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Death of a Cad (Hamish Macbeth Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

M.C. Beaton
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"* 'It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh' - New York Times * 'Superb entertainment, as rich and warming as a fine malt whisky, and every bit as addictive' - Houston Chronicle * 'An enchanting series....M.C. Beaton has a foolproof plot for the village mystery.' - New York Times Book Review * 'Beaton, a Scot herself, excels at giving readers a taste of Highland life and creating a believable character in the lonely, brilliant, continually frustrated-in-love Macbeth.' - Booklist"

Review

"* 'It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh' - New York Times * 'Superb entertainment, as rich and warming as a fine malt whisky, and every bit as addictive' - Houston Chronicle * 'An enchanting series....M.C. Beaton has a foolproof plot for the village mystery.' - New York Times Book Review * 'Beaton, a Scot herself, excels at giving readers a taste of Highland life and creating a believable character in the lonely, brilliant, continually frustrated-in-love Macbeth.' - Booklist"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 439 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (17 Jun 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0056A88DA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #58,596 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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Death of a Cad 24 Feb 2010
Format:Paperback
Having devoured all the agatha raisin books I was aprehensive about reading the Hamish macbeth series, however, yet again, M C Beaton has you in her clutches with a mild start on a Scottish estate for the engagement prty for Priscilla Halburton-Smythe to Henry Withering who is reported to be a playwright, but other beg to differ about the quality of his stage plays. Naturally we are led astray right from the beginning with side bets being laid as to who cloud bag the first brace of grouse between the boorish Captain peter Bartlett and Jeremy Pomfret. Naturally there is a death in suspicious circumstances and Hamish macbeth is called in to investigate and immediately falls foul of his superior officer, the officious DCI Blair plus two officers. Macbeth gathers clues from the murder site and keeps quiet. One thing leads to another and you are kept on a knife edge, waiting for the next twist in the tail and in the end it turns out to be someone with a fishy background = now for further details, read the book, I AM HOOKED and can't wait for the next read - Death of an Outsider.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wish I could like them more! 1 Aug 2012
By Livvy M
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have tried to warm to M.C. Beaton's books. I really have. I've tried two Agatha Raisin novels and have just finished a second Hamish McBeth. But while they are all enjoyable in a non-demanding way, I find them rather lightweight and predictable. The characters are stereotypes, the dialogue stilted and the plots contrived. I think in every one of her books that I've read there has been a patronising description of working class living rooms decorated in vulgar colours with tasteless ornaments. How good it must be to be the arbiter of good taste! And then there's the vicar/minister figure and the vicar/ minister figure's wife. And the upper class snobs. It's all a wee bit twee for my liking. But the lady has produced dozens of books, so somebody must like her.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Quite the most brilliant of all the 'Hamish MacBeth' novels I have read to date. The careful development of the characters and the gentle unfolding of the plot, heightens the suspense to an unpredictable climax.
Beaton excels in providing the reader with photographic clarity of the locations ambiance through her vivid expression. One is left suspecting everyone and trusting no one, unsure whom may fall next. Underlying the harshness of murder weaves an impossible relationship and a love that seems class bound to fail.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars P.G. Wodehouse Meets Sherlock Holmes 1 Dec 2006
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Death of a Cad is the second book in the Hamish Macbeth mystery series. M.C. Beaton has her tongue stuck firmly in her cheek as she creates a quasi-Wodehouse country-castle romp mixed up with a murder mystery. To make matters more fun, one of the leading characters, Henry Withering, is an acclaimed playwright based on his latest upper class drawing-room work.

Here's the set-up. Priscilla Hallburton-Smythe has taken up a job in London to be able to find eligible men. Henry Withering spots her and decides his publicity shots will look much better with her at his side. He quickly proposes and Priscilla accepts based on her desire to please Mommy and Daddy. On the way home to introduce him to family and friends, Priscilla begins to have her doubts about the wisdom of the match. Matters quickly degrade when an unpleasant dinner is followed the next morning by a death, an apparent accident. But Police Constable Hamish Macbeth, the pride of Lochdubh in the Scottish Highlands, is skeptical. Soon, his doubts turn into evidence of foul play. (And that's a pretty good pun for a hunting accident involving a grouse shoot -- even if the high and mighty have been complaining about the shortage of grouse . . . you could even say they've been grousing.)

There are three stories intertwined in the book:

1. The engagement
2. The murder mystery
3. Conflict between Hamish and his superiors

In typical country novel fashion, the engagement story is really the best. The humor is improved by being warm, broad and nonstop.

The intellectual content of the book is raised by the subtle ways that Macbeth tracks down the murderer while fending off his superiors.

The least interesting part of the book is the actual murder mystery.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a good light read 1 May 2012
By babs
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a perfectly pleasant read but it has limited depth, although Hamish is a potentially interesting character. It has a light touch-limited sex and violence and some humour. I am a quick reader and would prefer my fiction to have more depth and detail.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE CHARM OF THE HIGHLANDER... 6 Mar 2012
By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This is the second book in a series of cozy mysteries featuring red-haired Highlander, Hamish Macbeth, the constable for the sleepy village of Lochdubh in northern Scotland. Hamish, who is smitten with the blonde and cold beauty of Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, daughter of the local laird, has just discovered that she has recently become engaged to snooty London playwright, Henry Withering.

When Priscilla brings Henry to Lochdubh to meet her family, they throw a party in his honor. Unfortunately, one of the house guests, the highly unpleasant Captain Peter Bartlett, meets an untimely end while on a grouse hunt. Although Detective Chief Inspector Bair quickly declares the death to be a suicide, Hamish begs to differ, persuading Blair, much to his chagrin, that it was, indeed, murder.

During his investigation, Priscilla's enthusiasm for her fiancé begins to wane, while Hamish just keeps looking better and better in her eyes, until the seeds of a budding romance are firmly sown. Moreover, the book is laces with sly humor that is engaging, keeping the mood of the book light and highly enjoyable.

As with all cozy mysteries, it is not so much the mystery that is of import but the characters that revolve around the mystery. While the mysteries are intriguing, they are the framework around which the characters evolve. In the endearing character of Hamish Macbeth, the author has created a sure fire winner, who is bound to win many fans of the cozy mystery genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love all the Hamish Macbeth books
Published 1 month ago by Pamela Mold
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoy all the series of these books
I enjoy all the series of these books. I have now found a TV series about Hamish... I watched two and found the TV story so REMOVED from the books I could not watch, such a shame... Read more
Published 4 months ago by C. F. E. Boldero
4.0 out of 5 stars an improvement on the first
I wasnt too sure about continuing with the Hamish Macbeth novels as I didnt think the first book in the series was anything other than OK. Read more
Published 4 months ago by An avid reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Gentle and Entertaining
Any series which clearly has a following such as this one must be doing something right.
This second in the series is a little less predictable than the first, but if one was... Read more
Published 5 months ago by YeahYeahNoh
5.0 out of 5 stars Hamish solves another tough case
I love the tales of Hamish MacBeth; I have read each novel & can't wait until the next book is available. Read more
Published 5 months ago by David Bailie
5.0 out of 5 stars More murder, mystery and mayhem with Macbeth
"Death of a Cad" is the 2nd book in the Hamish Macbeth series. Local land owner's daughter Priscilla Halburton-Smythe has got engaged to London playwright Henry Withering and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by E Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars Another pleasant read
Same formula as the rest of the books in the series and yet very pleasantly 'relaxing. I enjoy reading all of titles even though the outcome is predictable
Published 11 months ago by Robert Temple
3.0 out of 5 stars A Fun read
If I want to write a review why should I have to write a certain minimum number of words ?
Published 13 months ago by Minder
4.0 out of 5 stars Death of a Cad
A nice easy read ideal for your holidays. Steady story line and you can't help liking the character of Hamish Macbeth!
Published 13 months ago by Hazel Ramsbottom
4.0 out of 5 stars What!
I liked all books read so far. I haven't read Precious and the missing Lion or the Jane Austen yet
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