Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage Book Summary and Study Guide

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Agatha Raisin has finally won over James Lacey when her husband, Jimmy Raisin breaks up their wedding and later Jimmy is murdered with Agatha arrested for his murder. After a long period of chasing James Lacey, Agatha is finally going to marry the most eligible bachelor until her husband breaks it up. Agatha is certain Jimmy was dead and continued on with the wedding without getting any solid proof. Her ex co-worker, Roy Silver decided to find him, which started this whole wedding break up and James calling off the wedding to potentially travel abroad. When Jimmy is found dead, Agatha is arrested for his murder because she threatened to kill him and then he ends up dead. And what is worst she sold her cottage to Mrs. Hardy to start a life with James. Agatha must do some detective work if she wants to keep her freedom. As more evidence is found, the charges against Agatha were dropped, but the murder suspect was a man with big feet with a tie around his neck. This leaves James as a potential suspect.
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So James and Agatha team up to solve this crime to clear their soiled reputation in the village of Carsely. The two leave to go to Mircester to see her first friend in the area, Bill Wong but finds he is now investigating her. They must dig up information of Jimmy's past if they want to figure out who killed Jimmy. They must follow the trail leading them to London to find more evidence and learn more about how Mrs. Serena Gore-Appleton is connected to Jimmy at the health farm. Following this lead, they speak to various people, who slowly give them clues to who the murderer is. The connection between Jimmy and Mrs. Serena Gore-Appleton is discovered. Their detective work is starting to get closer to the murderer, which has become dangerous for the pair with a fire set intended for them. After the fire, another attempt with a guy holding a gun at Agatha and warning them to stop asking questions happens as the pair and Mrs. Hardy are walking through the village after a dance. Then, two villagers are murdered, which meant the pair were coming closer to finding who the murderer was.

After interviewing several people from Jimmy's past, they stumble upon a picture of Mrs. Gore-Appleton, who was stealing from people and Jimmy was her partner. Agatha then confronts the murderer or Mrs. Gore-Appleton or the older version, who happened to be someone living in the village. Agatha is in danger once she has figured out the identity of the murderer.
Best part of story, including ending: I liked how the murderer was hard to figure out until the last few pages and it was shocking to find out who the murderer. I did not expect the murderer to be the person uncovered.

Best scene in story: My favorite part of the book is when Agatha figures out who Mrs. Appleton by a picture she had seen of her. It was a suspenseful moment as she is faced with the murderer and now you are wondering how she is going to get away.

Opinion about the main character: I like how Agatha is a feisty character, who doesn't take crap from anyone but still she is vulnerable when it comes to James. She has a hard exterior with a good heart despite how she is around others who annoy her.

The review of this Book prepared by Millicent Schrock a Level 2 American Robin scholar

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   50% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Killer purposely leaves clues Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Profession/status:    -   retiree Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   British Unusual characteristics:    -   Cynical or arrogant


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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