AGATHA RAISIN &
THE VICIOUS VET
Agatha Raisin is back
for a second helping of adventure in the second of this delightful series.
The tough ex-London public relations director is now settled in the cozy
Cotswold village of Carsely and is setting her cap at her worried neighbor
James Lacey. But there is a new man in town, attractive veterinarian Dr.
Paul Bladen, and suddenly all the female pet owners can't get enough of
visiting his surgery. Their ardour is short-lived, however, for he is
soon found dead, accidentally injected with a lethal drug while administering
same to Lord Pendlebury's horse. Of course, Agatha thinks it's murder
and with an intrigued James Lacey in tow, she sets out to look for clues.
Trouble is, if a murderer is truly at large, he or she won't take kindly
to being investigated!
Agatha veers between intrepid investigator, desperate flirt and sometimes-weepy lonely woman with a startling accuracy, so there is realism amongst the fun. This falls down slightly when the village women do things like comfort her with flowers, but the bouts of fantasy are offset by the mystery itself (the solution of which I didn't guess) and the sudden jabs of satire which steal the show. Congratulations to M C Beaton for inventing this wonderfully three-dimensional character and congratulations to the publisher, Constable, for giving UK readers a chance to enjoy this sprightly series.
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