"The Potted Gardener," by M. C. Beaton
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 . . .
This is the third in the Agatha Raisin series, which I have only discovered now!! I think it would be a help if you read them in order, but not totally necessary. Wasn't sure if I was keen on old Agatha, as she seems to be a grumpy old thing, despite only being in her 50's. For those of you who enjoy the television series "Murder She Wrote," this is an English version.
Agatha's awkward secret is amusing to say the least and there is plenty of village action and trying to figure who did it will keep you guessing. I never did guess.
Stars out of 5 : 3.5 and easy read, nothing to taxing on the brain, very British.