Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet Paperback – 2004
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While she was away, a veterinarian set up a local practice and the ladies are all atwitter over Dr. Paul Bladen. At first, all of the ladies bring their pets as an excuse to see the good-looking bachelor. However, once they witness Dr. Bladen's brutish handling of their beloved canines and felines, the veterinarian loses his charm but not before he manages to swindle some money out of some of them.
When Dr. Bladen presumably accidentally injects himself with a lethal dose of a sedative meant for a horse that he is treating, Agatha finds that she has another mystery to solve. She is more certain than ever that it was murder when a local woman is also found dead. Agatha finds an unlikely sleuthing partner to help her: James!
I really liked how Agatha and James paired-up to solve this mystery! Agatha's feelings for James waffle from hot to cold. I felt a bit sorry for Agatha for constantly being rebuffed by James but, at the same time, it is a little amusing because she is a woman who is used to getting what she wants except in this case.
Agatha's antics always have me in stitches! There is an incident in a pub's washroom when she stands on the sink so that she can change the light bulb, and the sink gives way and comes tearing out of the wall followed by a spray of water!Read more ›
So, when Agatha meets the handsome new vet, Dr. Paul Bladen, she wastes no time in taking Hodge, her cat, to pay the vet a visit. Agatha emerges from that visit triumphant, as the vet has asked her out on a dinner date. When Mrs. Bloxby, the vicar's wife and Agatha's friend, hears of it, she counsels Agatha to be careful, feeling there is something not quite right with the vet.
Agatha's relationship with the vet is short lived, however, as he meets an untimely end, which the police dismiss as an accident. Agatha, however, has suspicions that cause her to think otherwise, and she inveigles James Lacey to assist her in checking out her suspicions about the vet's death. When another murder takes place, even the police agree that Agatha may be on to something.
As with all cozy mysteries, the mystery is secondary to the development of the characters and their relationships with each other. The mystery is just the framework around which the characters and their relationships with one another evolve, bringing the village to life for the reader. This series of cozy mysteries is amusing, entertaining, and highly addictive.
As Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet opens, Agatha Raisin is frustrated by her unsuccessful pursuit of James Lacey, her handsome bachelor neighbor. Having heard that Lacey was off to the Bahamas for a vacation, Agatha headed there, too, only to find no James Lacey in situ. Returning to Carsely in the English Cotswolds, she's upset to learn that Lacey changed his plans for the Bahamas after learning that Agatha was scheduled to be there as well. He doesn't even answer his door when she stops by.
But she's mildly curious to learn about the new vet that the women at the Carsely Ladies Society are gushing over. Surely, her cat, Hodge, can provide an excuse. Imagine Agatha's surprise when a long wait to see Paul Bladen, the vet, leads to a dinner invitation. Her plans are foiled, however, by a winter storm, an accident, and a call to Bladen's home that encounters someone who claims to be his wife. But there is good news: James Lacey helps her after an accident.
In a separate story line, Agatha finds herself courted by James Pomfret who wants to open a new PR agency. Agatha is very impressed that Pomfret has two prestigious clients in tow . . . and must decide whether to invest her savings into this little venture.Read more ›
I completely enjoy the Agatha Raisin series and look forward to the antics of Agatha in each new release. Agatha's sharp tongue, impetuous attitude, and desire to attract a handsome man makes for some hilarious situations. I laughed out loud several times while reading this book, and found it easy to find the "true, lovable" Agatha beneath the frosty exterior. If you enjoy reading cozy mysteries, you need to read this series!
The first book in the series is "Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death". Enjoy!
Most recent customer reviews
It was a waste of time and one of the most stupid waste of time and space I have ever read.Published on Oct. 25 2013 by mavis boyd
Like Miss Marple? Hercule? Even, Sherlock Holmes? Then--don't waste your time on Agatha Raisin. I checked out this "adventure" and one other on tape, and will return... Read morePublished on Feb. 29 2004 by Beach004
This is the second book in the Agatha Raisin series.
Feisty Agatha Raisin is still getting used to living in a small village after retiring from her public relations business... Read more
Well, I have to say that while I enjoyed this book to an extent, I was really quite disappointed. After reading the first in the series, "AR and the Quiche of Death," I thought I... Read morePublished on July 29 2003 by Louis M. Perdue
Just finished reading this, my first Agatha Raisin mystery. It was proceeded by reading my first Caroline Graham, creator of DCI Barnaby. Read morePublished on April 6 2003 by Mary MacGregor
I'm so happy that I discovered this series! This second book in the series is just as enjoyable as the first. Read morePublished on Sept. 24 2002 by Shirley Schwartz
Agatha Raisin is still unsure that she is going to stay in Carsley, and her pursuit of James Lacey is not going well at the beginning of this novel, but the death of Paul Bladen, a... Read morePublished on March 10 2002 by Martha E. Nelson
This one is a little bit boring compared to the previous one, quiche thing. It seemed to take so much time to get to the bottom, but the focus of this book is the adventure of... Read morePublished on Dec 27 2001 by kel