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Death of a Macho Man (Hamish Macbeth Series #12)
     

Death of a Macho Man (Hamish Macbeth Series #12)

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by M. C. Beaton
 

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From the author of the Agatha Raisin television series...
DEATH OF A MACHO MAN: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery
When Hamish Macbeth, local constable of the Scottish village of Lochdubh, tries to break up one of the many fights involving Randy Duggan, the ruffian challenges him to a fistfight. But on the chosen day, Duggan is found shot to death and

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From the author of the Agatha Raisin television series...
DEATH OF A MACHO MAN: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery
When Hamish Macbeth, local constable of the Scottish village of Lochdubh, tries to break up one of the many fights involving Randy Duggan, the ruffian challenges him to a fistfight. But on the chosen day, Duggan is found shot to death and Macbeth is rumored to be the likely suspect. Macbeth must find the murderer, clear his name, and restore his Highland paradise to its usual tranquility.

Editorial Reviews

Marilyn Stasio
An enchanting series...M.C. Beaton has a foolproof plot for the village mystery. -- New York Times Book Review
Houston Chronicle
Superb entertainment, as rich and wrming as fine malt whisky, and every bit as addictive.
NY Times Book Review
Longing for escape? Tired of wiating 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.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In his latest appearance (after Death of a Nag), the unconventional Hamish MacBeth, the lanky, red-haired constable in the tiny Scottish Highlands town of Lochdubh, finds that his own impetuousness places him at the center of a murder investigation. Randy Duggan, recently arrived in the village, impresses fellow pubgoers with his size and tales of wrestling in America, but soon his blustery tune grows tiresome and the locals become restive at not being able to get a word in edgewise at their own pub. When the abrasive newcomer challenges the constable to a fight, Hamish is shocked to hear himself agree. By the appointed time, spirits are high-children are up late, bets have been placed, even the minister and his wife are in attendance. But Duggan, a no-show, is found murdered in his rented cabin. Hamish's nemesis on the force, Detective Chief Inspector Blair, can barely contain his glee as he names the policeman as prime suspect. Being taken off the case limits Hamish's investigative tools, but he still manages to question jealous husbands, a sour mystery writer and an upstanding spinster before this complex tale with roots in the past is resolved. Meanwhile, Hamish and his haughty sometime-fiance, Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, continue to work out their complicated relationship. Befuddled, earnest and utterly endearing, Hamish makes his triumphs sweetly satisfying. Mystery Guild featured alternate selection. (June)
Library Journal
Scottish constable Hamish Macbeth, finding his reputation on the line, agrees to a public fight with a tattooed stranger who claims to be a professional wrestler. When someone prevents the match by murdering the stranger, suspicion falls on Hamish, who then investigates. Another winner.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446403405
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
08/28/1997
Series:
Hamish Macbeth Series , #12
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
286,405
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.59(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 Macho Man (Hamish Macbeth Series #13) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
choppergirl More than 1 year ago
All of M C Beaton books have been wonderful. Hamish Macbeth is a character you will love. Books remind me of Agatha Christie.
Rowdycat More than 1 year ago
Hamish, local constable in a small Northern Scottish Highland village, has two new murders to solve in a neighboring village where a TV company is filming a new TV series. As usual, he is removed from the investigation by his superiors because they want to get credit for solving the murders instead of Hamish, who is the real solver of crimes. Also, as usual, they have to get Hamish back on the job because they can't solve the crimes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good mystery as always. Very amusing as well, had a quiet chuckle.
Guest More than 1 year ago
M. C. Beaton has written another very good book. I have enjoyed all the Hamish MacBeth series. The Publisher, who wrote above, has told you what the book is about. I will not repeat that. Nobody likes the 'Macho Man'. Hamish has even agreed to fight him after he goes off duty, but does it get that far??? Hamish fight??? He is very smart in solving murders but not one wants to do much fighting. 'Macho' is later found dead. Could it have been, Geordie, Anne, Andy, Willie, Archie, Rosie or maybe someone else?? Wait, did Hamish get shot at???? I keep hoping Hamish and Priscilla will get together, but I guess It would ruin them if they did. Beaton can let me see the village, the people, and the countryside in my mind. She is very, very, good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
love the series. quick read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent as always. I thoroughly enjoy the Hamish Macbeth series and this lives up to expectation.
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Lane Fabrick More than 1 year ago
There is much going on in this offering. Hamish finds action in more ways than one - nudge-nudge, wink-wink. It's extra fun when Blair gets jammed-up.
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mysteryafficionado More than 1 year ago
As always, M.C. Beaton delivers a funny, easy read in the Hamish MacBeth Series. Hamish, a rural Scottish policeman, beset by various would-be love interests, a not-too-puzzling murder, and the usual assorted suspects sets off to solve the crime while besting his superior officer, a publicity-hungry chief.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
¿Reading a Hamish Macbeth book is like taking a vacation in the Highlands to enjoy the local color and heather-scented air,¿ according to the book¿s liner notes. Well, possibly. Nonetheless M.C. Beaton¿s ¿Death of a Macho Man¿ continues the Macbeth saga in the small village of Lochdubh, Scotland. It follows Beaton¿s ¿tired and true¿ formula for her Macbeth books, of course. That said, this series is still a most readable, most interesting set, and I wouldn¿t think of missing one. In this one, naturally the macho man, after threatening, taunting, aggravating, and bullying (not to forget bragging) the locals--which on one occasion leads to a very nasty fight--our man comes up dead. Randy Duggan is so obnoxious that he even gets under Hamish¿s skin. Duggan issues a challenge to Hamish to settle their differences with a boxing match! Of course, everyone in the village is excited about this! But on the night of ¿the big fight,¿ Duggan is found shot to death--which takes care of the boxing match! But it also sheds great suspicion on Hamish. And from here on out, Beaton¿s ¿main man¿ is on the trail to find out who really did kill him (not that there weren¿t plenty of other suspects, as well!). Again, we meet up with Hamish¿s ex-fiancee Priscilla and his nemesis Sergeant Blair. Lochdubh and its denizens soon become ¿family¿ with this series!