- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Robinson (5 Nov. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1849012776
- ISBN-13: 978-1849012775
- Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 2 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 520,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Death of a Poison Pen (Hamish Macbeth) Paperback – 5 Nov 2009
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First rate... deft social comedy and wonderfully realized atmosphere. (Booklist)
Entertaining... [it will] keep the fans turning the pages. (Publishers Weekly)
An excellent yarn with a conclusion that I certainly did not expect. Hooray for Hamish! (MyShelf.com)
The 19th Hamish Macbeth murder mystery from the bestselling M.C. BeatonSee all Product Description
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This time he has to investigate a nasty case of poison-pen letter writing, everyone is being targeted, and then one of the letter-writer's victims apparently kills herself, but Hamish is convinced it's murder.
As well as solving the crime, Hamish has to cope with Jenny Ogilvie, a friend of his old flame Priscilla, who has come to the Highlands to check him out, and is disappointed to find him less glamorous than she imagined.
Hamish is an engaging hero, and there are plenty of likeable supporting characters, and lots of humour, not to mention a charming Highland setting, which make his adventures enjoyable to read. In this episode, he finally manages to get it together with the lovely Elspeth, but unfortunately the tiresome Priscilla turns up at the end of the book. I do hope Hamish isn't going back to her, Elspeth is a much more interesting character.
Jenny Ogilvie is jealous of her London colleague, Priscilla Halburton-Smythe. Priscilla is engaged to be married while Jenny has just lost her boy friend when she mentions marriage. Yet Priscilla seems obsessed with her old friend (and former unofficial fiancé) from Lochdubh, Police Constable Hamish Macbeth, and the cases they've worked on solving together. Jenny decides she would like to disturb Priscilla's cool exterior by attracting Hamish's attention. Feigning illness, she heads for Lochdubh.
Once there, Jenny is disappointed to see that Hamish doesn't fit her idea of a handsome Highlander . . . and is engaged in speaking with Elspeth Grant, a local reporter and astrologer. A lot of funny scenes follow as Jenny chases Hamish and ends up being paired instead with new reporter, Pat Mallone, who had fancied Elspeth until Jenny arrived.
But Jenny remains obsessed with the idea of solving a crime . . . even if Hamish ignores her. In the background, Jenny's London-based ideas of how to live keep getting her into trouble with the Highlanders.
Elspeth, in the meantime, finds her interest in Hamish to be dwindling as he continues to avoid becoming involved. But she recognizes Jenny as a rival and finds he competitive juices stoked.
There are also some goofy poison pen letters being received in Lochdubh and Braikie. Mrs. Wellington, the minister's wife, got one accusing her of having an affair with Hamish. Well, hardly!Read more ›
As always, the book is laced with sly humor throughout that is engaging, and the dialogue creates a feeling of authenticity of place, making the book highly enjoyable. One does not read these books for their literary value. One reads them purely for the fun of it.
This time, Hamish is initially confounded when a series of malicious poison pen letters start circulating among his constituency. When a local postmistress is discover dead by hanging, with a poison pen letter left by her swinging body, Hamish believe it to be murder and not a suicide. Just who is sending these letters and murdering the locals is what Hamish seeks to discover. Of course, waiting in the wings to assist him is intrepid local reporter Elspeth Grant, who has her eye on our handsome highlander. Believe me, it is not only a story that she is looking to get.
As with all cozy mysteries, it is not so much the mystery that is of import but the characters that revolve around the mystery, and the characters are certainly quirky and entertaining, adding to the charm of the series. With the oddly endearing Hamish Macbeth, the author has created a character that is a winner. I love this series of cozy mysteries!
I found this a really enjoyable to story to read and the plot was quite complex with many twists and turns before the murderer is finally unmasked. Hamish's marvellous knowledge of people - and the villagers especially - is much to the fore and he proves once again he is better at his job that his hated superior - Blair would like to think.
This is an excellent series with many memorable characters and some intriguing plots. I recommend it to anyone who has enjoyed this author's other series - Agatha Raisin, and to anyone who enjoys novels by such authors as Veronica Heley, Hazel Holt or Rebecca Tope.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyable as all the previous stories were. Police procedure again leaves much to be desired.Published 10 months ago by S
Hamish Macbeth solves another murder with the help of a local newspaper reporter who Hamish is trying to keep at arms length. Very entertaining.Published 11 months ago by Samantha Wood