Love, Lies and Liquor

Agatha Raisin Mysteries (Volume 17)

M. C. Beaton

Minotaur Books

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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 when he suddenly resurfaces and invites her on holiday at a surprise location, she’s ready to go yesterday. With visions of a romantic hideaway in Italy or the Pacific dancing in her head, Agatha sets off with James to...Snoth-on-Sea, in Sussex. While James may have fond memories of boyhood holidays there, the once-grand Palace Hotel is in shambles and freezing cold—as are fellow guests and newlyweds Mr. and Mrs. Jankers, who pick a fight with Agatha one night. Just as she and James prepare to flee to warmer climes, Geraldine Jankers is found dead on the beach…strangled with Agatha’s scarf. So much for holiday fantasies: For Agatha, trouble has a way of following her even when romance does not…
 

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LOVE, LIES and LIQUOR (CHAPTER ONE)

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JAMES LACEY, Agatha Raisin's ex-husband with whom she was still in love, had come back into her life. He had moved into his old cottage next door to Agatha's.

But although he seemed interested in Agatha's work at her detective agency, not a glint of love lightened his blue eyes. Agatha dressed more carefully than she had done in ages and spent a fortune at the beautician's, but to no avail. This was the way, she thought sadly, that things had been before. She felt as if some cruel hand had wound the clock of time backwards.

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“Beaton has a winner in the irrepressible, romance-hungry Agatha.”
—Chicago Sun-Times
 
“Another highly satisfying Beaton cozy, this one is long on the kind of social comedy that uses character, plot, and atmosphere to produce the laughter.”
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“Driven by Agatha’s strong personality, [Love, Lies, and Liquor] will please devoted fans.”
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M. C. Beaton

M. C. Beaton has been hailed as “the new Queen of Crime.” She is The New York Times bestselling author of the Agatha Raisin mysteries, including As the Pig Turns and Busy Body, set in the English Cotswolds, as well as the Hamish Macbeth mysteries set in Scotland. She has also written historical romance novels and an Edwardian mystery series under the name Marion Chesney. Before writing her first novels, Beaton worked as a bookseller, a newspaper reporter, a fashion critic, and a waitress in a greasy spoon. Born in Scotland, she currently divides her time between Paris and a village in the Cotswolds. She was selected the British Guest of Honor for the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in 2006.

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Love, Lies and Liquor
M. C. Beaton

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
August 2007
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780312368777
ISBN10: 0312368771
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 256 pages
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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Paperbacks
August 2012
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ISBN: 9781250026781
ISBN10: 1250026784
4 1/8 x 6 3/4 inches, 288 pages
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September 2006
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