THIS WAS AN AUDIOBOOK. 4.5 stars
Brassy Agatha Raisin has set her cap at the eligible new vet in town. Seems as though every middle-aged woman in Carsely is smitten with Paul Bladen, so when he asks Agatha on a date and then subsequently invites her back to his house she feels elated. But a last minute prick of conscience sends her fleeing from his home. Turns out this charming vet is a philanderer. But before Agatha has time enough to sulk over being lured in by his charms, Bladen is found dead. Presumably it was an accident, but might someone have wanted the vicious vet dead?
This was book 2 in the Agatha Raisin series and it too was greatly enjoyed. Like I mentioned in my review of Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death, Agatha Raisin is no Jessica Fletcher, and this book is no cozy mystery. Agatha’s brusque manner and spontaneous outbursts can make one blush at times, but you just can’t help but like her, flaws and all. Her absence of decorum in times of distress is what captivates me. She’s only human after all, and her down-to-earth character is endearing.
I am growing more and more fond of the Agatha Raisin series and of M.C. Beaton’s writing. If you like a good mystery with a mature female amateur sleuth, you will likely enjoy The Vicious Vet.