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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another light-hearted detective tale set in the Highlands of Scotland
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...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars BEYOND A JOKE
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...
Published on 23 May 2010 by Mr. D. L. Rees


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars BEYOND A JOKE, 23 May 2010
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Mr. D. L. Rees "LEE DAVID" (DORSET) - See all my reviews
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars THE JOKE'S ON HIM..., 6 Mar. 2012
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Lawyeraau (Balmoral Castle) - See all my reviews
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another light-hearted detective tale set in the Highlands of Scotland, 17 Jan. 2014
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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 Another instalment in the Hamish Macbeth series, 22 July 2014
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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 A good read, 9 Jan. 2014
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Elaine Tomasso (Troon. Uk) - See all my reviews
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read, 6 Dec. 2012
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Mmmm., 4 May 2014
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D. Bull "Bully." (West Midlands, UK.) - See all my reviews
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good read, 18 Aug. 2014
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Hamish Macbeth is such an easy read and so enjoyable. I'd recommend it to everyone who likes a light 'who dunnit' which doesn't tax the brain. It is a super weekend or holiday book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A light read for holiday not to heavy going, 2 Feb. 2014
Like all tghe books in this series thay are a light read ideal for holiday and not to heavy going.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Much to Laugh or Smile About, 19 Jan. 2007
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Death of a Prankster is that rarity in this series, a pretty ordinary mystery and story that borders on not quite being up to the average level. Unlike many of the other stories in the series, you could skip this one and not miss anything. But I think you'll enjoy Death of a Prankster well enough, as long as you don't expect it to begin to match up to Death of a Hussy.

Think of this novel as the case that got Hamish central heating for the Lochdubh police station where he resides.

Andrew Trent is a monster of a man, playing cruel, crude jokes on one and all: It's his purpose in life. His family avoids him like the plague, but because Andrew is rich, they flock together when he tells one and all that he's on death's door. Trent may not have meant that to be true, but it turns out to be the case when someone murders the old scoundrel. But bumping off Trent doesn't end the murderous mayhem. Until late in the book, it's clear that almost everyone hated Trent . . . but the motive and method of his murder are unclear. A chance investigative foray reveals all, and the ending simply explores the harm that greed does to the soul. In typical Hamish Macbeth fashion, there's a confrontation with all of the suspects that leads to a confession (Perry Mason style) based on a pretty far-fetched scenario.

Trent doesn't ring true as a character. That's a major flaw in the book. In addition, most of the other characters don't ring true either. Some, while ringing a little bit true, aren't anyone you want to know more about. So you're left with the story to keep you entertained. It's not a very entertaining story. So you'll find yourself simply cherishing the moments when it's all Hamish and Priscilla in their intimate-at-arm's-length relationship.

The book is ultimately almost totally forgettable. I don't even remember having a good laugh or smile while reading the material.
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