Death of a Charming Man (Hamish Macbeth Series #10)

Death of a Charming Man (Hamish Macbeth Series #10)

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by M. C. Beaton
     
 

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All Sergeant Hamish Macbeth wants to do is fish and drink coffee with his finace. Then a mysterious stranger moves into the neighboring village--a rich, unmarried heartbreaker, causing rivalry among the local women. It is amusing until death threats, assault and murder shatter the tranquil countryside. Hamish must investigate the darker side of love and desire.

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All Sergeant Hamish Macbeth wants to do is fish and drink coffee with his finace. Then a mysterious stranger moves into the neighboring village--a rich, unmarried heartbreaker, causing rivalry among the local women. It is amusing until death threats, assault and murder shatter the tranquil countryside. Hamish must investigate the darker side of love and desire.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
One of the warmest and quirkiest mystery series around boasts a new publisher and a welcome burst of fresh energy. Making his 10th appearance (following Death of a Travelling Man ) is lanky, tousle-haired Scottish Highland copper Hamish Macbeth, in the company here of his lazy dog Towser, his higher-born fiancee Priscilla and the quixotic inhabitants of the village of Lochdubh. Hamish, known for his slovenly lifestyle and crafty detecting, meets handsome newcomer, Peter Hynd, whose suave looks send the village womenfolk running to the hairdresser and aerobics classes. Soon they are at each other's throats and queueing up for a place in his bed. The Lothario goes missing and soon the body of one of his conquests is found on the beach, leaving Hamish with two mysteries to solve while his domestic life deteriorates. Beaton's tremendously likable policeman stars here in a tightly wrought tale, with a gem of an ending in which Hamish manages to be both dead right and dead wrong. Further good news is that the series has been optioned by Zenith Productions, the team responsible for the absorbing TV series starring Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse. (Sept.)
Emily Melton
Hamish MacBeth is a stubborn, silent, gloomy Scotsman who's also kindhearted, intelligent, and intuitive. A Lochdubh native, he knows his village, the surrounding countryside, and the local folk like the back of his hand. His life is satisfyingly settled--he's engaged to the lovely Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, and there have been no serious crimes in Lochdubh for months. Then incredibly handsome Peter Hynd comes to town, charms all the women, antagonizes all the men, and generally turns the town on its ear. Hamish senses trouble brewing, but when a body is discovered, it's not Hynd after all--at least, the first body isn't. Other coppers might be baffled by the case, but not laconic, methodical, determined Hamish, who persists until he unravels the puzzling mystery. Beaton's low-key police procedural doesn't offer white-knuckle suspense, blood and gore, fast-paced action, or stunning climaxes. What it does offer is an intimate look at life in a small Scottish village, striking insights into human nature, carefully detailed, highly accurate descriptions of police work, splendid dry humor, and a story that's as satisfying as a cozy cup of tea.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786290468
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
11/28/2006
Series:
Hamish Macbeth Series, #10
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
299
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(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 Charming Man (Hamish Macbeth Series #10) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Quilter75 More than 1 year ago
I love Hamish Macbeth, why can not everybody in Lochdubh see that he is perfectly happy staying there? He needs a wife who will be content with his life as it is. Can not wait to see what happens next to this gentle man. Quilter75
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent and thoroughly enjoyable, as always.
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pageturnerMB More than 1 year ago
I find all M C Beaton books pleasurable. Keeps me guessing until the very end.
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I agree with all coments......its so awesome
irishla More than 1 year ago
hamish macbeth is at his usual, ungainly detective deducting. the victim is thoroughly unlikable, as well as the murder suspects. one character stands out, the precocious young girl. entertaining reading.