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Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet Paperback – 2004

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Robinson Publishing (2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184529081X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845290818
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.6 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 141 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,414,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In this second installment of the Agatha Raisin series, Agatha has just returned home from the Bahamas. When she found out that her neighbor, James Lacey, was planning a vacation there, Agatha decided to book a trip as well in the hopes that the "chance" meeting would result in some sparks! To her dismay, Agatha found out that James caught wind of her plans and changed his itinerary so that he could ditch her. He went to Egypt instead.

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!
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By lawyeraau TOP 500 REVIEWER on Oct. 8 2010
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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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on June 18 2007
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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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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