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Death of a Gossip (Hamish Macbeth, Bk 1)
Death of a Gossip - Hamish Macbeth, Bk 1
Author: M. C. Beaton
When society widow and gossip columnist Lady Jane Winters joined the fishing class, she wasted no time in ruffling the feathers -- or was it the fins?-of those around her. Among the victims of her sharp tongue and unladylike manner was Lochdubh Constable Hamish Macbeth. Yet not even Hamish thought someone would permanently silence Lady Jane'...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781455501465
ISBN-10: 1455501468
Publication Date: 8/27/2013
Pages: 304
Edition: Reprint
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.

4.3 stars, based on 4 ratings
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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I picked up this book after my parents introduced me to the BBC television show "Hamish Macbeth." I was charmed by the character in the television show. The book was good, and I still like Lochduch's constable. The book is a very quick read. I figure I'll cycle through the books one at a time. A perfect type of book for reading on an airplane!

I found a great internet resource to help me read the books in chronological order:

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I was very disappointed in this book. Not a lot of plot. Characters didn't seem to be fleshed out very well.
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an average Hamish McBeth is better than almost any other Cozy, and this is better than average! Hamish is still mooning over Priscilla, and his adventures take him to a Highlands fishing school where a Gossipy student meets an untimely end.
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This is the same author who writes the Agatha Raisin Series. I wasnt a big fan of those. This is an older book, but it can stand the test of time.
Hamish MacBeth is the town Constable in Scotland. He is 35, thin, red haired, and very poor. As part of the Scottish tradition, He cant get married until another of his siblings is old enough to help support all the kids his parents have spawned. So he mooches, coffee and lunch from town people in order to send money home to his family. He is also know to Poach game, which is the biggest crime he ever sees in his small town.

When Lady Jane arrived in town to join a fishing expedition, she starts taunting all the other members of the fishing school, with the skeletons in there closets. She winds up dead.

Higher up, more trained policemen arrive in town to solve the mystery, and tell Hamish to butt out. Of course he solves it and it isnt flashy or some big peril filled drama.

The beauty of this book is the description of the heather and lochs of Scotland.
This book is a great short read. I bet the series gets better. I am going to see if I can find the BBC show listed in another reviewers post.
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M.C. Beaton has created a wonderful character, full of Scottish Highlands charm and humor, in small town police constable Hamish MacBeth. This tale is wonderfully told, full of twists and turns. Besides, it's a very, very quick read.
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