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The Potted Gardener [Mass Market Paperback]

M. C. Beaton
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June 30 2009 Agatha Raisin Mysteries (Book 3)
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…

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“Agatha Raisin is an absolute gem!”—Publishers Weekly

"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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm just thrilled that Penelope Keith is back! Feb. 7 2013
By Darlene TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In the third installment of the Agatha Raisin series, Agatha has just returned from a lengthy holiday. At the end of the previous book, Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet, Agatha had given a rude gesture to her neighbour, James Lacey, after imbibing a little too much. The next morning, Agatha felt rather ashamed of her behaviour and wanted to escape the embarrassment she felt whenever she thought of what she had done. Upon her return, Agatha learns that a ravishing divorcee, Mary Fortune, has moved into the village and has captured the attention of every man in town! She seethes with jealousy when she finds out that James has been taking Mary out for romantic dinners.

Not only is Mary Fortune beautiful and fit (with a completely unlined face that can only be the result of a facelift, in Agatha’s opinion), she has a green thumb and is a great cook. In an effort to not be outdone by the newcomer, Agatha has a greenhouse delivered and decides that she is going to raise seedlings to prove that she is just as adept at gardening. However, Agatha doesn’t heed Mary’s warnings not to plant the seedlings too early because of a frost warning. She wants to show off her gardening skills to James Lacey and everyone else in the village but, alas, Mary was right. After spending a long day planting all of her seedlings in her flower beds, Agatha awakens to snow which kills her tender plants. Refusing to admit that she was wrong, she resorts to her scheming ways.

Mr. Wilson of Pedmans, the man to whom she sold her advertising firm, wants to woo Agatha to work for him for a six-month stint. He uses the influence of Roy, Agatha’s former assistant, to try to win her over. Roy gives Agatha an offer that she cannot refuse.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DIGGING UP DIRT... Oct. 8 2010
By Lawyeraau TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This series of British cozy mysteries is a sure fire winner. The central character, Agatha Raisin, is brought to life under the author's deft pen. The aggressive, irrepressible, and menopausal Agatha, with a penchant for cigarettes and cocktails, as well as a strong desire for romance, is the modern day version of Dame Christie's Jane Marple. Set in the bucolic Cotswold village of Carsely, one would think that nothing ever happens there.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars She's wonderful. She's a cheat July 27 2014
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As the reviews said Agatha Raisin is a glorious cross between Miss Marple, Auntie Mame and Lucille Ball, with a tad of Pit Bull tossed in. She's wonderful. She's a cheat, always willing to go one step further on - like having ready made garden instead of planting herself. To the members of the Carsley Women's Society, there's no one better, and there's no one worse that Agatha Raisin!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read June 27 2014
By Leigh TOP 500 REVIEWER
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You can always count on Agatha Raisin for an entertaining read. In this installment Agatha ventures into gardening. The reason there is a new lady in town and she has caught the eye of Agatha's neighbour and crush James. Mary Fortune is seemingly perfect in everyway, beautiful, charming, can bake and is an expert gardener to boot. How can poor Agatha compete? Surprisingly the two women eventually become friends. Things begin to go wrong around the village. Agatha eager to prove how great a gardener she is ignores all advise from Mary and other gardeners and puts her plants in too early. Needless to say they all die in the ensuing frost. In an effort to hide her mistake and avoid looking foolish, she builds a giant fence around her garden to keep people from peeking. This raises eyebrows until several gardens in the area are vandalized, spray painted, burned, plants dug up and goldfish in a pond are poisoned. All eyes turn to the new comer Mary, who it seems has a darker and meaner side to her that is so subtle most don't notice it at first. Mary is virtually shunned by the town except for Agatha and James, who are quite frankly also newcomers. The big gardening show arrives and Agatha once again cheats with hilarious results. One night concerned about their friend Agatha and James head out to her home to check on her. She hasn't been seen around the village for a while and with the growing anger and resentment toward her they are afraid something has happened to her. It has. They discover Mary in her conservatory in one of the most clever ways to dispose of a body I've ever read in any mystery, and I read a lot of mysteries. Let's just say it fits in the title of the book perfectly. Read more ›
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