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Love, Lies and Liquor (2006)

por M. C. Beaton

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Love, Lies and Liquorcontinues the tradition in M. C. Beaton's beloved Agatha Raisin mystery series--now a hit show on Acorn TV and public television. 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 very 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.… (mais)
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Agatha and the Bitter Vacation
Review of the Blackstone Audio Inc. audiobook edition (February 2013) of the original St. Martin's Press Minotaur hardcover (September 2006)

Love, Lies and Liquor finds Agatha Raisin going off on vacation with ex-husband James Lacey for what she hopes will be a rekindled relationship. Instead they turn up at Snoth-On-The-Sea, a former resort town that had seen better days in the time of James' youth. Agatha gets into an argument with a loud-mouthed woman at a restaurant and later on the woman is found murdered with Agatha's scarf. As usual, Agatha has to solve the case and clear her own name as well. Meanwhile, the relationship with James goes back downhill and Sir Charles shows up to add to the antics.

I'm continuing to enjoy the fun of these cozies which are somewhat different from the TV-series which I saw first. 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 by regular reader Penelope Keith is always excellent in all voices. Keith is as perfect a voice fit for the audiobooks as Ashley Jensen is to the TV role.

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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Love, Lies and Liquor has not yet been adapted for the currently ongoing Agatha Raisin TV series (2016-). It is possibly in the running to be part of Series 4 which will probably be aired late in 2021 as they have been adapting the books roughly chronologically. ( )
  alanteder | Sep 12, 2021 |
It's always lovely to spend a little time with Agatha and thankfully she just manages to not out do her welcome in these short books that pass easily & quickly. Agatha is back to pining after James this time in the seaside village of Snoth on Sea. These are indeed "cozy crime" books as comfortable as worn slippers. ( )
  Stephen.Lawton | Aug 7, 2021 |
Agatha begins this tale by doing what every divorcée wants to do: go on vacation with her ex-husband. Oh, wait, maybe that isn’t what every divorcée is hoping for. But then, Agatha Raisin isn’t like most people. What starts as James’ stroll down memory lane, much to Agatha’s dismay, gets decidedly worse when an obnoxious women is found strangled with Agatha’s lost scarf. From then on, the story gets even more contrived and convoluted, as Aggie and her crew try solve the murder. If nothing else, an Agatha Raisin tale is entertaining, but one could only hope that Aggie could make up her mind about James once and for all. ( )
  Maydacat | Jun 12, 2019 |
I really like the Agatha Raisin mysteries, and in running through the list of books in this series I realized I missed out on reading #17, Love, Lies and Liquor. This mystery is set away from Carsley, at Snoth on the Sea, where Agatha and James are holidaying. A particularly nasty woman is murdered, and Agatha sticks around to solve the crime, even after she is cleared of suspicion. I like Agatha a lot, and what I liked best about this one is that she doesn't follow James around like a lost little puppy dog. It's a nice change, to see her not so obsessed with James. It was also nice to see Mrs Bloxby in there, helping Agatha solve the mystery. I really enjoyable mystery, and I'm looking forward to Agatha's next adventure. ( )
  StAliaoftheKnife | Mar 7, 2017 |
3 stars; would have enjoyed this more if it was set in Carsley. ( )
  Andrew-theQM | Jun 20, 2016 |
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Love, Lies and Liquorcontinues the tradition in M. C. Beaton's beloved Agatha Raisin mystery series--now a hit show on Acorn TV and public television. 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 very 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.

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