Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist continues the tradition in M. C. Beaton's beloved Agatha Raisin cozy mystery series—now a hit show on Acorn TV and public television.
Agatha Raisin's marriage was put off when her ex-husband showed up, unfortunately alive. Fortunately, he was murdered and Agatha solved the crime. Now she is off to Cyprus to track down her ex-fiance. Instead of enjoying their planned honeymoon, however, they witness the murder of an obnoxious tourist. Two sets of terrible tourists surround the unhappy couple, arousing Agatha's suspicions. And, much to James' chagrin, she won't rest until she finds the killer. Unfortunately, it seems the killer also won't rest until Agatha is out of the picture. Agatha is forced to track down the murderer, try to rekindle her romance with James, and fend off a suave baronet, all while coping with the fact that it's always bathing suit season in Cyprus.
Picking up where Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage left off, lovesick Agatha leaves her cozy Cotswolds cottage to follow her neighbor and ex-fiance, James Lacey (ex, because Agatha's long-AWOL husband, whom she had thought dead, turned out--albeit only briefly--to be alive), to Cyprus, where they were to have honeymooned. While searching for the elusive James, Agatha meets a dreary band of British tourists, including the upper-crust Olivia and George Debenham and the lowlier Trevor Wilcox and his garish wife, Rose. Once Agatha tracks down James, the uncomfortably and still platonically reunited lovers embark on an evening out with the Debenhams, the Wilcoxes and several others, only to have Rose's murder mar the fun. Agatha's sleuthing instincts surface, as she is determined to solve the murder and win back James. Beaton's lively prose see-saws between the investigation and Agatha's entertaining love life, as she finds comfort in the arms of a friendly baronet, Sir Charles Fraith, while sorting her feelings for Lacey. After several attempts on her life and a second murder, Agatha uncovers a web of deceit behind the snobby British facade. Beaton has the Agatha formula down pat. Her imperfect heroine is an absolute gem and, since these stories never take themselves too seriously, readers can relax and enjoy them with a clean conscience.