- Series: Agatha Raisin Mysteries (Book 3)
- Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Minotaur Books; Reissue edition (June 30, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312539142
- ISBN-13: 978-0312539146
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #758,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Potted Gardener: An Agatha Raisin Mystery (Agatha Raisin Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – June 30, 2009
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“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.” ―Publishers Weekly
From the Back Cover
Loathe Thy Neighbor
When Agatha Raisin comes home to cozy Carsely and finds that a new woman has piqued the interest of her handsome bachelor neighbor, James Lacey, she's less than thrilled. The beautiful newcomer to the Cotswolds, Mary Fortune, is superior in every way especially when it comes to gardening and Agatha is suddenly seeing nothing but green. If only a nice juicy murder would come along to remind James of Agatha's genius for investigation. When a series of mysterious assaults on the town's finest gardens is followed by a shocking murder, Agatha gets her wish. Seizing the moment, she immediately starts yanking up village secrets by their roots and digging up details about the victim who, as it turns out, may just have some hidden dirt of her own
"From the author's sure-fire plot comes this fail-safe moral: It takes an outsider to open people's eyes to the beauty and the evil within." The New York Times Book Review"
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In this third book in the series, Agatha is still pining away for her neighbor, retired colonel, James Lacey, for whom she has romantic longings to which he is proving quite resistant. Instead, he seems to be interested in Carsely's newest incomer, divorcee Mary Fortune, who is not only beautiful but also has a green thumb. As luck would have it, James Lacey has a penchant for gardening. Of course, this leaves Agatha green with envy, determined to fight fire with fire and beat Mary at her own game.
When the gardens of Carsely come under attack by person or persons unknown, however, and a shocking murder follows, Agatha and James once again join forces to discover just who or what is causing all the brouhaha in Carsely. Their investigation into these goings on, as well as Agatha's efforts to get James to respond to her romantic longings, will keep the reader turning the pages.
As with all cozy mysteries, the mystery is secondary to the recurring characters and their relationships with each other. It is merely the framework around which the characters and village life evolve, giving the reader a good sense of place, as well as an interest in the characters, while leaving the reader wanting more. This is a fun and highly enjoyable series to read, humorous and entertaining, with a host of interesting characters. The dialogue is believable, and the plot moves forward at a brisk pace. It is a highly addictive series.