Death of a Maid - Hamish MacBeth, Bk 23 Author:M. C. Beaton Mrs. Gillespie is famous for being the best maid in the northwest of Sutherland. But to Hamish Macbeth, she is a malicious gossip who bangs around the furniture and clanks pots. When Hamish wins Mrs. Gillespie's services in a church raffle, he spends most of the day trying to avoid her. He doesn't understand how she managed to gain such a fine r... more »eputation. Then she is found dead, struck down violently by a metal bucket of water. Knowing Mrs. Gillespie's penchant for gossip, Hamish is sure she delighted in finding out her clients' secrets--which means that everyone whose home she cleaned is a suspect.« less
As usual, Hamish is charged with sleuthing without his arch-enemy Blair finding out about his efforts. This time, the murder of a maid indicates she had it coming! She made a career out of blackmailing her customers...not necessarily for money but "treats". She was not liked and didn't do a very good job either but she held sordid secrets and no one dared to fire her. Elspeth comes to Lochduh for a vacation and ends up helping Hamish a bit but not without lots of misunderstandings and hurt feelings along the way. I thoroughly enjoy Hamish MacBeth and his love and care of his pets.