Genre: Cozy mystery
Page count: 220 pages
Publication date: 1st March 2010
Agatha goes digging where she shouldn’t … Agatha is taken aback when she finds a new woman ensconced in the affections of her attractive bachelor neighbour, James Lacey.
The beautiful Mary Fortune is superior in every way, especially when it comes to gardening – and with Carsely Garden Open Day looming, Agatha feels this deficiency acutely. So when Mary is discovered murdered, buried upside down in a pot, Agatha seizes the moment and immediately starts yanking up village secrets by their roots and digging the dirt on the hapless victim.
But Agatha has an awkward secret too …
Oh how I’ve missed my cozy mystery books… * sighs * I hadn’t read one of these in a while, and I’m so glad I’ve decided to pick this one up this week!
The description of the main crime in the story wasn’t gruesome in any way, but still you could get a clear picture of the horrific scene. Agatha and her neighbour, Mr Lacey, have a great relationship (not that they’re aware of that), and together they try to investigate and give the local police department their (unsolicited) assistance.
This is the third book in the series (apparently there are about 70 books in total!) but you don’t need to have read the first 2 in order to enjoy this third one. I haven’t read any of the others yet, but I plan to.
If you’re looking for an easy-read mystery book to chill with in these last few days of summer then I’d highly recommend Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener. And if you’re into British accents then I’d say get the audiobook (I think it’s only about an hour long)!
The only reason why I’m giving it a 4 score instead of a 5 is because the story is so short, and the “guilty party” is identified way too quickly. But then again, it’s only a 220 page book.
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