Love, Lies and Liquor (Agatha Raisin, Bk 17)
Love Lies and Liquor - Agatha Raisin, Bk 17 Author:M. C. Beaton Agatha Raisin is lonely. Busy as she is with her detective agency and the meetings of the Carsely Ladies' Society, she still misses her ex-husband, James Lacey, so she welcomes his return to the cottage next door with her usual triumph of optimism over experience---especially when he invites her on holiday at a surprise location that was once ve... more »ry dear to him. With visions of a romantic hideaway in Italy or the Pacific dancing in her head, Agatha goes off happily with James to...Snoth-on-Sea, in Sussex.
While James may have fond memories of boyhood holidays there, Snoth-on-Sea has seen better days, as has the once-grand Palace Hotel, now run-down and tacky and freezing cold. Nor do the other guests have much to recommend them, especially the brassy honeymoon couple, Mr. and Mrs. Jankers, who pick a fight with Agatha in the dining room. But trouble has a way of following Agatha even if romance does not: Just as she and James are preparing to flee to warmer climes, Geraldine Jankers is found dead on the beach---strangled with Agatha's scarf. So much for Agatha's holiday fantasies: Not only is it time to put her detective skills to work, but the police are not even sure that she'll be allowed to leave town.« less
This was my first read from this series. I don't like this book nearly as well as those about Hamish. Agatha is an unlikeable woman that I almost want to frame for murder myself. I doubt I'll actually read other books from this series, even if the plot was decent. I like the series hero to be at least somewhat likeable. Agatha could very well become the victim in one of these books for her cheating and sheer mean behavior.
This is the 1st book I have read by M C Beaton. I liked that I didnt have to read the 1st book in the series to understand the book. I loved reading it. Couldnt wait to get back to it. Found it enjoyable. I actually like Agatha Raisin because her emotions seemed REAL. Not some overly brave, risk taking heroine. The events that happened to her really shook her up. She cries, she gets scared. The 2 men in her life a pretty selfish. I love her neighbor the Vicars wife, a very stable woman who Agatha needs to be more like.