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on 10 June 1998
This latest installment of M.C. Beaton's Hamish MacBeth series our hero suffers, perseveres and triumphs in his usual hysterical fashion. Set against the backdrop of the Scottish Lochdub, Hamish's perils begin with a woeful toothache and a lonesome heart. Beaton has brought back our hero, the hated Blair, the lazy Anderson and all the quirks of a quiet Scottish village. This time Hamish has a myriad of surprises to contend with. But he does it in rare fashion and without his beloved Priscilla! Always delightful, intriguing and easy to read, with Death of a Dentist Beaton has managed to combine humor, love and angst, thrills, spills and chills!
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on 30 September 2014
More of the same in many ways, which, depending on you liking of the previous instalments, could be a good or bad thing.
There are the usual two murders, but this one does have perhaps a few more unexpected twists than usual. A perfectly good continuation of the enjoyable series, with the same strengths and weaknesses as prior volumes - by now, if you've read them in order, you will know whether or not you like them! An enjoyable, easy to read diversion for a few hours.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 13 January 2014
Hamish has toothache and goes to the local dentist for relief but finds him dead in his chair with his teeth drilled out. This is another cozy mystery with bite - Ms Beaton has plenty to say about social mores and finances. As usual the plot is suitably twisted with Hamish solving it after much bumbling about. I recommend this book for a bit of escapism and an easy way to pass a few hours.
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on 21 April 2013
Hamish wakes up with the toothache and tries to book an appointment with the local dentist. He visits Dr Brodie for a pain killer and gets an injection in his bum and told it's an abscess. Hamish eventually visits the dentist only to find him dead and holes drilled in his teeth. Hamish opens a can of worms trying to investigate this crime and meets a variety of potential suspects, one even trying to make a case of rape against Hamish.

Very good, easy read. Would recommend.
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on 8 November 2014
In this 13th Hamish Macbeth murder mystery, poor old Hamish is suffering with a toothache. Unable to face the long drive to Inverness, he decides to pay a visit to Frederick Gilchrist in the nearby town of Gilchrist. The problem is that Hamish wants to keep all his teeth but Gilchrist has a habit of pulling teeth out. Unfortunately, Hamish gets embroiled in another murder and there are so many suspects that he doesn’t know where to begin solving it. When his old adversary Inspector Blair from Strathbane gets involved, it becomes a race for Hamish to solve the crime before his rival.
This was a good, easy but enjoyable read which (like the previous book) kept me guessing to the very end.
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on 17 October 2013
I have almost finished this book and it has been a good experience. Hamish gets himself into deep water but triumphs in the end. Not sure I want to visit the dentist any time soon though. I am about to download another Hamish book and plan to work my way through the lot.
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on 10 July 2014
The plots of these novels are all similar. You know who the victim is practically from the beginning. However I find the writing delightfully relaxing. This may be partially because I am Irish and therefore not unfamiliar with the society described in the books which is similar in many ways to the Northern Ireland of the 50's and 60's. These books do make a change from the current genre of extreme violence (although there is at least one or two murders in each) but they could be described as a Scottish version of Midsummer Murders which, let's be honest, enjoyed a huge following.
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on 22 September 1997
Beaton has outdone herself in this latest of a marvelous series of Hamish Macbeth mysteries. Her characters leap off the page, the atmosphere is vivid, and her prose has reached new heights. I re-read the sentence about "Duty" about forty times. It belongs in Bartlett's. Irrespective of the plot, which is a good one, this is just a plain old-fashioned darn good read from end to end. Bravo!
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on 23 October 1998
Ms. Beaton writes wonderful cozy Scottish mysteries. Her books are always a pleasure to read, and this one is no exception. Hamish MacBeth, her main character, is bewitchingly appealing, her townspeople deliciously predictable, her conclusions just plain reassuring. Comfort food for the mind.
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VINE VOICEon 21 June 2011
Another good Hamish Macbeth story. What a strange area of Scotland to have so many deaths in such a remote area. It was nice that you get to solve the plot but there is a part of the story about Hamish himself. It has nice twists and turns. I would recommend this.
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