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Death of a Glutton (Hamish Macbeth)

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

M.C. Beaton
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An enchanting series... M C Beaton has a foolproof plot for the village mystery. (New York Times Book Review )

The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status. (Anne Robinson The Times )

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The eighth Hamish Macbeth mystery from the bestselling author of Agatha Raisin.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 448 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: C & R Crime (17 Jun 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0056A8W54
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #944 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars HAMISH BELOW PAR? 24 May 2010
Peta Gore is the latest in M.C. Beaton's gallery of grotesques created specifically for a speedy demise. Co-founder of the Checkmate Singles Club but now its major embarrassment, Peta gatecrashes the romantic week arranged at Tommel Castle Hotel for eight of its members. What hope have they now for gently developing romance with her in their midst, gargantuan and guzzling? Despairing fellow co-founder Maria Worth tries frantically to limit the damage....

In due course Peta is found face up in a quarry, an apple rammed into her mouth. Suspects abound - not only the love hopefuls whose plans she exoceted, but volatile chef Sean whom she so enraged that he subsequently served her a casserole of wild cat.

Lochdubh's Hamish Macbeth investigates, he with romantic problems of his own - relationships strained between him and Priscilla. Sadly the case this time seems somewhat lacklustre, it hard to become particularly interested. Hamish solves it of course (when was it otherwise?), but by using tactics not to his credit - as he himself admits.

The series has become a tad predictable, this eighth entry not amongst the best. A surprise development at the very end may provide a welcome shot in the arm for the next novel.

By the way, there is one reason to celebrate. At long last, Priscilla stands up to her appalling father and gives him a devastating piece of her mind. Should HE be the victim in a sequel, many readers may applaud - provided Priscilla does not turn out to be the culprit.
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3.0 out of 5 stars More Fun If You Find the Suspects Humorous 31 Jan 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Death of a Glutton is the eighth Hamish Macbeth mystery. It's the beautiful days of summer in Lochdubh, days that are soon to be replaced with cold and rain. Hamish is looking forward to enjoying these tranquil days while they last. But that hope is soon frustrated.

The Tommel Castle Hotel (formerly the home of Colonel and Mrs. Hallburton-Smythe and their daughter Priscilla before the Colonel lost his capital) is booming. But when a fishing party cancels at the last minute, the Colonel finds he may have to lower his social standards to fill the hotel. This fear is turned into a reality when Maria Worth books the hotel for Checkmate Singles Club, which matches up matrimonial prospects from among the well-to-do. Maria has invited eight people who want to marry well and thinks she has just the prospect for each one. Immediately, each one takes a dislike to the person Maria has in mind for them, but things seem to be proceeding anyway when they strike up conversations with other singles in the group.

Those plans are put seriously awry, however, when her not-so-silent partner, Peta Gore, shows up uninvited with her voluptuous, but self-centered, young niece, Crystal. The men flock to Crystal until they find she's dull. That enrages the women. Peta turns out to be a world-class overeater with the worst possible manners. Colonel Hallburton-Smythe takes his wife and heads out, leaving this troublesome party to Priscilla and Mr. Johnson to tend.

The story builds around Peta's eating. There's a memorable picnic involving a wee trip in the ocean that has humorous consequences. The chef becomes so enraged by Peta's behavior that he takes a bet he can feed her a most unappetizing source of protein and she'll be delighted.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A light read 3 Jan 2013
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I read M C Beaton's Hamish Macbeth stories for pure relaxation - by no means great literature, but good light relief and amusing. As usual the plot is unrealistic, but that's part of the charm.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You can have too much of a good thing 23 April 2011
By Sophia
The Tommel Castle hotel - home to Priscilla Halburton-Smythe and her parents - is playing host to a group of people from a dating agency. But things do not go as well as they should when one of the owners of the dating agency, the glutton of the title, appears at the hotel unexpectedly and upsets everyone.

I love food but even I found the descriptions of Peta's eating exploits pretty hard to take and it's best not to read them after you have just eaten. In spite of her gross eating habits she did not deserve to die. Nearly everyone at the hotel had at some time expressed the wish that she would die so Hamish Macbeth has plenty of suspects to pick from.

I thought the characters were interesting and their various suspect reasons for wanting to get married and there is of course one of the women who becomes interested in Hamish - much to his discomfort. Priscilla plays a bigger part in this book than in some of the stories and it is easy to see why Hamish thinks so much of her.

I didn't enjoy this book as much as some of the Hamish Macbeth series but it is still a good story. I didn't think the motive for the murder was quite as plausible as in some of the books but it is still an interesting book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent whodunnit as usual 2 Feb 2009
Great book as always Beaton manages to combine the gentle nature and excellent sluething skills of Macbeth with his struggle to keep his love of Pricilla in check!
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4.0 out of 5 stars You have to be a Hamish supporter 15 April 2014
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I love these books. Everyone I read I get transported to the village in the Scottish Highlands which is not too dis-similar to Midsummer - a murder a minute!! You feel you know all the characters and you have to love Hamish and his antics.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Kindle edition
If you ignore the brutal murder this is a gentle series. The characters have been simplified and I think to a great extent the type of life that Hamish leads has vanished with... Read more
Published 4 days ago by mmmppph
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
I have read many of the Hamish McBeth books. I enjoyed this one. The book keeps you guessing who dunnit it till the end.
Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Yet another good story with Hamish doing what he does best. Funny but serious all in one go. Another 'must' by Beaton
Published 1 month ago by Linda
4.0 out of 5 stars Escapism
Peta Gore's eating habits are repulsive so when she gatecrashes a singles' week at Priscilla's hotel she is murdered. Hamlisch investigates and unveils the murderer. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Elaine Byrne
5.0 out of 5 stars MC Beaton at her best
Such a good read if you want something light,but keeps you guessing. Perfect for light crime fiction lovers everywhere,you can read it in a day, and want more.
Published 3 months ago by Nanny Mo
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner
I love the Hamish Macbeth character both on film and in the books. This story was no exception to the others, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Published 4 months ago by MRS
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok for a rainy day.
A middle-of-the-road murder mystery that despite being pretty average did keep me guessing for a little while. Read more
Published 6 months ago by stuartylad
3.0 out of 5 stars an entertaining novel
Love the contest of these books, but I think that the crime plot in itself it's a bit poor and in this novel also the characters lack a bit of character....
Published 7 months ago by K. Jorgensen
4.0 out of 5 stars a good read
As always M C Beaton has written another good read, I love Hamish and his character as a happy go lucky policeman is so good you can picture him mendering the Highlands with his... Read more
Published 10 months ago by D. M. Melia
4.0 out of 5 stars A Hamish fan
Beaton's humor makes the Hamish books great entertainment. If another 12 words are necessary here they are,are,are,are are, are are. Silly rule.
Published 11 months ago by Silvi Nordahl
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