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Death of a Charming Man (Hamish Macbeth Mysteries) [Mass Market Paperback]

M. C. Beaton
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3 Feb 2007 Hamish Macbeth Mysteries
With this tenth book in a series that fans of British mysteries have come to relish more than fish 'n chips and a pint at the pub, M. C. Beaton returns with another baffling case for Hamish Macbeth, the stubborn, red-haired, one-man police department of the Highland village of Lochdubh. Praised for her wonderful characterizations, wry humor, and authentic local color, M. C. Beaton again adds the essential ingredient for an outstanding whodunit - a plot that keeps readers guessing right up to the very end. Hamish Macbeth's unofficial engagement to the stunning Priscilla Halburton-Smythe is reminding the constable of the old adage about answered prayers. His lovely fiancee has replaced his cozy wood stove with a modern electric one and is busy trying to "make a man of him." The only man Hamish wants to be is the one who slouches about the village, gossiping, fishing, and deftly solving a crime or two. Deciding that this may be a good time for a little retreat, Hamish ambles over to the nearby backwater of Drim - ostensibly to check out a posh English chap who's causing a most unusual problem. Single, wealthy, and terribly attractive, newcomer Peter Hynd has thrown the middle-aged matrons of Drim into a flutter, and put their men, dour Highlanders whose feelings run deep, on a slow burn. Hamish's instincts tell him this seemingly charming young man likes to stir up trouble, and it's not long before the seething emotions transform the sleepy village into a hotbed of threats, domestic rows, and violent murder. With Hamish's own relationship raising doubts about hearts and flowers, he's more than ready to do what he now must - investigate the darker side of love . . .

Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books; Reissue edition (3 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446403385
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446403382
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 10.7 x 16.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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The tenth Hamish Macbeth mystery, beautifully republished with a brand new cover --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

M. C. Beaton worked as a Fleet Street journalist. She is the author of the Agatha Raisin novels, the Hamish Macbeth series and an Edwardian murder-mystery series. She divides her time between Paris and the Cotswolds, where she lives in a village very much like Agatha Raisin’s beloved Carsely. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hamish Macbeth is the perfect policeman 8 July 2010
Like all M.C. Beaton's books, this book has a charm, that will keep you wanting to read more about Hamish and Priscilla. Reading these books you are taken into a world that perfectly finds a place for most of people you know in your own life, with a bit of murder thrown in. For an afternoons reading you can't do much better.
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Beaton seems to like to include children in her stories and has created an exceptional one here, twelve-year-old Heather who can raise the power of Celtic gods when needed. This is a wry commentary on the vulnerability of menopausal women ("the men's pause," it's called in these pages) and a darned good mystery to boot, which you won't fully appreciate until the very last page!
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5.0 out of 5 stars HANDSOME IS AS HANDSOME DOES..., 6 Mar 2012
When Constable Hamish Macbeth decided to check the far reaches of his beat, Hamish ostensibly does so because someone new has moved into the dreary village of Drim. The real reason for Hamish paying Drim a visit, however, may have something to do with his wanting to escape the ministrations of the coolly collected but beautiful Pricilla Halburton-Smythe, who is now his fiancée and seems to want to change his way of life.

While Hamish is in Drim, he notices that the village females are all agog over this outsider, Peter Hynd, who just happens to be the best looking man they have ever seen. Peter's move to Drim is simply the most exciting thing ever to happen in that village. Charming, as well as extremely handsome, this lothario has the village men seeing red, while Hamish sees that this is a potential recipe for disaster.

When a dead body turns up and our charming man goes missing, Hamish has some sneaking suspicions. Between trying to figure out what is going on in Drim and what is going on at home with his fiancée, Hamish certainly has his hands full. Unfortunately for Hamish, he is a lot better at figuring out what happened in Drim than what is happening in his own personal life.

This is the tenth book in a series of cozy mysteries featuring lovable Highlander, Hamish Macbeth. In this book, village life once again takes center stage, and the village characters give the book that cozy feel. The recurring characters are further developed, enmeshing the reader into their lives. The book is also laced with sly humor throughout 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. With the oddly endearing Hamish Macbeth, the author has created a winner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Death of a Charming Man 3 Mar 2014
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As usual Hamish Macbeth is highly entertaining. It is a good mystery and a jolly good read with lots of humour.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading 26 Feb 2014
By Mimms
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I really like reading these books.
It is really easy reading and generally has a lovely stroy to tell.
I would recomend this and others if you want a weekend read or go on holiday.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 9 Jan 2014
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Hamish is the only one to believe that the local lothario is dead and takes a holiday to prove it. Once again M. C. Beaton weaves a charming tale of village life with a little murder thrown in. It is advisable to read this series in order as the ongoing romance between Hamish and Priscilla features quite heavily in this book and having the backstory will help you enjoy this cosy mystery better. As I've said before the books won't win any literary prizes but they are an amusing way to pass a few hours.
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5.0 out of 5 stars another great mc beaton read 8 Dec 2013
By susanm
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I love all mc beaton's work, and this one is no exception; it keep you guessing until the last moment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hamish Macbeth at his dithering best 10 Aug 2013
By MacSpot
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I enjoy the Hamish Macbeth series of books. I find them an entertaining, light read, just right for summer holiday reading.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars standard hamish
A good book,well written.Hamish macbeth stories are always amusing,informative and well worth reading over and over again.Recommended to all readers.
Published 12 months ago by Mr J Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars LIght hearted mystery
The usual good writing from M C Beaton,. It is humerous and quite light reading, it will be great for holidy reading
Published 12 months ago by Christine Mary
4.0 out of 5 stars good book
if you like all the other books you will enjoy this one as it follows on from the last one you need to read them in order
Published 12 months ago by jen
4.0 out of 5 stars Some Charming People are anything but!
I really enjoyed this one and will read it again when some time has elapsed. He was like lots of supposed
charming people all top show and not much substance. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mrs. Pearl Elston
5.0 out of 5 stars M C Beaton Books
I think I have almost read all of the Hamish Macbeth books, I love the humour of these books and find them very easy to read
Published 16 months ago by Jan
5.0 out of 5 stars Charm causes more Alarm
I enjoyed this book very much and found it fascinating how a group of ladies could go weak at the knees over somebody who is goodlooking, but lacks anything else other than to... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mrs. A. L. Maddocks
5.0 out of 5 stars Charm isn't everything
Hamish is not getting on very well with fiancée Priscilla and he is beginning to think he has made a mistake. Read more
Published on 23 April 2011 by Sophia
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