The Vicious Vet (Agatha Raisin Series #2)
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The Vicious Vet (Agatha Raisin Series #2)

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by M. C. Beaton
     
 

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Beloved author M.C. Beaton has delighted readers and fans alike with her Agatha Raisin mysteries. Now here is the second novel in the series that started it all…The Vicious Vet.

A PURR-FECT CRIME IN THE COTSWOLDS
Former London PR agent, Agatha Raisin still hasn't adjusted to village life where the only prospect for a hot evening out is a

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Beloved author M.C. Beaton has delighted readers and fans alike with her Agatha Raisin mysteries. Now here is the second novel in the series that started it all…The Vicious Vet.

A PURR-FECT CRIME IN THE COTSWOLDS
Former London PR agent, Agatha Raisin still hasn't adjusted to village life where the only prospect for a hot evening out is a meeting of the Ladies Society. And since her overtures toward James Lacey—the retired military man next door—have failed, Agatha jumps at the chance to visit the new vet, who's single and good-looking. Although Agatha's tabby hasn't a thing wrong with him, Hodge endures having a thermometer shoved up his bum in the name of romance. Unfortunately his sacrifice is all for naught when the vet is soon found dead next to a high-strung horse.

The police call the vet's demise a freak accident, but Agatha convinces the hard-to-get James Lacey, who's also bored in the Cotswolds, that playing amateur detective might be fun. Unfortunately, just like curiosity killed the cat, Agatha's inept snooping is soon a motivation for murder...

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“A lively and entertaining tale.” —BookLoons

"Anyone interested in a few hours' worth of intelligent, amusing reading will want to make the acquaintance of Mrs. Agatha Raisin."
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

"I simply love mysteries that have all the requirements necessary to make them great—the characters, the action, the plots, and that thing we call humanity. Beaton has them all in spades."
--Tulsa World

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The author of the estimable Hamish Macbeth mysteries falters with this second story (after Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death ) to feature London PR executive Agatha Raisin, who has recently retired in the Cotswolds. When handsome veterinarian Paul Bladen dies from a drug injection intended for a horse, Agatha decides it was murder and calls on her bachelor neighbor James Lacey to help investigate. Although her friend, Detective Sgt. Bill Wong, believes the death was an accident and cautions her against overdramatizing life in their village, Agatha proceeds . She discovers an angry former client of the vet whose cat had died at his hands and claims she has information about Bladen. But when Agatha shows up for their meeting, the woman is dead; another accident, suggest the police as Agatha cries murder once more. Pursuing men and clues with abandon, Agatha finally ferrets out the murderer but loses her male quarry in the process. Stretching for charm, Beaton here unexpectedly scants characterization and plot--both of which are amply supplied in Constable Macbeth's Scottish Highland adventures. (Aug.)
Library Journal
Still on break from her Hamish Macbeth series, Beaton adds to her Agatha Raisin opus ( Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death , St. Martin, 1992). Constantly shunned by the man next door, Agatha turns her attention to the handsome new veterinarian--only to become involved in investigating his suspicious death.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312939458
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
08/29/2006
Series:
Agatha Raisin Series, #2
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
4.21(w) x 6.73(h) x 0.59(d)

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Chapter One

Agatha Raisin arrived at London's Heathrow Airport with a tan outside and a blush of shame inside. She felt an utter fool as she pushed her load of luggage towards the exit.

She had just spent two weeks in the Bahamas in pursuit of her handsome neighbour, James Lacey, who had let fall that he was going to holiday there at the Nassau Beach Hotel. Agatha in pursuit of a man was as ruthless as she had been in business. She had spent a great deal of money on a fascinating wardrobe, had slimmed furiously so as to be able to sport her rejuvenated middle-aged figure in a bikini, but there had been no sign of James Lacey. She had hired a car and toured the other hotels on the island to no avail. She had even called at the British High Commission in the hope they had heard of him. A few days before she was due to return, she had put a long-distance call through to Carsely, the village in the Cotswolds in which she lived, to the vicar's wife, Mrs. Bloxby, and had finally got around to asking for the whereabouts of James Lacey.

She still remembered Mrs. Bloxby's voice, strengthening and fading on a bad line, as if borne towards Agatha on the tide. "Mr. Lacey changed his plans at the very last minute. He decided to spend his vacation with a friend in Cairo. He did say he was going to the Bahamas, I remember, and Mrs. Mason said, 'What a surprise! That's where our Mrs. Raisin is going.' And the next thing we knew this friend in Egypt had invited him over."

How Agatha had squirmed and was still squirming. It was plain to her that he had changed his plans simply so as not to meet her. In retrospect, her pursuit of him had been rather blatant.

And there was another reason she had not enjoyed her holiday. She had put her cat, Hodge, a present from Detective Sergeant Bill Wong, into a cattery and somehow Agatha found she was worrying that the cat might have died.

At the Long-Stay Car-Park, she loaded in her luggage and then set out to drive to Carsely, wondering again why she had ever retired so young—well, these days early fifties was young—and sold her business to bury herself in a country village.

The cattery was outside Cirencester. She went up to the house and was greeted ungraciously by the thin rangy woman who owned the place. "Really, Mrs. Raisin," she said, "I am just going out. It would have been more considerate of you to phone."

"Get my animal . . . now," said Agatha, glaring balefully, "and be quick about it."

The woman stalked off, affront in every line of her body. Soon she came back with Hodge mewling in his carrying basket. Totally deaf to further recriminations, Agatha paid the fee.

Copyright © 1993 by M. C. Beaton. All rights reserved.

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Meet the Author

M. C. Beaton has been hailed as "the new Queen of Crime." She is The New York Times bestselling author of the Agatha Raisin mysteries, including As the Pig Turns and Busy Body, set in the English Cotswolds, as well as the Hamish Macbeth mysteries set in Scotland. She has also written historical romance novels and an Edwardian mystery series under the name Marion Chesney. Before writing her first novels, Beaton worked as a bookseller, a newspaper reporter, a fashion critic, and a waitress in a greasy spoon. Born in Scotland, she currently divides her time between Paris and a village in the Cotswolds. She was selected the British Guest of Honor for the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in 2006.

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The Vicious Vet (Agatha Raisin Series #2) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the third Agatha Raisin book I've read and it's the weakest. It's classified as a Mystery, but the focus is mostly on Agatha's man-chasing. She's meaner here and more foolish too. The books are starting to be too much like a pattern format. Agatha chases a man; Agatha finds a body; Agatha bunbles around; Agatha almost gets killed. The police are invisible and no neighbors in this small tow notice Agatha breaking into homes. The worse part is when her cats are taken and the entire police force and everyone in her neighborhood get out to find....her CATS. It's too unbelievable. Agatha isn't very linteresting in this book. I check them out from the Library. With so few pages and very little plot that's new, I wouldn't buy this book..
ChickPriest More than 1 year ago
The book was a pleasant enough mystery. But do not read the excerpt which follows. It is for book 17 and contains what was a disappointing spoiler for me.
irishla More than 1 year ago
i didn't care much for this book. the story is a little unbelievable and the characters have no charm. the plot is different, but in agatha raisin style, lots of bungling.
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Picked up the lab gently and set her/him on the inspection table.
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CheerfulCherub More than 1 year ago
Agatha is once again smitten by good looks in a middle-aged man. This time it's a vet who doesn't like cats and dogs, just larger farm animals. Usual, delightful M.C. Beaton style and a lot of fun!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would have liked the story to have been longer. As it was, it took me just a little over one night's reading to start and finish the book.
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If you have never read a mystery, these are the books for you. I never liked mystery, but these books are whimsical and easy to read.
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