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Kissing Christmas Goodbye (2007)

por M. C. Beaton

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Séries: Agatha Raisin (18)

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Will anyone be cosying up to Agatha under the mistletoe this Christmas? As December dawns, she is intent on planning traditional Dickensian celebrations, hopefully reanimating the spark between her & her ex, James Lacey. But when a murder occurs at the local manor house, Agatha sets forth on the trail of the killer.… (mais)
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Agatha as the Failed Protector + Toni Arrives
Review of the Blackstone Audio Inc. audiobook edition (October 2015) of the original St. Martin's Press Minotaur hardcover (January 2007)

Kissing Christmas Goodbye has Agatha's detective agency hired by a rich landowner to discover who in her family is trying to kill her. The lady is murdered before Agatha can hardly even begin to investigate. The main drama in this story is actually the hiring of the teenage detective Toni Gilmour, whom Agatha takes a protective wing over, probably seeing her own difficult youth reflected in the youngster. Toni will become a mainstay of the book series until the present day, unlike many of the temporary hires whom Agatha goes through. Toni proves to have an instinctive knack for the work and is lucky as well. The case is solved of course and the epilogue finds Agatha hosting a big Christmas feast for everyone which is more of a success than the disastrous Christmas dinner that ended the previous book.

I'm continuing to enjoy the fun of these cozies which are somewhat different from the TV-series which I saw first. Toni Gilmour is at last introduced here in this book #18 (in the TV series she was brought in at the beginning of Season 3, but as the niece of the housekeeper Simpson). Sir Charles is much more of a recurring character and occasional love interest than he is in the screen adaptation and his cheap and chintzy manners are played up quite a bit.

The narration of this book #18 and the following #19 is not by series regular Penelope Keith but by Wanda MacCaddon. MacCaddon is fine in the role but gives a much more restrained performance than Keith does in the other voices.

Most (28 of 32) of the Agatha Raisin audiobooks are free on Audible Plus. A continuation series Book 32 Down the Hatch is yet to be released, and is expected to be published in October 2021. Down the Hatch is apparently entirely written by continuation writer R.W. Green, whereas #31 Hot to Trot was a collaboration with M.C. Beaton.

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Kissing Christmas Goodbye has been adapted for the currently ongoing Agatha Raisin TV series (2016-). It is currently scheduled to be broadcast as Episode 1 in the upcoming Series 4 later in 2021. This will likely be as a pre-Christmas Special in December 2021. There is no trailer yet available. ( )
  alanteder | Sep 19, 2021 |
Agatha's always more appealing when she's down to business rather than pining after a man. ( )
  Stephen.Lawton | Aug 7, 2021 |
I don't normally start a series at the eighteenth book but I wanted something linked to Christmas and there it was. It turned out that being in the middle of everything was not a problem, it may even have skipped all that "who is Agatha Raisin and how did she get here?" stuff that can make the start of a series a little slow.

The Agatha Raisin I saw was someone who has started a second career, done well and become bored, Someone who sees herself as a tough cookie who has used sheer force of personality to climb from a bad home to being a successful woman, running her own small detective agency. Someone with an instinct to kindness and fairness that she hides, even from herself, with ex post rationalisations about return on investment that maintain her tough cookie self-image.

The story revolves around a new client, a rich old widow who lives in a stately home and owns the village around it, who asks Agatha to investigate who in her household is trying to poison her. Agatha imagines a sort Poirot investigation. A lot of the humour comes from how far away the reality is from Agatha's imaginings.

What I liked most about the book was Agatha's slow realisation of her changing desires. Hiring (rescuing might be a better description) a very young but brilliant (and lucky) detective from a background similar to her own, holds up a mirror to Agatha. It allows her to see that she's become older but that that isn't a bad thing. It lets her review her strengths and her achievements and puts her in a position to think about what she really wants.

At the beginning of the book, what she really wants is to have the perfect Christmas meal, in her cottage, with all her friends and to end up under the mistletoe in the arms of her ex-husband. By the end of the book, what she wants has changed as she slowly acknowledges who she is and how much she likes being who she is.

This was a light read with a funny and clever plot and engaging characters. A good book to settle down with before Christmas (or to bring Christmas back when you feel the need for it. ( )
  MikeFinnFiction | May 16, 2020 |
First appearance of Toni Gilmour. ( )
  TanteLeonie | Sep 26, 2017 |
The homosexual friend. The mix of working class female middle-aged hero and manor born friend. The intelligent Asian born policeman. Summed up you have the politically correct frame for the modern crime fiction. So much used it has become a modern cliche. Beaton`s twist is the pastiche. But moving a mixed gang into the-mystery-at-the-manor-genre which very frames are upstairs - downstairs makes the pastiche leak as water through a sieve. She "saves" the genre by contrasting her main characters (the new upstairs) with Poles/ Eastern Europe immigrants (the new downstairs). Which makes her main characters into social climbers rather than true democrats, and leaves the English class system not really challenged, despite her seemingly politically correct setting.

The mystery is neither solved by modern scientific methods nor by intelligent deductions, but by sudden leaps of intuition - twice.
The book´s cosy English-village-vicar´s-wife-is-my-friend-setting, may make the book work on a rainy day when you are in need of regression - especially if combined with a cup of tea and a slice of seed cake....

Penelope Keith reads well, as expected, and brings the experience up to the 2 stars that I´ve given. ( )
  Mikalina | Sep 28, 2016 |
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Will anyone be cosying up to Agatha under the mistletoe this Christmas? As December dawns, she is intent on planning traditional Dickensian celebrations, hopefully reanimating the spark between her & her ex, James Lacey. But when a murder occurs at the local manor house, Agatha sets forth on the trail of the killer.

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