Hot to Trot

Hot to Trot

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"When Private Detective Agatha Raisin learns that her friend and one-time lover Charles Fraith is to be married to a mysterious socialite, Miss Mary Brown-Field, she sees it as her duty to find out what she can about the woman. Coming up empty, Agatha--out of selfless concern for Charles, of course--does the only sensible thing she can think of: she crashes their wedding, which ends in a public altercation. Nursing a hangover the next morning, she gets a phone call from Charles, with even more disturbing news: Mary has been murdered. Agatha takes on the case, and quickly becomes entrenched in the competitive equestrian world. Meanwhile, the police department has its money on another suspect: Agatha. Will she track down the criminal in time, or end up behind bars herself?"-- Publisher's marketing.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2020.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781250157751
9781250157775
Characteristics: xvi, 235 pages ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Green, R. W. - Author

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EssanayPaul
Jan 01, 2021

If you don't know, M.C.Beaton's health was failing and her friend filled out the story outline.
So many fans discount this book because the ghostwriter failed to capture the true essence of the characters. As a mystery on its own it is very good. Yes, the ghostwriter gets more involved in describing details of clothing that M.C. , but it is rarely more that two paragraphs at a time and I just skimmed those.

As far as the characters, I found Mrs. Bloxby the most inaccurate. She has a 'regular' drink at the local Pub. Agatha is more likable than usual, but her dander does get up and she over reacts as usual. I felt the characters are still there, just a little muted.

M.C. outlined a good mystery wrapping up the Charles storyline from the previous book. This will likely be the last book in the series, no other outlines were created for future books before M.C.Beaton's passing. So I endorse this final story which does close up some loose ends.

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THIGH
Dec 18, 2020

I was very disappointed in this book. I have read all of the Agatha Raisin books, more than once, and I love them. Reading this one I wondered if the author even read any of them. He didn't seem to know Agatha or James at all. R.W. Green goes into way to much detail to describe things that are not relevant to the story. It was hard to finish the book. I was really hopeful this would be a good book and the series could go on but if this is going to be the new Agatha I think it would be best to just not write anymore.

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florestine
Dec 13, 2020

First this book was not written by M. C. Beaton who died in 2019. The characters are hers and story ideas were discussed with her according to the preface but it was written by someone else. The writing style lacks the straight-to-the-point simplicity of Beaton which suited the choleric temperament of Agatha Raisin. It's a good read but took me a chapter or two to get over not getting what I expected. An enjoyable book nonetheless and close enough to give me the satisfaction of meeting the characters again.

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jmassarini
Dec 12, 2020

Having read through the Agatha Raisin series over the years, I read this edition on my PC. Found the story line fit well into the overall series, avoiding other series falling into dull routine and repetitive patterns. Agatha and friends remains fresh and interesting. This story should be very interesting for TV adaption as well, with more vibrant action scenes.

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brangwinn
Nov 17, 2020

This is my first Agatha Raisin mystery and now I look forward to reading the 30 that came before. Like Jessica Fletcher, she continually is enmeshed in mysteries. Running a detective agency in the Cotswolds takes a lot of energy. And now she’s struggling with the upcoming marriage of her friend and sometimes lover, Sir Charles. Is he marrying for love or for the money which comes with his bride. Her investigative skills come into play when Sir Charles is murdered. This series was taken over by R.W. Green. With no knowledge of the previous books, I found this a humorous satisfying and cozy book to read. I loved the audio version.

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