Author(s): M.C. BeatonDownload
When society widow & gossip columnist Lady Jane Winters joins the local fishing class she wastes no time in ruffling the feathers of those around her. Among the victims of her sharp tongue is PC Hamish Macbeth, yet not even Hamish thinks someone would seriously want to silence her – until her strangled body is fished out of the river.
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Why have I never read any Hamish Macbeth books? They have been recommended to me several times over the years! I finally checked the first one out of the library after watching several episodes of the BBC TV show. Having just finished the first book in the series, I feel like I could dive into the series and read them all one right after the other. I can’t do that since I have other books slated to be read first, but it sure would be enjoyable!
Speaking just of the book, it reminded me quite a lot of an Agatha Christie mystery – including an ensemble cast of suspects who each had an equally compelling motive for killing the very annoying gossip in their midst. Because of seeing the TV show first, I had a hard time picturing Hamish Macbeth with red hair and his dog as a “large slavering guard dog of indeterminate breed.” But the differences between the TV show and the book didn’t diminish my enjoyment of either.
After finishing the book, I felt like I’d taken a quick trip to the Scottish Highlands! I wish I could plan a trip there for real sometime soon, but I guess I’ll have to settle for reading another in this series. I look forward to reading Death of a Cad sometime in the very near future.
I chuckled quite a few times while reading this book. While this one didn’t make me chuckle, here is a favorite quote about Hamish Macbeth: “He was not going to be frightened because it was a murder investigation. All criminals were the same whether it was a theft in the school or poaching deer on the hills. You talked, asked questions, and listened and watched and waited.”
I just love this series. Hamish is a handsome redheaded constable in a small village in Scotland. If I were single…just kidding. Poor Hamish does not have a lot of luck in love.
Plenty of murders happen in and around this small village, and it is up to Hamish to get to the bottom of things. His methods are pragmatic and inspired. The results are always satisfying.
I read the first Hamish somewhere in the middle of the series, but went on to read every last one of them. I choose book number one, but I can’t remember the details as it has been sometime since read. However, I confidently give it five stars because I have loved every story. I’d love to read them all again, but, so many books, so little time.
Quite good mystery novell with main character, constable Hamish Mcbeth , set in a small willage in Scotland Highlands.
It’s a type of who did it mystery where all characters are suspects and with final peak t the end when all suspects are gathered and one by one are cleared of guilt until one of then is murderer. Type of Agatha Christie’s Poirot or Miss. Marple type of mystery.
It’s a entertaining mystery novel for passing time.
This book is one of the most well-known cozies there are, so I bought it awhile ago when I found it on sale,a nd I don’t regret it! This was a fun, fast-paced book that I devoured.
I loved the characters, especially Hamish. The fact that he wasn’t the only POV this story was told from made him more likeable, in my eyes. Alice annoyed me, but I think she’d annoy anyone.
The setting was great, and so was the mystery. I wasn’t too surprised at the killer, but there really weren’t many suspects. so I don’t think I would have ever been surprised by the killer. I really loved the way Hamish went around finding the killer, though, it really was a puzzle.
Overall a really good book I’ll be looking for the next one!
This book is the first in M.C Beaton’s Hamish Macbeth series and the first I have read featuring Hamish Macbeth. I decided to give this series a try as I enjoy the Agatha Raisin series so much and I was not disappointed.
I really enjoyed reading this and though it had some strong local characters as well as the fishing school “incomers” and it kept me guessing over who the murderer was.
I liked the Highland twist on the countryside murder mystery and will definitely read the rest of the series!
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