Thursday, June 18, 2009

Review: Kissing Christmas Goodbye by M.C. Beaton (Agatha Raisin #18)

Agatha Raisin is bored. Her detective agency in the Cotswolds is thriving, but she’ll scream if she has to deal with another missing cat or dog. Only two things seem to offer potential excitement: Christmas, and her ex, James Lacey. This year Agatha’s sure that if she invites James to a splendid Christmas dinner, their love will rekindle like a warm Yule log…but that fantasy will have to wait for now. A wealthy widow—who sent Agatha a letter before her death saying one of her family intended to kill her—has been found dead. Now Agatha must set out to find the murderer, even though, in her heart, she’s still dreaming of a white Christmas, just like the ones she and James used to know…

This was the large print edition (yes, I really am that lazy to read large print instead of regular print!).

Although I do miss Harry, Toni is quite a nice replacement. I do hope things work out for her romantically. It was also nice to see Agatha, Charles, and Mrs.Bloxby through Toni's eyes and get a new perspective.

There were several laugh-out-loud moments in the book, my favorite being:

Roy looked at Agatha uneasily. Deirdre, all skeletal elegance and cut-glass voice, had once said to him that if Agatha ever died, she would cheerfully piss on her grave.

This one gets seven stars. It was really a very interesting, involved story with many levels. Agatha's elaborate Christmas dinner was lovely, and quite typical of her and her friends. I do like that Agatha is becoming more independent. I'm definitely looking forward to reading the next in the series!

Rating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆


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