Death of a Cad (Hamish Macbeth Series #2)

Death of a Cad (Hamish Macbeth Series #2)

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by M. C. Beaton
     
 

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When Priscilla Halburton-Smythe brings her London playwright fiancé home to Lochdubh, everybody in town is delighted . . . except for love-smitten Constable Hamish Macbeth. Yet his affairs of the heart will have to wait. Vile, boorish Captain Bartlett, one of the guests at Priscilla's engagement party, has just been found murdered-shot while on a grouse hunt

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When Priscilla Halburton-Smythe brings her London playwright fiancé home to Lochdubh, everybody in town is delighted . . . except for love-smitten Constable Hamish Macbeth. Yet his affairs of the heart will have to wait. Vile, boorish Captain Bartlett, one of the guests at Priscilla's engagement party, has just been found murdered-shot while on a grouse hunt. Now with many titled party guests as the prime suspects, each with a reason for snuffing out the despicable captain, Hamish must smooth ruffled feathers as he investigates the case. When the hidden culprit strikes again, Hamish will find himself trying to save Priscilla from a miserable marriage-and catch a killer before he flies the coop.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455524051
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
12/18/2012
Series:
Hamish Macbeth Series, #2
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
146,373
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

M. C. Beaton has won international acclaim for her New York Times bestselling Hamish Macbeth mysteries. The BBC has aired 24 episodes based on the series. Beaton is also the author of the bestselling Agatha Raisin series, which will air as an eight-episode dramatic series on Sky1, starring Ashley Jensen. She lives in the Cotswolds with her husband. For more information, you can visit MCBeaton.com.

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Death of a Cad (Hamish Macbeth Series #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Booklover0080 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Looking forward to reading the rest in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am big on Hamish Macbeth and this was a good mystery with much deeper character development  than some of the early books in this series.  I look forward to more of am. AC. Beaton mysteries in the future.!
SnakeLady More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed very much
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not my favorite of all time books..but I still will read more of this author...Read everything you can get your hands on by Lee Child...
jjamros More than 1 year ago
I love MC Beaton's books, and just wish she could write faster!
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Terrific quick read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this one. Hamish was really good and this time took credit for his work. Which I feel is about time.
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Hamish Macbeth is a Highlands Scot in his 30s, with a passel of much younger siblings back at home with his impoverished parents. Hamish is in love with young Priscilla Halburton-Smythe of Tommel Castle, only child of the Colonel and his wife. She just might fall in love with her old chum Hamish, except that it would break the hearts of her upwardly mobile gentrified parents. In any case, Hamish can't marry anyone till, by tradition, his next oldest brother can support the family. And that won't be soon, since the young genius is about to head off to university. *** So Hamish Macbeth is content to be a government hack, Constable of the small village of Lochdubh on an isolated sea loch in Sutherland in northwestern Scotland. For the sake of his younger brothers and sisters he scrimps and hoards every pence from his meagre salary to send home. He also saves on food bills by raising chickens and ducks and by mooching as many cups of tea and coffee, free scones and meals as he can from local shopkeepers and fisher folk. Nor is he above selling the fish or fowl he confiscates from poachers. *** A year earlier (DEATH OF A GOSSIP), Constable Macbeth had cannily solved his first murder mystery, being careful, be it said, to avoid promotion and removal from his soft but rewarding small-town job, by giving a superior officer the richly undesrved credit. Now he is about to face two more murders. His beloved Priscilla has brought home from London a fiance and her parents are hosting guests for a few days to meet 40-ish playwright Henry Withering, fresh from the smash success of his frothy upper-class farce DUCHESS DARLING. For the rest of the book we are left wondering why on earth this once darling of Marxists and radicals had stooped to such light-weight silliness after a decade of grinding out realistic portrayals of the poor and oppressed. *** The novel's 'Cad' is soon introduced, Captain Peter Bartlett of the Highland Dragoons, he of unspeakably bad manners when drunk, otherwise an irresistible ladies man. Bartlett enrages just about every person in the house party, including three women he beds one after another the eve and night of 'the Glorious Twelfth,' August 12, official beginning of the four month long grouse hunting season in the Highlands. *** Captain Bartlett cheats on a heavy hunting bet he has made with immensely rich shooting-mad Jeremy Pomfret who has joined the party from Perth. For Bartlett goes out hours before the agreed upon time to shoot a brace (two) grouse before Pomfret is even out of bed. The Captain also intends to pick up extra money by delivering the grouse to a waiting helicopter a rich Arab has sent up from London to fetch the birds to adorn his banquet table that evening. Sometime after 9:00 a. m. the Captain's corpse is found hanging from a fence. Apparently, he had accidentally blown a hole through his chest with both barrels of his expensive shotgun. *** It all seems so obvious. Enter Detective Chief Inspector Blair from nearby Strathbane, along with his two sycophantic sidekicks, detective Jimmy Anderson and Harry MacNab. It was Blair whom Mabeth had credited with cracking the earlier case. With characteristic ingratitude, self-love and bullheadedness, Blair now brushes aside the constable's belief that this was murder and orders Hamish to keep hands off. But Hamish will not be denied. Blair so irritates Colonel Halburton-Smythe and his prominent guests that he is removed from the case by Chief Superintendant John Chalmers newly arrived in haste on the spot from Strathbane. The gentlemanly Chalmers respects Hamish Macbeth but briefly arrests the wrong man. That man's wife is then murdered by roach poison during a Highlands festival. *** All Highlanders are innately curious and being curious is happily built into Hamish's job as constable. Newly unleashed by the Chief Superintendant, Constable Macbeth and a poacher friend tramp around the first crime scene