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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, 246 pages
Published February 22nd 2010 by Constable & Robinson (first published 1994)
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Cat Juggler Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death was a fun book.

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Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death was a fun book.

I believe you'll soon be turning to Agatha in Carsely any time you want to take a break (from other activities and other books!) and have a comfortable and cozy read.

Lt. Cy Dekker (Murder at the High School Reunion) first recommended Agatha to me. Before I could even get to it, my sister recommended Agatha Raisin to me!

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Fiona
Apr 17, 2017 Fiona rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-books
It's always comforting to see Agatha again and the village of Carsley, almost like coming home. This time Agatha is searching for the murder of a beautiful yet surprisingly unpopular newcomer to the village who has been found quite literally 'planted' to death. I love all the characters, and even the cats are a constant highlight.
The Flooze
Oct 02, 2011 The Flooze rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Kavita
Jan 06, 2014 Kavita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Jonathan
Excellent, Agatha Raisin is a wonderful protagonist.
Libros Prestados
Un entretenido divertimento por si se tiene mono de un misterio detectivesco a lo Agatha Christie o se quiere una lectura ligera para pasar el rato.

No inventa la rueda, pero tampoco lo pretende. Nos habla de una detective aficionada resolviendo un caso en un pueblo pequeño, rodeada de sus peculiares vecinos. Es lo más parecido a leer una historia de Miss Marple si Miss Marple fuera una cincuentona en el mundo moderno que me cayera bien. Porque la protagonista se hace simpática, y dado que todo e
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Rigomette
L'intrigue est longue à démarrer puisqu'on ne se retrouve avec un cadavre qu'à 41% du livre et je l'ai trouvé peu intéressante. Heureusement, les personnages sauvent la mise et Agatha est toujours aussi hilarante !
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
Melissapalmer404
Jan 24, 2013 Melissapalmer404 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Andrea
Agatha Raisin is back again and her attitude is once again causing her no end of problem! Being competitive makes for a hard time on our Aggie, and it doesn't help that James Lacey ( her eligible neighbor and sometimes partner in sleuthing) has an eye on another new lady in the village while she's been away. Will Agatha ever settle down and keep her knickers from getting in a twist? Once again there is murder, mayhem and mischief in the village of Carsely in the Cotswolds to be enjoyed by reade ...more
Gerry
Jul 03, 2011 Gerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Cyndi
Jun 25, 2016 Cyndi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
S. S. Van Dine said, "There simply must be a corpse in a detective novel, and the deader the corpse the better." In this book, not only is the corpse dead, but creatively. Don't think I've ever read one disposed of quite like this. Wonderful book by the great M. C. Beaton, which is just one of the pseudonyms used by Marion Chesney. Love her!!
Tien
Jan 29, 2012 Tien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 :)
Deanne
Jun 14, 2015 Deanne rated it really liked it
Shelves: crimethriller
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.
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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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
Roberta
Apr 21, 2012 Roberta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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CatarinaG
Jul 24, 2015 CatarinaG rated it liked it
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
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Sallee
Mar 13, 2014 Sallee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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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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
Elizabeth D.
Aug 23, 2016 Elizabeth D. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh Agatha, what are we going to do with you? Mrs. Raisin is at it again, finding death at her doorstep instead of the dishy next door neighbour she had hoped to be entertaining. I give points for the most original death scene I've seen in a long while and it was nice to see some progression in the main character from previous books, but the mystery itself took such a back story to pretty much everything else in the book that finding out the murderer just seemed to be a side plot rather than the ...more
Irene
May 24, 2014 Irene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Berit☀️✨
Oct 15, 2016 Berit☀️✨ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book starts out with Agatha taking a trip to the Bahamas, following James... just to find out he took a trip somewhere else, basically to avoid her... he comes home to find out he is dating Mary, a newcomer to the village, that everybody seems to like... Mary is good at gardening, so Agatha decides she is going to become interested in gardening.... and because she did not learn with that quiche, ultimately she decides she is going to order plants from the nursery and act as though she has g ...more
Ali
Oct 31, 2009 Ali rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jules
Jan 17, 2011 Jules rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Dolly
May 31, 2011 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  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.

Annie
I love so much this series that I bought the 20 first books of it! As said by the critics of "Publishers Weekly" : "Beaton's imperfect heroine is an absolute gem"!
Once you start it, you can't stop.
She is in her 50th, not a top model, eternally in love with her handsome neighbour, and such a fun.
On top, the little village in the Cotswolds where she lives is such a delight, you really want you would be able to purchase her cottage!
Aylavella
Sep 02, 2016 Aylavella rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Después de leer el segundo pues no me quedo más remedio que leer el tercero :-).
Entretenido, ligero, ágil. Libro de misterio de corte clásico, donde una mujer algo cotilla decide investigar por su cuenta un crimen y pista tras pista (a veces se las encuentra de cara) va solucionando el embrollo.
Andrea
Oh Agatha…You continue to delight. I really liked the new character/dead person in this one from a psychological perspective. However, she’s awful as a (fictional) person so I don’t want to hang out with her, but WOW is it fun to read a bit of fluffy karma. Not much more to say here except I still love this series.
Curlyhair
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!
Ann Boytim
Feb 22, 2014 Ann Boytim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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