Love, Lies and Liquor
An Agatha Raisin Mystery by M. C. Beaton
Review: Love, Lies and Liquor is the 17th mystery in this long-running mystery series by M. C. Beaton featuring private investigator Agatha Raisin.
Agatha thinks she's off on a romantic holiday with ex-husband James, but the resort town on the south English coast to which he takes them has seen better days and the hotel at which they are staying seems to be literally falling into the sea. After one of the guests is murdered in the middle of the night, Agatha finds herself initially accused of the crime when her scarf is used as the murder weapon. Hired by the dead woman's husband to locate the killer, Agatha learns there is no shortage of suspects who would have liked to see the obnoxious woman dead.
Love, Lies and Liquor is more about Agatha lamenting the sad state of her love life than about Agatha discovering the circumstances surrounding a mysterious death. The important men in her life take her for granted, and what's worse, she seems to allow it to happen. For an investigator who should know better, she agrees to meet a total stranger for dinner, a good-looking man who happens to be dressed smartly, and even that date ends with disastrous results. To say she has problems with the opposite sex would be an understatement.
But there's still that unsolved murder, and though the police are willing to close the case, Agatha isn't. Through sheer determination, and what seems to be more than a little bit of good fortune, she manages to name the guilty party.
Beaton is among the best authors of the traditional mystery and Agatha Raisin typifies the modern English village sleuth. But Love, Lies and Liquor strays a bit too far off course here. Agatha needs to spend more time thinking about her case than considering when, where, and with whom she'll be able to wear her filmy clothes.
Acknowledgment: Minotaur Books provided a copy of Love, Lies and Liquor for this review.
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Selected reviews of other mysteries by this author …
Death of a Maid
Mysterious Press (Hardcover), February 2007
ISBN-13: 9780892960101; ISBN-10: 0892960108
Location(s) referenced in Love, Lies and Liquor: Brighton, Sussex, Cotswolds
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Love, Lies and Liquor by M. C. Beaton — An Agatha Raisin Mystery
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: September 2006
List Price: $22.95