Review - Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardner, M.C. Beaton

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Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardner
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Agatha Raisin
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Agatha Raisin has a crush on James Lacey. In order to endear herself to him, she takes up gardening, hoping to participate with him in the prestigious Carsely Horticultural Contest. But as the contest approaches, plants are being mysteriously uprooted, poisoned, and burned. When the prime suspect turns up dead, Agatha must solve the murder mystery.

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Nice combination of societies full of mildly potty types (pun intended) and a nicely dotty murder, once again we have Agatha off on the trail of a killer, getting herself threatened and nearly bumped off along the way, moping about after James, having fun with friend Bill Wong, and generally indulging in a spot of silliness in the Cotswolds. If you've not read any of these books but are coming to them on the strength of the TV series then you are going to be confused. The book version of Agatha is older, bitchier and considerably less "perky" than the TV version. There's a different cast and all in all, they are very different in style although much of the plots is vaguely recognisable. Again another driving book which is probably one of the better of those listened to so far.

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