Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet
By M. C. Beaton
St. Martin's Press, 1993. 213 pages. Mystery
Agatha Raisin has retired to the Cotswolds after a successful career as a PR executive. After solving a murder the previous year, Agatha is ready to settle down for a quiet life of trying to attract the eye of her handsome new neighbor James Lacey. But Agatha finds his interest is only piqued by the murder of a local vet. Suspicious of the circumstances of the vet's death herself, she decides to team up with James to investigate, and if a little love blossoms between them as a result, what can be the harm?
This second book in the Agatha Raisin series is a solid mystery, but the real draw of the series is Agatha herself. Agatha is a strong heroine who has a deeply vulnerable side that she tries to hide from others, and as such I find her very relatable. Readers looking for strong, capable characters in a cozy mystery would do well to check out this series.