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M.C. Beaton
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17 Oct 2013 Hamish Macbeth (Book 23)

Mrs Gentle has fooled everyone into thinking she is as sweet as she sounds - Gentle by name and gentle by nature. But local constable Hamish Macbeth isn't fooled. He believes this little old lady is actually quite sly and vicious, but he's in a minority of one. Or is he?

When Mrs Gentle dies under unusual circumstances the villagers of Lochdubh are shocked and outraged. Chief Detective Inspector Blair suspects that members of her family may be involved but Hamish thinks there's much more to the story - and is willing to get rough to solve the riddle of Mrs Gentle's mysterious demise.


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: C & R Crime (17 Oct 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1472105427
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472105424
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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'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 * 'Recommended for all mystery collections. ' - Library Journal * 'Readers will relish a well-paced, warmly sentimental picture of the people--and the character and rich accents of Lubdoch, as seen through Hamish's loving eyes. Unpretentious fun for all.' --Kirkus

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The 23rd Hamish Mcbeth crime mystery, delightfully recovered and re-issued for all the fans of Agatha Raisin.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 4 Mar 2009
Format:Paperback
Having read the other(positive)reviews,I was a little reluctant to throw a spanner in the works but I do think that maybe Hamish needs to retire.I have read all the other books to date and enjoyed them but lately I have felt that the plots have become either predictable or fantastical.It must be difficult to produce fresh ideas and either we get old ones rehashed or,as in this case an unbelievable scenario,which,if allowed to develop would have become acceptable but unfortunately,was done and dusted in a sentence or two providing such a sense of incredulity that I had to re-read it to ensure I had not misunderstood.Also,and there is no excuse for this,the writing has become careless and the proof reading sloppy as mistakes are made regarding relationships between characters which is poor and confusing for the reader.The number of women keen to secure Hamish grows apace in this book,stretching my regard for him as an ordinary man to its limit and there are too many characters vying for attention as the main feature that they execute extraordinary deeds to ensure their status.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DESPERATE TIMES, DESPERATE MEASURES 18 July 2011
By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Cnothan has lost its police station. Lochdubh is next on the list. In six months Hamish faces transfer to loathed Strathbane....

No way! His frantic attempt to avoid such a catastrophe results in a most far-fetched offering. Ingredients include a Russian lesbian hooker, an old mock castle poised on the very brink of a cliff, sundry violent deaths (including that of the "gentle" lady who is nothing of the kind), and that handy old stand-by, a really violent storm. Hamish himself is repeatedly targeted by a crazed killer and lucky to be alive at the end of it all. Add to the mixture his two very weird pets, blue-eyed dog Lugs and wildcat Sonsie, not to mention complications with various smitten ladies. Giving particular satisfaction is Hamish's devastating (and thoroughly unconvincing) long overdue revenge on a bitter enemy.

Forget about credibility. Enter into the spirit of the thing. Just sit back and relax, preparing yourself for a preposterous, enjoyable read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More ladies for Hamish 22 April 2011
By Sophia
Format:Paperback
Mrs Gentle has moved into a mock castle perched on the cliff top. Everyone thinks she is a very nice person - except Hamish Macbeth who thinks her niceness is just a front.

Mrs Gentle invites her family to stay with her for a few days and at the gathering she tells them she is going to change her will. She has an East European girl employed as her servant who comes to Hamish for help. Because he has a soft heart he agrees to help her little realising the problems this is likely to cause. When Ayesha disappears and is later found dead and Mrs Gentle also meets the same fate Hamish finds himself a suspect.

This is a complicated and at times not wholly believable plot. But it is entertaining with plenty of clues available which point to the final outcome. I enjoyed reading it and the more of this series I read the more interesting Hamish himself becomes as a character. The books can be read out of order and each will stand on its own though you might struggle to understand Hamish's many lady friends if you do read the books out of order.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Death of a gentle lady 9 July 2013
By Rebecca
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Brilliant engaging and entertaining reading perfect for relaxing and taking a break from the daily grind, principled and well balanced
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good Hamish story 8 Mar 2013
By Gibbs
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Another good story in the Hamish books, an easy read and although there is a predictability about these books, they are nonetheless enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good book 7 Mar 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Hamish Macbeth is just as described in the book, likes to plod along in his own way but always solves the murder.i
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 24 July 2012
By Renia
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Excellent summer, holiday read. Easily & quickly readable. Fairly typical & predictable Hamish Macbeth murder mystery. Once read,leave book behind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A light fun read. 19 Jun 2009
Format:Hardcover
When Mrs Gentle moved to the Lochdubh in the Highlands, she was soon taken to the villagers hearts. Always dressed in lavender and loved by all, except PC Hamish Macbeth who has reservations about Mrs Gentle's goodness.

The death of Mrs Gentle shocks and outrages the villagers - who and why would anyone want to kill gentle Mrs Gentle. Hamish sets out to uncover the killer. However, despite her outwardly gentleness, it would appear that as is often the case, the family don't view Mrs Gentle in quite the same light as do outsiders, nor it would appear do her servants. But Hamish is certain that there is more to her death than meets the eye.

Nothing is straightforward as Hamish has not only to find a killer, but also keep out of the way and one step ahead of Detective Chief Inspector Blair who hampers his investigations at every turn, and who appears to have the same feelings towards Hamish as CI Mullet does towards DI Frost. In fact CI Blair seems to have only one goal in life, that of closing down the Police Station in Lochdubh and getting Hamish under his control.

On the personal front Hamish although still dithering between the two loves in his life, Elspeth Grant and Priscilla Halburton-Smythe becomes embroiled in yet another dalliance, with disasterous consequences. Could Hamish finally be about to make up his mind on the matrimonial front and if so who will be the lucky lady?

I greatly enjoyed this escapade. Recommended if you are looking for a light fun read.
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Lizzie Hayes
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3.0 out of 5 stars Death of a Gentle Lady (Hamish Macbeth) M.C. Beaton
Another pleasant little mystery by MC Beaton, nothing ground breaking or offensive in here but it passed the time. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Sarah
4.0 out of 5 stars MC Beaton does it again
really enjoyed this book as indeed all I have read in the series. If your are a lover of MC Beaton and the Hamish series you wont be disappointed.
Published 1 month ago by sue
4.0 out of 5 stars Jilted at the altar
Hamish is jilted at the altar by his bride of convenience because she has been murdered, closely followed by the prime suspect, her bullying employer Mrs Gentle. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Elaine Tomasso
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this 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 8 months ago by mrs susan leedale
5.0 out of 5 stars M C Beaton
Enjoy both the Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin books. I am at a loss to fulfil all of the things Amazon require for recommendation!!!!!
Published 9 months ago by potter
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Another great book by M C Beaton. I love Hamish Macbeth stories.
Lovely gentle 'detective' type stories with humour and delight
Published 9 months ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't get enough of Hamish
I read my first of these stories and I was hooked. Love the feel of the Highlands and the tight-knit community. Hope I don't run out of books to read or I'll be devastated. Read more
Published 9 months ago by hherron@lineone.net
5.0 out of 5 stars A smashing holiday read
Another good book in the Hamish Macbeth series, they are great if you are on holiday. Ive read nearly all of them now
Published 10 months ago by Margaret Trewhella
3.0 out of 5 stars The policeman's lot..
This is the first book I've read in the lengthy series. When the chance came to swap a book for this, I dived in to see what all the fuss was about. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Michael Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars standard hamish
good story.well worth reading again.Any macbeth story is amusing,informative and can be read again and again.All should be collected and kept in good condition.
Published 12 months ago by Mr J Moore
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