Agatha Raisin and the potted gardener by M. C. Beaton


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. So when Mary is discovered murdered, Agatha seizes the moment and immediately starts yanking up village secrets by their roots.





In a nutshell:

I read it in: English

I liked it:     Yes

For people who like: Cozy mysteries with quirky characters and extremely unusual killing methods

My thoughts: 

M. C. Beaton comes up with quite a few unusual killing methods. To pot a gardener isn’t your run-of-the-mill murder method, is it? Where is the poison typical for cozies?

Anyway, I can’t say the victim didn’t deserve it, she is a right bitch from the start. Not that you’d notice from chatting to Mary superficially but after her murder it turns out that she was evil. I wondered what was wrong with James Lacey. How on Earth could he ever get involved with that woman? And not only on a friendhsip basis either! Agatha is abrasive, but at least she has got her heart in the right place. He would have been better off getting together with her.

Agatha is her usual cheating self. As if the quiche of death hasn’t been enough, she – together with Roy who is rather selfish once more – concocts this elaborate plan to present her magnificent garden on Garden Open Day to the public after buying an instant garden in secret. Give me a break! Everybody in the village knows that she has not exactly a green thumb! Her desire to impress (and win competitions) borders on the ridiculous.

Again the on/off friendship with James is annoying. He really should make up his mind over whether he wants to be friends (or more) with Agatha or not. My other bugbear is the luring London. Agatha must come to a decision soon! Does she want to go back to London because life in the Cotswolds is boring or not? The everlasting temptation to go back into PR gets on my nerves. Either go or stay, for Christ’s sake!

In spite of these misgivings, I very much like Agatha and her fellow “Carselyians”, most of all the vicar’s wife, and will definitely stay with the series.

Location: The fictional village of Carsely, Cotswolds, England, UK

Cotswolds mapBibury cottages

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Title Agatha Raisin and the potted gardener
Author M. C. Beaton
Publisher Robinson
ISBN 9781849011365
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4 Comments Write a comment

  1. I just love M.C. Beaton – even with the flaws and the sometimes predictability, I like both the Agatha and Hamish McBeth series!


    • I agree. They are somewhat predictable and sometimes inconsistent, but they are too gozy for words. Absolutely comfy reads!


  2. I really enjoy all of M.C. Beaton books and read them as fast as she writes them. I never get tired of reading and rereading her books and when I am having a bad day, I read one of Beatons books and feel better right away.


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