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Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet [Paperback]

M. C. BEATON
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5.0 out of 5 stars CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT... Oct. 8 2010
By Lawyeraau TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
In this second book of this cozy mystery series, Agatha Raisin, a retired public relations agent, is still trying to meld into village life in the Cotswold village of Carsely. It is slow going, especially since her attractive neighbor, retired colonel James Lacey, has been resisting her romantic overtures.

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Acquires a Detecting Partner June 18 2007
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet (Veterinarian) is the second book in the Agatha Raisin series of mysteries by M. C. Beaton, author of the highly acclaimed Hamish Macbeth mysteries. If you haven't yet read the first book in the series, Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death, I suggest you read that book before taking on Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet. The earlier book is a very strong introduction to this series: You'll like Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet much better if you have read the earlier book first.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty Is Just Skin Deep! June 19 2003
By L Smith
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Agatha Raisin returns in the 2nd book in this cozy mystery series. Still living in a small village in the Cotswolds of England, Agatha tries to keep herself occupied and to catch James Lacey's attentions. When a handsome new vet sets up a practice nearby, Agatha finds herself among his many female admirers. However, when the vet is found dead with a lethal shot meant for a horse, Agatha is the only one who truly believes it was murder. She sets out to find the murderer, but is too late to save a second victim. In true Agatha fashion, she stumbles on the murderer, and must save herself in the process.
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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unlike Agatha I'm still trying to sell my house. Aug. 27 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In the first book about Agatha, AR and the Quiche of Death, Agatha was struggeling to find her place in the countryside village she moved to when leaving London. AR and the Vicious Vet is the second book about the colorful woman detective Agatha Raisin. Still not quite sure if the countryside is her cup of tea she feels more settled now, one of the reasons for that is her fliration with her distinguished neighbour, James Lacey. As always she is overdoing, and frightens her poor neighbour again and again. In this book the village has got a new vet, a handsome man in his fourties, and apparently he is living by his own. All the women suddenly are in need for a vet for their cats, and of course Agatha is among them. She is thrilled when the vet asks her out for dinner, and Mr. James Lacey is more confused than ever when Agatha starts passing his house without paying attension. Agatha has her date with Dr. Paul Bladen, but the next day the poor vet dies under suspicious circumstances. At least suspicious for Agatha - and to her great pleasure to Mr. James Lacey as well. Agatha throws herself in a whirlwind of happenings, and she lets us readers take part in them all. This book has been just as big a pleasue to read as the first one, and I know as soon Agatha starts making her cottage garden I will follow her out into my garden to make it just as beautiful as the one her good friend Bill Wong in the village police has.
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1.0 out of 5 stars M.C. Beaton
It was a waste of time and one of the most stupid waste of time and space I have ever read.
Published 12 months ago by mavis boyd
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first one, but still a very enjoyable series!
In this second installment of the Agatha Raisin series, Agatha has just returned home from the Bahamas. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Darlene
1.0 out of 5 stars A shriveled "Raisin"
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 more
Published on Feb. 29 2004 by Beach004
4.0 out of 5 stars --Engaging Story--
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
Published on Jan. 17 2004 by Judith Miller
3.0 out of 5 stars A Repeat of the First
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 more
Published on July 29 2003 by Louis M. Perdue
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing introduction to sleuthing series
Just finished reading this, my first Agatha Raisin mystery. It was proceeded by reading my first Caroline Graham, creator of DCI Barnaby. Read more
Published on April 6 2003 by Mary MacGregor
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as Entertaining as the First
I'm so happy that I discovered this series! This second book in the series is just as enjoyable as the first. Read more
Published on Sept. 24 2002 by S. Schwartz
4.0 out of 5 stars Starting to Settle In...
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 more
Published on March 10 2002 by Martha E. Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Her adventure is my recently found pleasure and treasure
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 more
Published on Dec 27 2001 by kel
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