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The Vicious Vet (Agatha Raisin Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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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…

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

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Overview


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…

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...

"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."
--TulsaWorld


From the creator of the popular Hamish MacBeth mysteries comes a new series, starring Agatha Raisin--an irascible but endearing sleuth in a small English town. The new vet has taken a shine to Agatha, but before romance can bloom, he accidentally kills himself.

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Editorial Reviews

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.
Barbara Duree
Bored with her early retirement and still on the lookout for romance wherever she can find it, spunky Agatha Raisin, former owner of a London public-relations firm, welcomes the arrival of veterinarian Paul Bladen to her quiet Cotswold village. When the new vet, whose charming con-man exterior conceals a hatred of dogs and cats, dies from an injection from his own hypodermic syringe, Agatha and her neighbor James Lacy decide that Bladen has been murdered--and line up an extended list of possible suspects. Second in a new amateur sleuth series that began with "Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death" , this will please Beaton fans--who will be more familiar with her long-standing Hamish Macbeth series--and others who enjoy a cozy British mystery.
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"A lively and entertaining tale."—BookLoons
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429901543
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Series: Agatha Raisin Series , #2
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 62,364
  • File size: 2 MB

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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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2013

    This is the third Agatha Raisin book I've read and it's the weak

    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..

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    Love it!

    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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2011

    Spoiler at End

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    so so

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 12, 2009

    The main character is humorous and just complicated and interesting enough to be considered as someone you would like to count among one's friends.

    An earthy combination of characters, who seem to fit in with the setting of this series. The books in this series are light enough to be relaxed reading, and just complicated enough to make the reader want to continue.
    Most of the characters are believable and the writer puts just enough mystery
    into the newly introduced persona of each to complicate an easy solution.
    I like each of the series that I have purchased and read. This one was es-
    pecially delightful with a good plot devised, characters with with enough diverse personalties to make one wonder " who is responsible"...Good reading with a glass of wine of course.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2002

    Love this mystery series!

    I've read a few of the Agatha Raisin mysteries and love them. This one is one of the better ones, even though the storyline was familiar to AGATHA RAISIN AND THE WIZARD OF WICKHAM, I still enjoyed it. These cozy British mysteries are a fast and enjoyable read. Highly recommened!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2001

    AN ENJOYABLE MYSTERY!!!

    I like M C Beaton's books, either the Agatha Raisin or Hamish Macbeth series. She writes so I can just feel like I am in the village of Carsely. I like the townspeople and the local shops and restaurants. Agatha Raisin is a busybody but a funny busybody. The new Vet in town is dead, but is it an accident or murder? The police say accident but Agatha and her neighbor James Lacey think murder. They start asking questions and get in trouble with other people in the villege as welll as the police. The Vet had talked several women into giving him money, supposedly to build a new clinic and then he would name the clinic after them. The clinic was never started and some wanted their money back but the Vet refused. Could the murderer be, Mrs. Parr, Mrs. Mason, Freda, Miss Webster, Miss Simms or maybe, just maybe, someone else. The ending is very good with Agatha getting a good scare. A light mystery that is not full of gore and horror. I enjoy this series very much.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2014

    Surly

    The giant curly injured black lab fell on the floor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2014

    Willow

    The stray cat walked in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2014

    Dr.Skye ♪

    Picked up the lab gently and set her/him on the inspection table.

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  • Posted September 20, 2013

    A Vet Who Doesn't Like Pets

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2012

    Good but too short

    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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