Agatha Raisin and the Day the Floods Came (Agatha Raisin Series #12)

Agatha Raisin and the Day the Floods Came (Agatha Raisin Series #12)

by M. C. Beaton


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Agatha Raisin and the Day the Floods Came continues the tradition in M. C. Beaton's beloved Agatha Raisin mystery series—now a hit show on Acorn TV and public television.

Marital bliss was short-lived for Agatha Raisin. Her marriage to James Lacey was a disaster from the beginning, and in the end, he left her-not for another woman, but for God. After having been miraculously cured of a brain tumor, James has decided to join a monastery in France. Agatha can usually depend on her old friend, Sir Charles Fraith, to be there when times are tough, but even Charles has abandoned her, dashing off to Paris to marry a young French tart.

Miserable and alone, Agatha hops on a plane and heads for a remote island in the South Pacific. To Agatha's surprise, she makes friends with her fellow travelers easily, and keeps herself out of mischief, despite the odd feeling she gets from one particularly attractive honeymooning couple. But when she later finds that the pretty bride has drowned under suspicious circumstances, Agatha wishes she had found a way to intervene.

Returning home to the Cotswolds, Agatha is grimly determined to move on with her life and to forget about James and Charles. They have, after all, forgotten about her. And what better way than to throw herself into another murder investigation? A woman, dressed in a wedding gown and still clutching her bouquet, has just been found floating in a river. The police say it's suicide, but Agatha suspects the girl's flashy young fiancé. With the help of her handsome, and single, new neighbor, Agatha sets off to prove the police wrong.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250093998
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 10/19/2003
Series: Agatha Raisin Series , #12
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 173,306
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

M.C. Beaton is the Scottish-born author of the Agatha Raisin novels, the Hamish Macbeth series and The Skeleton in the Closet. She lives in a village in the English Cotswolds.

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Agatha Raisin and the Day the Floods Came (Agatha Raisin Series #12) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think MC Beaton went sleepwalking through this one. Most of the usual fun characters are here, but for some reason Agatha is the least fun of all. Perhaps because she is mourning the loss of James? But I miss antics such as those in earlier books - particularly her ruses in trying to win village competitions. The light-heartedness just wasn't quite there this time. And, while I am accustomed to Beaton's simplified style, I felt in this one she was REALLY gearing it to a fifth-grade reading level! A few more three-syllable words, MC - our intelligence won't be challenged!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After having read several of these Agatha Raisin books, this one is THE best! Agatha goes on holiday to rid her troubling mind of James Lacey, who has recently divorced her and joined the monastery. Agatha returns home and gets herself involved in another murder investigation. Ther is a new tenant in James Lacey's house and the plot thickens. Try it ~ you'll certainly find it entertaining.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It would take a team of horses to get me to not puchase Agatha's latest book adventures. I really enjoy this fisty lady. I did note that Agatha is not up to her perky self in this lastest book. I think that I have the remedy for Agatha's down state of mind. She goes to see a therapist, a handsome male therapist, and she gets her sassy self back in shape. Course, murder will happen.....who??? that's up to M. C. Beaton :)
Kathy89 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A cranky Agatha pining for James sees a dead girl in a wedding dress floating down a swollen river from Evesham. Having seen the girl a few days before in the beauty salon she decides to investigate on her own with the help of her new neighbor, a mystery novelist, James.
madamejeanie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
With her ex-husband in France, training to become a monk, a depressed Agatha comes back from a solitary holiday on a remote island just in time for horrendous rains to sweep through the Cotswolds. When the river floods the neighboring village, the body of a young blonde dressed in a wedding dress is discovered. It doesn't take very long for Agatha to decide to investigate and she is soon joining forces with the attractive new single neighbor who bought James' house. John Armitage is the author of detective stories and is more than anxious to jump into a real-life mystery. But the trail heats up and then plunges into a deep freeze (literally) and Agatha is very nearly in over her head for sure. In this one, Agatha is almost her old self again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Agatha stories need to ditch James and get on with it! I also miss the setting of the Cotswold villages and her cosy/nosy village neighbors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
M. C. has added a great series to cosy mystery fans everywhere
Fe More than 1 year ago
This is one enjoyable mystery series. Light, fun reading with a murder or two thrown it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Agatha is back in her funny and enjoyable way with this outing. She is on her own finally. James has joined a monastery and Sir Charles has married a French woman. The book starts with her on a holiday on an island off Chile's coastline where she meets a wonderful Spanish family, and she finds that they become good friends. But then she must go home, and sure enough there is another murder in nearby Evesham. They have a huge spring flood and Agatha is standing on a bridge watching the rushing water and she sees the body of a young girl floating face up in the water. She's wearing a bridal gown and holding a bouquet. Agatha is sure she's been murdered so she sets out on her own to discover the killer. In the meantime she teams up with her new neighbour, John, a writer who bought James' cottage. He's an attractive divorcee, but Agatha is determined not to get involved romantically with him. She again finds herself in danger as she tries to unearth the killer. This is a really funny little story, and I enjoyed it very much.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Agatha Raisin is in a deep funk. The man she loved, cherished after and finally married is divorcing her to become a monk in a French monastery. Her good friend Sir Charles is no longer available to keep her company because he married a French woman who is pregnant with twins. Her spirits are lifted when she finds the body of a bride in a wedding gown floating down the river.

She decides that since the police ruled the case a homicide she would solve it before the authorities do. Helping her is her new neighbor, crime writer John Armitage. While interviewing individuals connected to the victim, Agatha discovers the dead woman was a cunning, cold and manipulative person who was black mailing some people. While trying to figure out who that someone is, two attempts are made on her life before she finally figures it out and by then it is almost too late.

Agatha Raisin, a cranky, crude and raunchy woman somehow (and this reviewer doesn¿t have a clue) manages to warm her way into the reader¿s heart and elicit their sympathy. The latest installment in this long running series is funny, breezy and very enjoyable. Though the heroine has not changed an iota from the first tale, M.C. Beaton has written another winner.

Harriet Klausner