Title: Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet
Author: M.C. Beaton
Genre: Cozy mystery
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Review copy from Audiobook Jukebox‘s reviewer program
Audiobook reader: Diana Bishop
Audiobook length: 5 hours and 17 minutes
First line: Agatha Raisin arrived at London’s Heathrow Airport with a tan outside and a blush of shame inside.
Goodreads blurb: 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…
Agatha Raisin has just returned from a tropical vacation with her hopes dashed. She had booked the vacation after she heard her handsome neighbor James Lacey mention where he was going, but he changed his plans to avoid her, and now Agatha is embarrassed. Determined to move on, she sets her sights on the new vet in town, much to the detriment of her poor cat, who is perfectly healthy.
When the vet is found dead the morning after their only date, Agatha isn’t convinced that it is the accident the police believe it to be. She sets out to find out the truth – and James comes along for the ride. The ride is a hilarious one, as they continually get caught in unfortunate situations; the one involving Agatha ripping a sink from a restroom wall is particularly hysterical.
I thoroughly enjoyed this second foray into the world of Agatha Raisin. She is still not convinced that retirement to the Cotswolds was the best thing for her, but as long as people keep dying and presenting her with mysteries, I think she’ll stick around. I’m looking forward to finding out what she gets up to next – and discovering whether she’s ever successful in bagging James Lacey.
Audio notes: I was initially disappointed that Penelope Keith didn’t read this second book, because I loved her Agatha in book one. While Diana Bishop’s reading isn’t as feisty as Keith’s, she did grow on me and I came to like her Agatha as well.