The Potted Gardener: An Agatha Raisin Mystery (Agatha Raisin Mysteries)

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Never say die. That's the philosophy Agatha Raisin clings to when she comes home to cozy Carsely and finds a new woman ensconced in the affections of her attractive bachelor neighbor, James Lacey. The beautiful newcomer, Mary Fortune, is superior in every way, especially when it comes to gardening. And Agatha, that rose with many thorns, hasn't a green thumb to her name. With garden Open Day approaching, she longs for a nice juicy murder to remind James of her genius for investigation. And sure enough, a series of destructive assaults on the finest gardens is followed by an appalling murder. Agatha seizes the moment and immediately starts yanking up village secrets by their roots and digging up all the dirt on the victim. Problem is, Agatha has an awkward secret of her own . . . . in The Potted Gardener, the third book in M.C. Beaton's bestselling mystery series.

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Loathe Thy Neighbor

When Agatha Raisin comes home to cozy Carsely and finds that a new woman has piqued the interest of her handsome bachelor neighbor, James Lacey, she's less than thrilled. The beautiful newcomer to the Cotswolds, Mary Fortune, is superior in every way?especially when it comes to gardening?and Agatha is suddenly seeing nothing but green. If only a nice juicy murder would come along to remind James of Agatha's genius for investigation. When a series of mysterious assaults on the town's finest gardens is followed by a shocking murder, Agatha gets her wish. Seizing the moment, she immediately starts yanking up village secrets by their roots and digging up details about the victim?who, as it turns out, may just have some hidden dirt of her own...

"From the author's sure-fire plot comes this fail-safe moral: It takes an outsider to open people's eyes to the beauty?and the evil?within."?The New York Times Book Review

About 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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