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Death of a Valentine (Hamish Macbeth Series #25)

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  • Posted June 1, 2014

    Hamish Macbeth escapes a trap

    Hamish Macbeth, promoted to sergeant, gets a new constable to assist him with his duties in the Scottish Highlands. SHE had asked for this job because she has her sights set on marrying Hamish. She tries every way she can to convince him that they were meant to be; but the more she chases him the more he wants her out of there. So in addition to his police duties, Hamish has to try to avoid his amourous assistant, who tries every dirty trick in the book to catch him, and almost does.

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  • Posted December 12, 2010

    a Hershey bar and a Coke for the brain

    M. C. Beaton books are pure unadulterated pleasure. They are funny, cozy, exciting, and, believe it or not, there is always a lesson on morality tucked away in there somewhere. Hamish and Agatha are two of my best friends, and I love every minute I get to spend in the highlands of Scotland or the lovely Cotswalds of England with them.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    Entertaining reading

    I have read all of the Hamish Macbeth books and enjoyed every one of them. M.C. Beaton has a sly sense of humour which she imparts to her characters. I suggest beginning with the first book to build up a familiarity with the characters. As long as she keeps writing, I will read her works!

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    Great

    I have always enjoyed this series. I was introduced to Hamish McBeth on the BBC series. I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to read the books. Now I am trying to complete the whole series. He is by far one of my favorite characters. I love the writing and enjoy the story lines.

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  • Posted November 15, 2009

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    strong police procedural

    In the Highlands on Valentine's Day, Lammas festival queen, Annie Fleming received a gift that exploded when she opened it; she died instantly. police sergeant Hamish Macbeth leads the investigation with his new sidekick constable Josie McSween at his side; something he detests. They soon find out that the victim had plenty of rejected lovers who loathed Annie for spurning their advances.

    Meanwhile working together draws the two cops closer even as Hamish uses the murder as proof that love is lethal to more than just the heart. However the villagers of Lochdubh are euphoric that the bachelor police Sergeant Hamish Macbeth and popular constable Josie McSween are engaged. Unlike seemingly the entire Highlands, Hamish is miserable and grumpy when he should be elated.

    With a strong police procedural combined with a comedic romantic subplot, fans of the long running series will relish the latest Macbeth thriller. Ironically, the investigation is super vs. the romance which is amusing yet it is the latter that keeps the audience reading in one sitting (or cheating) with a need to know whether the long time (24 previous titles) bachelor says I do.

    Harriet Klausner

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