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Death of a Prankster (Hamish Macbeth Mystery) Hardcover – 1 Jun 1992

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr (Jun. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312077017
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312077013
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,539,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 ) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The seventh Hamish Macbeth mystery from the bestselling author of Agatha Raisin. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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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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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By Elaine Tomasso TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 Jan. 2014
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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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By lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Mar. 2012
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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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This is the second time I've read this book and thankfully I couldn't remeber whodunnit. I great story about an old man who claimms he's on his last legs when actually he isn't. All the family member's congregate at his house under the belief that he's dying. Low and behold he get's murdered, but not before he's played a few pranks on his guest before he becomes a victim and a dead one at that.

Great story. Well written. Would recommend.
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Another Mc.Beth masterpiece. This case almost becomes an investigation into a justifiable homicide and the victim
has lead a charmed life to have survived so long. This was another good read in this gentle crime genre.
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Again an easy read and I enjoyed following the progress of Hamish with his emotional entanglement. Again the story provides a warning to anyone wishing to embark on a career as a person playing jokes on others.
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By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 May 2010
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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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