Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet (Agatha Raisin Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Sep 1994
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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 the Paperback edition.
'M. C. Beaton's imperfect heroine is an absolute gem.' (Publishers Weekly)
'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) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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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.Read more ›
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.
**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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Re-bound dates are never a good idea, and this book starts with retired PR supremo and now amateur sleuth Agatha Raisin feeling spurned by sexy neighbour James Lacey. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Sandradan1
Nice, enjoyable and easy read but for the price feel it's only a short story so feel it's not the greatest value for money.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
Enjoyable tale with lots of twists and turns
Great holiday read although could put it down so didn't last the whole holiday
Quite an easy read, but also amusing in parts. Not at all like the new tv series. Much better.Published 1 month ago by Jackie Andrews
Easy reading story yet again. But it is what it is and you have to read it tongue in cheek and just enjoy it.Published 5 months ago by Crime Fiction Buff