Death of a Hussy (Hamish Macbeth Series #5)

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"Splendid fun." The New York Times Book Review
A Hamish Macbeth mystery.
Wealthy Maggie Baird is neither nice nor kind nor generous. Once she was beautiful, but now, although middle-aged, she retains the appetites of a beautiful woman. When Maggie's car catches fire with her inside it, suspicion focuses on the five houseguests staying at Maggie's luxurious Highlands cottage: her timid niece and four former lovers, once of whom Maggie had intended to pick for a husband. All five ...

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Overview

"Splendid fun." The New York Times Book Review
A Hamish Macbeth mystery.
Wealthy Maggie Baird is neither nice nor kind nor generous. Once she was beautiful, but now, although middle-aged, she retains the appetites of a beautiful woman. When Maggie's car catches fire with her inside it, suspicion focuses on the five houseguests staying at Maggie's luxurious Highlands cottage: her timid niece and four former lovers, once of whom Maggie had intended to pick for a husband. All five are impecunious. All five had ample opportunity to monkey with Maggie's car. So finding who did it requires all Police Constable Hamish Macbeth's extraordinary common sense and insight into human nature. And lazy lout though he may be, Hamish lets no grass grow under his feet when it comes to solving a murder. Especially when he may be the next target.

Finding out who set a rich tart's car on fire while she was still in it requires all Scottish Police Constable Hamish Macbeth's extraordinary common sense and insight into human nature. When it comes to solving a murder, Hamish lets no grass grow under his feet--not even when the killer appears to be the wrong person entirely. Martin's.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Scottish village of Lochdubh has a problem: the beloved police constable, Hamish Macbeth ( Death of a Perfect Wife ), has been transferred to Strathbane because of a dearth of local crime. In a successful bid to get him back, the villagers, led by newcomer Maggie Baird, organize a crime wave. On his return, Hamish is confronted with a possible murder. Maggie, who in younger and slimmer years had amassed a fortune as a well-rewarded kept woman, dies, ostensibly of a heart attack during a car fire. Suspects include her niece and heir, Alison, who had been living with Maggie after recuperating from lung cancer, and four of Maggie's former lovers and present suitors, whom she had invited for a visit: an ad man, a car salesman, a manager of a gambling club and a fading pop singer, all of them in dire need of money. Hamish draws on his knowledge of the local people and of human nature to solve the case. Meanwhile he continues his off-again, on-again romance with a daughter of the local gentry and attempts to stay out of hot water with his superiors, who resent his unpredictable approach to life and policing. Beaton's newest continues one of the finest, and most offbeat, police procedural series around. (Dec.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804107686
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/1991
  • Series: Hamish Macbeth Series , #5
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 544,049
  • Product dimensions: 4.16 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

M.C. Beaton lives in the Cotswolds with her husband. In addition to the Hamish Macbeth series, she writes the Agatha Raisin mystery series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2001

    Macbeth: the dread Scot decision!

    Ahhh! If a good draught of single malt and a Hamish Macbeth mystery won¿t cure you, then you really need to see a doctor! M.C. Beaton¿s well-established series featuring Lochdubh¿s finest, Macbeth himself, is right on cue with this edition. PC Macbeth is called upon to investigate the death of--you guessed it--a ¿hussy¿! Seems that Maggie Baird, besides being a wealthy, once-beautiful middle aged woman, is also something of a pain! So much so that she goes up in flames--in her car! This is no ¿hot date in the Highlands,¿ but murder out and out! And there are suspects aplenty: four former lovers and her own niece! All certainly had the means and the motive. Macbeth to the rescue, of course! Hamish himself has a few pieces of personal baggage as well, as we¿ve learned through the series. His long on-again, off-again romance with Priscilla Haliburton-Smythe, superiors who are jealous of his successes, and his ¿lack of ambition¿ (he¿s quite happy, thank you, to stay in this wee Scottish village, as promotions are not his desire, prefering instead to stay ¿small town¿! Of course, as we know from the series, this small town seems to have an inordinate number of murders! No matter. Beaton provides us with a delightful (albeit lite!) bill of fare!

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    god

    easy, afternoon reading with typical m.c. beaton settings, characters, and descriptions.

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  • Posted March 10, 2010

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    For Love or Money?

    Death of a Hussy is offbeat, intriguing, enthralling and entertaining. This is a great book for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

    Full Review; http://bookywooks.blogspot.com/2010/03/for-love-or-money.html

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

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    Death of a Hussy

    I love MC Beaton's books -- just wish she could write faster

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