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Book #52: Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet by M.C. Beaton

Number of pages: 198

This is the second in the Agatha Raisin murder mystery series, although it was the sixth adaptation of one of the books to air on Sky One over here in the UK.

The book starts with Agatha being asked on a date by a vet who she finds attractive, only to be stood up. When she attempts to call him, she ends up speaking to a woman who says she is his wife.

The book then goes of on a few tangents involving Agatha losing her cat and accidentally taking in a stray cat which is identical to her own cat, and being almost conned in giving money to a fake business venture, before getting back on track.

After Agatha rearranges her date with the vet, he is suddenly murdered, leaving Agatha and James Lacey to start their own investigation.

This book was mostly very similar to the first book in the series, "The Quiche of Death", with a lot of humour, although some of it has very little to do with the main plot (for example, a scene where Agatha floods a ladies' toilet). Also, the book continued to explore Agatha and James' will-they-or-won't-they relationship.

I was a bit unsure for most of the book why the chapter with Agatha being almost conned had been included, since it was hardly mentioned after the start of the book; luckily, it did start to have some indirect relevance to the main plot later on.

I don't think the Agatha Raisin books are exactly classics so far, but I find the characters compelling enough to keep me wanting to read more.

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Tags: book review, british, humor, murder mystery, mystery

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