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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More ladies for Hamish
Mrs Gentle has moved into a mock castle perched on the cliff top. Everyone thinks she is a very nice person - except Hamish Macbeth who thinks her niceness is just a front.

Mrs Gentle invites her family to stay with her for a few days and at the gathering she tells them she is going to change her will. She has an East European girl employed as her servant who...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Having read the other(positive)reviews,I was a little reluctant to throw a spanner in the works but I do think that maybe Hamish needs to retire.I have read all the other books to date and enjoyed them but lately I have felt that the plots have become either predictable or fantastical.It must be difficult to produce fresh ideas and either we get old ones rehashed or,as in...
Published on 4 Mar 2009 by Ms. Susan M. John


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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 4 Mar 2009
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Ms. Susan M. John "Sue John" (Wolverhampton U K) - See all my reviews
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Having read the other(positive)reviews,I was a little reluctant to throw a spanner in the works but I do think that maybe Hamish needs to retire.I have read all the other books to date and enjoyed them but lately I have felt that the plots have become either predictable or fantastical.It must be difficult to produce fresh ideas and either we get old ones rehashed or,as in this case an unbelievable scenario,which,if allowed to develop would have become acceptable but unfortunately,was done and dusted in a sentence or two providing such a sense of incredulity that I had to re-read it to ensure I had not misunderstood.Also,and there is no excuse for this,the writing has become careless and the proof reading sloppy as mistakes are made regarding relationships between characters which is poor and confusing for the reader.The number of women keen to secure Hamish grows apace in this book,stretching my regard for him as an ordinary man to its limit and there are too many characters vying for attention as the main feature that they execute extraordinary deeds to ensure their status.
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4.0 out of 5 stars DESPERATE TIMES, DESPERATE MEASURES, 18 July 2011
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Cnothan has lost its police station. Lochdubh is next on the list. In six months Hamish faces transfer to loathed Strathbane....

No way! His frantic attempt to avoid such a catastrophe results in a most far-fetched offering. Ingredients include a Russian lesbian hooker, an old mock castle poised on the very brink of a cliff, sundry violent deaths (including that of the "gentle" lady who is nothing of the kind), and that handy old stand-by, a really violent storm. Hamish himself is repeatedly targeted by a crazed killer and lucky to be alive at the end of it all. Add to the mixture his two very weird pets, blue-eyed dog Lugs and wildcat Sonsie, not to mention complications with various smitten ladies. Giving particular satisfaction is Hamish's devastating (and thoroughly unconvincing) long overdue revenge on a bitter enemy.

Forget about credibility. Enter into the spirit of the thing. Just sit back and relax, preparing yourself for a preposterous, enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More ladies for Hamish, 22 April 2011
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Mrs Gentle has moved into a mock castle perched on the cliff top. Everyone thinks she is a very nice person - except Hamish Macbeth who thinks her niceness is just a front.

Mrs Gentle invites her family to stay with her for a few days and at the gathering she tells them she is going to change her will. She has an East European girl employed as her servant who comes to Hamish for help. Because he has a soft heart he agrees to help her little realising the problems this is likely to cause. When Ayesha disappears and is later found dead and Mrs Gentle also meets the same fate Hamish finds himself a suspect.

This is a complicated and at times not wholly believable plot. But it is entertaining with plenty of clues available which point to the final outcome. I enjoyed reading it and the more of this series I read the more interesting Hamish himself becomes as a character. The books can be read out of order and each will stand on its own though you might struggle to understand Hamish's many lady friends if you do read the books out of order.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Death of a gentle lady, 9 July 2013
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Brilliant engaging and entertaining reading perfect for relaxing and taking a break from the daily grind, principled and well balanced
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another good Hamish story, 8 Mar 2013
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Another good story in the Hamish books, an easy read and although there is a predictability about these books, they are nonetheless enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another good book, 7 Mar 2013
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Hamish Macbeth is just as described in the book, likes to plod along in his own way but always solves the murder.i
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, 24 July 2012
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Excellent summer, holiday read. Easily & quickly readable. Fairly typical & predictable Hamish Macbeth murder mystery. Once read,leave book behind.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A light fun read., 19 Jun 2009
This review is from: Death of a Gentle Lady (Hamish Macbeth) (Hardcover)
When Mrs Gentle moved to the Lochdubh in the Highlands, she was soon taken to the villagers hearts. Always dressed in lavender and loved by all, except PC Hamish Macbeth who has reservations about Mrs Gentle's goodness.

The death of Mrs Gentle shocks and outrages the villagers - who and why would anyone want to kill gentle Mrs Gentle. Hamish sets out to uncover the killer. However, despite her outwardly gentleness, it would appear that as is often the case, the family don't view Mrs Gentle in quite the same light as do outsiders, nor it would appear do her servants. But Hamish is certain that there is more to her death than meets the eye.

Nothing is straightforward as Hamish has not only to find a killer, but also keep out of the way and one step ahead of Detective Chief Inspector Blair who hampers his investigations at every turn, and who appears to have the same feelings towards Hamish as CI Mullet does towards DI Frost. In fact CI Blair seems to have only one goal in life, that of closing down the Police Station in Lochdubh and getting Hamish under his control.

On the personal front Hamish although still dithering between the two loves in his life, Elspeth Grant and Priscilla Halburton-Smythe becomes embroiled in yet another dalliance, with disasterous consequences. Could Hamish finally be about to make up his mind on the matrimonial front and if so who will be the lucky lady?

I greatly enjoyed this escapade. Recommended if you are looking for a light fun read.
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Lizzie Hayes
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4.0 out of 5 stars Scotch on the Rocks, 11 April 2008
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Ted Feit (Long Beach, NY USA) - See all my reviews
When an author creates a character that's so appealing, with all the human emotions and foibles and the ability to bumble into solutions to murders and crimes, it is mandatory that the series continue on and on. Such a protagonist is Hamish Macbeth, the constable in the sleepy village of Lochdubh, Scotland. This novel is the 23rd, and it is still as fresh and entertaining as the first.

In Gentle Lady, Hamish encounters a recent resident to "his" town who is much adored by the people for her sedate manner and promises of donations, for example, for a new church roof. Hamish, in performing his perceived duties, pays her a welcome visit and apparently antagonizes her for some reason he can't fathom. As a result, she undertakes a strong effort to get his one-man police station closed.

In an effort to stay in his beloved village, Hamish blunders his way into a foolish situation. Then two murders take place, giving him the opportunity once again to prove himself.

A delight to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Subplots Galore in This Story-Packed Mystery, 18 Feb 2008
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In Death of a Gentle Lady, you will find a psychologically worn-out Hamish Macbeth. He's going through the motions. When his police station is threatened by newcomer Mrs. Gentle, Hamish takes the easy way out by proposing a marriage of convenience to Mrs. Gentle's maid, Ayesha. The marriage will keep his police station, and Ayesha can become a legal resident.

Why does Mrs. Gentle have it in for Hamish? He unexpectedly heard some hint of family secrets while making a courtesy call. What could Mrs. Gentle have to hide? That question becomes the source of much of the book's mystery.

In the process of untangling that mystery, Hamish also finds himself dodging attentions from his ex-girl friend, Elspeth Grant; his ex-fiancee, Priscilla Halburton-Smythe; a Russian police inspector, Anna Krokovsky; and Aileen Drummond, a police constable. In the process, the villagers decide that Hamish may have become a health hazard.

If that weren't enough, Detective Inspector Blair is after Hamish again, and the challenge is one of the most serious that Hamish has faced.

I found the story was a little over-packed with subplots. As a result, some of them didn't get as much attention as they needed in order to be fully developed and satisfying, especially the marriage of convenience subplot. Personally, I would have dropped two of the subplots if I were the books editor and I think the story would have worked a lot better. The story also goes over a lot of familiar ground so that there's not enough new. In that sense, adding the Russian inspector was a good breath of fresh air for the series.

But if you are a sincere fan of the series, you'll probably think this is an above-average outing for Hamish. I certainly did. I thought the book was an improvement over Death of a Maid.

If you haven't read any of the books, do go back to the beginning and read them in chronological order. You'll get more out of the character development that way.
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