Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener

by M. C. Beaton | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 0804113599 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Martie-Kr of Mentor, Ohio USA on 8/22/2004
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21 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Martie-Kr from Mentor, Ohio USA on Sunday, August 22, 2004
This was another enjoyable read in the Agatha Raisin series. I believe this was the third in the series, and although I am not reading them in order, it doesn't appear to be a big deal.

Agatha is still mooning over her next door neighbor James. Roy is still being a kiss up and Mrs. Boxley is nice as ever. Quick, easy read. Nice English cozy.

In this one, Agatha returns home to Carsely and finds that James has taken up with the new woman in the village. Mary Fortune. She is an excellent gardener, beautiful, witty, and intelligent. Everything Agatha feels she is not. Agatha decides to take up gardening even though she has a brown thumb and joins the Horticultural Society so she can compete in the upcoming garden Open Day.

Agatha does wish, however, that there was a nice murder so James would remember how clever she is. Suddenly, everyone who is in the garden club has their garden vandalized, except Agatha. Mary is blamed for the problems and turns up murdered. Agatha feels so bad that she and James start to investigate her horrid death........

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Released to Martie's Cosy Mystery Bookbox.

Journal Entry 3 by SCOUT-FINCH from Sherman Oaks, California USA on Thursday, March 17, 2005
Love that Agatha..and don't *think* I already have this one! ;-)
Taken from the long-lost and finally recovered Cozy Bookbox!

Journal Entry 4 by SCOUT-FINCH from Sherman Oaks, California USA on Thursday, March 24, 2005
I THOUGHT this sounded familiar..seems I had listened to this on tape last year and not written it down in my Book Log..so am making it available, probably to go forth in another BookBox. Hope you don't see it again right away, Martie-KR!

Journal Entry 5 by SCOUT-FINCH from Sherman Oaks, California USA on Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Heading back out via the Son of Cozy Mysteries Book Relay to chomper - enjoy!

Journal Entry 6 by FrontStreet from Mexico, Maine USA on Tuesday, August 09, 2005
Got today- thank you!

Journal Entry 7 by FrontStreet from Mexico, Maine USA on Thursday, August 11, 2005
Typical Agatha.
To be sent to Relayer next

Journal Entry 8 by FrontStreet from Mexico, Maine USA on Monday, August 15, 2005
Got in mail to UK today

Journal Entry 9 by niccijl from Bradford, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Friday, August 19, 2005
Received as part of book relay. Many thanks Chomper.

Journal Entry 10 by niccijl at Bookbox in Bookbox, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases on Friday, November 11, 2005

Released 14 yrs ago (11/11/2005 UTC) at Bookbox in Bookbox, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases

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Released into Blum's bookbox.

Journal Entry 11 by Sunnybubble from Wallasey, Merseyside United Kingdom on Tuesday, November 15, 2005
I'm hoping to read this series in order, so have taken this from Blum's bookbox..Thanks all xx

Starting a UK only ring

Participants

AnglersRest
Scotsbookie
PurpleRoseBud
Cateringa
calalilly
dogsapples
weebly
GlitterLover
CaterinaAnna
WelshHelen
candy-is-dandy
bean-frog
loopy1
IoJima
Flanners
Millycat

Back to me

Journal Entry 12 by AnglersRest from Teignmouth, Devon United Kingdom on Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Arrived this morning with two other rings, making my total 7! Thankfully I'm on holiday for the next 10 days!

Journal Entry 13 by AnglersRest from Teignmouth, Devon United Kingdom on Sunday, April 30, 2006
A light easy read which I consumed on the train from Dumfries to Glasgow to meet Laura0141, Drusillamac and Deb for lunch on 25th April. This was my first read in the series, and I shall look out for more.

I have scotsbookie's address, so this will be on its travels as soon as the PO reopens after the May bank holiday

Journal Entry 14 by scotsbookie from Peebles, Scotland United Kingdom on Friday, May 05, 2006
Arrived safely with me this morning. Next up on pile TBR.

Journal Entry 15 by scotsbookie from Peebles, Scotland United Kingdom on Sunday, May 14, 2006
I just love Agatha, she'll stop at nothing to be the best, her deal for having a perfect garden was a hoot. Will Agatha ever get her man?

I'm readin the Walkers of Dembley at the moment & then they'll both be off to PurpleRosebud.

Journal Entry 16 by scotsbookie from Peebles, Scotland United Kingdom on Saturday, May 20, 2006
Posted off to PurpleRosebud this morning. Happy Reading!

Journal Entry 17 by purplerosebud from Petersfield, Hampshire United Kingdom on Monday, May 22, 2006
Thanks scotsbookie, book arrived safely today along with the Walkers of Dembley. Will be sharing with calalilly and cateringa.

Journal Entry 18 by purplerosebud from Petersfield, Hampshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Great read! I thought this was every bit as good as the first two if not better. Agatha is quite a character. Look forward to reading what she gets up to next.

Now on its way to calalilly.

Journal Entry 19 by calalilly from Waterlooville, Hampshire United Kingdom on Sunday, June 04, 2006
Thanks Purplerosebud for passing this onto me. Another great Agatha Raisin mystery. It was so easy to read and before I know it I was at the end of it .I can't wait to read the next in the series to see what she gets upto next. Passing this onto Cateringa now.

Journal Entry 20 by Cateringa from Petersfield, Hampshire United Kingdom on Sunday, June 18, 2006
An enjoyable read but not that exciting.

Off to dogsapples asap.

Journal Entry 21 by dogsapples from Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria United Kingdom on Thursday, June 22, 2006
Arrived this morning - thank you. Will read as soon as possible, only two waiting!

Journal Entry 22 by dogsapples from Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria United Kingdom on Friday, June 30, 2006
i've read MC Beatons book about Hamish McBeth and really enjoyed them so hoped to like this one. Oh my ...what an obnoxious woman.. sorry couldn't relate to her at all. I presume that the author intended her to be some sort of anti-hero but it didn't work for me. I persevered to the next book Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley, but that didn't help. The selfishness and schemeing of the main character completely spoilt it for me. Thanks anyway for organising the ring Sunlightbulb. Its a good job we don't all like the same books and sorry I couldn't get on with these. Goint to weebly as soon as I have her address.

Journal Entry 23 by weebly from Hartwell, Northamptonshire United Kingdom on Thursday, July 06, 2006
The book arrived today - and will be read very soon. Many thanks.

Journal Entry 24 by weebly from Hartwell, Northamptonshire United Kingdom on Friday, July 21, 2006
This book was a perfect quick and amusing read for this baking hot weather! I needed lots of sit-down time to cool off and I enjoyed dipping into the lives of the Carsley inhabitants and although Agatha is annoying at times I do enjoy these books.

Release in the 2006 Keep Them Moving Challenge. #20

Journal Entry 25 by GlitterLover from Leyland, Lancashire United Kingdom on Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Arrived safe and sound complete with glitter - thanks Weebs.
Will read in the next week or so.

Journal Entry 26 by GlitterLover from Leyland, Lancashire United Kingdom on Sunday, August 13, 2006
Great little read. I get slightly annoyed with the amount of repetition that happens with books in a series, however that'll be partly because I am reading them so close together in this instance. The story is egaging and I do enjoy getting to know the characters. Although Agatha is abrasive I quite like not liking the lead character. Makes a change!

Journal Entry 27 by GlitterLover from Leyland, Lancashire United Kingdom on Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Posting to CaterinaAnna today...

Journal Entry 28 by Caterinaanna from Coventry, West Midlands United Kingdom on Monday, October 09, 2006
Arrived last week on one of the days I was not in work to pick it up. May not survive the night without being started.

Journal Entry 29 by Caterinaanna from Coventry, West Midlands United Kingdom on Thursday, October 12, 2006
Well it did survive the night, and the next, but only because the other book that arrived in the same post had further to travel after me.

However, that one didn't take too long either, so both have now been read and thoroughly enjoyed. I agree that it is nice to have a not entirely sympathetic heroine & I winced with recognition at some of her antics.

Best news is that I had a PM today asking for my address to get another in the series on its way to me, so no withdrawal symptoms.

Ready to go to Welsh Helen as soon as address recieved.

Released 13 yrs ago (10/14/2006 UTC) at book ring in Mailed to fellow bookcrosser, Postal Release -- Controlled Releases

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Parcelled, labelled and in the hands of the Royal Mail ...

Journal Entry 31 by WelshHelen from Ponthenri, Wales United Kingdom on Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Arrived safely today. Thanks, CaterinaAnna. I have a few rings ahead of this one but should get to it fairly soon.

Journal Entry 32 by WelshHelen from Ponthenri, Wales United Kingdom on Sunday, November 12, 2006
This is the best of the first three, in my opinion, probably because Agatha spends less time mooning over James! I find that whole school-girl crush of hers very irritating and wish that we could just have a story of two middle-aged crime solvers. For someone who seemingly had a high-powered job, Agatha certainly acts irrationally far too often. Having said that, I did enjoy reading this and it only took 4 hours!

I'll PM candy-is-dandy in a sec. A shame I didn't read this earlier as I saw her only yesterday! Thanks for sharing again, sunlightbub.

Journal Entry 33 by WelshHelen from Ponthenri, Wales United Kingdom on Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Posted to candy-is-dandy today.

Journal Entry 34 by wingcandy-is-dandywing from Great Bardfield, Essex United Kingdom on Sunday, November 19, 2006
Arrived safely thanks WelshHelen. I'm very impressed how far this book has travelled and it still looks good. My first Agatha Raisin - looking forward to reading it.

Journal Entry 35 by wingcandy-is-dandywing from Great Bardfield, Essex United Kingdom on Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Having got into a bit of a pickle with a surfeit of bookrings, sunlightbub, ring organiser, has kindly agreed to stick me on the bottom of this list for these books so that we can get them moving again. Sorry for causing a traffic jam.

Off this goes to bean-frog together with AR & The Walkers of Dembley.

Journal Entry 36 by bean-frog from Sheffield, South Yorkshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Very much enjoyed!

Journal Entry 37 by loopy1 from Herne Bay, Kent United Kingdom on Sunday, July 15, 2007
This arrived with the Walkers of Dembley yesterday. I gather it's the third in the series, so I'll mark it as such - frustrating when a series has no list of what order to read them in!

Thanks for the pair, I'm looking forward to getting stuck into them.

Journal Entry 38 by loopy1 from Herne Bay, Kent United Kingdom on Friday, August 24, 2007
Once again, a fairly standard murder mystery. I don't think I'd like to live in the same village as Agatha - she seems to bring murder and disaster wherever she goes!
An enjoyable way of spending an evening.

Journal Entry 39 by loopy1 from Herne Bay, Kent United Kingdom on Saturday, August 25, 2007
Iojima has asked to be removed, so I'm trying flanners.

Journal Entry 40 by flanners from Havant, Hampshire United Kingdom on Friday, September 14, 2007
Arrived today, many thanks.

Journal Entry 41 by flanners from Havant, Hampshire United Kingdom on Thursday, September 20, 2007
Thanks for letting me read this book; not my cup of tea, I'm afraid, I just found it very lazily written and stereotypical and well, silly. Off to millycat as soon as I get her address.

Journal Entry 42 by Sunnybubble from Wallasey, Merseyside United Kingdom on Friday, October 19, 2007
Got this back the other day ( reading it now!)
Thanks to everyone for keeping it moving :)

Journal Entry 43 by Sunnybubble from Wallasey, Merseyside United Kingdom on Friday, November 02, 2007
I'm liking Agatha more each book, and I'm also enjoying the books more as the series progresses...Off now to CiD.

Journal Entry 44 by wingcandy-is-dandywing from Great Bardfield, Essex United Kingdom on Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Sorry Sunny!! I obviously forgot to journal this on its return to me. Thanks for letting me have another go with it.

I have now read this one, on the train to and from London today.

Having felt a bit fed up with Agatha in the last book - Vicious Vet if I remember rightly - I thought I may give up on this series but this was such an easy read and I think my favourite so far. Agatha seemed less strident somehow or am I getting used to her? She also seems to be growing (no pun intended) on the residents of Carsely yet still managing to frighten her neighbour James Lacey off - shame, say I?

Journal Entry 45 by chelseagirl from Faringdon, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Saturday, July 12, 2008
Won in the recent blue book swap - never read anything by this author before, intrigued!!

Journal Entry 46 by chelseagirl at Faringdon, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Thursday, December 29, 2011
This has been on the shelf for far too long - sorry! I'm moving house next month and need to do a huge book cull. I'm hoping I can find a local book crosser who'd like this for wild releasing or an OBCZ.

Journal Entry 47 by songofdarkness at Faringdon, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Received from chelseagirl

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