This is the second in the Agatha Raisin series, following on from Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death
. Agatha Raisin is an oddly compelling character; a strange mix of the downright rude and the vulnerable. When we meet Agatha in this book, she has just returned from a holiday where she had attempted, unsuccessfully, to follow her handsome neighbour - only to find that on her return to the village of Carsely, there is a new vet causing fluttering hearts.
As in the previous novel, Agatha seems unsure about whether to return to her advertising career in London or stay in Carsely; at one point, rushing off to investigate a possible business venture, which turns out to be a desperate attempt from an old business acquaintance to make her part with money. Back in the Cotswolds, the new vet, Paul Bladen, is also trying to raise money from his female clients - including Agatha. When he is found dead, Agatha suspects murder. Despite her old friend Bill Wong, from the police department, telling her to leave such investigations to the authorities, she is soon asking dangerous questions - with the added bonus of the company of her neighbour, James Lacey.
The next book in this series is Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener
. These books are a fun, easy read, and I enjoyed getting to know the inhabitants of Carsley better. This book will sometimes make you cringe and possibly laugh, but Agatha Raisin certainly has a legion of fans that enjoy following her adventures.