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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: C & R Crime (28 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472105222
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472105226
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 133,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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 )

Looking for escape? Tired of waiting for Brigadoon to materialise? Time for a trip to Lochdubh... where M C Beaton sets her beguiling whodunits featuring Constable Hamish Macbeth (New York Times Book Review )

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'Offbeat, utterly endearing.' (Booklist)

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

'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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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First published in 1988, the third of Marion Chesney's (writing as M.C.Beaton) Hamish Macbeth Mysteries (following 'Death of a Gossip' and 'Death of a Cad' - 'Death of a Perfect Wife' follows in the sequence). And an excellent little whodunnit this is. Chesney is a very skilled writer - she writes under a number of pseudonyms and has written romance as well as mystery - and she varies her style and 'voice' very professionally (you can contrast her Agatha Raisin series, something of an ironic and acerbic take on Miss Marple, with her Hamish Macbeth - the characterisation, the style, the dynamic of the books is radically different ... and Hamish bears no comparison with Poirrot).

Here we have Hamish wheeched away from Lochdubh and sent to the even more remote Cnothan to cover the prolonged holiday taken by its established policeman. Hamish is not going to be welcomed with open arms, but he has the wit and charm to warm the locals to him. He does not have the means, however, to warm to the demands of a particularly obnoxious white settler, an objectionable English incomer who has managed to alienate the whole village and most of the surrounding countryside. Should this man meet a suspicious end, there will be no end of suspects. And, of course, like Poirrot, wherever Hamish goes, murder most foul is certain to be his travelling companion.

It's a very nicely written mystery, lovely characterisation, witty, well paced, a real page turner. Marion Chesney writes very entertaining stories - real curl up in bed or in front of a decent fire jobs - and this is one of her best. Hamish is an endearing character - he's not a genius, but his little grey cells do get there eventually, and he has excellent social skills, if alarming social graces. There are some neat little swipes at the English (well, Home Counties), and some tongue-in-cheek asides about Highland lifestyle, so it will keep you amused as well as engaged. Very good read.
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In this third book in this cozy mystery series, Constable Hamish Macbeth, along with his dog, Towser, is parted from his beloved village of Lochdubh, when he is temporarily transferred to the village of Cnothan for several months to cover for a fellow officer who is on an extended vacation.

Unhappy at this turn of events, Hamish tries to make the best of it, though the villagers are far from friendly. Things start looking up for Hamish, when he catches the eye of Jenny, a pretty young local artist. She helps Hamish take his mind off Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, who has taken off for London. Then, a murder takes place, and Hamish is firmly in his element, despite obstacles thrust in his way by none other than Deputy Chief Inspector Blair.

Laced with sly humor and engaging characters, this series gets better with each book. 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, a born storyteller, has created a sure fire winner, who is bound to win many fans of the cozy mystery genre.
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Hamish Macbeth is out of his comfort zone in the bleak town of Gnothan. Here he again makes his mark by managing to upset some folk, attract others and eventually finds the inevitable body - this time a skeleton, and a recent one. Then there are the usual murderer possibilities and the red herrings to sift through. Another good tale from M C Beaton. If you have enjoyed others in the series and also the Agatha Raisin stories, you won't be disappointed.
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By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 May 2010
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Hamish Macbeth's third murder mystery, and easily the best so far. Here he is very much centre stage, without the previous two novels' dated contrivances to create a setting for victims and suspects.

We join him disgruntled, he and mongrel Towser forced for three months to leave his beloved Lochdubh to replace a sergeant in cheerless Cnothan, a town dominated by Struthers, its hellfire Minister.

The most unpopular person around is Mainwaring, still regarded as an outsider although he has lived there eight years. An officious busybody and know-all, he relishes alienating everybody in sight. How the outsider becomes an insider (in every sense of the word) makes a deliciously macabre read - circumstances best not known, though, by London's elite.

Enjoying much coffee and gossip (not to mention the charms of neighbour Jenny), Hamish solves all. Though by nature easy-going, he is a force to be reckoned with. Witness his instant revenge on the ghillie and crony who play a cruel joke. Even Blair, his blustering bully of a boss, has occasion to be wary.

With allegations of witchcraft, a skeleton found inside a ring of standing stones, this book throughout is a quirky delight - Hamish himself its greatest pleasure. There is something enormously appealing about a policeman who, when happy, secretly performs cartwheels.
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I've been reading these in order, so this is the third of the series.
This was my favourite so far; whether this is because I know the characters a little more or just because the plot is an especially good one with some nice twists along the way, I'm not sure - I think it's the latter.
In this book Hamish is forced to cover for a policeman in another area, Cnothan, a place where you're the new arrival for many years, and without many friendly faces. It works well, and could easily be read in its own right without having read the prior two books in the series. Another gentle and easy read, but a page turner to boot - a perfect relaxation novel.
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