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  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; Reprint edition (June 30 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312539142
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312539146
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.7 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #151,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Darlene TOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 7 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau TOP 100 REVIEWER on Oct. 8 2010
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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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By Leigh TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 27 2014
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Agatha Is A Bit Green With Envy July 19 2009
By Nancy - Published on Amazon.com
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Somehow I had gotten these books out of order and had to go back and read this one. For some reason I had confused it with a Nancy Atherton book; well, at least that is who I think it was.

After taking a break from Carsely and James Lacey, Agatha returns from her cruise with a few extra pounds and finds that she now has competition for James' affection and it's none other then a tall, beautiful, well put together woman by the name of Mary Fortune.

When Agatha finds that Mary has taken the gardening club by storm she sets out to beat her at her own game. Since Agatha is not against cheating to win at all costs, remember the cake incident in the first book, she sets out to win both James and the gardening award.

When mysterious incidents start happening around Carsely and a curious murder occurs, it's up to Agatha, with the help of the wayward James, to solve the crimes and to find out how much Carsely really loves and appreciates Agatha.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
DIGGING UP DIRT... Sept. 27 2010
By Lawyeraau - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Agatha gardening skills get her into trouble Jan. 25 2014
By Michelle Boytim - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The third Agatha Raisin book has Agatha returning from her holiday trip after escaping from her frustration over her unsuccessful pursuit of her neighbor, James. She is dismayed to find out on her return that he is now involved with a new woman in the neighborhood, Mary. Mary is a wonderful cook and gardener, two things that Agatha is not. She is also a very attractive woman. So Agatha decides to join the gardening club and make her garden the most visited in the upcoming Open Garden tour. Of course, things don't go as planned, leading Agatha to plan a big cherat, not unlike her quiche disaster in the first book. Odd things begin to occur around the village, with seemingly random acts of vandalism. James begins to realize that he likes Agatha more and more, while liking Mary less, particularly when he begins to see a sharp and catty side to her. When Agatha and James make a gruesome discovery of murder (the potted gardener in the title) the two can't resist trying to figure out who did it and what relation the vandalism has to the murder. This was another fun installment in the series, and we will see what trouble Agatha gets into in the next book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Dangerous gardening April 5 2012
By Damaskcat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Agatha Raisin is not a gardener but in spite of this she decides to join the horticultural society. But there is a newcomer to the village who is trying to take over everything - not to speak of monopolising the attention of Agatha's handsome next door neighbour James Lacey. Agatha is not the only person who dislikes Mary Fortune on sight and even the nice Mrs Bloxby has been heard to say nasty things about Mary.

When Mary is found planted in her own flowerpot - dead - the whole village is under suspicion and it is easier to find people who didn't like the murder victim than to find those who did especially after gardens are vandalised at night.

This is an easy entertaining read and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to be entertained and amused rather than horrified. There are all the usual series characters including the village ladies - Mrs Bloxby, Mrs Mason and Miss Simms as well as police detective Bill Wong. This is the third in the Agatha Raisin series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Beaton Has Another Fan March 22 2011
By Too many books, never enuf time! - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have now read 4 of her books, and I love them. I guess they call them "cozies" and I now understand. Its great to settle down to one of her easy enjoyable reads. I am also living vicariously thru Agatha. I love the way she tells people off. "GET STUFFED!" I wish she would stop chasing James from next door, she needs to be more independent. I am a little tired of the author's favorite word: truculent.

The bindings on these paperback are pretty cheap. You have to really smash the book flat to get to the words on the inside margin.

I love Agatha! She is very human. I intent to read every one of them. I would like to see her on a cruise, but no romance please!

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