Done, dusted...and dead! Armed with a bucket and mop, Mrs Gillespie is destined to bring misery into the life of Hamish Macbeth when he wins her maid services in a church raffle, knowing she is likely to do more snooping than actual cleaning. Yet Hamish has more upsetting issues to ponder - his former girlfriend Elspeth Grant is back in Lochdubh ...
Done, dusted...and dead! Armed with a bucket and mop, Mrs Gillespie is destined to bring misery into the life of Hamish Macbeth when he wins her maid services in a church raffle, knowing she is likely to do more snooping than actual cleaning. Yet Hamish has more upsetting issues to ponder - his former girlfriend Elspeth Grant is back in Lochdubh for a holiday with her new boyfriend. Hamish feels an ill wind coming and sure enough, Mrs Gillespie is soon found dead under suspicious circumstances. And as he investigates the case, Elspeth's presence torments the red-haired bobby , making him resort to foolish antics instead of concentrating on the murder in hand. Praise for "The Hamish Macbeth Series": 'First rate...deft social comedy and wonderfully realized atmosphere' - "Booklist". 'The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status' - Anne Robinson, "The Times". 'It's always a treat to return to Lochdubh' - "New York Times". 'Readers will enjoy the quirks and unique qualities of the cast...Beaton catches the beauty of the area's natural geography and succinctly describes its distinct flavour' - "Library Journal". 'Befuddled, earnest and utterly endearing, Hamish makes his triumphs sweetly satisfying' - "Publishers Weekly". 'The much-loved "Hamish Macbeth Series"...beguiling blend of wry humour and sharp observations about rural life' - "Good Book Guide".
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Love the Hamish Macbeth stories and highly recommend them to anyone. Now have complete collection with exception of latest Death of a Witch. Will buy that some time in the future. Have read it thanks to our local library.
Good light reading, always enjoyable, only problem is books read too quickly!!
Apr 15, 2008
The Lovable Hamish
Here he is again, hunting down a killer as usual, being tempted out of his bachelorhood as usual, and avoiding promotion as usual. The victim is nobody's friend and the killer is disagreeable enough to avoid sympathy. The dynamic of Hamish with his lady friends is a major part of the fun. Personally I like Priscilla, who comes and goes. The landscape enriches the plot, and the Highland people are endearing. There is, of course, the unpleasant superior officer to battle as well as the criminal. I suppose the series can continue until the author dies, and we will keep going as long as Hamish does. How does Ms Beaton sleep nights with all these plots on her mind?
Jun 18, 2007
Hamish MacBeth is one of the most entertaining characters in fiction today. The things he says and gets away with are a hoot. It's entertaining and challenging to try and figure out who did it and how he'll uncover the guilty party. This is a read again and again series, must own!
Publishers Weekly, 2006-12-11 At the start of Beaton's enjoyable 22nd Hamish Macbeth mystery (after 2006's Death of a Dreamer), the lovable Scottish constable stumbles over the body of a gossipy housecleaner, Mrs. Mavis Gillespie. She's been bludgeoned to death with her own pail, and there are plenty of suspects to go around in the Highlands village of Lochdubh. None of her clients liked her, but they insist she was a superb maid. Macbeth, noticing thick layers of dust in their homes, digs a little deeper and learns that Mrs. Gillespie was a more skilled blackmailer than housecleaner. His jealous senior colleagues try to thwart his investigation, but he's determined to get to the bottom of things. Meanwhile, the arrival of an erstwhile ladyfriend in town with a new beau makes lifelong bachelorhood appear not so appealing to Macbeth, who remains as charming a hero as ever in this funny, unpredictable read. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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