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Death of a Glutton (Hamish Macbeth Book 8) [Kindle Edition]

M.C. Beaton
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Book Description

Her table manners were a crime. But she didn’t deserve to die!

There’s not a cloud in Hamish Macbeth’s sky – just plenty of warm sunshine but not quite enough of the lovely Priscilla Halburton-Smythe. But as eight hopeful members of the Checkmate Singles Club converge on Tommel Castle Hotel for a week of serious matchmaking, the clouds roll in.

The four couples, carefully matched by dating director Maria Worth, immediately dislike one another. And the arrival of Maria’s gross, greedy business partner, Peta, kills the last vestige of romance. And as love goes out the window, murder comes in the door.

Peta soon slurps up her last meal and Hamish is left with the baffling puzzle: Who shared the fateful outing that left Peta dead with a large rosy red apple in her mouth…

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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 )


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

    'The detective novels of MC Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status.' (The Times)

    Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 448 KB
    • Print Length: 240 pages
    • Publisher: C & R Crime (17 Jun. 2011)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B0056A8W54
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,336 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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    5 of 5 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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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    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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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    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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    In this 8th Hamish Macbeth murder mystery, all is quiet in the village of Lochdubh until eight members of the Checkmate Singles Club come up to the highlands looking for love and for a week of serious matching. They are to stay at the Tommel Castle Hotel and director of Checkmate Maria Worth hope that the 4 couples will go home all matched up and loved up. However, the arrival of Peta, Maria's business partner means that the week will not go as Maria hoped.
    As things go decidedly pear shaped for the Checkmate Singles, things are further complicated when a murder is committed and all in the hotel are potential suspects. Hamish Macbeth's quiet life is disrupted when he is called to investigate the murder along with his usual adversary Chief Inspector Blair from Strathbane police.
    Will the murderer be found before they commit another crime and will Hamish solve the crime and get Chief Inspector Blair to install his long promised central heating in his cottage?
    Very enjoyable read - the stories are not taxing much they are a light hearted, easy read - great to read in between longer books. Looking forward to joining Hamish on his next adventure!
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