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Death of a Glutton (Hamish Macbeth Book 8) [Kindle Edition]

M.C. Beaton
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Her table manners were a crime. But she didn't deserve to die!

There's not a cloud in Hamish Macbeth's sky - just plenty of warm sunshine but not quite enough of the lovely Priscilla Halburton-Smythe. But as eight hopeful members of the Checkmate Singles Club converge on Tommel Castle Hotel for a week of serious matchmaking, the clouds roll in.

The four couples, carefully matched by dating director Maria Worth, immediately dislike one another. And the arrival of Maria's gross, greedy business partner, Peta, kills the last vestige of romance. And as love goes out the window, murder comes in the door.

Peta soon slurps up her last meal and Hamish is left with the baffling puzzle: Who shared the fateful outing that left Peta dead with a large rosy red apple in her mouth...

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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 )


    'An enchanting series ... MC Beaton has a foolproof plot for the village mystery.' (The New York Times Book Review)

    'The detective novels of MC Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status.' (The Times)

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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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    37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Be Careful 15 Aug. 2011
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    I was dismayed to find that "Death of a Greedy Woman" had already been published under the title "Death of a Glutton" which I had already bought and read. I felt I had been cheated.
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    25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Previously released 1 Aug. 2011
    By Gail
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    This book was previously released as 'Death of a Glutton'. It is not clear when ordering this book that it's exactly the same.
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    19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars duplicate book 27 July 2011
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    A little disappointed to find this was not a new book but a copy of one called Death of a glutton. Only found out when we read the small print at the bottom of the book
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars HAMISH BELOW PAR? 24 May 2010
    Peta Gore is the latest in M.C. Beaton's gallery of grotesques created specifically for a speedy demise. Co-founder of the Checkmate Singles Club but now its major embarrassment, Peta gatecrashes the romantic week arranged at Tommel Castle Hotel for eight of its members. What hope have they now for gently developing romance with her in their midst, gargantuan and guzzling? Despairing fellow co-founder Maria Worth tries frantically to limit the damage....

    In due course Peta is found face up in a quarry, an apple rammed into her mouth. Suspects abound - not only the love hopefuls whose plans she exoceted, but volatile chef Sean whom she so enraged that he subsequently served her a casserole of wild cat.

    Lochdubh's Hamish Macbeth investigates, he with romantic problems of his own - relationships strained between him and Priscilla. Sadly the case this time seems somewhat lacklustre, it hard to become particularly interested. Hamish solves it of course (when was it otherwise?), but by using tactics not to his credit - as he himself admits.

    The series has become a tad predictable, this eighth entry not amongst the best. A surprise development at the very end may provide a welcome shot in the arm for the next novel.

    By the way, there is one reason to celebrate. At long last, Priscilla stands up to her appalling father and gives him a devastating piece of her mind. Should HE be the victim in a sequel, many readers may applaud - provided Priscilla does not turn out to be the culprit.
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    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars misname 9 Nov. 2011
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    Be warned this book has been re-named as Death of a Greedy Woman it was originally called Death of a Glutton, I wasted money on this
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars DEATH OF A GLUTTON... 6 Mar. 2012
    By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAME TOP 1000 REVIEWER
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    This is the eighth book in a series of cozy mysteries featuring lovable Highlander, Hamish Macbeth. It is a reprint of a book that was previously published under the title, "Death of a Glutton".

    When a dating service elects to have its singles get together in Lochdubh at Tommel Castle, home of the beautiful Pricilla Halburton-Smythe, Constable Macbeth's heartthrob, trouble is a brewing. It just so happens that the mating and dating are not working out as planned by Maria Worth, the director of the dating service.

    When Peta Gore, Maria's business partner, unexpectedly arrives at Tommel Castle with her beautiful niece Crystal in tow, all hell breaks loose. Those who come into contact with Peta, a serious glutton, find her eating habits completely distasteful. Before you know it, Peta ends up dead with an apple stuck in her mouth. Just who would do such a thing? With no end of suspects in sight, Constable Hamish Macbeth has his work cut out for him.

    As always, the writer infuses the book with sly humor, and the dialogue creates a feeling of authenticity of place. Unfortunately, with the villagers sidelined for this book, it lacks some of the charm that has been the trademark of this series of cozy mysteries. Moreover, some of the characterizations are so over the top as to be cartoonish and second rate. 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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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars M C Beaton is amazing. 22 Sept. 2011
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    This as always from M C Beaton is an excellent read. The Hamish Macbeth mysteries are easy to read with good story lines and good characters, this is no exception. Unfortunately I had already read this one as Death of a Glutton. I thought this one was a new title but it has obviously been re-titled - bit naughty!
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars More Fun If You Find the Suspects Humorous 31 Jan. 2007
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    Death of a Glutton is the eighth Hamish Macbeth mystery. It's the beautiful days of summer in Lochdubh, days that are soon to be replaced with cold and rain. Hamish is looking forward to enjoying these tranquil days while they last. But that hope is soon frustrated.

    The Tommel Castle Hotel (formerly the home of Colonel and Mrs. Hallburton-Smythe and their daughter Priscilla before the Colonel lost his capital) is booming. But when a fishing party cancels at the last minute, the Colonel finds he may have to lower his social standards to fill the hotel. This fear is turned into a reality when Maria Worth books the hotel for Checkmate Singles Club, which matches up matrimonial prospects from among the well-to-do. Maria has invited eight people who want to marry well and thinks she has just the prospect for each one. Immediately, each one takes a dislike to the person Maria has in mind for them, but things seem to be proceeding anyway when they strike up conversations with other singles in the group.

    Those plans are put seriously awry, however, when her not-so-silent partner, Peta Gore, shows up uninvited with her voluptuous, but self-centered, young niece, Crystal. The men flock to Crystal until they find she's dull. That enrages the women. Peta turns out to be a world-class overeater with the worst possible manners. Colonel Hallburton-Smythe takes his wife and heads out, leaving this troublesome party to Priscilla and Mr. Johnson to tend.

    The story builds around Peta's eating. There's a memorable picnic involving a wee trip in the ocean that has humorous consequences. The chef becomes so enraged by Peta's behavior that he takes a bet he can feed her a most unappetizing source of protein and she'll be delighted.
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