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M.C. Beaton
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25 Mar 2010 Agatha Raisin
Agatha 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. Praise for the Agatha Raisin series: 'Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, pack-a-day habit and major man lust. I think she may be living my dream life' - Entertainment Weekly. 'Clever red herrings and some wicked unfinished business guarantees that the listener will pant for a sequel' The Times Audiobook Review.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson Publishing; paperback / softback edition (25 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849011354
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849011358
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,126 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 - 'Engaging' - Booklist --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Raisin Irony 26 Mar 2009
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! 10 May 2011
By Kew
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Silly but enjoyable escapism. 10 April 2008
This is the sort of book you can whip through in a day or so. It makes very light bedtime reading and although it's very silly in places I'm more than happy to take all that tongue in cheek and enjoy it's froth. If you enjoy Midsomer Murders on a Sunday night then you'll probably enjoy this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun read but very contrived 15 Oct 2007
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Raisin 3 Oct 2012
By carsely
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just loving this series of books trying to read in order of published - and having just visited the colswolds for the first time it is bringing the towns places mentioned to life - love the work of this writer
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5.0 out of 5 stars CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT... 8 Oct 2010
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
2.0 out of 5 stars FOUND WANTING 22 July 2010
Hearts a-flutter, the ladies of Carsely grab their pets - ill or not - and flock to the surgery of the new vet. Yes, Paul Bladen IS as handsome as described. He is also much else - none of it to his credit - and soon will be dead in suspicious circumstances. Agatha Raisin and new neighbour James Lacey investigate - to be overwhelmed by all those who had motive.

The author has fun, perhaps more so than the reader. Here, deliberately, is a world that never was - a Cotswold village peopled by caricatures. Agatha herself remains accident prone and abrasive - overdue for more likeable aspects. (Acquisition of two cats does, though, represent a softening.) Thank goodness for newly promoted DS Bill Wong, who introduces a touch of normality!

This second novel seems to be pushing its luck a bit, giving the impression of being written too quickly - some creakingly contrived episodes more befitting a rather poor sitcom. Patience is stretched with that silly pub smashed wash basin sequence; patience is exhausted when Agatha and James break into a bank to examine Paul Bladen's account. Oh dear! With the best will in the world, this simply will not do.

M.C. Beaton's Hamish Macbeth often greatly pleased. Hopefully Agatha Raisin WILL rise to such heights.
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A good read Agatha Raisin books can always cheer you up and make you laugh
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I have just started reading these books and am on my 11th! Love the plots and all the characters seem so real!
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A lovely light amusing read. Perfect for just picking up and putting down and not getting too lost. Really recommend this as to lose yourself in a great gentle read.
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