Summary (from back of book)
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 plant pot, Agatha seizes the moment and immediately starts yanking up village secrets by their roots and digging the dirt on the hapless victim. But is this wise? For Agatha has an awkward secret too…
Despite the fact that she was still married, although she had not seen her husband for years, did not want to, and had practically forgotten his existence, she felt exactly like the spinster of the village, cats and all.
I love these stories; they are addictive cosy little mysteries which means that they are quick to read, and easy to become engrossed in. I do find it impossible to put these books down once I start, and once I finish them I want to pick the next in the series up right away.
The residents of Carsely are fantastic and familiar, which makes these stories a joy to read. With each instalment in the series we learn something new about them. Agatha is back to her old self from the first book in this story with her competitive streak doing its best to get her into trouble. Bill Wong, James Lacey and Roy Silver are a great supporting cast for Agatha’s adventures.
The murder in The Potted Gardener is certainly imaginative. I wonder how the author came up with the idea!
I can’t recommended this series highly enough to those who enjoy a humorous, slightly outlandish cosy mystery set in a picture perfect English village.