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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,210 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: M. C. Beaton Narrator: Penelope Keith Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Agatha Raisin Mysteries Release Date: October 2009 ISBN: 9781482979053
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Bossy, impulsive, yet hopelessly romantic, Agatha is dreading the upcoming marriage of her ex-husband, James Lacey. Although she has set her sights on a handsome and beguiling new Frenchman, she can’t quite stop obsessing about James. Her best intentions to move on with her life are put on hold when James’s young bride is shot to death just minutes before saying “I do” and Agatha is named the prime suspect. 

Agatha’s sleuthing sidekick Toni stands ready to help find the real killer, but the case proves trickier than ever. Will her name be cleared, or has the outrageous Agatha finally had her last romp?

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  • “A riot. Fans, old and new, will be delighted.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “Splendid.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Cozy fans will want this one.”

    Library Journal

  • “As a longtime fan of M. C. Beaton—and Agatha Raisin in particular—I have to say that There Goes the Bride really is one of the most fun novels in the series. As always, there are the expected twists, turns and close calls as Agatha plunges ever forward to solve the crime. In addition, Beaton includes priceless moments regarding Agatha’s personal life—laugh-out-loud moments that only a character like Agatha can engender. Pick this one up now! You won’t be disappointed.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 2/17/2014

    " excellent. truly good stuff "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 1/26/2014

    " I am a huge fan of M.C. Beaton and the Agatha Raisin series. I love the plucky personality of Agatha, and always can't wait to see what she is going to get herself into next. In "There Goes the Bride," Agatha gets into quite a few scrapes, and puts her life in danger more than once. Agatha seemed to be off her mark a little bit, being taken in by characters who were not trustworthy, several times over. I nearly thought that she was going to throw in the towel on detective work and that this would be the last Agatha Raisin mystery, if not for the fact that the next one recently came out in hardback. I got the feeling with this book that M.C. Beaton is tiring of the Agatha Raisin character, and perhaps needs to take a break? While I loved this book as much as previous books featuring Agatha Raisin, I just felt that her heart really wasn't in this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carole | 1/17/2014

    " Agatha Raisin is a really odd, quirky character with lots of flaws and foibles. Maybe that's why I like her. She is definitely a different kind of sleuth from the norm. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 1/14/2014

    " These aren't gripping mysteries. They're sort of off-putting for the first few books, but once I got past the silliness of Agatha and realized she's just a scared-of-getting-old, vulnerable, man-crazy broad, I warmed up to her and to her foibles. Now, on the 20th book, she feels like an old friend, one I wish I could meet in person. She seems very real to me, a woman of that "certain age" also. In this installment, Agatha is at first under suspicion for the murder of her ex-husband's fiancee, but she's cleared and plods on to solve the murder, becoming obsessed with any eligible man she comes across, comme d'habitude. I can hardly wait for the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 1/13/2014

    " James Lacey who is Agatha Raisin's ex husband is going to get married and Agatha is out to stop the wedding. Before she even gets a chance the prospective bride is murdered. Agatha and her detectives set out to uncover the murderer. Another charming entry in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 1/10/2014

    " I love books with quirky characters.. Agatha Raisin, private detective, solves one of her many cases. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki Lanzendorf | 1/5/2014

    " This was an OK book. Mysteries aren't usually my favorite books, but I did enjoy this one. Easy summer read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 12/23/2013

    " Classic Agatha Raisin...I think these books are best read one after the other so that you feel for the characters. I got tired of Agatha this time...the book was okay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 12/22/2013

    " I am working my way through this series. Sometimes formulaic is good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi (awesome group member) | 12/17/2013

    " Oh Agatha! I love you. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Di | 12/1/2013

    " One of the most boring pieces of crap I have ever read. Too many characters, Too much going on. Not even well written. I don't think I'll be reading any more from this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Isabel | 11/29/2013

    " Not particularly well written, but a good quick read, as are all the Agatha Raisin books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Yazzie | 10/21/2013

    " Drags on a bit, but generally a pleasant, easy way to pass the time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Agnes | 9/26/2013

    " Fun little story. Nothing earth-shaking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia | 6/3/2013

    " another quick and easy read. even with a gap since read any am finding her a rather annoying character now!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa | 3/4/2013

    " I love this series and finished reading this over Thanksgiving holidays. I like Agatha, the heroine. She's not very likeable, but somehow likeable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy | 8/28/2012

    " A very quick read, enjoyable but light. The bride-to-be of James Lacey, Agatha Raisin's former husband, is murdered minutes before the wedding. Agatha, although a suspect, is hired by the bride's mother to investigate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee | 6/3/2012

    " Typical Agatha Raisin book. Always fun to read these books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 3/31/2012

    " Agatha Raisin is a bit prickly, a retired advertising executive trying to adjust to retirement in a country town, rubs a few people up the wrong way but she ends up growing on you. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cece | 3/22/2012

    " There is nothing wrong with a little silly reading, and this series usually fits that description pleasantly. One night quick reads after a long week can be just perfect. But this outing was disappointing. Choppy, forced, predictable. Agatha begins to grate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 10/17/2011

    " Another fun Agatha Raisin mystery! I really enjoy sitting down with a cup of hot tea & imagining life in the Cotswolds with Agatha! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rochelle | 9/7/2011

    " Once again, decently written. Entirely unlikable protagonist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donald | 6/4/2011

    " Quite an eventful book for Agatha, with yet another love affair and a few attempts to murder her. Can't help but feel it was a bit lazy to have yet another character named 'Trixie' following hard on the heels of the vicar's wife named Trixie in the previous book tho . . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy | 4/25/2011

    " A very quick read, enjoyable but light. The bride-to-be of James Lacey, Agatha Raisin's former husband, is murdered minutes before the wedding. Agatha, although a suspect, is hired by the bride's mother to investigate. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bonnie | 3/9/2011

    " Not my favorite Agatha Raisin mystery, but entertaining enough. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 3/5/2011

    " Picking up an Agatha Raisen story is like putting on a pair of old slippers, even if they are shabby and worn, there is something comforting there:) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty | 1/24/2011

    " James invites Agatha, and her detectives, to his wedding but from the pre-wedding festivities it appears things are not as they should be. The Agatha Raisin stories seem to get off track more and more lately. This one continued on a bit long and didn't really seem to be resolved by the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linette | 1/7/2011

    " Although I love Agatha Raisin and continue to read these because of her, the stories have become somewhat formulaic and shallow, rushing through entire relationships beginning to end sometimes in a few pages. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robyn | 12/8/2010

    " Agatha Raisin is at it again, trying to solve a mystery and worrying if she's still attractive. While I enjoy the mystery saving, I'm beginning to tire of her constant search for a man. One date and she thinks she has her mate for life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ronnie | 11/22/2010

    " strange book- entertaining but a bit weird! Not my style! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Regina | 11/11/2010

    " Not the greatest cozy mystery out there, but I have a soft spot in my heart for Agatha Raisin and always enjoy knowing what she's up to. The mystery seemed very contrived. It's the backstory with the insecure Agatha that I love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 10/30/2010

    " I have read all of agatha raisin and hamish macbeth books by mc beaton - love them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 'jean | 10/9/2010

    " Maybe her first few were better. This one was not that great, almost gave it a 1. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tigger | 10/5/2010

    " TERRIBLE. Couldn't even make it through the first chapter. The writing is so dry and uninteresting, it was painful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee | 9/30/2010

    " Typical Agatha Raisin book. Always fun to read these books. "

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About the Author

M. C. Beaton has won international acclaim for her bestselling Hamish Macbeth mysteries and the Agatha Raisin mystery series. She is also the author of more than one hundred romance titles and a series of romantic suspense novels, the Edwardian Mystery series. Born in Scotland, she now divides her time between Paris and the English Cotswolds.

About the Narrator

Penelope Keith—award-winning actress and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire—has appeared on stage and in many television programs but is perhaps best known for her roles in To the Manor Born and The Good Life.