Sunday, January 19, 2014

Kissing Christmas Goodbye by M.C.Beaton

Completed 1/18/14
Synopsis:  Unlike quite a number of people, Agatha had not given up on Christmas. To have the perfect Christmas had been a childhood dream whilst surviving a rough upbringing in a Birmingham slum. Holly berries glistened, snow fell gently outside, and inside, all was Dickensian jollity. And in her dreams, ex-husband James Lacey kissed her under the mistletoe, and, like a middle-aged sleeping beauty, she would awake to passion once more
This year she is sure that if she invites James to a really splendid, old-fashioned Christmas dinner, their love will rekindle like a warm Yule log.

In the meantime, when a wealthy widow hires Agatha because she is convinced a member of her family is trying to kill her, Agatha is intrigued---especially when the widow drops dead after high tea at the manor house. Who in this rather sterile house, complete with fake family portraits, could have hated the old lady enough to poison her?
Agatha sets out to find the murderer, all the while managing a pretty, teenage trainee who makes her feel old.

My review:  Agatha Raisin can be a bit sharp tongued, opinionated, pushy and whiney all at the same time.  Her heart is in the right place when she hires Toni, a teenager running away from abuse. 
Yet, while she manages to love and care for Toni, she whines about how inadequate, frumpy and old Toni makes her feel and she worries that Toni will steal her friends away.

I liked Toni and hope she stays around.  There were plenty of characters to keep the book moving fast and the story interesting.

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