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Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener (Agatha Raisin Mysteries, No. 3) Audio CD – Unabridged, September, 2001

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From Publishers Weekly

Stocky, middle-aged Agatha Raisin returns from a long vacation abroad to find the other residents of her Cotswolds village dazzled by a beautiful newcomer. The divorced Mary Fortune has particularly captivated Agatha's neighbor and love interest, James Lacey, sharing, it seems, his passion for gardening. Not to be outdone, Agatha takes up a trowel and, in her determined fashion, wastes no time in buying seedlings while digging for information about Mary. Against Mary's advice, Agatha plants too early; a late frost leaves her with no prospects for the upcoming garden show. A former associate in her London PR firm, desperate to have her back, promises to have her garden secretly replanted if she'll agree to return to work for six months in the fall. As the time for the garden show approaches, malicious pranks wreck the gardens of neighbors who have had run-ins with Mary. Then Agatha finds the newcomer strung up by her heels, her head "planted" in a large pot, and she and James are plunged into another murder investigation. Beaton's dry sense of humor and her unflattering but affectionate portrait of gruff, often adolescent-acting Agatha, make this third tale, following Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet , a bloom worth plucking.
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Agatha (Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet, LJ 7/93) returns to quiet Carsely after a lengthy tour to find that a newcomer has supplanted her in the affections of James Lacey, her sleuthing partner and next-door neighbor. This newcomer, a very attractive woman of means, has wriggled her way into the good graces of the villagers. But an upcoming gardening competition reveals hidden animosities and leads to the woman's murder. A simple plot embellished with horticultural manipulations provides the perfect background for the lovelorn Agatha and her unique brand of humor. For series fans and others.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Books on Tape; Unabridged edition (September 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736675027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736675024
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 6.7 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,223,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

M.C. BEATON has won international acclaim for her bestselling Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin mysteries. She is also the author of over 100 romance titles and a series of romantic suspense, The Edwardian Mystery Series. M. C. Beaton lives in a Cotswold cottage with her husband.

Marion is active on Facebook using her most popular pen name, M.C. Beaton. You can find complete book lists, information on events, and sign up for news updates at her website, www.MCBeaton.com.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 16, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed this book more than anything I've read recently. The setting is the classic English country village, where doors go unlocked and gardening, tea, and the Ladies Society are the priorities of most of its residents. The real jewel is Agatha Raisin herself; a wonderfully flawed character who makes us laugh and shake our heads sometimes. Some have compared her to Agatha Christie's Miss Marple, but she's really very different. She's middle-aged former P.R. exec who has moved to the country in her retirement, with a heavy crush on her next-door neighbor, who unfortunately doesn't return the sentiment. Agatha returns home from a solitary vacation that wasn't quite as fun as she'd hoped to find that a new, glamorous woman has moved into town and gotten her claws into Agatha's love interest, and in an attempt to thwart the affair Agatha decides to join the gardening club, which both James (the neighbor) and the new woman are avid members of. Soon, the new woman is murdered. It gets hilarious when we find Agatha up to her old tricks - cheating in a contest, going to elaborate lengths to cover it up, but of course it all comes out in the end, including the murderer. This was a great, fun read. Agatha is a real gem! Her flaws and sometimes petty emotions sometimes remind me a little of, well, me!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
Like many readers, I found Agatha Raisin to be irresistible as a character when she first appeared in Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death. Here was a blunt, high-powered, but lonely, woman who wanted to start a new life amid her fantasy of what life is like in a Cotswold village. Her pushy instincts in that book worked well (when employed to raise funds for charity) and backfired when aimed at self-promotion (entering a store-bought quiche in a baking contest). Where would M. C. Beaton take this fascinating character?

In Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet, Agatha began to overcome her tendency to pursue James Lacey, her handsome bachelor neighbor, enough to attract him as a sleuthing partner. With Bill Wong as her advisor in the pursuit of the proper male, can she learn to be more reserved?

Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener combines both perspectives into one story. Agatha returns from an extended trip to find that James Lacey seems totally taken with a beautiful incomer, Mary Fortune, who has looks, money, and the same gardening interests as James. Agatha is stirred into action and decides to become a horticulturalist. Naturally, she doesn't know the first thing about what she's doing. Despite a warning from Mary that a frost is coming, Agatha puts out her seedlings. The result is a bare garden. Will Agatha cheat again to get her way?

Before the story is over, there's another murder in Carsely and Agatha is immediately in hot pursuit . . . with James Lacey soon enticed into joining her investigation. Before she's done, Agatha even braves the Boggles (the hard-to-satisfy older couple who like free trips from Quiche of Death) to get information.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L Smith VINE VOICE on June 19, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Agatha Raisin returns in the 3rd book in this series. In this book, Agatha returns from a lengthy vacation only to find that a beautiful newcomer, Mary Fortune, threatens to snare James Lacey's affections. It seems that the perfect Ms. Fortune shares James' love of gardening and she plans to enter her property into the local garden show. Agatha's black thumb does not prevent her from entering the garden show herself, but she soon finds herself having to cheat when all of her seedlings are destroyed in a early frost. Agatha turns to the help of Roy Silver, P.R. cohort, to replant her garden with fully grown nursery plants. However, someone in Carsley is destroying all of the neighbor's gardens, and then Ms. Fortune is found "planted" in a pot...dead. It is up to Agatha to solve the murder before the murderer plants her too.
The Agatha Raisin mysteries are a delight from start to finish! I loved Agatha's gruff exterior but warm heart. It is heartening to see a character that has flaws, but that can make you laugh too. Agatha gets more loveable in each book, and really draws readers into her life. With both of M.C. Beaton's series (she also writes the Hamish MacBeth series), she makes the reader want to take a trip to the Cotswolds to meet the characters she has so vividly created.
The first book in the series is "Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death". Enjoy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By charlotte simmons on January 19, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Agatha Raisin is a fifty something independant woman who finds, after years of not giving a [darn] that all she wants now is a man- badly. Agatha is moody, rude, and fantastic. Her men, Roy, Sir Charles Fraith, even that whiny [guy] James Lacey, are funny and entertaining. You'll get addicted to Agatha, I promise.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mac Blair on March 9, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Have read several of the Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth books. Have liked them all. Agatha is now trying to get into the flower business to impress her, want to be sweetie, James Lacey. However, there is a new WOMEN in town. She is Mary Fortune. Of course hard headed Agatha will not listen to anyone about when to plant her flowers and they all are killed by frost. She then decides to buy a load of flowers and get them planted during the night. Is like the time she bought a quiche instead of baking it for a village competition and one of the judges dropped dead of poisoning. Every one seems to love Mary Fortune, but she ends up being planted upide down in a flower pot. Agatha and Lacey, of course, start asking questions and trying to find out who the killer is. Could it have been Mrs. Bloxby, Miss Simms, Mrs. Mason, the Boggles or old Mr. Spott? I think the ending will surprise you. As usual Beaton has written the characters and the village so that they seem real and you can see them in your mind as you read. Am looking forward to the next book.
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