Death of a Gentle Lady (Hamish Macbeth Series #23)

Death of a Gentle Lady (Hamish Macbeth Series #23)

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by M. C. Beaton
     
 

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Gentle by name, gentle by nature. Everyone in the sleepy Scottish town of Lochdubh adores elderly Mrs. Gentle - everyone but Hamish Macbeth, that is. Hamish thinks the gentle lady is quite sly and vicious, and the citizens of Lochdubh think he is overly cranky. Perhaps it's time for him to get married, they say.

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Gentle by name, gentle by nature. Everyone in the sleepy Scottish town of Lochdubh adores elderly Mrs. Gentle - everyone but Hamish Macbeth, that is. Hamish thinks the gentle lady is quite sly and vicious, and the citizens of Lochdubh think he is overly cranky. Perhaps it's time for him to get married, they say.

But who has time for marriage when there's a murder to be solved? When Mrs. Gentle dies under mysterious circumstances, the town is shocked and outraged. Chief Detective Inspector Blair suspects members of her family, but Hamish Macbeth thinks there's more to the story, and begins investigating the truth behind this lady's gentle exterior.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Full of the author's trademark zest and wit, bestseller Beaton's 23rd Hamish Macbeth mystery (after 2007's Death of a Maid) finds the 50-year-old Scottish detective taking pity on a beautiful Turkish maid named Ayesha in danger of being deported, and asking her to marry him. When Ayesha goes missing and her employer, Mrs. Gentle, turns up murdered, Hamish discovers that his bride-to-be wasn't exactly who she claimed to be. The villagers thought Mrs. Gentle was a sweet old lady, but why would such a nice woman be the target of blackmail? Threaded throughout the ever-twisting plot of the murder investigation are the ongoing saga of Hamish's love life and the vendetta against him of his nemesis, Detective Chief Inspector Blair. Beaton fans will be delighted. (Feb.)

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Library Journal

Simultaneously endearing and frustrating, Scottish policeman Hamish Macbeth must solve two murders in this 24th book of New York Times best-selling author Beaton's acclaimed series. This time, Hamish almost immediately dislikes his beloved village Lochdubh's newest resident, the saccharine Mrs. Gentle. As usual, everyone else thinks he's daft until the elderly widow's façade begins to crack, showing her truly nasty personality. Mrs. Gentle fires an apparently passportless Middle Eastern girl, so Hamish characteristically makes her a spur-of-the-moment marriage proposal that he almost instantaneously regrets. After the woman he now knows to be a Russian prostitute strands Hamish at the altar, he thinks murder is afoot. Add in the violent end of Mrs. Gentle, the presence of Hamish's mortal enemy, Chief Detective Inspector Blair, a blackmailing hooker, and the Lochdubh residents' certainty that they'll all catch AIDS from Hamish, and the listener has a comfortably enjoyable and amusing time. Narrator Graeme Malcolm is particularly good with the female voices-there is never any doubt about which character is speaking. His array of English and Scottish accents is impressive, his pacing is excellent, and he is able to convey both humorous and serious moments with ease. Essential for public libraries. [The Soul Thief is also available as downloadable audio from Audible.com.-Ed.]
—B. Allison Gray

Kirkus Reviews
Hamish Macbeth must connive once more to keep his job policing his beloved village of Lochdubh. Although the Highlands do not always welcome English arrivals, sweet, ladylike, wealthy Mrs. Gentle has been widely accepted. Only Hamish realizes that she is a snake in the grass working to close his station. When Mrs. Gentle discovers that the papers of her beautiful blonde employee Ayesha Tahir are not in order, she asks her to leave. In a weak moment, Hamish offers to marry Ayesha so she can stay in the U.K. Mrs. Gentle promises a wedding and a large cash gift, pledges Ayesha blackmails her into keeping. But Hamish is left standing at the altar when both Mrs. Gentle and Ayesha disappear. Investigation reveals that Ayesha was actually a high-class Russian prostitute who stole a passport to escape her Russian Mafia protector. After both women are found dead, Mrs. Gentle's dry-eyed family become prime suspects, but they all have alibis, and a strange woman seen around town who seems like another suspect has vanished into thin air. Hamish must cope with an attractive Russian police inspector, both of his ex-girlfriends and the machinations of alcoholic, envious DCI Blair before he can close the case. Hamish's 23rd adventure (Death of a Maid, 2007, etc.) is one of his best, with the usual charming details of Highland life and a crackerjack mystery to boot.
New York Times
"Longing for escape? Tired of waiting for Brigadoon to materialize? Time for a trip to Lochdubh, the scenic, if somnolent, village in the Scottish Highlands where M.C. Beaton sets her beguiling whodunits featuring Constable Hamish Macbeth."
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"This series is pure bliss."
From the Publisher
"Longing for escape? Tired of waiting for Brigadoon to materialize? Time for a trip to Lochdubh, the scenic, if somnolent, village in the Scottish Highlands where M.C. Beaton sets her beguiling whodunits featuring Constable Hamish Macbeth."—New York Times"

This series is pure bliss."—Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446511407
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
02/11/2008
Series:
Hamish Macbeth Series , #23
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
31,175
File size:
1 MB

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