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Death of a Cad (Hamish Macbeth Book 2) by [Beaton, M.C.]
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4.4 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews
Book 2 of 32 in Hamish Macbeth (32 Book Series)

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M C Beaton's Hamish Macbeth books are a delight: clever, intricate and sardonic. The flavour is reminiscent of Compton MacKenzie's Whisky Galore and I'm very glad to own a complete set (Kerry Greenwood)

The much-loved Hamish Macbeth series... a beguiling blend of wry humour and sharp observations of rural life (Good Book Guide)

The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status (Anne Robinson The Times)

It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh (New York Times)

Superb entertainment, as rich and warming as a fine malt whisky, and every bit as addictive (Houston Chronicle)

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

Beaton, a Scot herself, excels at giving readers a taste of Highland life and creating a believable character in the lonely, brilliant, continually frustrated-in-love Macbeth (Booklist)

Recommended for all mystery collections (Library Journal)

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'It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh.' (The New York Times)

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

'Beaton, a Scot herself, excels at giving readers a taste of Highland life and creating a believable character in the lonely, brilliant, continually frustrated-in-love Macbeth.' (Booklist)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1123 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0446607142
  • Publisher: C & R Crime (1 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0056A88DA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47,107 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Having devoured all the agatha raisin books I was aprehensive about reading the Hamish macbeth series, however, yet again, M C Beaton has you in her clutches with a mild start on a Scottish estate for the engagement prty for Priscilla Halburton-Smythe to Henry Withering who is reported to be a playwright, but other beg to differ about the quality of his stage plays. Naturally we are led astray right from the beginning with side bets being laid as to who cloud bag the first brace of grouse between the boorish Captain peter Bartlett and Jeremy Pomfret. Naturally there is a death in suspicious circumstances and Hamish macbeth is called in to investigate and immediately falls foul of his superior officer, the officious DCI Blair plus two officers. Macbeth gathers clues from the murder site and keeps quiet. One thing leads to another and you are kept on a knife edge, waiting for the next twist in the tail and in the end it turns out to be someone with a fishy background = now for further details, read the book, I AM HOOKED and can't wait for the next read - Death of an Outsider.
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"Death of a Cad" is the 2nd book in the Hamish Macbeth series. Local land owner's daughter Priscilla Halburton-Smythe has got engaged to London playwright Henry Withering and brings him home to Lochdubh to meet her parents who are holding a house party to celebrate their engagement. Hamish Macbeth, the village constable is less than happy to find out that Priscilla is engaged as he is secretly in love with her. However, affairs of heart have to wait when one of the house party guests is found murdered whilst out shooting grouse. Which one of the many titled guests at the house party committed this murder and why. As Hamish soon finds out all of them seem to have their own reasons.
Having read all the Agatha Raisin books, this is only the 2nd Hamish Macbeth book that I have read but I am finding them just as good but less silly than the Agatha Raisin books. Very glad I started reading this series. The books provide an easy but enjoyable read.
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A cad indeed. He even swipes a fellow house guest's toothbrush to scrub his toetails. Clearly Captain Peter Bartlett - sponger, womanizer, thief - thoroughly deserves an early violent demise. Enter Lochdubh's gangly, redhaired constable Hamish Macbeth to investigate his second murder mystery....

The main mystery is why the Halburton-Smythes held such a house party in the first place. Officially it was to show off acclaimed playwright Henry Withering, their daughter Priscilla's fiance. Yet they have invited people they do not like and have allowed others virtually to invite themselves. Hence a creakily contrived setting for a killing with lots of suspects.

As ever, easy-going Hamish is the most interesting person around, especially as he fancies Priscilla himself. Despite top brass again descending as befits local "dignitaries", Hamish proves more worthy than the lot of them.

Although aspects irritate a bit, here is a read full of chuckles. Full marks to those who identified the killer! For this reader at least it came as a great surprise.
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I have tried to warm to M.C. Beaton's books. I really have. I've tried two Agatha Raisin novels and have just finished a second Hamish McBeth. But while they are all enjoyable in a non-demanding way, I find them rather lightweight and predictable. The characters are stereotypes, the dialogue stilted and the plots contrived. I think in every one of her books that I've read there has been a patronising description of working class living rooms decorated in vulgar colours with tasteless ornaments. How good it must be to be the arbiter of good taste! And then there's the vicar/minister figure and the vicar/ minister figure's wife. And the upper class snobs. It's all a wee bit twee for my liking. But the lady has produced dozens of books, so somebody must like her.
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By lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Mar. 2012
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This is the second book in a series of cozy mysteries featuring red-haired Highlander, Hamish Macbeth, the constable for the sleepy village of Lochdubh in northern Scotland. Hamish, who is smitten with the blonde and cold beauty of Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, daughter of the local laird, has just discovered that she has recently become engaged to snooty London playwright, Henry Withering.

When Priscilla brings Henry to Lochdubh to meet her family, they throw a party in his honor. Unfortunately, one of the house guests, the highly unpleasant Captain Peter Bartlett, meets an untimely end while on a grouse hunt. Although Detective Chief Inspector Bair quickly declares the death to be a suicide, Hamish begs to differ, persuading Blair, much to his chagrin, that it was, indeed, murder.

During his investigation, Priscilla's enthusiasm for her fiancé begins to wane, while Hamish just keeps looking better and better in her eyes, until the seeds of a budding romance are firmly sown. Moreover, the book is laces with sly humor that is engaging, keeping the mood of the book light and highly enjoyable.

As with all cozy mysteries, it is not so much the mystery that is of import but the characters that revolve around the mystery. While the mysteries are intriguing, they are the framework around which the characters evolve. In the endearing character of Hamish Macbeth, the author has created a sure fire winner, who is bound to win many fans of the cozy mystery genre.
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