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Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener

(Agatha Raisin #3)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  10,237 ratings  ·  725 reviews
Agatha Raisin has a crush on James Lacey. In order to endear herself to him, s he takes up gardening, hoping to participate with him in the prestigious Carsely Horticultural Contest. But as the contest approaches, plants are being mysteriously uprooted, poisoned, and burned. When the prime suspect turns up dead, Agatha must solve the murder mystery.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published November 29th 1995 by Fawcett Books (first published 1994)
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Gina I love Agatha! James I could do without because he's quite a turd, but Agatha is refreshingly blunt and makes me laugh. Many of the other residents…moreI love Agatha! James I could do without because he's quite a turd, but Agatha is refreshingly blunt and makes me laugh. Many of the other residents are Carsley are entertaining, enough to make me wish it was a real place so I could visit! Try her out, the audiobooks are especially fun. (less)
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Fiona MacDonald
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 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
Blaine DeSantis
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I continue to be surprised with Agatha Raisin! The books give you such a different feeling then the TV show. Loved this book and new character Mary Fortune who ends up not being so "fortunate" Perfect foil for Agatha and all of Carsley. So much background in this book, and we find out that Agatha seems to still have a love/hate relationship with Carsley. On the one hand she goes on long Holiday, but then dives back into town life. Gets jealous of Mary who has attached herself to Agatha's neighbo ...more
Jan 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: uk, 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
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Digital audiobook narrated by Penelope Keith

Third in the series starring 50-something Agatha Raisin, former PR executive who is trying to make a life in the village of Carsley, in the English Cottswolds. As the novel opens, she has just returned from a long holiday, and is determined to win the affections of her neighbor James Lacey. But in her absence, he has developed a relationship with newcomer and avid gardener Mary Fortune. So Agatha determines to become an expert horticultural
I don't like Agatha Raisin. I didn't like her when I read a couple of the books, in fact I disliked her a lot, so I stopped reading them. But when I heard that Penelope Leach narrated the audiobooks I decided to give one a try because I love her in Good Neighbors and To the Manor Born, and I thought I'd really enjoy listening to her read a book. And I did - I thought she was wonderful. Unfortunately, I still really dislike the MC and most of the other characters in this book.

Agatha R
Julie Davis
Dec 21, 2017 rated it liked it
This was interesting for the deeper glimpses of James Lacey's and a few villagers' characters. Also, of course, there is Agatha Raisin who we see growing as a person. Last, but not least, is the solution to the murder. This is definitely a "cozy" mystery series but Agatha's prickly, honest character makes it more interesting than most. I've been listening to the audiobooks, most of which have been read by Penelope Keith who does a great job.
Excellent, Agatha Raisin is a wonderful protagonist.
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
✨ Gramy ✨
This is a quick, fluffy, cozy mystery. Agatha is not your typical woman sleuth, but she is acerbic and pushes her way around.

The other characters are quriky at times. The humour is most advantageous and appreciated. Lots of tidbits about the Cotswold.

This book is able to stand on its own and delivers an HEA.
Heidi Burkhart
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love this series, and can't resist audiobooking it again! So entertaining, and there is nobody quite like Agatha.
Oct 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 1990s, adult
This is the third book in the Agatha Raisin series. This series is set in a small English village and follows Agatha who has retired to the countryside following a career in PR in London. In this book, the village has a gardening society and someone is destroying the gardens and the newcomer to the village ends up dead. As usual, Agatha interferes and begins to investigate.

This series is a lot of fun and I love the portrayal of village life. This wasn't my favourite as the mystery element felt
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
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 achiev
Jan 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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 c
Jul 03, 2011 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! ...more
Jammin Jenny
I love Agatha Raisin! She is such a well developed character and is so funny. In this story, Agatha returns from a vacation to find that James Lacey is infatuated with a new woman in the village, Mary Fortune. Agatha dislikes Mary from the start, and feels that she is a phony person. She wishes that a murder would take place so James would remember how well she solved mysteries. Then someone murders Mary Fortune - James and Agatha find her potted upside down in her garden.
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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!!
Jan 29, 2012 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 :)
Wyatt Smith
Jan 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
Unfortunately the character of Agatha Raisin has started to annoy me. What were charming features/ foibles now grate. I found the book and really difficult to enjoy.
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
One of the best Agatha Raisin book I've read so far:) A fun, quick read and a very entertaining story!
Apr 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was hoping to enjoy this like I do Agatha Christie but it just didn't stack up. Was good enough though and I read it in one go.
Jan 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, audio
Nice combination of societies full of mildly potty types (pun intended) and a nicely dotty murder, once again we have Agatha off on the trail of a killer, getting herself threatened and nearly bumped off along the way, moping about after James, having fun with friend Bill Wong, and generally indulging in a spot of silliness in the Cotswolds. If you've not read any of these books but are coming to them on the strength of the TV series then you are going to be confused. The book version of Agatha ...more
Another episode of amateur sleuthing in the Cotswolds village of Carsely. There's a gardening competition in the village and once again Agatha Raisin plans on cheating to win. But it seems, someone else is determined to win even more when one of the prime contenders turns up dead.

Lot's of quirky characters and British detective novel staples (they spend a lot of time in the pub). Agatha continues her on again, off again relationship with James Lacey and Detective Bill Wong steps in t
Damana Madden
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Book 45 of 2017 is Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener which is book 3 of the Agatha Raisin Mysteries by M.C. Beaton.

Book 3 in the series continues in the same sleepy village with the same neighbours and dramas that Agatha has become part of.

This mystery wasn't too hard to solve but the character growth is fun to read.

So as not to ruin this or any prior books in the series, I won't say too much more.

4 murdered gardens out of 5.

Mortisha Cassavetes
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
This is the 3rd book in the Agatha Raisin series and OMG I just loved this book. It continues to follow Agatha in her new town as she smitten by her handsome neighbor, James. Agatha finds out that James is fond of gardening and is entering the town competition and of course Agatha is entering as well even though she is not a gardener. As the contest grows near, someone wrecks all the gardens and someone is found dead. That is when the adventure of mystery solving begins. I highly recommend this ...more
Linda Smatzny
Agatha Raisin has returned from her extended trip to her home in Carsley to find the village has a new resident who seems to be the favorite of everyone. At first, Agatha dislikes the woman but becomes her friend even though the woman can make rude comments. When Mary Fortune is killed, Agatha goes into questioning mode but doesn't get much response. Also Agatha has agreed to return to London for six months for work in PR. The book was a quick easy read.
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another fun Raisin read!
The only let down was the ending- very abrupt, as if the author just wanted to finish the book quickly.
But the fun is in the character of Agatha, the scrapes she gets herself into, and the cosy feeling of the series.
Will be reading them all through autumn, and would recommend to all as fun, light and cosy reads.
Dawn Brookes
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this one on audible and enjoyed it as a welcome distraction from the real world. I'm building a love-hate relationship with Agatha Raisin who is at times likeable and at others annoying but I think that's the author's intention. A good cosy mystery with enough going on to keep you reading, or listening in my case.
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