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

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Agatha goes digging where she shouldn't ... Agatha is taken aback when she finds a new woman ensconced in the affections of her attractive bachelor neighbour, James Lacey.

The beautiful Mary Fortune is superior in every way, especially when it comes to gardening - and with Carsely Garden Open Day looming, Agatha feels this deficiency acutely. So when Mary is discovered mur
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Paperback, 220 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Robinson Publishing (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
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Roberta
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
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Darlene
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
Samantha
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
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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
Melissapalmer404
Book #9 Read in 2013
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
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Ali
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
Gerry
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
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Leigh
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
Dolly
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.

Sallee
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
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Tien
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 :)
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
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Tamara
★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 C
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Irene
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.

What'
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Mark
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.
Jodi
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
Kavita
I really enjoyed reading this book and want to give a high rating and an excellent review, but I cannot. This is the third book in the series and the first I have read. A new woman comes to Agatha's village and gets murdered. As Agatha peels off the layers of truth, she discovers that the murdered woman, Mary, was not as nice as originally everyone thought. The problem lies in the climax - or lack of one. It is as if the author suddenly picked one of the villagers and labelled them as the murder ...more
Kristina Marie
Pretty good. I feel bad for the goldfish, though.
Michelle
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 co ...more
Kris
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An Odd1
Agatha Raisin 50s, shiny brown bob, bear-like brown eyes, jealous of incomer Mary Fortune, shapely expertly-blonded, bats baby blues at next-door bachelor James Lacey. All the villagers contribute: former PR scrawny suck-up Roy, police pal Bill Wong, true friend vicar's wife Mrs Bloxby, single mother in high heels Miss Simms, even smelly senior Boggles who demand rides. Someone vandalizes gardens to limit competition for Garden Open Day, even poisoning goldfish of respectable old Bernard Spott. ...more
Susan
Agatha continues to keep me engaged with her comments and thoughts about her own life, the village she lives in, and the people she encounters. I like how this 50 something woman is dealing with change, retirement, living in a laid back village instead of bustling London, and life. M.C. Beaton brings the characters to life for me - it is like visiting with old friends. The murder and subsequent investigation by Agatha and her friends makes this book a great cozy mystery.
Sherry (sethurner)
"A mild damp winter was edging towards spring when Agatha Raisin motored slowly toward the village of Carsely after a long holiday." I toted this little mystery along on a recent holiday of my own, thinking it would pass the time on the airplane ride. I also had decided to sample some mysteries with female sleuths, and thought I would try this series, since I had enjoyed listening to several of Beaton's Hamish Macbeth series. Unfortunately, this one couldn't keep me awake on the plane, and I fou ...more
Cliff
I am beginning to warm to Agatha Raisin. The book is an easy read and doesn't pretend to be anything else. A pleasant way to wile away a couple of hours. I still wonder why these books took nine years to cross the Atlantic. First published in USA in 1994, UK not until 2003. Perhaps it was felt we Brits had tired of cosy country murders solved by an amateur sleuth, being hooked on the gritty realism of such as Ian Rankin.
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
Lexi
Musím sa priznať, že najskôr som bola trochu prekvapená, aká je knižka tenučká, ale nakoniec na poličke vyzerá krásne a rovnako super sa aj čítala. Mám veľmi rada také jednohubky na jedno popoludnie a táto ma neskutočne bavila. Aj keď som trochu iná veková kategória ako hlavná hrdinka a nedokážem sa s ňou stotožniť, vôbec mi to nevadí, je to taká svojrázna postava, že sa o nej aspoň veľmi dobre číta. Zasadenie (no pun intended) deja na anglický vidiek medzi niektoré podivnejšie charaktery mi veľ ...more
Georgene
Oct 25, 2014 Georgene rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Georgene by: Philip Wickstrand
Shelves: mystery
Murder most foul with Agatha Raisin and her friend, James Lacey, on the scene to sift through the clues. Discoverers the body of the unfortunate victim, who turns turns out not to be the nice person that she was thought.

This third entry in the Agatha Raisin series is a worthy addition.
Hermioneginny
Agatha torna a Carsely dopo una lunga vacanza in giro per il mondo e scopre che nel villaggio è arrivata Mary Fortune, una donna molto bella, bravissima nel giardinaggio e che ha fatto amicizia con i compaesani, in particolare con James. Agatha all'inizio è molto gelosa, ma ben presto si lascia conquistare. Almeno fino a quando viene indetto il Concorso per il Miglior Giardino: alcuni giardini vengono sabotati e quando Mary Fortune viene ritrovata morta, Agatha e James non possono non indagare.. ...more
Kate Millin
Mary Fortune, a new comer to the village, is the Potted Gardener referred to in the title. She is living in the house where the librarian was murdered in previous story so we should have guessed it would lead to another death. Added to this Agatha's neighbour, James, has been enamoured of Mary while Agatha was licking her wounds on an international holiday because he had shown no interest in her.

In the nature of such things as soon as she gets annoyed with him he becomes more interested in her -
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