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Death of a Bore (Hamish Macbeth)

Death of a Bore (Hamish Macbeth) [Kindle Edition]

M. C. Beaton
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Great stuff, as usual. (Booklist )

Once again M C Beaton has concocted an amusing brew of mystery and romance that will keep her fans turning the pages. (Publishers Weekly )

Book Description

From the author of the ever-popular Agatha Raisin series, this is the 20th outing for the Highland's most famous PC, Hamish Macbeth.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 454 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (20 Oct 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,386 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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M C Beaton was born in Scotland. She worked for many years as a journalist on Fleet Street.

As well as the bestselling Agatha Raisin series, she is the author of the acclaimed Hamish Macbeth mysteries.

She divides her time between the Cotswolds, where she lives in a village very much like Agatha's beloved Carsely, and Paris.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another homerun for M.C. Beaton 13 Jun 2005
This is the twenty-first in a series of wonderful mysteries featuring the detective work of small town, Highland Scottish detective Hamish Macbeth, P.C. In this book, Hamish's life is troubled by a new arrival in the town, a boorish writer whose truest love is himself. But, when he is suddenly found dead, suspicion falls on citizens of the town. It's a sure thing that the Strathbane detectives will not get to the bottom of this thing, so it is up to Hamish to save the day, and bring a murderer to justice.
This is another homerun for M.C. Beaton (pseudonym of Marion Chesney). This book has all of the charm of the earlier books, staying in small town Scotland, and involving all sorts of interesting and quirky characters. Overall I thought that this was a great book, and a great mystery. If you like mysteries, or are merely interest in the Scottish Highlands, then you must get this book!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Death of an Egomaniac 10 Nov 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Pardon me, but I found this title to be inapt for the book. The victim, John Heppel, is a bad writer, acts in inconsiderate ways, displays immense egotism, and is generally despicable. But I didn't find him boring . . . just obnoxious. The book, too, is anything but boring.

What distinguishes this book from the run-of-the-mill mystery is the marvelous satirical humor displayed throughout. Hamish Macbeth avoids promotion. His superiors prove to be incompetent, unhappy, and in some cases driven to drink in this book. You can quickly see why he would be skeptical of becoming more like these people. John Heppel wins prizes for his books, has a great story about his gritty beginnings and attracts the interest of those don't know writing. In reality, the man is a phony in every dimension. M.C. Beaton has fun with that point in other ways as a local villager becomes sought after for a book that will be written in Gaelic, a language few can read, but which will look impressive on coffee tables in England. Women keep setting their sights on marrying Hamish, but it doesn't take much to distract them. Hamish finds his dog to be a better companion. It's a marvelously Scottish way of looking at the world that you'll enjoy.

What's the story about? Hamish is deeply concerned for writer John Heppel when Hamish notices that Heppel is offering a writing class. Doesn't Heppel know there's good telly on that night? Hamish, in turn, is astonished to find out that virtually the whole village has signed up for the class, hoping to become famous. The classes turn out to be a disappointment when Heppel displays disdain for his students. Refund is the word most often heard among the curses. In fact, many of the villagers in Lochdubh are captured on film threatening Heppel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars THE PEN IS NOT MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD... 8 Mar 2012
This is the twenty first book in a series of cozy mysteries featuring lovable Highlander, Hamish Macbeth, in charge of law and order in the village of Lochdubh and its environs in the north of Scotland. As always, the book is laced with sly humor throughout that is engaging, and the dialogue creates a feeling of authenticity of place, making the book highly enjoyable. One does not read these books for their literary value. One reads them purely for the fun of it.

This time, a well-known writer moves to the Highlands and decides to teach a writing course. Unfortunately, this bitter, nasty, self-important man decides that his time would be best spent treating his students like the village idiots. So, when he turns up deader than a doornail, in a manner befitting his occupation, no one is shedding any tears. It is then left to Hamish to discover just who is the murderer amongst them.

Due to the notoriety of the murder and the celebrity of the deceased, the media descends upon the village like a plague of locusts. Along with these unwelcome outsiders, his new boss, Detective Chief Inspector Heather Meikle, also pays the Highlands a visit, discovering that Hamish is just what the doctor ordered. Then things get even more complicated when his old girlfriend and news reporter, Elspeth Grant, returns to Lochdubh.

As with all cozy mysteries, it is not so much the mystery that is of import but the characters that revolve around the mystery, and the characters are certainly quirky and entertaining, adding to the charm of the series. With the oddly endearing Hamish Macbeth, the author has created a character that is a winner. I love this series of cozy mysteries!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Being a bore can be deadly 22 April 2011
By Sophia
John Heppel - a prize winning author - moves to the area and decides to hold a writing class in Lochdubh. But the classes consist of John giving a monologue about his career and this quickly leads to discontent among the villagers and they're soon demanding their money back. This doesn't stop them continuing their writing and many computers are delivered to the village.

When John Heppel is found dead Hamish Macbeth is reluctant to suspect the villagers and tries to find other suspects especially among the staff of Strathbane Television which is making an episode of a popular soap from a script by John Heppel. Hamish's boss - the irascible Blair - is keen to pin the blame on the villagers. Hamish's former girlfriend - journalist Elspeth Grant is sent from Glasgow to cover the story.

I think this is one of my favourite Hamish Macbeth stories. There are plenty of strands to the plot and an exciting conclusion. The villagers of Lochdubh feature in the story much more than they do in some of the books and it is far from clear who has committed the murder. I liked the way Hamish was continually trying to escape from Heather - the boss who temporarily replaces Blair - when she starts to pursue him carrying a bottle of whisky. Hamish wonders whether being continually abused by Blair is preferable to such a boss.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great story
Another great story from the lady herself. All Hamish fans will love this one. The only downside it's not long enough but they never are!
Published 3 months ago by Greenpop
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read.
Another story about Hamish in the highlands of Scotland. As you progress through the stories in this series more exciting and interesting thins happen to this love-lorn Policeman
Published 5 months ago by ML Piper
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
A lovely Hamish Macbeth tale, they all make me want to be up in the highlands. Nice gentle stories, often with a twist, nothing too horrid with good characters and descriptions. Read more
Published 5 months ago by mrs susan leedale
5.0 out of 5 stars Good value
Arrived within days of placing my order and in very good condition. As an avid reader of the Hamish Macbeth series it did not disappoint . Read more
Published 6 months ago by MS. M.G.WILLIAMS
4.0 out of 5 stars Death of...
I enjoyed this book. I liked the pace of the plot and how it was wound up at the end. I like the way things are always just out of reach for Hamish in terms of his love life. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mephis1
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I ordered
Quick delivery I knew what to excpect I love these Hamish Macbeth books They are just the thing to read in bed before going to sleep
Published 9 months ago by Elizabeth Hilda
A great read at any time! but much better when it was raining.Lovely to read on a wet dull day
Published 10 months ago by Dorcas Munday MBE
5.0 out of 5 stars Death of a bore.
Another good mystery from M,C. Beaton. You don't want to put it down . The reason beibg is to see if you have found the killer before you get to the end.
Published 11 months ago by k lawrence
4.0 out of 5 stars DEATH OF A BORE
This book was as usual a very good read and as always unputdownable. I was able to finish it in 3 houts in the arrived on time and in very good order
Published 11 months ago by S. J. Ross
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a boring tale!
This was annoying in that the man was someone you wanted to kick. He was so full of himself.
But good old Hamish managed to sort it all out!!
A good read.
Published 13 months ago by Mrs. Pearl Elston
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