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The Vicious Vet (Agatha Raisin #2)

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Feisty Agatha Raisin, former London PR exec, retired to quiet Cotswold village. Handsome vet Paul Bladen accidentally kills himself while attending Lord Pendlebury's horse. Agatha and attractive neighbor James Lacey investigate the curious lack of sorrow shown by his divorced wife while a killer plans another "accident".
Paperback, 224 pages
Published August 29th 2006 by St. Martin's (first published 1993)
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Aug 06, 2011 KarenF rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozy, own
I think I enjoyed this one a little more than the first. Now that the set up of Agatha's move to the village is over we can jump right into village life and the next murder. Loved Agatha scaring off James when she'd get too eager and the scene with her destroying the ladies room in the pub trying to cover up a blemish on her nose had me chuckling while reading the whole scene. Agatha is a great character, prickly enough to be interesting but with sometimes seen softer side that keeps her likable ...more
Jan 12, 2017 Fiona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got serious reader's block half way through this which spoilt it a tad, but before long I was back on track binge reading and Agatha was as amusing and infuriating as ever! I'm beginning to really like her cats as well.... Another great read from MC Beaton.
Feb 18, 2012 Sue rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, read-2012
After reading many glowing reviews of the Agatha Raisin series, I was pleased to find a copy of this book for 50c at our local thrift store. I just read it in a couple of days, but that does not mean that it was so gripping that I could scarcely put it down. It was because it's not that long a book, and I wanted to get to the end so I could find something more interesting to read.

The protagonist is nothing like the modern Miss Marple, as suggested by the blurb on the back. Instead, she's an arr
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Book two in the popular Agatha Raisin cozy mystery series.

I was not a fan of the first Agatha Raisin book, giving it only 1 star. I found Agatha unbelievable and the plot weak. But … I needed a book for a challenge, and this one was both relatively short, and fit the bill, so I decided to give Agatha Raisin another try.

Agatha is still abrasive and rude, but she’s growing on me. Or I should say, her escapades are growing on me. This begins with a new veterinarian i
Sep 19, 2009 Ali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second in the highly popular Agatha Raisin murder mystery series The highly irrepressibly 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...

Cosy, highly entertaining, and ver
Kate Howe
Such lovely and easy reading - can't wait to get back to the next! Don't let only 3 stars deter you from this series - the highest I've ever given a cozy is 4 stars. I love Agatha in all her sardonic self.
Jun 12, 2013 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second in the Agatha Raisin series, following on from Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death. Agatha Raisin is an oddly compelling character; a strange mix of the downright rude and the vulnerable. When we meet Agatha in this book, she has just returned from a holiday where she had attempted, unsuccessfully, to follow her handsome neighbour - only to find that on her return to the village of Carsely, there is a new vet causing fluttering hearts.

As in the previous novel, Agatha seems u
Wonderful. Absolutely wonderful. Great mystery, especially if you're looking for one set in England. Looking forward to the next one!
Apr 09, 2011 Staci rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
I really love this crotchety middle aged woman named Agatha. She makes me smile and laugh because she just says it like it is. She recently retired from public relations and is finding that she's quite bored. After her first successful attempt at solving a murder she gets a bit of an over-inflated ego and believes she's the only one who can find out the answer as to who wanted the local veterinarian dead. The plus side for her (she has a mad wild crush on James) is that her neighbor, retired mil ...more
Sep 02, 2016 Aylavella rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Me apetecía algo ligero después de leer algún que otro tostón y me decidí por este. Me gustó, me pareció entretenido, con una trama ligera, fácil de seguir. Me gustó mucho más que el primero.
A ver, no es un gran libro, no tiene un suspense que te tenga en tensión, no es un thriller psicológico como los que están muy de moda. Es más bien un libro clásico de misterio de tipo Agatha Christie. Ligero. Rápido. Sin grandes pretensiones. Entretenido y eso era lo que esperaba de él.

Oct 14, 2016 Berit☀️✨ rated it really liked it
OK, I have to admit I binge read seven books in the series, so they all sort of blend together, sort of....
There is a new vet in town and all the ladies are seeming to need to bring their pets to see him, including Agatha..... soon, the vet is killed, and there are plenty of suspects... Agatha of course gets into the middle of it all.... she also starts crushing on her next-door neighbor James, who ends up helping her, solve this mystery.....
Mar 30, 2015 Yvonne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Agatha Raisin is back and slowly getting used to her retired life in the Cotswolds. She wants romance and excitement. Her neighbor, James Lacey, would be the perfect choice to add happiness to her life. Unfortunately, he doesn’t seem to feel the same way. So, she turns her sights on the new town veterinarian, Paul Bladen.

Agatha isn’t the only one interested in the new vet, though. She notices that many of the town’s women are bringing in their pets for various reasons. Most of them are manufactu
May 10, 2012 Nicolle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
I really did enjoy this one and only rated it four stars, just because it wasn't mindblowing, though still fab. I adore Agatha Raisin most of the time as she is funny and vulnerable yet still manages to be a strong heroine. The only thing I that sometimes gets on my nerves is her dislike of everyone (and everything) James takes an interest in. I know she fancies the pants off James but this is a whole new level of JELOUSY! Thanksfully though James isn't as petrified as he was at the beginning of ...more
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Oct 05, 2014 Lese lust rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, krimi
Auch wenn ich diesen zweiten (für mich in der Lesereihenfolge dritten) Band um die verschrobene Agatha Raisin wieder gerne gelesen habe, nervt mich die Infantilisierung einer eigentlich interessanten Hauptfigur doch. Da wird aus einer gestandenen Geschäftsfrau ein kicherndes Girlie, nur weil ein halbwegs passabler Mann in der Nachbarschaft rumläuft - und plötzlich hat sie nichts weiteres mehr im Kopf, als sich diesen Mann zu angeln, die Aufklärung des Mordfalls ist bloß Mittel zum Zweck, um mit ...more
May 22, 2011 Colette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Truth be told,I haven't read an "Agatha" book yet(and I have read the whole series) that hasn't kept me amused and entertained. Our heroine is a 50-plus detective,living in a village in England,who finds herself in the most amazing predicaments. She has two lovers and deals with middle age issues like the dreaded "hairs in strange places." I started reading this series in my 30's and loved the fact that a woman in her 50's could still have fun, friends,and that naughty S** word! I might just go
Jul 24, 2009 Gerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"You wouldn't think when you drive through these pretty Cotswold villages how much terror and passion and anger can lurk beneath the beams of these old cottages," said constable Bill Wong. How true! Because one would believe it if one follows the adventures of Agatha the retired PR executive, now putative Private Investigator in Carsley. In this, the second in the series (and it might help if they are read in order, although it is not imperative as I haven't and still manage) Agatha follows up a ...more
Um veterinário novo chega à aldeia e começa a fazer sensação entre as senhoras que, por sua vez, começam a fazer fila com os seus gatinhos na sala de espera do consultório.
Afinal de contas o homem não gosta lá muito da bicharada pequena e, depois de matar o gato da dona Josephine, aparece morto com uma injeção para cavalo (literalmente! lol)! Isto, claro, tem todos os ingredientes para chamar a atenção de Agatha!
O que eu me ri, neste livro, com os desencontros, desentendimentos e figurinhas que
Miss Mouse
Jul 24, 2008 Miss Mouse rated it really liked it
A really fun read! Agatha Raisin is an absolute hoot! I picture Judi Dench as Agatha Raisin.
Mar 01, 2017 Damaskcat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A new vet - Paul Bladen - moves into Carsley and all the women suddenly discover something wrong with their pets. Agatha Raisin is pleased to be invited to a restaurant by the attractive vet. But he fails to turn up and when she phones him a woman answers claiming to be his wife.

When Bladen is found dead after what appears to be a tragic accident Agatha thinks she can draw a line under the unfortunate business until someone else is found dead and she finds herself once more involved in an inves
Valerie Kyriosity
It was OK. The series appears to be going to be more about Agatha's personal life than her mystery-solving. She's a middle-aged woman with an appalling lack of social and emotional maturity. So, yeah, too close to home for me to really enjoy her. I think I'll try one more and then decide if I want to continue the series.

The reader had the unforgivable flaw of not being Penelope Keith. But I suppose she wasn't half bad for all that.
Mar 08, 2017 Rigomette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Une lecture aussi drôle que prenante. L'enquête m'a beaucoup plu mais plus que tout j'ai adoré Agatha, les situations cocasses dans lesquelles elle se retrouve et le duo qu'elle forme avec James Lacey, son voisin aussi mystérieux que fuyant ! J'ai hâte de la retrouver dans une 3e enquête!
Jan 02, 2017 Alice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mlle Alice, pouvez-vous nous raconter votre rencontre avec Remède de Cheval ?
"J'ai eu la chance de recevoir les deux premières enquêtes d'Agatha Raisin et après avoir fini le premier, je me suis immédiatement jetée sur le suivant."

Dites-nous en un peu plus sur son histoire...
"Agatha commence à prendre ses marques dans les Cotswolds et son nouveau voisin craquant n'y est pas pour rien. Il ne manquerait plus que la mort du vétérinaire soit un meurtre pour que son bonheur soit complet..."

Mais que
Dec 16, 2012 Darlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 an
Agatha Raisin continues to delight. She’s such a contradiction of pragmatic problem solver with these interspersed moments where her self-concept collapses like a flan in a cupboard and she is suddenly obsessed with getting a man. Luckily for everyone involved, a terrible man who happens to be a vet turns up dead and Agatha is rather busy snooping around for a killer. The supporting characters continue to develop from Book 1 and the reader gets a continually deepening picture of life in this sma ...more
Ingrid Fasquelle
Oct 20, 2016 Ingrid Fasquelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Née en 1936 à Glasgow, Marion Chesney alias M.C. Beaton a été libraire et journaliste avant de devenir un des auteurs de best-sellers les plus lus de Grande-Bretagne avec ses deux séries de romans policiers : Hamish MacBeth mais surtout Agatha Raisin (plus de 15 millions d'exemplaires vendus dans le monde). En France, il aura fallu attendre vingt-quatre ans pour voir débouler le premier tome d'une longue série qui compte pas moins de vingt-huit titres ! Publiés en juin dernier, les deux premiers ...more
Inken Purvis
Feb 23, 2016 Inken Purvis rated it liked it
For those of us who are convinced that Oxfordshire / The Cotswolds are possibly the most dangerous places on earth (because look at the sheer number of murders that occur there!) thanks to the likes of Morse, Lewis, Endeavour and Inspector Barnaby of Midsomer Murders, here comes another series to reinforce the impression. MC Beaton has written numerous cozy mysteries set in the Cotswolds and featuring the abrasive, financially successful yet socially inept Agatha Raisin.

Are the novels any good?
Mar 09, 2013 eLPy rated it liked it
As with a few other reviews I have made the purpose of this review is more so to share my immediate opinion of what I have read of the series rather than to give a detailed account of what this particular story is about. I have not kept up with the series however so unfortunately I do no know the current fate of Agatha Raisin!

With that said, the tales of Agatha Raisin are another series that I picked up many, many years ago (the early 2000s). I had mostly stumbled into reading mystery books with
Jul 19, 2012 Daniel rated it liked it
Not as entertaining as the first one, I still like Agatha Raisin as a character. She's all tough on the outside, but vulnerable on the inside (and still wishing for some romance). And it is this combination that makes her funny. On this second outing, a veterinarian was found dead--initially ruled out as accident--but was reclassified as murder after another person died under suspicious circumstances. Of course, everyone wanted to believe that the two deaths were unrelated and that they're both ...more
Feb 21, 2011 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
Shelves: mystery, pets, english, 2011, death
This is a short piece of cozy mystery brain candy. It's a quick, fun read and although I've only read the first two books in the Agatha Raisin series, I think I'm hooked. I'll probably have to bounce back and forth between our beloved Hamish Macbeth series and this one, but I'm looking forward to reading them all.

This story once again shows us the flawed, yet loveable Agatha getting her hopes dashed again and again over her confirmed-bachelor neighbor and almost getting swindled out of her savi
Jul 17, 2009 Christiana rated it did not like it
I found the first book in this series, Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death, amusing enough to get the second adventure from the library. Unfortunately, this is exactly the same book as the first, only without any funny parts.

There's a murder in Agatha Raisin's Cotswold village (again), and Agatha decides to meddle in the investigation (again), discovering that the murder victim was a local lothario romancing many middle-aged women simultaneously (again). Since Agatha herself is involved in a o
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