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This review is from: Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet (Paperback)
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.