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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: C & R Crime; paperback / softback edition (25 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849011354
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849011358
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 1.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 205,443 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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"- 'Anyone interested in a few hours' worth of intelligent, amusing reading will want to make the acquaintance of Mrs. Agatha Raisin.' --The Cleveland Pain Dealer

'Agatha Raisin is sharp, witty, hugely intelligent, unfailingly entertaining, delightfully intolerant and oh so magnificently non PC. M C Beaton has created a new national treasure... the stories zing along and are irresistible, unputdownable, a joy. If you buy one book a year, let it be this. Agatha Raisin is The Strongest Link.' --Anne Robinson

'Beaton's dry sense of humour and her unflattering but affectionate portrait of gruff, often adolescent acting Agatha make this... tale a bloom worth picking.' --Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The second in the Agatha Raisin murder mysteries complete with brand new cover design.


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Budge Burgess on 26 Mar. 2009
Format: Paperback
Second in the Agatha Raisin series by Marion Chesney (writing as M.C.Beaton). Agatha, retired PR guru (and she would emphasise that she retired early), returns to her archetypal Cotswold village from an abortive Caribbean holiday to discover a dishy new vet has set up shop there. Perhaps he'll prove an easier catch than James, her nextdoor neighbour. However, life expectancy in the archetypal villages of cosy mysteries can be somewhat abruptly concluded.

Agatha Raisin is an ironic take on Miss Marple - she's less syrupy than Christie's sleuth, more abrasive, and she's decidedly sexually predatory. Agatha is a determined but gauche sexual being - she devotes more attention to dressing right, slapping on the right amount of warpaint, getting the ambience right, than to actual detection. She likes her food, she likes her booze, and she likes her cats. She's bright and resourceful and quite likeable. Bur her detective skills are hardly the cerebral powers of detection exemplified by Holmes, Marple, or Poirot - determination and bloody mindedness are more her forte, with just a soupcon of intuition. Agatha has her police collaborator, in the form of Bill Wong - I confess to feeling let down by the description of his home and family. And there is an ensemble cast of village folk, from vicar's wife to unmarried mother, ironic little sketches of characters who contrast with their counterparts in a Marple mystery.

It's an entertaining book - the Agatha Raisin series is written with genuine humour and charm - and there is an intriguing mystery to be unravelled here, with plenty of suspects and not a few red herrings. Where the book falls down, however, is in the method of deduction.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By H Davies on 15 Oct. 2007
Format: Paperback
This is the first Agatha Raisin book I managed to get hold of, and I was originally quite keen to read them all. Having read this one, however, I'm not so sure. While I really like some of the characters, the situations Agatha finds herself in are completely ridiculous.

**Slight spoiler alert**
Agatha breaks into a bank, attempts to change a light bulb in a public toilet using a handy pack of light bulbs she just HAPPENS to have in her car, and discovers a body while snooping round a neighbour's house and deciding she needs to use the bathroom (as you do). She also finds herself wearing unsuitable footwear on several occasions, and being cringingly crude ("There's a tide of pee rising up to my eyeballs") every time she meets the man she's interested in.

It does have some redeeming features if you like the "cosy, village mystery" genre, but I'll be borrowing my next one from the library rather than spending money on it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kew on 10 May 2011
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This is the second Agatha Raisin novel that I've read, and is also the second in the series. I enjoyed this even more than the first book. I'm growing fond of Agatha despite her grumpiness. Some of the passages in this story really made me laugh. I'm also enjoying getting to know the other characters in the village better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Oct. 2010
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In this second book of this cozy mystery series, Agatha Raisin, a retired public relations agent, is still trying to meld into village life in the Cotswold village of Carsely. It is slow going, especially since her attractive neighbor, retired colonel James Lacey, has been resisting her romantic overtures.

So, when Agatha meets the handsome new vet, Dr. Paul Bladen, she wastes no time in taking Hodge, her cat, to pay the vet a visit. Agatha emerges from that visit triumphant, as the vet has asked her out on a dinner date. When Mrs. Bloxby, the vicar's wife and Agatha's friend, hears of it, she counsels Agatha to be careful, feeling there is something not quite right with the vet.

Agatha's relationship with the vet is short lived, however, as he meets an untimely end, which the police dismiss as an accident. Agatha, however, has suspicions that cause her to think otherwise, and she inveigles James Lacey to assist her in checking out her suspicions about the vet's death. When another murder takes place, even the police agree that Agatha may be on to something.

As with all cozy mysteries, the mystery is secondary to the development of the characters and their relationships with each other. The mystery is just the framework around which the characters and their relationships with one another evolve, bringing the village to life for the reader. This series of cozy mysteries is amusing, entertaining, and highly addictive.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Jun. 2013
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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.
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