"When the cat's away the vet will pay..."
―The Vicious Vet's tagline

Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet is second book in the Agatha Raisin Mysteries series by M. C. Beaton. The story was published August 1, 1993.



Former London PR agent Agatha Raisin still hasn’t adjusted to village life, where the only prospect for a hot evening out is a meeting of the Ladies Society. And since her overtures toward James Lacey—the retired military man next door—have failed, Agatha jumps at the chance to visit the new vet, who’s single and good-looking. Although Agatha’s tabby hasn’t a thing wrong with him, Hodge endures having a thermometer shoved up his bum in the name of romance. Unfortunately his sacrifice is all for naught when the vet is soon found dead next to a high-strung horse.

The police call the vet’s demise a freak accident, but Agatha convinces the hard-to-get James Lacey, who’s also bored in the Cotswolds, that playing amateur detective might be fun. Unfortunately, just like curiosity killed the cat, Agatha’s inept snooping is soon a motivation for murder...


  • Agatha Raisin
  • James Lacey

Television adaptation

Main article: The Vicious Vet

The events of this story were adapted as part of the first season of the Agatha Raisin television series.

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