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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 24 April 2018
Hamish Macbeth, the somewhat loveable but slightly morose bobby, finds himself with the corpse of a well known 'Glutton' in this offering from M.C. Beaton. Descriptions of the recently deceased, both pre and post mortem, are nauseating indeed but add to the wicked sense of fun. Anyone looking for an easy going, relaxed read with a good dose of humour may well enjoy this.
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on 19 April 2018
I started reading about Hamish Macbeth after I had read all of the Agatha Raisin books. He is as annoyingly addictive as she. Quick and easy read mysteries although I have to say I prefer the books in the beginning of the series and feel that some of the later storylines are clutching at straws and a bit second rate as far as storylines go but I have got quite fond of the characters and will continue to read as and when a new book comes out which the author is probably banking on.
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on 22 July 2014
The story in this instalment centres around a visit from a party put together by a very upmarket dating agency. Peta is the obvious 'nasty' from her first appearance, and it's no shock to find she is the victim, given her desire to eat tremendously and the title of the book. I found the descriptions of her eating quite unpleasant, and it flt like the author might have someone in mind in the descriptions! But, with a large inheritance possibly going to one of the guests, it's up to Hamish to make sure the narrow minded superiors of his don't prevent justice being done. All the series themes are therefore in place - murder (tick), stereotypical assumptions (tick), inept bosses (tick), failing Hamish lovelife (tick). Just what those like me who enjoy the series want. Nothing too difficult, nothing too challenging, and pure entertainment.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 9 January 2014
Peta Gore's eating habits are repulsive so when she gatecrashes a singles' week at Priscilla's hotel she is murdered. Hamlisch investigates and unveils the murderer. This is a typical M. c. Beaton book - the victim is horrible and the suspects less so. It won't win any literary prizes but it has all the ingredients of a good read - a twisted plot, tongue in cheek humour and Hamish saves the day. It's all good clean fun. If you are new to the series this may not be the best one to start with as the plot takes a lot of swallowing.
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on 7 January 2013
Really enjoyed this book. Read in two sittings in the space of 12 hours, enjoyed it that much. This story is based on a dating agency wheree a few of its clients are staying at the Tommel Castle Hotel to try and "get on". The silent partner Peta turns up unannounced after the manager tries to avoid her and causes general havoc among the guests.

Naturally after she's created her havoc, we find out she's been murdered and Hamish is called upon to ferret out the killer and save the day.

Nice enjoyable light read. Would recommend.
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on 12 April 2014
If you ignore the brutal murder this is a gentle series. The characters have been simplified and I think to a great extent the type of life that Hamish leads has vanished with village bobbies replaced by patrols from the local towns. Anyway, probably best to read this series from the first one but you do get enough back story as you go along that they do work as stand alone novels. If you like whodunnits these are well worth a read.
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on 11 May 2014
I love Hamish Macbeth and this story didn't disappoint. A cozy mystery which goes well with a nice cup of chocolate on a cold evening. The gluttonous Peta was a bit much, but the murder victims in these books are usually a bit over the top. I think the author describes her characters a bit tongue-in-cheek anyway, but that's part of the entertainment. If you love myseries and want an easy read this book is for you.
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on 12 June 2013
As always M C Beaton has written another good read, I love Hamish and his character as a happy go lucky policeman is so good you can picture him mendering the Highlands with his dog. His love life is complicated due to his failure to see what is under his nose yet his intuition when solving a case and understanding people is spot on. All the characters are believable and the plots good, I love the tongue in cheek humour as well. Long may he live
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on 11 September 2012
I am steadily reading my way through these novels and I did this think one was very enjoyable with a few laugh out loud , slapstick moments. It has a light heartedness which matches the summer setting. The theme of the singles club characters and will they won't they match up by the end adds another dimension to the murder itself. The glutton herself is a wonderful character like something out of Alice in Wonderland. One to savour.
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on 22 April 2018
Excellent book, I would highly recommend. Brilliantly written easy reading.
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