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Publisher's Summary

When Agatha returns home after a sojourn in the capital, she finds a new woman ensconced in the affections of her attractive bachelor neighbor, James Lacey. The newcomer, Mary Fortune, is superior to Agatha in every way, especially when it comes to gardening. With Carsely Open Day approaching, Agatha longs for some fascinating crime to remind James of her genius for investigation and to distract him from Mary. Soon a series of assaults on the finest gardens is followed by murder when Mary herself is discovered buried upside down in a terracotta pot....
©1994, 2003 M. C. Beaton. All rights reserved. ; 2012 AudioGO
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5 out of 5 stars
By Carol J Orr on 11-03-17


Penelope Keith brings Ms. Beaton's wonderful stories to life! They were made for each other. Brilliant!

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3 out of 5 stars
By Gretchen SLP on 05-28-16

Some Odd Dischordant Notes

“She turned on the television set and stared blankly at a movie, the kind which tried to make up for lack of script with exploding cars and blasting guns.”

Excerpt From: M. C. Beaton. “Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener.” St. Martin’s Press, 1994.

The above quote jumped out at me because if you substitute "iPhone" for "television set," "audiobook" for "movie," and "loudmouthed heroine and petulant villagers" for "exploding cars and blasting guns," it pretty much described my response to the experience of reading/listening to this book. There's something--or many somethings--a little off with every aspect of this book, from characterizations to dialogue to silly, unbelievable plot. But it moved along rapidly and was good for times when I needed or wanted to focus on something else while listening.

I'll probably be listening to the next installment in this series only because I've already purchased it. I'm pretty sure I'll be quite ready to say farewell to prickly, foul-mouthed Agatha and her inconsistent fellow villagers at that point.

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