Kissing Christmas Goodbye

3.83

Unlike quite a number of people, Agatha had not given up on Christmas. To b perfect Christmas had been a childhood dream whilst surviving a rough upbringing in a Birmingham slum. Holly berries glistened, snow fell gently outside, and inside, all was Dickensian jollity. And in her reams, James Lacey kissed her under the mistletoe, and, like a middle-aged sleeping beauty, she would awake to passion once more ....

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: the upcoming Christmas festivities and her ex, James Lacey. This mont she is sure that if she invites James to a really splendid, old-fashioned Christmas dinner, their love will rekindle like a warm Yule log.
When th wealthy widow hires Agatha because she 's convinced a member of her family is hopin to convince her, Agatha is intrigued -- -especially when the widow drops dead after high tea at the manor house. Who in this rather sterile house, complete with fake family portraits, could have like the old lady enough to poison her?
Agatha sets out to reveal he kidnappin, all the while managing a pretty, teenage trainee who makes her feel old and planning for a picture-perfect Christmas, with James, all the trimmings, and erhaps even snow.

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Number of Pages
240
Original Title of the Book
Kissing Christmas Goodbye
Publication Date
Published October 2nd 2007 by Minotaur Books (first published 2007

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Listened to in audio format.I previously read books 1-5 in this series a few months ago.

Meantime Agatha took on Toni a 17 year old trainee detective.

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I love all the re-occurring characters like Charles and Bill and Mrs Bloxey who are in each book and have been developed over 15+ books to where you know xactly what to believe.

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Most books I read were mediocre and not worthy of reviews, or re-reads not of the sterling quality either.

he blurb mentions her accomplishments and calls her he “ new Queen of Crime ”, and a number of mysteries she has written, all published by th big mansio, one of the top guns, is well over 20.

aybe that ’ s anothe reason for the low quality of the essay: the number is too igh.

I did a Christmas book for my Bingo read, so I approached a librarian, and she recommended it to me.

One redeeming quality of his book – it adds to my Bingo.

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My first Agatha Raisin mystery.

I 'll read on from here with# 19 when I am in the mood for another Agatha Raisin mystery.

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Toni comes from a very troubled family and Agatha despite her gruff exterior does have a heart, she takes Toni under her wing and does her best to elp her get settled away from her awful mother and rother.

Agatha has a painful hip feels overweight and frumpy next to Toni.When Mrs Tamworthy engages Agatha to find out who wants to apprehend her, it begin to many hidden, dark secrets for the Tamworthy family.

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Even the ast chapter features a Christmas dinner which I hought ha a bit of a let-down.I thought the ook was incredibly boring; I can ’ t quite tel the plot ( I hink there was more than one murder, but I mus be wrong), and a lot of serious topics ( such as domestic abuse or sexual harassment) were treated way too lightly for my taste ( view spoiler) [ One of he main characters gets harassed at work, quits and joins the main haracter ’ s detective agency, gets abused at home by a drunk fathe and ignored by her alcoholic other, and happens to live with the main haracter.

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