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M.C. Beaton
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1 Aug 2013 Hamish Macbeth (Book 24)
Returning from holiday Hamish becomes unaccountably worried - it's as if he senses a dark cloud of evil hanging over Lochdubh. He soon learns that there is a newcomer to the village, a woman called Catriona Beldame, and that the villagers have decided she is a witch.At first Hamish is charmed by her, but is dismayed when he finds out she's been supplying dangerous potions to certain local people. No one seems willing to listen to his warnings and when she is found murdered, poor Hamish is the prime suspect. Obviously, he must solve the murder to clear his own name and bring contentment back to his beloved Lochdubh.Praise for the Hamish Macbeth series:'First rate... deft social comedy and wonderfully realized atmosphere.' Booklist.'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.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: C & R Crime (1 Aug 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1472105435
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472105431
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,828 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 alluring black comedy,a clever social commentary, and an absorbing mystery Good Book Guide 20100401 --Good Book Guide

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The 24th Hamish Mcbeth crime mystery, delightfully recovered and re-issued for all the fans of Agatha Raisin.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Even in a wonderful series like M.C. Beaton's books about Hamish Macbeth, there will be ups and downs. Fortunately for devoted readers, Death of a Witch is an unexpected up that keeps surprising, satisfying, and amusing to the last page. Unlike the weaker books in the series, Death of a Witch is filled with mysteries that are not easy to solve, complex and unexpected interactions among the characters, and every variety of reasonably clean humor you can have about sexual relations.

Be careful what reviews you read. It would be easy to find stumble onto spoilers that could greatly reduce your joy in this marvelous story.

As the book opens, Hamish is returning from a trip to Spain that didn't turn out as he expected. Immediately, he learns that there's a newcomer to the village, Ms. Catriona Beldame, who wants to buy his car. As soon as Hamish cleans up a little mystery about who has been tipping off robbers as the location of stakeouts, Hamish has to see the woman for himself. The local women don't have anything good to say about her, and the men are strangely quiet even though they are reported to be visiting her. Dr. Brodie provides an unexpected clue as does a strange occurrence during Hamish's first visit. Before long, there are unsolved crimes that lead Hamish into a possible romance. Blair is so concerned that Hamish will solve the cases that he banishes Hamish. With Jimmy Anderson's help, Hamish is able to stay in the middle of the case.

The overriding theme of the book is the battle of the sexes, as portrayed through the theme of men wanting to have more frequent intimate relations than their wives and girl friends do. The consequences are very funny and keep providing new twists on a well-known theme. If you've ever enjoyed Hamish's problems with the opposite sex, you'll be especially pleased with this book which puts Hamish into many new pickles.

Have a ball!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Death of a Witch 23 April 2009
Format:Hardcover
Returning from a holiday abroad,Hamish McBeth senses something is amiss when he hears that most of the menfolk in Lochdubh are visiting a newcomer to the village, one who has earned the reputation of a witch.When Hamish discovers that her so called "love potions" are in fact causing embarrassing side effects to those taking them he confronts her.In frustration he threatens to kill her and when she is found dead he must solve the murder to clear his own name and that of everyone else in the village.Hamish as usual manages to acquire the help another female admirer along the way who would like to change him.
Another delightful and gentle mystery from M.C. Beaton. Well worth another visit to this charming village and its interesting and believable residents.They all seem like old friends to most us now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good book 7 Mar 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Story lines make you feel that you are on the by lines watching Hamish . Book arrived in a good condition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read 10 Jan 2013
By khj
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Another good read in the Hamish Macbeth series - I've read the whole series now and can recommend these books
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5.0 out of 5 stars hamish meets a witch 3 July 2012
By Dondi
Format:Paperback
Returning from a foreign holiday, Hamish Macbeth is worried because he senses a dark cloud of evil hanging over the Highland village of Lochdubh. He learns that a newcomer, Catriona Beldame, is regarded as a witch and various men have been seen visiting her. Hamish himself is charmed by her until he finds out she has been supplying dangerous potions. At first the villagers won't listen to him, saying that the loveless Hamish has turned against all women. He threatens to kill her so that when she is found murdered, he must clear his name and then work to solve yet another murder to bring peace and quiet back to his beloved village. His investigations are complicated by a romance with a female forensic expert. Perhaps he'll get married at last!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Witch in Lochdubh 20 April 2011
By Sophia
Format:Paperback
Hamish Macbeth is disturbed when he hears there is a witch in the village of Lochdubh. He is even more disturbed when she is murdered and his superior seems keen to accuse Hamish of the murder. This is a well written and entertaining village mystery with many suspects and a few more murders before Hamish manages to unmask the villains. Hamish himself and his friend Elspeth - a journalist - are themselves in danger from more than one quarter.

If you like your crime stories without too much violence and with interesting characters and plots then you will like this entertaining series. Village life is well portrayed with its alliances and quarrels and the extreme weather in the Highlands adds an extra dimension to the story. Hamish himself is unfailingly entertaining with his knowledge of human nature when it comes to his work but his failure to understand the women in his life. I enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Death of a witch 4 April 2010
By denise
Format:Paperback
very good as all M.C. Beaton books are as I now have them all except for two i have enjoyed them they are wonderfully witty entertaining as well as murder solving. Hamish Mcbeth as a policeman realy comes alive in the way he cares for his community and will not let up until he has found the culprits. With animals he cares for romances that are doomed because police work always gets in the way! You find yourself whishing Hamish to find a girl and settle down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Battle of the sexes 15 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Hamish returns from an unsuccessful holiday in Spain to find a newcomer in the village, a woman who has a lot of late night male visitors. This woman who sells love potions and is regarded as a witch is soon murdered. Hamish solves the murder in his own inimitable fashion - using local gossip, interviews and intuition. This is a good read full of plot twists, whimsical characters and sly humour.
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My wife loved this book but I hate having to write reviews for other people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read
Excellent. I am slowly working my way through all the Hamish Macbeth novels. They light reading, fun and the mysteries keep you guessing.
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good read for all m.c. beaton fans qick delivery as usual.
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M C Beaton brilliant, but Hamish is in trouble again
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can not find fault with the books. they are easy reading, perfect for chill out time. i use the books as bed time reading to wind down from the day. always come back to them.
Published 10 months ago by Hanna D. Stewart
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Having enjoyed all the previous books in the series, this one did not disappoint. As usual it was difficult to put it down. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Pam Pridmore
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book
I just loved this Hamish Macbeth Book , it kept me interested right to the end. I intend to read all the Books on this series. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mrs. Patricia A. Forde
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good book in this series
M C Beaton is fantastic. Have now read all series to date so I am a big fan. Starting on another of her series with Hamish Macbeth.
Published 17 months ago by Mrs. J. Mccrossan
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