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Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener (Agatha Raisin #3)

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A newcomer to the village, Mary Fortune, is discovered murdered. Agatha seizes the moment and immediately starts yanking up village secrets by their roots and digging the dirt on the victim. But the problem is, Agatha has an awkward secret of her own.
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Published August 3rd 2010 by AudioGO (first published 1994)
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The Flooze
I have one major issue when it comes to the cozy mystery: just a blink of the eye and I suddenly realise I've spent the better part of an evening completely engrossed in mischief and murder.

It's been awhile since I last visited Agatha, yet I found it easy to get sucked back into her not-so-quiet world. She's a strange little woman, one I'd dearly like to shake into feeling more self-assured. If only she could picture herself as others do...but I suppose that's true of all of us and it probably
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 mov ...more
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Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener

This is the third book in a cozy mystery series. Agatha Raisin, a pretty cranky older woman, has moved from London to a small town. There, she ends up becoming a sort of amateur detective and solves murders as they happen. In this book, another newbie to the small town, Mary, is murdered. While Agatha had no love lost for the victim, she attempts to solve the case.

There are times when Agatha is a pretty hard character to like. But for the
Who would want to move to Carsley? Mary Fortune did so, showed her skill as a gardener, much to Agatha's disgust, and then found herself murdered.

'That friend of yours, Bill Wong, took me aside and told me to make sure you did not interfere in the investigation.' So Agatha's friend James Lacey told her but this did not bother the intrepid amateur sleuth. She did her usual and followed every clue to eventually unmask the killer, trying to keep her love life on track along the way!

Another enjoyabl
The more of the series I read the more I like Agatha, she's blunt and doesn't always think things through but she is entertaining.
Agatha volta de férias e dá de caras com uma habitante nova na aldeia.
Vera é um tormento... Louraça, de boa figura, cozinha primorosamente, é uma jardineira excelente e... anda a 'rondar a perna' ao James...
Como se não bastasse, começam a acontecer coisas esquisitas na aldeia: as rosas de um quintal aparecem pintadas de preto, noutro quintal surge um buraco, noutro os peixitos do lago aparecem envenenados... Quando a própria Vera aparece morta, plantada de cabeça para baixo dentro de um grande v
I really liked being surprised (in a good way).

For the first 1/3 of the book, I really thought I've made a BIG mistake in picking up this book because Agatha Raisin just did not sound lovable - just a grouchy bitch... However, I'm glad I stuck it out a bit longer because she really is a diamond in the rough.

A nice cozy mystery to break up the day :)
I romanzi di Agatha Raisin sono sempre avvincenti nonostante la trama non sia poi mai così spettacolare. Agatha, ex pubblicitaria che ha venduto la sua agenzia e si è ritirata in un paesino dei Cotswolds, è una donna di mezza età scorbutica e irritante, brutalmente onesta ed estremamente competitiva, piuttosto incapace nei rapporti sociali.
In questo episodio torna a casa dopo un lungo viaggio all'estero che però non l'ha per nulla soddisfatta, solo per scoprire che non solo il vicino James è anc
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 garde ...more
Brief summary from Goodreads:

"Never say die. That's the philosophy Agatha Raisin clings to when she comes home to cozy Carsely and finds a new woman ensconced in the affections of her attractive bachelor neighbor, James Lacey.

The beautiful newcomer, Mary Fortune, is superior in every way, especially when it comes to gardening. And Agatha, that rose with many thorns, hasn't a green thumb to her name. With garden Open Day approaching, she longs for a nice juicy murder to remind James of her genius
I love all the Agatha Raisin mysteries. This is one of the early ones. I loved the story and the way the murder victim met her demise was very original and unusual. Agatha is still struggling to control her impulses. This to me, makes her very human. She is far from perfect. She has a bad temper, is often rude and outspoken. She can be jealous and mean spirited, and cheats sometimes.
Yet, she has her softer side and can be generous with her words and money. Her love life or the lack of it is alwa
Lisa Bennett
Strange occurrences are once again happening in Carsely. Another newcomer has arrived in the village, Mary Fortune, who appears to have taken the eye of Agatha’s attractive neighbour James Lacey. Mary is a knowledgeable gardener and Agatha thinks she must resort to her old ways to compete in the upcoming local Garden Open Day. But soon some of the villagers’ gardens are being destroyed, followed by a murder (I’m not sure why anyone would chose to live in this village!). Agatha, true to form begi ...more
As usual, Beaton's detective stories are a pleasure to read.
"Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener" is the third story in the series and the main character is well settled in Carsley, but a new arrival is destined to disturb the peace of the village in the Cotswolds.

From the title and the cover is easy to understand that the ending for the new character won't be a happy one. Despite the predictability of the main event, the story is still intriguing and there are a few interesting twists.

This, the third in the Agatha Raisin series see our prickly heroine dipping her toe into the world of gardening. Of course Agatha doesn't do things the way the rest of us would. Added to this Agatha has newcomer Mary to deal with, she may not be as nice as she seems. although Agatha seems to have made friends with her. But of course Mary is murdered and Agatha and her hearthrob James Lacey spend quite a bit of time together trying to figure out whodunnit. The characters are what really work in t ...more
Hannah Fullmer
3.5 stars. A bit more gruesome and disturbing murder than I would have anticipated in a cozy (though, the book cover and title basically describe it). The audio reader, Penelope Keith, is GREAT.
Super series! I've been reading this series on & off for quite a few years now. Having read 18 books so far, I struggle to remember details of each book individually, so this is a general review.

This is such an enjoyable modern day Miss Marple. Agatha Raisin is so annoying at times, I've felt the desire to shake sense into her. Despite that, I can't help but like her. These books are filled with murder, mystery, quirky characters, country living & village gossip. I find they make quite a
I'm trying to be a bit more conservative with my stars this year. This was a good book, and I enjoyed it, but I was put off a bit by the choice of Agatha's words at time. I had no idea that certain idioms that I thought were "homey" were actually offensive in England until I looked them up. So while I liked the story, there were problems with the writing. I see that there are a good many in this series. I enjoyed it enough to give another a try, but I won't do it very soon. I have many other boo ...more
La Biblioteca
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Avevo adorato Agatha già dal primo libro e ammotto di non riuscire più a staccarmi da lei. Prima di tutto perchè è adorabile, e difatti, pur senza accorgersene, nel paesino in cui si sentiva rifiutata, adesso tutti le sono amici e si prendono cura di lei.
Poi perché i racconti della Beaton traggono esempio da una più celebre Agatha (la Christie) e, pur non essendo paragonabili, hanno una semplicita e una quotidianità che li
Luffy Monkey D.
What makes the Potted Gardener a teensy weensy memorable read are the leanness of its storytelling and the timing of its progress. The discovery of the culprit was too cut and dried but that's not a real complaint, because in these days where everything looks to have been thought of, how can we criticize a book for not indulging in cliches?

Being a very short book, The Potted Gardener is a sizable improvement over the book that preceded it, where everything that its successor achieves, it faile
Jul 16, 2011 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
I just started reading the books in the Agatha Raisin series this year and I am enjoying them. I rather like the pugnacious middle-age woman who is apt to being flustered and doing the wrong thing. The stories are short and entertaining and the characters are interesting and I want to learn more about them. This was a fairly strange tale, but interesting nonetheless and it's a good, fast summer read.

I enjoyed reading this, so the 4 stars are more a reflection of my enjoyment than any attempt at objective literary criticism!

This is not great fiction. She churns them out one every year as well as a yearly Hamish Macbeth and goodness knows how many 'Romance'. I bought the first four in an omnibus for 6.49, which works out at a very decent price per story. But the subsequent ones seem to be priced at near enough 5 or even more, which seems awfully pricy for stories that seem shorter than the nu
Cranky, blunt, prickly, abrasive, insensitive Agatha Raisin is slowly becoming an enjoyable read for me. Her character is being fleshed out more with each book in the series, and here she is more likeable and less man-hungry. The writing is improving. Agatha has just returned from a long solo trip visiting several countries. Upon returning to her cottage in the English Cotswolds, she discovers that Mary Fortune has moved into the village and the house that Mrs. Josephs, the former librarian, liv ...more
An entertaining read which I just kept reading, because I am like that with cozy mysteries. My introduction to mysteries was through Wilkie Collins. I love reading about the British Isles, because of this early introduction. The cozy little village with its close knit community, pub comraderie, and community activities revolving around the church makes me long to live there. A series is nice, because of the character development the author continues to undertake in the novels. So yes, it was enj ...more
Ann Boytim
Love the feistiness of this character Agatha 0- she just plows on and takes everyone down with her, she stops at nothing to find the answers she means to get. Agatha is still wanting to have a better relationship with her neighbor James and they team up to solve another murder but then she finds out James has had a relationship with the murdered woman. Agatha is cunning and will win in the end
3rd in this series, but the second I've read and I loved it. I'm more used to all the quirkiness and everything that goes with it of Miss Agatha Raisin and everything to do with quaint village life where she lives. That is probably why I found this book quite enjoyable and a jolly good read as Agatha might put it!
Book Wormy
Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener M C Beaton
3 Stars

New comer to the village of Carsley Mary Fortune seems to have it all good looks, charm, friends and even admiration from Agatha's handsome neighbour and obsession James Lacey so why would anyone want to kill her let alone pot her in her own conservatory.

Warned off by investigating by local policeman Bill, Agatha cannot help but get herself involved and once again Carsley answer to Miss Marple is up to her usual sleuthing.

Throw into the mix
Agatha Raisin and the Potted Garden M C Beaton 3.5 Stars

This was my first exposure to Agatha Raisin, and an enjoyable light hearted read it was. I was fortunate to have been leant this book by a mutual avid reader (thank you Jill D), as such broke with tradition and started a series part way through. Fortunately for me, it was the 3rd in a long series so hadn't missed to much of the back story. In fact, this novel read well as a stand alone.

In this novel we join Agatha at her home in the Cotsw
Just as quirky and witty as her Hamish Macbeth books, but set in the Cotswolds of western England and starring the cantankerous, abrasive, insecure, but clever anti-Miss Marple, Agatha Raisin. A little harder to warm to than Hamish, but I'll read more.
Dear me what a hideous murder! I have to admit that after reading the second book of the series and not liking Agatha herself i wondered what i would make of the third one. I have to admit I am starting to like Agatha a lot more however if it's possible still detest James Lacey even more! This one was just the same...a very easy read interesting characters and i liked that the murder doesn't happen straight away you really get to know the victim first which you would think make it easy to guess ...more
Clearly my new potato chip series, you can't read just one. These books aren't great. They are partially a train wreck. Agatha is not particularly likable. But at the same time, you have to root for her. She gets under your skin in every way. In this outing she decides to out garden the gardeners but before she can even show her stuff the new lady blossom about town finds herself murdered in a rather ghastly sort of way. The murdered woman wasn't particularly very nice but Agatha becomes determi ...more
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