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 ... more »a fine reputation. 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
All of M. C. Beaton's books on Hamish MacBeth are very good. I enjoy them all and would recommend them to everyone. Hamish acts like a bumbling policeman but he always solves the mystery much to his superiors Blair's consternation. Good reading.