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Death of a Prankster (Hamish Macbeth Mysteries) [Audiobook] [MP3 CD]

M. C. Beaton
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Dec 2013 Hamish Macbeth Mysteries (Book 7)
"A case that Hamish Macbeth fans will relish." Booklist.
A Hamish Macbeth Mystery by the author of "Death of a Snob."
When it comes to murder, Constable Hamish Macbeth can't see the joke. Rich, old practical joker Andrew Trent summons his kin to remote Arrat House in the dead of winter for a deathbed farewell. But when they arrive, the old coot is in perfect health, cackling at his joke and ready to torment them with others.
But it turns out the joke's on Trent. As the saying goes, he who laughs last, kills first! And when Trent is murdered, Constable Macbeth must step in and solve the crime before the punchline of the next killing joke knocks him right into an early grave!
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; MP3 Una edition (Dec 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482947838
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482947830
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 725,198 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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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 ) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The seventh Hamish Macbeth mystery from the bestselling author of Agatha Raisin. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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MONEY, OR THE PROSPECT OF IT, MAKES HOPE SPRING eternal, and so that was probably the reason a small group of people were packing their bags to travel to the very north of Britain to stay with Mr. Trent. Read the first page
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars BEYOND A JOKE 23 May 2010
Relatives are invited to a remote mansion, it destined soon to be cut off by snow. Aged host Andrew Trent is someone they all hate, but he has much money which is why they are there - prepared to endure the jokes he loves inflicting. Tensions rise and soon he is dead. Suspects include his brother and his sharp-tongued wife, two spinster daughters, a couple of young ones with their possibly avaricious consorts, not to mention the gamekeeper and two Spanish servants. Hamish Macbeth investigates, again more successfully than his seniors Blair and Daviot - although on this occasion triumph owes a lot to a whopping unlikely occurrence.

As ever, it is Hamish who elevates the book - he rising above some rather tired cliches. It is good to see Priscilla more actively involved, but their relationship has yet to develop as positively as most readers may wish.

The book has some appeal, as indeed they all do - in varying degrees. Dare one suggest, though, that M.C. Beaton at times really seems to be struggling to concoct murders worthy of Hamish's attention? (The DEATH in each title could be a straitjacket.) The constable convinces but the cases tend not to and are unlikely to linger in the memory. On the other hand, readers may long recall with satisfaction how Hamish secured central heating for his police house....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars THE JOKE'S ON HIM... 6 Mar 2012
When a rich and elderly practical joker, Andrew Trent, summons his nearest and dearest to his remote Scottish manor in the dead of winter to play a series of unpleasant pranks on them, no one ends up laughing, least of all Andrew Trent. After all, when his body is the one that is deader than a doornail, one could say that the last laugh is on him.

Police Constable Hamish Macbeth is called and notified of Trent's murder. At first, Hamish is doubtful of the story, having been himself a victim of Andrew Trent's pranks, but Trent's own daughter convinces him otherwise, and Hamish is on his way to discover just who among Trent's nearest and dearest is a murderer.

This is the seventh book in a series of cozy mysteries featuring lovable Highlander, Hamish Macbeth. As always, the book is laced with sly humor, and the dialogue creates a feeling of authenticity of place, but it lacks some of the charm that has been the trademark of this series of cozy mysteries. Still, though not the best book in this series, those who are fans of the oddly endearing Hamish Macbeth will derive some enjoyment from this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I love the way new characters are introduced into the continuing tale of the trials and tribulations of
Hamish Macbeth, without losing any of the previous characters.. I
Ived in the Highlands for over a year and the Hamish Macbeth stories paint just the right picture of the landscape and gentle, laid-back way of life. I would recommend these stories to anyone who has enjoyed some time in the Scottish Highlands.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 9 Jan 2014
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It's all very Agatha Christie. A nasty old man summons his family to his deathbed except he's not dying and it's just another practical joke. They get snowed in and someone kills him. After much investigation Hamish summons all the suspects to the drawing room and unveils the murderer. This is a cleverly plotted book with a sly humour running through it and well worth a read if you like clever cosies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read 6 Dec 2012
By khj
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This is a lovely series of books - it's a style you either love or hate - I find it amusing and enchanting
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another instalment in the Hamish Macbeth series 22 July 2014
By YeahYeahNoh TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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We're away from the immediate locality of Lochdubh again here, as Hamish is once again covering a neighbouring area and has to investigate the murder of a rich individual who is known and hated for his liking of practical jokes - one of which was telling all his next of kin they might inherit, and that he was about to die. The scene/plot isn't the strongest in the series, but it's more than good enough if you're happy to suspend some disbelief, which really is something of a pre-requisite to the series anyway.
More than enough for fans of the series to want to read it, as usual, and a passable entertainment which doesn't require too much from the reader.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another enjoyable murder mystery 29 Jun 2014
In this 7th Hamish Macbeth murder mystery, Hamish is once again covering the Cnothan area for Sergeant MacGregor (who is again away on holiday) when a murder takes place at the home of well known practical joker Andrew Trent. Unhappy at the thought of having to go out in the snow, Hamish hopes that this again another prank by Mr Trent, unfortunately this time the murder is for real. With a house full of relatives after the victim's money, Hamish list of suspects is very long indeed. The arrival of Chief Inspector Blair does not help as Hamish races to solve the murder before Blair hoping that if he does Blair will install central heating in his cottage in Lochdubh.
This was a very easy but enjoyable murder mystery and the long list of suspects kept me guessing as to who was the murderer until the very end. An enjoyable read which was easily read in two days. I'm looking forward to catching up with Hamish again in the next book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mmmm. 4 May 2014
By D. Bull
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I've always given MC Beaton's books 5 stars previously but this one was quite short 50,000 words (approx) and although I enjoyed it, it did have a going through the motions feel about it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good gentle read
Published 7 hours ago by Trish Rodger
4.0 out of 5 stars A light read for holiday not to heavy going
Like all tghe books in this series thay are a light read ideal for holiday and not to heavy going.
Published 5 months ago by Mrs M Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars a good read tp the end
Very good storyline interesting to the end as usual agatha leaves you frustrated you can see one of your friends in her and want to tell her to get her man charles that is
Published 5 months ago by caroline jennings
4.0 out of 5 stars Third book bought featuring Hamish Macbeth
Again an easy read and I enjoyed following the progress of Hamish with his emotional entanglement. Again the story provides a warning to anyone wishing to embark on a career as a... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Susan Brittain
5.0 out of 5 stars Hamish triumphs again
Another Mc.Beth masterpiece. This case almost becomes an investigation into a justifiable homicide and the victim
has lead a charmed life to have survived so long. Read more
Published 7 months ago by reluctant cyclist
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor production
I love reading from my Kindle but this Hamish Macbeth novel is a real let-down. Not for its content but for the way the e-book has been produced. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Val Ponting
5.0 out of 5 stars Love these books
A lovely Hamish Macbeth tale, they all make me want to be up in the highlands. Nice gentle stories, often with a twist, nothing too horrid with good characters and descriptions. Read more
Published 8 months ago by mrs susan leedale
5.0 out of 5 stars Hamish Macbeth Mysteries by M.C.Beaton
I am very fond of Hamish Macbeth and am now reading all these books for a second time round. They all have a very good read since my sister and her husband also read them and agree... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mrs. J. B. Coombs
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