- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Constable Crime; hardcover edition (24 April 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1845296486
- ISBN-13: 978-1845296483
- Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 2 x 22.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 378,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Death of a Gentle Lady (Hamish Macbeth) Hardcover – 24 Apr 2008
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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.
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)
M. C. Beatons much loved and international bestselling Hamish Macbeth series of murderous doings in the Highlands continues with book twenty three.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
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.
Why does Mrs. Gentle have it in for Hamish? He unexpectedly heard some hint of family secrets while making a courtesy call. What could Mrs. Gentle have to hide? That question becomes the source of much of the book's mystery.
In the process of untangling that mystery, Hamish also finds himself dodging attentions from his ex-girl friend, Elspeth Grant; his ex-fiancee, Priscilla Halburton-Smythe; a Russian police inspector, Anna Krokovsky; and Aileen Drummond, a police constable. In the process, the villagers decide that Hamish may have become a health hazard.
If that weren't enough, Detective Inspector Blair is after Hamish again, and the challenge is one of the most serious that Hamish has faced.
I found the story was a little over-packed with subplots. As a result, some of them didn't get as much attention as they needed in order to be fully developed and satisfying, especially the marriage of convenience subplot. Personally, I would have dropped two of the subplots if I were the books editor and I think the story would have worked a lot better. The story also goes over a lot of familiar ground so that there's not enough new. In that sense, adding the Russian inspector was a good breath of fresh air for the series.
But if you are a sincere fan of the series, you'll probably think this is an above-average outing for Hamish. I certainly did. I thought the book was an improvement over Death of a Maid.
If you haven't read any of the books, do go back to the beginning and read them in chronological order. You'll get more out of the character development that way.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good old Hamish, should sort out his love life, but entertaining read.Published 1 month ago by Daniel Cooper
Can't stop reading it, things unfold in every chapter. Not impressed with Blair, a bully like that would have been sorted out some time ago.Published 5 months ago by S