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Agatha Raisin y el veterinario cruel

(Agatha Raisin #2)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  10,722 ratings  ·  892 reviews
Con un chasco. Así empieza la última aventura de Agatha Raisin: se ha ido a las Bahamas persiguiendo a su adorado James Lacey, pero resulta que él, quizá para esquivarla, no está en las Bahamas, sino más bien en El Cairo. ¿En qué momento se le ocurrió a la pobre Agatha dejar Londres por una vida insulsa y sin hombres en la campiña inglesa?

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Hardcover, 238 pages
Published 2015 by Círculo de Lectores (first published 1993)
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Feb 18, 2012 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
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Gary Sundell
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this second book in the series a bit more than book 1. Probably 4.6 as opposed to 4.5. Looking forward to reading more in the series.
Fiona MacDonald
Jan 12, 2017 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.
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Book on CD read by Diana Bishop.

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
Blaine DeSantis
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good read in the Agatha Raisin series. Really enjoyed this book because it explains the reasons for the murders much better than the TV series did, as well as the Colonel's horror at being linked romantically with anyone.
A light and enjoyable read or listen. Agatha cracks me up, and yet she has powers of observation and deduction that are superior to the local police - not sure if that is always the same in all these cozy-styled mysteries. What marks this series from others is the very g
Sep 19, 2009 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
Diana Sandberg
Jul 07, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Well, I thought I'd give it another try, but this one is no improvement over the previous. Reviewers quoted on the cover call these books "playful", "delicious", "hilarious", "intelligent, amusing reading", and the main character "irascible but endearing". I dunno - I find her repulsive and deeply depressing - a person so utterly lacking in self-awareness that she is constantly behaving in ways that are offensive to others while simultaneously making herself miserable. Can't see the humour. I'll ...more
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 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
May 22, 2011 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
Wonderful. Absolutely wonderful. Great mystery, especially if you're looking for one set in England. Looking forward to the next one!
Tom Mc Kenna
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Agatha Raisin is not a Miss Marple type personality, in fact most of the time she is just downright snarly. But reading the book as the story unfolds you just can't help routing for her. M. C. Beston is a marvelous writer with a knack for the absurd. Here is a quote from one of the sideline characters that had me almost peeing in my proverbial pants.

". . .a landowner no longer has any privacy. If it’s not busybodies like you, it’s those damn
environmentalists, walking over my land with their ru
Mar 30, 2015 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
Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
Author: M.C Beaton
Recommended for: fans of comedy detection novels

This is the second book in the wonderful series featuring the amateur sleuth Agatha Raisin, this book will definately have you laughing at the humourous way that M.C Beaton has created the character and what she gets up to. The characters are all brilliantly described in such a way that you can picture them in your mind and the place they are living in. In this novel Agatha Raisin is going after the new good looking vet
Apr 09, 2011 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
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.....
Anne Hawn Smith
There is so much to dislike about Agatha Raisin, but everyone has a soft spot for her. All the things that made her a hard-driving and successful businesswoman seem against her in the Cotswolds. She struggled all her life to be successful, but success in a romantic relationship seems to elude her. She is in love with her neighbor, James Lacey, and the only point of contact they have is solving mysteries, so solving mysteries is what she does.

In this mystery, a rather nasty vet is found dead and
Ive been reading Agatha Raisin series on an irregular basis for quite some years by now.
Have found a couple of her books real enjoyable. This one seems to be of the less than average sort.
A sleek vet sets up shop in Agatha's village and all the middle aged women, including spinsters , divorcees , widows and matrons alike are behind him. He is found dead one day and his less than admirable traits come up. Soon a second death occurs , and suspicion of s double murder is consolidated in Agatha's
Overall, I did not find book 2 of the series quite as good as the first one. I think that's often the case because in the first book of a series there is a lot of setting up and discovering the characters.

Having said that, I did find this another enjoyable tale of busy body Agatha Raisin in the Cotswolds. One of the side characters from the first book has a more prominent role in this one and turns out to have some surprising talents.

A short fun read, just over 5 hours on audio book, narrated b
Julie Davis
Enjoyable and I liked it better than the first one, though the incident with Agatha in the pub bathroom had a screwball element that seemed out of step with the rest of the book. I liked getting to see James Lacey's thoughts and more of the village elements. The parallel plot, albeit brief, with Agatha's flirtation with getting into business again and the murder victim's crimes were nicely done.
May 10, 2012 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
Jul 24, 2009 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
Jan 17, 2011 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
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
A cute and fun follow-up to the original. Agatha is mainly pursuing her elusive neighbor and dealing with con artist men. The paired up team weren't Sherlock and Watson, but the uncomfortable situations amused. Full review soon.
Jul 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really fun read! Agatha Raisin is an absolute hoot! I picture Judi Dench as Agatha Raisin.
Actual rating 2.5

This book was okay. It was a really nice easy read, and the sort of book that makes you want to read 'just one more chapter', (credit to Beaton, that's no mean feat) however, I finished the book mildly dissatisfied.

Agatha herself was an extremely interesting main character. I didn't really like her, something that is sort of a rarity for me and protagonists. What I did really enjoyed was her character development and the way I thought of her. From A) Thinking she's nasty. Then
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
I loved this! Agatha is really developing delightfully, as a character. I love the insights into her mindset, along side the cases at hand.

“James, to her irritation, said he wanted to view the public gardens before they started any detective work. Agatha stumped along angrily beside him while he enthused over plants and blossom. She was obscurely aware she was jealous of scenery and wished some of his raptures would be directed at her. She glanced at him sideways. He was strolling easily along w
I read the beginning book in this series quite a long time ago, and I remembered really liking it. It was kind of a shock for me how much I did not care for this one... I am even questioning if I remember the reading experience of the first book well enough...

I really was frustrated with the character of Agatha. Not because of her unlikeableness, because I love my fair share of unlikeable main characters as long as they act believable... she was soooo unrealistic for my taste in this one. I get
This was another enjoyable book in this series. I really like Agatha as a character and she is settling into her life in the small Cotswold village. Agatha is quite a funny character as she is so intent on investigating murders and she often rubs people up the wrong way as she is quite an abrasive character.

I love the setting of a small English village and the way that all the characters interact. This series is a very fun and easy series to read. The mystery is relatively predictable and the c
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