Agatha Raisin and the Love from Hell by M.C. Beaton

At last I managed to get a hold of the Agatha book in which she is actually married to James Lacey. Previously I had only read the pre marriage and post divorce books.

I did enjoy it as I really like Agatha Raisin as a character, she’s perfectly imperfect as far as I’m concerned, but I must admit to being just a wee bit disappointed that there wasn’t really much of James or the actual marriage involved in the storyline. The newly-weds are already living separately in their own cottages and James goes missing quite early on, but there’s blood in his cottage and of course Agatha is top suspect.

I thought that there might have been more in the way of witty and sarcastic banter between the spouses, (that probably says more about me than anything else!) leading to the inevitable break up but it turned out not to be like that at all. It was all rather mild and it seems that James wasn’t keen on Agatha caking herself with make-up, he criticised her dress sense and apparently hadn’t realised that her microwave is her best friend cooking-wise.

As ever, these books are great for the times when you can’t concentrate on anything too taxing.