: Agatha Raisin Series , #20
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 294
  • Sales rank: 425,879
  • 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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  • Posted January 11, 2010

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    Agatha Rocks!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    Good Story

    This is an Agatha Raisin series and while I like M>C> Beatons style of writing this main character can be irritating with her neediness.

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  • Posted March 26, 2012

    Agatha's adventures never tire you out!

    Again, Ms. Beaton has taken the life of Agatha Raisin and placed her in situations with numerous colorful individuals, changing scenarios, travels and that constant quest for her own love, while she solves some rather twisted routes to identifying the guilty.

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  • Posted January 21, 2012

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    Another great adventure for Agatha

    Agatha Raisin. Need I say more?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2011

    M.C. Beaton scores again!

    Agatha is a complicated character, but I can certainly sympathize with her in many ways. The men in her life are wimps and more bother than they are worth. Her life seems a bit cluttered and I do find myself wishing she would "get a grip"; a little less OCD perhaps. I am adicted to the British cozy and her stories detail much what I have come to enjoy about village life.

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  • Posted April 29, 2010

    Entertaining as always!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2010

    Disappointing

    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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  • Posted December 12, 2009

    Forever Agatha

    Always a good read is an Agatha Raisin mystery. You either love her or can't stand her. I am glad, always, to see another episode in her life reach print, good relaxing escapism.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2009

    Agatha Raisin does it again!

    As an "older" person, I love Agatha. M.C. Beaton is always a fun read. Nothing heavy, just enjoyable!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2009

    The Old Agatha Is Back!

    Let me start off by saying I love M. C. Beaton and her cleverly written Agatha Raisin series; however, I feel that her last few books fell short of the previous ones. I had a bit of trouble getting into this one, because there were so many characters and plots, but it did pick up after a while. The last two chapters are priceless and I am happy to say that the old Agatha, the fiesty "throw caution to the wind" character, is back. Beaton left me wanting to read more. Too bad it's usually a year in between each new publication.

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  • Posted August 16, 2009

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    The twentieth Raisin cozy retains the amusing freshness and out of control fun of the previous entries

    In a small village in the Cotswold of England, Agatha Raisin is getting more and more cases for her new detective agency. Overworked and needing a rest from her caseload Agatha takes a vacation visiting several of Europe's most famous battlefields. She goes to Istanbul to see the infamous Charge of the Light Brigade during the Crimea War. However, Agatha is horrified to see her former husband James Lacey and his much younger fiancée Felicity Bross-Tilkingtonare also there.town. James assumes the obsessive compulsive Agatha Raisin is stalking him as he also sees her a continent from home in the Gallipolis.

    Back in England, Agatha ignores his accusations and tries to ignore him too although the entire village is coming out for his second marriage. Agatha buries herself in her work while James waits for his bride to walk down the aisle; only to find her corpse with a bullet hole in it. The police suspect Agatha in a crime of passion, but she has witnesses that place her elsewhere. Felicity's stunned distraught mother hires Agatha to find out who killed her daughter as she distrusts the cops to do an adequate job once they fixate on a suspect; in this case Agatha in spite of her alibi. However, her investigation proves dangerous as someone wants to inter Agatha resting in peace next to Felicity.

    The twentieth Raisin cozy retains the amusing freshness and out of control fun of the previous entries as once again crotchety Agatha is her usual acerbic self with her ex, his fiancée, the cops, and returning sleuth Toni Gilmour. She is even acrimonious with her new love interest, Sylvan Dubois, a friend of Felicity's father; as she suspects both of them in some dubious activities. The whodunit is a wonderful puzzler, but as always in this fabulous series, fifty something abrasive, acerbic Agatha owns the story line a she verbally dishes out A SPOONFUL OF POISON to anyone who ventures nearby.

    Harriet Klausner

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