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Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet (Agatha Raisin Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Sep 1994

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett Books; Reprint edition (Sept. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804111626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804111621
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.3 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,424,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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'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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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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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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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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By A Customer on 12 April 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The cover describes Agatha Raisin as a cross between Miss Marple and Lucille Ball (and Auntie Mame - but I don't know her). This is quite accurate. The story is most amusing, the dialogue is great and the insights into English country living are hilarious. This is the first Agatha Raisin I have read (mainly because it dealt with a vet) and I am hooked. I am ordering the rest of the series at once.
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I have recently got into reading 'cosy crime', as light reading after a day reading law books! Although I don't entirely like the character Agatha Raisin, the books have the right attributes for easy reading. In this one, Agatha Raisin, retired-from-the-ratrace former P.R. expert, who settled into a little Cotswold village only to find that there are almost as many murders as if she had moved to Midsomer, checks out the handsome new vet who has opened up in the village - until he is murdered, that is. Accompanied by her neighbour, James (who often seems to do more of the detective work than she does) she sets out to find the murderer. As with Midsomer Murders, however, this is not the last murder in the story. Easy reading of exactly the right type to relax with - not challenging, not intellectual, just cosy. Not for everyone, but I like them!.
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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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