Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener by M.C. Beaton

Agatha Raisin's latest plan to catch bachelor James Lacey is to take up gardening and enter the prestigious Carsley Horticultural Contest. Unfortunately, a hard freeze kills all her seedlings just as her former assistant, Roy, arrives to persuade her to return to work at the PR agency. He promises to restore her garden, but as the contest approaches, the plants are mysteriously being uprooted, poisoned, and burned, as are plants in gardens throughout the Cotswold town where she lives. When the prime suspect, a beautiful blond newcomer named Mary Fortune, who has her eye on James, turns up murdered in a particularly nasty way, he and Agatha must put aside their differences to solve the puzzle.

This was the unabridged audiobook on cassette edition (4 cassettes/4.5 hours).

Another good story in the Agatha Raisin series. I have to say that the author has an especially fertile imagination to have come up with the idea of actually planting the victim in a pot!!

I certainly didn't expect the culprit. I agree with Agatha that I really would have preferred it to be the disagreeable character she had it pinned on.

James continues to annoy me. He acts like a pouting child the majority of the time. Bill was his usual lovely self and added so much to the story. Roy is a pain in the butt, as always.

Agatha is growing on me. I do wonder though, why the author has Agatha gone from the village half the time. It is rather odd. Especially with her new stint at that job in London. Very odd indeed. She must be a complete bitch to work for though!

This one gets seven stars for being a nice, solid addition to the series.

Rating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆


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