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Agatha Raisin Omnibus: The Quiche of Death, The Potted Gardener, The Vicious Vet and The Walkers of Dembley
 
 

Agatha Raisin Omnibus: The Quiche of Death, The Potted Gardener, The Vicious Vet and The Walkers of Dembley [Kindle Edition]

M.C. Beaton
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THE FIRST FOUR TITLES IN THE ACERBIC, ECCENTRIC AND HILARIOUS AGATHA RAISIN SERIES AT A BARGAIN PRICE.THE QUICHE OF DEATHRevenge is a dish best served warm...High-flying public relations supremo Agatha Raisin has decided to take early retirement. She's off to make a new life in a picture-perfect Cotswold village. To make friends, she enters the local quiche-making competition - and to make quite sure of first prize she secretly pays a visit to a London deli.Alas, the competition judge succumbs after tasting her perfect quiche, and Agatha is revealed as a cheat and potential poisoner. Definitely not the best start. So Agatha must turn amateur sleuth - she's absolutely got to track down the real killer!THE POTTED GARDENERAgatha goes digging where she shouldn't...Agatha is taken aback when she finds a new woman ensconced in the affections of her attractive bachelor neighbour, James Lacey. The beautiful Mary Fortune is superior in every way, especially when it comes to gardening - and with Carsely Garden Open Day looming, Agatha feels this deficiency acutely.So when Mary is discovered murdered, buried upside down in a pot, Agatha seizes the moment and immediately starts yanking up village secrets by their roots and digging the dirt on the hapless victim. But Agatha has an awkward secret too . . .THE VICIOUS VETAgatha lets sleeping vets lie...Retired PR boss Agatha Raisin is enjoying life in her pretty Cotswold village of Carsely. It even seems likely that the attractive new vet, Paul Bladen, has taken a shine to her. But before romance can blossom, Paul is killed in an accident with Lord Pendlebury's horse. Only the circumstances are rather suspicious.Agatha decides she must once more play amateur investigator. And this cloud has a silver lining - she can persuade her usually stand-offish neighbour, James Lacey, to become her partner in the quest. As usual, Agatha is quite prepared to rush in, heedless of the lurking menace to both James and herself.THE WALKERS OF DEMBLEYAn unexpected hike to the Other Side . . .After time away, Agatha Raisin returns to her beloved Cotswold village of Carsely - and to her handsome neighbour, James Lacey. True, James seems less than thrilled to see her, but Agatha is soon distracted by a sensational murder. The victim, found in a field, is young hiker Jessica Tartinck, who spent her life enraging landowners by insisting on her right to roam. Hope springs eternal in Agatha's breast as she lures the reluctant James into her investigation. There are so many leads to follow, for Jessica's fellow walkers - not to mention the landowners - all seem able to commit murder.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 993 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (1 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005QZOQMC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,200 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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M C Beaton was born in Scotland. She worked for many years as a journalist on Fleet Street.

As well as the bestselling Agatha Raisin series, she is the author of the acclaimed Hamish Macbeth mysteries.

She divides her time between the Cotswolds, where she lives in a village very much like Agatha's beloved Carsely, and Paris.

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable 21 Feb 2012
By C
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I bought this starter collection when it was on offer.I forced myself to read a different book in between each of the 4 stories so i could make it last longer. Have to say I rushed the other books so I could get back to Agatha and her exploits. The books are easy reading with simple to follow characters. I would like to download the others but as they are really quite short books,coming on for nearly 2 deacades old and there is a group of 10 paperbacks (books 11-20)available on the internet for 9.99 I think the Kindle price is too much, especially if you are new to them and would like to read them all.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Raisin Omnibus 27 Jun 2012
By Netta
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I read the first offering "The Quiche of Death", (couldn't forgive the awful play on words!) and hoped Agatha's erratic and juvenile behaviour would improve with subsequent offerings. Alas this was not to be. Initially she came across as immature and silly. But as the second, third and fourth books progressed, I thought she just became tiresome. The stories themselves were OK, but definitely not riveting. I did find one or two flaws in "continuity" in The Potted Gardener. Can you have a sallow complexion and very, very white legs, as one character is described? And when Agatha has to leave the village for a while, she leaves her cats with her handsome neighbour, but on her return (at the start of The Walkers of Dembley), we're told that her cleaning lady had been caring for them. Maybe a trivial point, but it shows lack of attention to detail, which some readers (like myself, obviously) will pick up on. On the whole though, they were a reasonably enjoyable read, but I do not find myself enthused with curiosity to know what happens to Agatha and any subsequent developments in either her love life, or her sorties into crime detection.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Raisin Omnibus 5 Mar 2012
By caelo
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This is a good, easy and rather fun read. Excellent for light reading while on long journeys - I read one book on my recent train journey to Wales. A really good addition to my Kindle. I have to say, I have developed rather a fondness for Agatha Raisin, silly as she is!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars save me 16 Aug 2012
By Sharon
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I bought this omnibus at a mere 99p but I was so glad it had only cost so little as it was money wasted! I only read the first offering "The Quiche of Death" I really could not bring myself to read any more. I only completed the first one as I was slightly curious to find out "who done it". The writing style was simply awful, stilted and confused. The characters were two dimentional and boring. When I originally read about the book it said hilariously funny, I laughed once in the whole book, if that's hilarious I have been using the word incorrectly for quite some time!

If you are an M C Beaton fan I apologise but this was tripe and I will not be giving any more of my time to such rubbish!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars not my cup of tea 16 Feb 2012
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purchased this book when on offer as it had been on my wish list.one of the reasons for buying was the comparison to miss marple.having read every book written by agatha christie i can assure you this character bears no resemblance in any way shape or form to the afore said miss marple .agatha raison is neither likable or believable.dont waste your money as i did .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should do more of this bundle 23 Aug 2013
By Dee
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Owh... M.C.Beaton... I'm so in live with your Agatha Raisin. I read this 4 books in no time! Should do more of this bundle - 3/4/5 books in one go! That really helps the addictio to Agatha Raisin. Sometime I feel like I can really see her when I read the book. She is some woman!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Book yoga 18 Feb 2013
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Who would've thought a 24 year old would be so much enjoy reading about a middle aged woman who moves to the country to have a more relaxing life, yet finds herself involved in slightly unbelivable situation? Well so it was! Agatha's character is so endearing, the book so readable, and the surprise you share with Agatha as her retirement becomes so strangely exciting makes this a great book to read to relax. It's not complicated, it's not emotional, it's not hard-hitting, but it's charming and involves you from the beginning, so it is hard to put down.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly disappointing 29 Dec 2012
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I saw this in a Kindle sale and thought it looked like fun. I had heard good things from other people and the reviews were good. The final plus point was the comparison to Agatha Christie (love her books).
It's hard to describe how disappointing I found these books, not just in comparison to Christie, but also in isolation. They are quite poorly written, stilted and clunky. The lead character, Agatha Raisin is impossible to like. She's like a petulant child, selfish, unpleasant and totally lacking in appeal. Contrast that to the cleverly written Miss.Marple...
In addition the author seems very keen on signposting every little thing that is going to happen. Not just a subtle hint here or there, which is usual with these cosy mystery novels, but more a massive sign with flashing lights and neon lettering, just in case you might miss it. It takes all the fun out of reading them.
It's hard to believe that these were intended to be funny. I'm at a loss to see where the amusement is?

It's very difficult to warm to poorly written stories, with a thoroughly unlikeable lead character, so I will not be pursuing the series. I would recommend that anyone who is tempted by these books steers themselves towards some classic Agatha Christie instead, in order to avoid intense disappointment.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very amusing
I had heard various Agatha Raisin plays on the radio and so was tempted to read some. They are a gentle take on a "who dun it" and are entertaining. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Natasha
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
Brilliant. A good light hearted well written book, ideal for taking on holiday and for adding a little something special.
Published 27 days ago by Sarah Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I absolutely loved these stories couldn't put them down. Loved all the characters too and Agatha made me laugh.

Would definitely recommend this book
Published 29 days ago by blod
5.0 out of 5 stars Light, entertaining reading
Recommended by a friend and found them to be light, undemanding but entertaining reading.just right for holidays. Try them and enjoy.
Published 1 month ago by Fran G
4.0 out of 5 stars an satisfing easy read
Im enjoying the book. Light easy read . Made better on a tablet. Will work through the others. But only at a special low price
Published 1 month ago by Mr. M. Lyne
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice Cozy
Agatha Raisin is off again investigating crimes in her adopted village. These books are a nice gentle read for the beach or when buried under a blanket in winter. Read more
Published 2 months ago by lynnbradshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Once you've read an Agatha Raisin it's hard to not read more!!
If anyone hasn't read any of this huge series before it's very good value to get this omnibus edition; and I find that I like to, after nearly finishing one of her stories that I... Read more
Published 2 months ago by christine anne parkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Good fun!
Light, easy to read with humour all the way through. Agatha can be obnoxious but you can't help but like her! Will be getting more Agatha in the future
Published 2 months ago by Cathy Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Agatha Raisin might not be great literature but it's a really entertaining read. I really enjoy this series and just might be becoming addicted...
Published 3 months ago by Carole
5.0 out of 5 stars really great
never fails to make me laugh out loud tremendous author great humour read lots of the books great short stories are useful too
Published 3 months ago by rusty
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