When Agatha returns home after a sojourn in the capital, she finds a new woman ensconced in the affections of her attractive bachelor neighbor, James Lacey. The newcomer, Mary Fortune, is superior to Agatha in every way, especially when it comes to gardening. With Carsely Open Day approaching, Agatha longs for some fascinating crime to remind James of her genius for investigation and to distract him from Mary. Soon a series of assaults on the finest gardens is followed by murder when Mary herself is discovered buried upside down in a terracotta pot....
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Science fiction, fantasy and mystery listener. Love anything with a good plot.
I'm a very fickle reader. I rarely read more than a couple of books in a series before moving onto another series. I switch my series a lot. However, I've now listened to three Agatha Raisin books almost back-to-back. This is a clear indicator that I'm loving this series so much!
In the third book in the series Agatha Raisin has returned from a holiday abroad to find that her neighbour, James Lacey, is dating newcomber, Mary Fortune. Mary seems to be perfect - a great baker, a fantastic gardener and everyone is talking about her. Not only has she stolen James from her (even though James and Agatha have not dated - yet!) and she is now the center of attention from all the villagers in Carsely. However, when Mary turns up dead it would seem that not everyone is Mary's biggest fan. James and Agatha join forces again to try and solve the mystery.
Agatha, Agatha, Agatha! She talks her mind, and has no problem swearing and saying "crap". Her emotions certainly go through through the ringer in this book. She has such strong affections for James and it breaks my heart that he doesn't return her affections. Instead he almost flaunts Mary in her face. Poor Agatha!! Because of his relationship with Mary, I almost despised James in this book. He wants Agatha as a friend, Mary as a lover and yet he seems excited by the fact that he knows that Agatha adores him. It will be interesting to see whether I like James in the next book.
This series is so perfect for me. There is village gossip, murder and the fabulous Agatha and I absolutely can't get enough of her!
I was so thrilled that Penelope Keith was back to narrate in this third book. She is by far the best narrator of this series. Her delivery is flawless and I can't ever imagine anyone else voicing the impetuous Agatha. I absolutely can't wait for the next book in this series.
Avid listener on my daily commute!
“She turned on the television set and stared blankly at a movie, the kind which tried to make up for lack of script with exploding cars and blasting guns.”
Excerpt From: M. C. Beaton. “Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener.” St. Martin’s Press, 1994.
The above quote jumped out at me because if you substitute "iPhone" for "television set," "audiobook" for "movie," and "loudmouthed heroine and petulant villagers" for "exploding cars and blasting guns," it pretty much described my response to the experience of reading/listening to this book. There's something--or many somethings--a little off with every aspect of this book, from characterizations to dialogue to silly, unbelievable plot. But it moved along rapidly and was good for times when I needed or wanted to focus on something else while listening.
I'll probably be listening to the next installment in this series only because I've already purchased it. I'm pretty sure I'll be quite ready to say farewell to prickly, foul-mouthed Agatha and her inconsistent fellow villagers at that point.
Live on edge of National Forest with lake, birds & wild animals. No more perfect place to indulge life-long love of reading.
This series is heavily dependent on its primary characters. They are charming and true to type with almost no complexity. I have an irritating head cold right now and wanted something soothing without any real intellectual demands. This book fit the bill perfectly.
This is the 3rd book in the series and so far they have followed a basic formula: quaint village residents, local color and events, a murder, Agatha and her neighbor go sleuthing, a couple red herrings and voila Agatha figures it out. All the while the local constabulary warns Agatha to not get involved with a hint of fond indulgence.
I will continue with this series, listening when I want an undemanding, comfortable book to keep me company.
I am someone who enjoys audible books very much now that they exist. As a young student (real young) I can remember a teacher telling me how books can transport people to different places & open up a whole new world. This is how listening to audible books make me feel. Now if I can just stop falling asleep while listening to them at night I would be fine. Ha ha
Totally entertaining! Fun to read & puts me in a good mood too. What more can you ask for.
though the narration is clear and expressive it cannot salvage this story which is exceedingly lame, painfully slow, and very repetitive.
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