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M.C. Beaton
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22 Feb 2010 Agatha Raisin
Agatha 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 ...Praise for the Agatha Raisin series: 'Sharp, witty, hugely intelligent, unfailingly entertaining ...M. C. Beaton has created a national treasure' - Anne Robinson, The Times. 'The Miss Marple-like Raisin is a refreshingly sensible, wonderfully eccentric, thoroughly likeable heroine' - Booklist.

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson Publishing; paperback / softback edition (22 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849011362
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849011365
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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M C Beaton worked as a Fleet Street journalist. She is the author of now 20 Agatha Raisin novels, the Hamish Macbeth series, which Constable & Robinson also publish, and an Edwardian murder-mystery series. She divides her time between Paris and the Cotswolds, where she lives in a village very much like Agatha's beloved Carsely.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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The Agatha Raisin books are warm, witty and entertaining books about the abrasive yet lovable 50-something Agatha who has moved from London to a little cottage in the Cotswolds and got herself involved in solving a series of murder mysteries - and in my opinion this is the best so far. An almost-pastiche of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple mysteries, Agatha is rude yet refreshing and chases her handsome neighbour James Lacey in a way that would leave the lady-like Miss Marple distraught! The characters of not just Agatha and James but all the minor bit-players from the village are well-drawn and if a bit cliched then that just adds to the cosy, comfortable atmosphere.

This isn't a work of great literary pretensions but is a wonderful, eccentric page-turner that is perfect to read in one sitting when the weather's bad.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A light, entertaining read 21 Dec 2006
This was the first M C Beaton novel I read. A short 180 pages or so, I read it in a couple of hours and found it very enjoyable. Agatha Raisin, the middle-aged detective heroine, is an intriguing character - very human and believable, with her on-off schoolgirl crush on her neighbour, her fears for how she is seen in the small Cotswold village where she has moved from London, and her forays into diets and quick-fix improvements to her garden.

The plot is acceptable, but not one for afficianados of complex, logical mysteries - this is not for those looking for the intricacies of a P D James, or the trickery of an Agatha Christie. But the plot seems more a necessary backdrop for the picture of English village life, and the novel has all the charm and beauty of afternoon tea in a Cotswold village - rather like a beautiful watercolour that happens to have a dead body upended in a flower pot in one corner. Charming, very easily readable; I will be reading more of this series, but for me it isn't up there with the giants of the genre.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Agatha and James Sitting in a Tree... 15 Nov 2005
In this third entry of the Agatha Raisin series, Agatha returns to Carsely after what turned out to be a lonely world tour only to find that her nest door neighbor and heartthrob James Lacey has his eyes on someone new. Not that he ever had his eyes on Agatha mind you. It seems that a pretty young blonde has moved to town and not only has she captured James' attention but she also seems to be the new darling of the little village. Worse yet, Mary Fortune, this new arrival in Carsely is like James an avid gardener, a situation that causes Agatha to take up gardening for herself. Agatha fails to notice however that as soon as she returns home the people of the village begin to lose interest in Mary and turn their attentions back to their old friend Agatha. Mary does notice this however and begins to turn nasty, especially when many in the village begin to blame her for a series of attacks on local gardens.
Some how or another Mary and Agatha end up being great friends even as James begins to distance himself from the pretty blonde newcomer. Then one night when Mary fails to show up at the local pub James and Agatha make a grisly discovery when they go to check on the missing Ms. Fortune. Ironic name isn't it? The author has made no attempt at all to lead the reader away from her intended victim and so it is no surprise that Mary is murdered but the "potted" position of her body is at the very least a novel idea.
Agatha by this point considers herself quite the sleuth and immediately sets out in search of clues. As in the last book James assists in the snooping and the two once again begin to grow close.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed.... but expected more? 21 April 2008
Agatha Raisin and the potted Gardener was the first book I have read in this series. I enjoy cosy mysteries and thought I would really enjoy this book, I was slightly let down. Although I enjoyed getting to know Agatha and her friends, I have to say the actual murder story was very weak. Although Agatha's gardening escapades and searching for clues are entertaining, I feel I really missed out on what I actually read the book for............. the murder mystery!
When the murderer is revealed the reason behind it is very, very weak, you get no history, no explanation. There is no real reason for murder! I cant go into why as I would give it away, but the murderer could have been anybody! If everyone killed someone for the reason this murderer had there would be no one left in the world. So was the murder crazed or out for revenge? No not really they had a reason it was just so poor I can not believe a book was themed around it.

The murder was such a sub plot. That is why I am rating it so low, although the book was interesting for all that was in it, I feel the murder story should be a large part and it just wasn't in this book..........

Priscilla x
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars cozy country village with a kick 18 July 2001
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If you long to sit by a log fire,in a cozy cottage in the english countryside,with the rain pattering on the window panes. Tea and crumpets and a nice juicey murder this ones for you.
Our intrepid Agatha Raisin is back in Carsely. When she arrives she is met with the fact that her beloved neighbour who she has a tremendous crush on is taken with another woman, Agatha is none to pleased at this, and finds herself wishing for another murder, to solve so that she can involve James.
In the meantime she needs to compete for James attention, so she joins the Garden Society, knowing nothing about gardening she hatches a plan, that goes incredibly wrong, and before you know it the cozy village of Carsely has evil destruction and murder.... for Agatha and maybe James to solve..
Once you pick up this book, and a cup of tea, you will be there till supper time.
Happy reading !!
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