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Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet [Paperback]

M. C. Beaton
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June 17 2004 Agatha Raisin
This title is second in the highly popular "Agatha Raisin" murder mystery series. The highly irrepressible Agatha feels sure the attractive new village vet has taken a shine to her, yet before romance can blossom, Dr Bladen accidentally kills himself in an unfortunate incident involving a horse and a needle. Ah well, his death serves as an excuse for her to become chummier with her neighbour James Lacey as once more they are thrown together in an amateur murder investigation...

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From Publishers Weekly

The author of the estimable Hamish Macbeth mysteries falters with this second story (after Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death ) to feature London PR executive Agatha Raisin, who has recently retired in the Cotswolds. When handsome veterinarian Paul Bladen dies from a drug injection intended for a horse, Agatha decides it was murder and calls on her bachelor neighbor James Lacey to help investigate. Although her friend, Detective Sgt. Bill Wong, believes the death was an accident and cautions her against overdramatizing life in their village, Agatha proceeds . She discovers an angry former client of the vet whose cat had died at his hands and claims she has information about Bladen. But when Agatha shows up for their meeting, the woman is dead; another accident, suggest the police as Agatha cries murder once more. Pursuing men and clues with abandon, Agatha finally ferrets out the murderer but loses her male quarry in the process. Stretching for charm, Beaton here unexpectedly scants characterization and plot--both of which are amply supplied in Constable Macbeth's Scottish Highland adventures.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Still on break from her Hamish Macbeth series, Beaton adds to her Agatha Raisin opus ( Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death , St. Martin, 1992). Constantly shunned by the man next door, Agatha turns her attention to the handsome new veterinarian--only to become involved in investigating his suspicious death.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Contention in the Cotswolds June 14 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Agatha Raisin is middle aged, meddlesome, pugnacious, tough,gritty and occasionally has a desire to be completely contrary. Whichall adds up to an utterly unusual and charming heroine of this series. Agatha returns to the Cotswolds refreshed and tanned after a solitary visit to Jamaica. The stocky maven has been pursuing her handsome neighbor James Lacey, but sensing a lack of interest, takes Hodge the cat to visit the new (very handsome) vet in town. A day after Agatha turns down his advances, he is found dead. An Accident or a Murder? James & Agatha join forces to puzzle it out. And Agatha twists the plot from being the pursuer to being pursued. There were a few loose ends in this story, specifically what would a compulsive gambler be doing with all that money in the bank? And, why would the vet be vicious? Somehow I suspect it was alliterative license, but do I sense a tendency of Ms. Beaton to perhaps "kill" real-life people she might meet in her books? Surely Not? Well, do sign me -- The Repentant Reviewer.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Repeat of the First July 29 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 had found a new series to replace the series that I could no longer find (author passed away or quit writing).
There are at least two major plot points in this book that are retreads of the first one: the murder victim is a womanizer (exactly the same as the victim in "Quiche") and Agatha threatens to sell her cottage and return to London (also exactly the same).
I was also disappointed in the characterization of James Lacey, Agatha's next door neighbor. Sometimes he comes across as intelligent & witty and on the very next page, he is a bumbling fool, making unbelievable mistakes.
I will definitely pick up the third in the series, but if it does not return to the form of the first book, it will be the last of the Agatha Raisin books I will read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars --Engaging Story-- Jan. 17 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 and leaving London. She's also very interested in getting the attention of James Lacey who is her handsome neighbor. Lacey seems to be avoiding her and Agatha turns to another pursuit. She hears that there is a very attractive veterinarian who has recently set up a nearby office and she makes an appointment for her cat. The vet, Dr. Paul Bladen, has attracted the attention of all of the local ladies, but he does make a date with Agatha.
When Dr. Bladen is found dead, it appears to be an accident, but after talking with several women, Agatha learns that he had angered people in the way that he treated small pets. Agatha suspects that he was murdered. The possible crime also interests James Lacey, and he and Agatha work on the mystery together.
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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 10 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 20 months ago by Darlene
5.0 out of 5 stars CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT...
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. Read more
Published on Oct. 8 2010 by Lawyeraau
4.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Acquires a Detecting Partner
Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet (Veterinarian) is the second book in the Agatha Raisin series of mysteries by M. C. Read more
Published on June 18 2007 by Donald Mitchell
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
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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