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M. C. Beaton
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12 Jan 2010 Wheeler Hardcover
Amazing news is spreading like wildfire across the Scottish countryside: the most famous of all Highland bachelors, police sergeant Hamish Macbeth, is planning to marry at last! Everyone in the village of Lochdubh adores Josie McSween, Hamish's newest constable and blushing bride-to-be. While locals think she is quite a catch, Hamish has a severe case of pre-nuptial jitters... after all, if it wasn't for the recent murder of a beautiful woman in a neighbouring village there wouldn't be a wedding in the first place.For it was a mysterious Valentine's Day card - delivered to the victim before her death - which initially drew Hamish and Josie together in the investigation. And now, as they work side by side, they soon discover that the woman's list of admirers was endless - confirming Hamish's suspicion that love can be deaf, blind... and deadly!
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover: 329 pages
  • Publisher: Wheeler Publishing; Lrg edition (12 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410420876
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410420879
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14.2 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 932,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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 much-loved Hamish Macbeth series... beguiling blend of wry humour and sharp observations about rural life. Good Book Guide It's always a special treat 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 Another highly entertaining read from MC Beaton. Woman's Way Smart, acerbic and wonderfully diverting. Good Book Guide --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The 25th 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Book 17 Mar 2011
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I enjoyed this book, but I have to say it wasn't her best. I have read all of the Hamish McBeth books so far and I've enjoyed all of them. Some more than others.

I did find the character of Josie McSween very annoying. She needed a good kick up the a**e and to grow up.

I find I can always rely on Hamish to cheer me up if I want a book to uplift me when feeling under the weather and this book was no exception, but I do feel that Hamish needs something to focus on. Afterall he's the only person I know that can stay 35 years of age over a period of 20 years. Maybe it's time he got married and had a family? Is it time for Priscilla to be put in the microwave on defrost and become Hamish's wife?

Good book, but have read better.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hamish and the lunchtime disco 1 Aug 2011
Initially I quite enjoyed this instalment of the adventures of Highland policeman Hamish Macbeth, as he struggles to avoid the amorous attentions of a WPC appointed to serve with him at Lochdubh station.

Unfortunately, by the time we hear how the victim of an unpleasant St Valentine's Day surprise shuts up the office of a local wildlife sanctuary to attend a lunch-time discotheque, my attention was starting to wane as well as my credulity.

Sadly escapades such as stitching drugs in the hem of a skirt just served to remind me of earlier books in the series, with which this compares a little unfavourably.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Cosy and Funny Mystery 25 Feb 2010
'Death of a Valentine' is the 25th Hamish Macbeth book in the series and my first encounter with Hamish and the villagers of Lochdubh in the Scottish Highlands.
The characters, the countryside and the plot seem quite quaint and almost old-fashioned yet MC Beaton has such a way with words that I was soon engrossed in what could be called a real 'cosy' mystery.
The murder mystery unfolds with quite a few twists and turns and each character is introduced and drawn so well - the addition of the local Scottish brogue only adds to the plot and the characterisation.
Josie McSween, the new police constable is determined from the outset to win over Hamish's heart, whilst Hamish is determined to avoid romance at all costs.
I enjoyed my first taste of Hamish - the humour, the descriptive writing and the creepy mystery.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hamish Meets a Determined Suitor 9 Feb 2010
"Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies." -- Proverbs 31:10

If you haven't read any other books in this series, don't start with this one. You won't appreciate the series' background and character development, which add at least one star to a reader's enjoyment.

Death of a Valentine delivers a double dose of romantic mystery, first when a local beauty queen, Annie Fleming, receives an unexpected valentine, and second when Hamish's new constable, Josie McSween, decides that she would like to become Mrs. Macbeth. In the middle of these machinations, Hamish frequently bumps into his former loves, Priscilla Hallburton-Smythe and Elspeth Grant, with comic consequences.

Poor Hamish doesn't do well with promotions, and as this book opens he is once again Sergeant Macbeth. Promotions mean having a constable under foot and the threat of further promotion that would require living in Strathbane, a fate worse than death from Macbeth's point of view. He's surprised when they send him a woman as the new constable, and he's not at all pleased. Josie McSween was smitten at the first sight of Hamish after hearing his reputation for crime solving and has asked for the post so that she can gain Hamish's attention. How will she compete with Hamish's love of his animals and the easy life?

The mystery valentine aspect of the story is one of the better crimes to unravel in this humorous series. I thought it was a five-star effort.

The hunting of Macbeth by Josie McSween is primarily a spoof on romance novels. If you like extreme humor where a woman goes to the kind of extremes that men sometimes do to attract a woman, you'll find this to be a very jolly story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 9 July 2014
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excellent products well packaged and delivered as promised Very good purchases
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1.0 out of 5 stars rubbish 4 July 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book 8 May 2014
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love these books something to get your teeth into without them being too heavey but always with a twist in the tail.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hamish wins again 15 Jan 2014
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A local beauty queen is murdered so Sergeant MacBeth and his new constable Josie McSween investigate. Unfortunately for Hamish Josie's mind is on marriage to him not crime. Needless to say Hamish sorts it all out, except his love life. A clever plot and sly humour make this a great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Brilliant story as always
Published 9 days ago by Joan Carroll
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
M C Beaton another brilliant story but poor Hamish
Published 14 days ago by danielfan52
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep these books coming!
M C Beaton has a wonderful character in Hamish MacBeth. Each twist and turn keeps you on your toes.
Delivery was very quick and the product was as described.
Published 10 months ago by Pam Pridmore
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I enjoyed this book because the story was interesting and I liked the characters and the parts they played. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mephis1
5.0 out of 5 stars Most enjoyable
i enjoy these books so much, I only have 2 or 3 more to read, I've loved them all, they are so good to read after a busy day.
Published 14 months ago by Dorcas Munday MBE
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Received the book in good condition as descibed. It is easy reading and always a good story about Hamish Macbeth
Published 14 months ago by A Payne
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book
Once again into the world of mystery and death. This one had a twist in it's tail. Keep them coming.
Published 17 months ago by k lawrence
4.0 out of 5 stars He's so loveable Hamish!
It was a good read and I really enjoyed the plot!
If I say too much it will spoil it for you. Suffice it to say
it's worth reading!
Published 18 months ago by Mrs. Pearl Elston
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book from a good series
If you like the Hamish Macbeth series then this is another good offering form the author and I would warmly recommend it.
Published 19 months ago by khj
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