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There Goes the Bride
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There Goes the Bride
An Agatha Raisin Mystery
By M. C. Beaton
Thorndike Press, Large Print Edition (2009)
ISBN 10: 1-4104-1939-8
ISBN 13: 978-1-4104-1939-2
Genre: Cozy Mystery

Reviewed by Auggie Moore - January 4, 2010

Agatha Raisin is doing it again. That is, she's looking for love in all the wrong places! Her ex-husband, James Lacey is getting married, which has her thinking that maybe she still wants him. At the same time she has her eyes on a young Frenchman that just might suit her every need. Her machinations are brought abruptly to a halt when Lacey's soon to be wife is shot dead on her wedding day. Among the suspects is Agatha herself!

This is a humourous and throughly enjoyable mystery set in modern day England. It is the twentieth installment in the Agatha Raisin saga, and Agatha is still as vibrant and lovely a character in this book as she was in the very first Agatha Raisin book. As well, the story is as fresh and original as ever. The bulk of the story is devoted, as you would expect, to Agatha trying to prove that she is innocent of the crime of murder, while at the same time figuring out who the real killer is. She is aided in her investigation by her old friend Toni Gilmour. Their task is made slightly easier because the bride's mother doesn't think that Agatha did it and even goes the extra step by actually hiring her to track down the killer. On the other hand, her task becomes even more complicated as the corpses begin to pile up! Worse, Agatha soon comes to suspect that her sexy Frenchman might be involved in this horrific crime, and as the investigation continues - so might be the bride's father!

Agatha has changed a lot over the years. Originally she was just your ordinary amateur detective, and now she runs her own detective agency. Despite these changes, she is still the same old Agatha who has an uncanny knack for getting herself into and out of trouble and who is always on the lookout for love - without much success. Like most of Beaton's books, this one has a fair dose of false leads, suitable suspects, and loads of trouble for Agatha. It is a must read for all Agatha Raisin fans, as well as for anyone looking for a delightful mystery to curl up with. Luckily, you do not have to read the Agatha Raisin books in order, so you can as easily start with this book as you can the first one - but be forewarned. If this is your first Agatha Raisin book, you'll want to go back and read the entire series - so set some time aside and enjoy!

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