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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: C & R Crime (28 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472105249
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472105240
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 1.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,339 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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The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status. (Anne Robinson, The Times )

Beaton's newest continues one of the finest and most offbeat police procedural series around. (Publishers Weekly )

Splendid fun. (New York Times Book Review )

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

'Beaton's newest continues one of the finest and most offbeat police procedural series around.' (Publishers Weekly)

'Splendid fun.' (The New York Times Book Review) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 May 2010
Format: Paperback
The start shocks. Lochdubh's police house has been closed, Hamish Macbeth permanently transferred to bustling Strathbane (where a colleague is so obnoxious, he dumps her in a bin). Fortunately for readers, inhabitants of Lochdubh concoct a crimewave to secure his return. A welcome back party awaits. Wonderful. At the book's end, he confides to mongrel Towser "times are changing" - blustering boss Blair more conciliatory, adored Priscilla more accessible.

All this is vintage Hamish and delights.

Unfortunately the rest of the novel is not in the same class. Maggie Baird, the "hussy" destined for destruction, is not so much a character as a contrivance. Very wealthy after sexually exploiting men for decades, she concentrates now on forever belittling her meek niece Alison and making advances at every man in sight. A terrible driver, it is perhaps appropriate she is responsible for the book's erratic directions and awkward manoeuvrings. Of all people, she is the one who initiates plans for Hamish's return. Why? She has only just arrived and never even knew him. Almost half way through the novel, she returns from a long absence (involving cosmetic surgery and the like), announces plans to publish her lurid memoirs, and invites to stay in her bungalow four former lovers - wanting them to compete for her hand in marriage. Credulity has thereby been stretched to the utmost in order to create a reasonable number of eventual suspects.

Of the five novels so far, this is the most creakingly constructed. Thank goodness for Hamish! He solves the murder and rescues the book (his detective work awesomely thorough for one who prefers being lazy).

The reader, as ever, greatly cares for him. His adventures enormously entertain. It would not hurt, though, if the cases investigated proved more convincing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Big Jim TOP 100 REVIEWER on 29 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback
There is much to admire in this book and indeed the series. Light, well crafted mysteries play second fiddle to the doings of the cast of disparate characters who inhabit and visit Lochdubh, so my recommendation is that if you like this sort of thing read the books in order to fully absorb the soap opera that Hamish and his chums and enemies inhabit. Sometimes there id too much pandering to the American audience eg car parks are described as parking lots - not authentic - yet Hamish goes for "Butcher Meat" in this book, which is a very authentic figure of Scottish speech. This gets a tad annoying at times but should not detract from a delightful series
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson on 6 Jan. 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the fifth in a series of mysteries featuring the detective work of small town, Highland Scottish detective Hamish Macbeth, P.C. In this story, Maggie Baird, a rich Londoner of more than somewhat checkered history, moves into Lochdubh for peace and quiet, but then finds it too peaceful and quiet. Deciding that she needs to marry again, she invites four old suitors to her house and then announces that she'll marry one, and bestow all her money on him. When Maggie ends up dead, its up to Hamish to find out who did it and why.
My wife has been a big Hamish Macbeth fan for years, and now I know why. This story was a great deal of fun to read. I enjoyed the characters that Ms. Beaton created, finding them interesting and well developed. I enjoyed her setting of small town Scotland, and found the story and setting believable and captivating. If you are interested in a story set in modern Scotland, or just a good mystery, then I highly recommend this book to you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Mar. 2012
Format: Paperback
Poor Hamish Macbeth, the Constable of the quaint village of Lochdubh, has been reassigned to a new post in the bustling and gritty city of Strathbane, since the village of Lochdubh is hardly a hotbed of criminal activity. Feeling put out and longing for village life, Hamish wonders if he is at all missed by those he has left behind. Little does he know that the villagers are planning to stage some criminal activity in hopes of getting him back home where he belongs. Hamish may be a bit lazy, but he is one of their own and they desperately want him back.

As luck would have it, they succeed, and Hamish returns just in time for him to find out who murdered Maggie Baird, middle-aged minx who was a new arrival to Lochdubh. Who could have done it? Was it her put upon, long suffering niece? Was it her four former lovers who were Maggie's house guests? All had motive and opportunity. Or was it some else altogether?

This is the fifth book in a series of cozy mysteries featuring lovable Highlander, Hamish Macbeth. In this book, village life takes center stage, and the village characters continue their development, giving the book that cozy feel. 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 character that is bound to win many fans of the cozy mystery genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Jan. 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
What's a hussy? The definition that fits this book is "an immoral woman." As you can imagine, hussies are not well regarded in the conservative Scottish highlands. Put a hussy in that locale, and the results can be explosive.

If you love Hamish Macbeth mysteries, you have a great treat ahead of you with Death of a Hussy. But if you haven't read any of the books in the series, you owe it to yourself to begin with the excellent, Death of a Gossip. Then go on to read the books in order of their publication. You'll enjoy the development of the ongoing characters better that way.

As the book opens, Hamish has been banished to Strathbane to be beat officer. His new partner there proves to be a good foil for lots of humor. But he misses Lochdubh. Feeling forlorn, rescue comes from an unexpected direction: New resident Maggie Baird suggests that the locals make up imaginary crimes to force the powers to be to send Hamish back . . . even though she's never met him. Strathbane capitulates and Hamish returns. Then the story leaps forward in time as Maggie retires from the scene to work on recovering her previous good looks from the days when she was a highly sought-after companion for rich men. Her timid niece, Allison, remains behind with one thing on her mind: Becoming a driver. Hamish is pressed into duty as her driving instructor. The book alternates between Hamish and Allison as the narrators, and the contrast enlivens the story development. Maggie unexpectedly returns, much thinner, more toned, with freshly dyed and cropped hair, and wearing expensive clothes. But she's in a bad mood. She has set up four of her former lovers in competition to marry her for her money. In the meantime, Maggie makes life difficult for Allison, her heir.
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