Friday, May 3, 2013

Review - Agatha Raisin There Goes the Bride

Title: Agatha Raisin There Goes the Bride
Author: MC Beaton
Publisher: Minotaur Books (September 29, 2009)
Format: Hardcover; Pgs 288
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Source: Library
Series:Agatha Raisin #20

This is the 20th book in this series, and I dare say, that this series is turning into one long book. Agatha Raisin is not changing and she is not learning from her previous disasters. You would think that MC Beaton would have been tired of writing the same old, same old, by now, but apparently not. Agatha’s former husband, James Lacey, is engaged to a much younger woman and both wistful and loathing Agatha has been invited to attend the wedding festivities. At the engagement party, she is swept away by Frenchman Sylvan, this is a man that she does not know, but that is nothing new for Agatha, and it is a recurring theme in all 20 books.

Now back to the wedding, the bride, Felicity, is found murdered on her wedding day and shock of all shocks, Agatha is suspected. To muddle matters even further, the bride’s mother Mrs. Bross-Tilkington hires Agatha to dig into her daughter’s death. Because of course, the mother of the bride would think that the number one suspect would be best at this. Okay, granted, Agatha has an alibi for the time, but still that seemed a bit more farfetched than usual.

It turns out that not only does Felicity's father have some explaining to do so does the suave Frenchman Sylvan. Now Agatha’s life is in danger and in danger and in danger since Sylvan will not stop until Agatha is dead.

This book was truly over about three quarters of the way through, but apparently, the page count was not where it should be and suddenly Agatha is thrown into silly situations. I swear if it were not for the fact that I have read this far into the series, I would have thrown the book against the wall and sworn off Agatha forever.

Now the big question – will I continue with the series? Of course I will, I have gotten this far and the recurring cast of characters are entertaining, but I do wish that Agatha would get a grip and learn from the last 19 books and stop acting like a love struck puppy.

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