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Death of a Maid (Hamish Macbeth Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jan 2008


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 261 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (1 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446615471
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446615471
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.2 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 763,466 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 pleasure to return to Lochdubh! 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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The 22nd Hamish Mcbeth crime mystery, delightfully recovered and re-issued for all the fans of Agatha Raisin. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By L O'connor on 15 Feb. 2007
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Once more Hamish Macbeth's peaceful life as rural policeman in the Scottish Highlands is disturbed by murder. This time it is a disagreeable old cleaning lady, Mrs Gillespie, who is the victim. It's easy for Hamish to discover the motive, but not so easy to decide which of the many suspects is the murderer.

As usual, Hamish is having trouble with his love life, yearning over Priscilla, dithering over marrying Elspeth, and encountering a few other women who complicate matters. Also as usual, he has to grapple with the dangerous possibility that someone will find out how brilliant he is and promote him away from his beloved rural beat.

An exciting mystery with plenty of twists and turns, amusing characters and plenty of humour makes this an enjoyble read as usual. I personally am a little tired of Hamish's dithering over whether or not to get married, and not being able to make up his mind to whom, and I wish he'd make up his mind one way or the other, but that's only a minor quibble. These books are always fun to read.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Mar. 2007
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Police Constable Hamish Macbeth is happiest during the good weather when there's no crime going on. He'll see if he can mooch a free coffee or sandwich at the Tommel Castle Hotel and leave his cat, Sonsie, and his dog, Lugs, to be fed by the doctor's wife. Unattached, he seems happiest . . . even if his old girl friend Elspeth Grant accused him of being married to a cat and dog.

That tranquility is dispelled from Death of a Gossip when Elspeth sends him a spiteful letter to let Hamish know she's coming for a wee holiday at the Tommel Castle Hotel, but is not interested in pursuing him. Matters are made worse when Mrs. Gillespie arrives to clean the police station: Hamish had "won" her services at a church raffle. She seems to make more of a mess than anything else. Hamish is further annoyed to notice that Elspeth's letter has disappeared. Mrs. Gillespie has a reputation as a gossip, and Hamish doesn't want the news spread around Lochdubh. Hamish heads off to scold her . . . but is prevented from doing so when he finds she's been murdered.

Hamish has a new challenge when Detective Chief Inspector Blair decides that he'll get Hamish some publicity so that Hamish will have to accept promotion to Strathbane where Blair can keep an eye on him. Before long, the television crews are attached to Blair rather than Hamish as the investigation begins.

Hamish finds out that no one liked Mrs. Gillespie, although some swear by her cleaning . . . which is indeed suspicious. Her husband practically dances a jig when he hears the news. Her step-daughter is also pleased. The most that any cleaning customers have to say is that they'll have to hire someone else. What did she do to annoy everyone?

Hamish soon picks up clues that Mrs. Gillespie was a snoop.
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Hamish Macbeth wins the services of Mrs Gillespie - a cleaning lady - in a raffle. But he finds her a bit fearsome and her cleaning skills aren't that good even though she seems to have many customers in the area.

When she is found dead she seems to have more money than could have been earned from cleaning. What follows is a complex web of lies and secrets which everyone is keen to keep hidden. It also leads to big league criminals and Hamish finds his own life in danger before too long.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story with all its ramifications and interesting characters and it kept me guessing about what was really going on for much of the time. I liked it because there is very little violence involved and hardly any bad language which makes a refreshing change from many modern crime novels on the market.
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By Dondi on 3 July 2012
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Mrs. Gillespie is famous for being the best maid in the northwest of Sutherland. But to Hamish Macbeth, she is a malicious gossip who bangs around the furniture and clanks pots. When Hamish wins Mrs. Gillespie's services in a church raffle, he spends most of the day trying to avoid her. He doesn't understand how she managed to gain such a fine reputation. Then she is found dead, struck down violently by a metal bucket of water. Knowing Mrs. Gillespie's penchant for gossip, Hamish is sure she delighted in finding out her clients' secrets--which means that everyone whose home she cleaned is a suspect.
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By lisa on 15 April 2014
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as usual a great read. m c beaton never disappoints with her books. I always enjoy her books. bring on the next one.
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Hamish Macbeth the only policeman in the world who can run and shoot with the best but prefers his wild cat and mangy dog. The man would make a better detective than Columbo, Kojak and Pour it rolled into one, but his way with women is so bad he will never be happy or will head
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By Norma Rowles on 12 Mar. 2014
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I love all the books in the Hamish Macbeth series and frequently can't wait for the next one. Love it!
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By Elaine Tomasso TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 Jan. 2014
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Hamish investigates the death of a blackmailing cleaner and finds a multitude of suspects. As usual, Hamish solves the crime, struggles with both his love life and authority and has plenty of adventure along the way. These are very pleasant books to read. They won't win any prizes but the plots are sufficiently convoluted to keep you interested and guessing, the writing style is cozy and amusing and all loose ends are tied up so they are a good way to spend a few hours.
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