Death of a Nurse (Hamish Macbeth Series #31)

Death of a Nurse (Hamish Macbeth Series #31)

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by M. C. Beaton

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M. C. Beaton's New York Times bestselling Hamish Macbeth
series continues with a new mystery featuring Scotland's most
quick-witted but unambitious policeman.

Harrison has recently moved to a restored hunting lodge in Sutherland
with his gorgeous private nurse Gloria Dainty. When Hamish visits Mr.
Harrison to


M. C. Beaton's New York Times bestselling Hamish Macbeth
series continues with a new mystery featuring Scotland's most
quick-witted but unambitious policeman.

Harrison has recently moved to a restored hunting lodge in Sutherland
with his gorgeous private nurse Gloria Dainty. When Hamish visits Mr.
Harrison to welcome him to the neighborhood, the old man treats him very
rudely. Gloria apologizes for her employer's behavior, and Hamish takes
the plunge and invites her out for dinner. On the appointed evening,
Hamish waits for Gloria at the restaurant. And waits. Gloria never shows
up. Four days later, Gloria's body washes up on the beach near Braikie.
Now without a date and without his former policeman Dick Fraser (who
left the force to buy a bakery), Hamish must find out who killed the
beautiful new resident of Sutherland, and why, before the murderer
strikes again....

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In bestseller Beaton’s by-the-numbers 32nd Hamish Macbeth mystery (after 2015’s Death of a Liar), the Lochdubh, Scotland, police sergeant meets Gloria Dainty, a beautiful private nurse, and arranges a date with her. Hamish doesn’t understand why Gloria doesn’t show, until he stumbles on her body at the bottom of a cliff. Det. Jimmy Anderson answers Hamish’s call to the crime scene, followed almost immediately by brusque Insp. Fiona Herring, who takes charge. Hamish conducts his own investigation parallel to the official one, which focuses on elderly Percy Harrison, Gloria’s patient, and Percy’s housekeepers, Juris and Inga Janson. Complications run from the expected (Detective Chief Inspector Blair seeks to embarrass Hamish) to the unexpected (Col. George Halburton-Smythe tries to play detective). Hamish nimbly avoids bureaucratic pitfalls and shrewdly sniffs out deceptions as one murder leads to another, but this entry lacks the author’s usual sparkle. Series fans will hope for its return in Hamish’s next outing. Agent: Barbara Lowenstein, Lowenstein Associates. (Feb.)
Library Journal
Though new-in-town James Harrison is puzzlingly unpleasant when Hamish Macbeth pays a visit, Hamish does make a date with Harrison's lovely private nurse Gloria. Then she turns up dead. With a 40,000-copy first printing.
Kirkus Reviews
Beaton's unambitious but talented police hero continues to be attracted to all the wrong women. Sgt. Hamish Macbeth has hidden his talents in order to stay in the village of Lochdubh with his beloved dog and wild cat. His current officemate in the tiny police house is Charlie Carter, a large, likable, clumsy man who seems bent on destroying many of Hamish's meager possessions. Hamish's former fiancee Priscilla Halburton-Smythe's father, owner of the Tommel Castle Hotel, despises Hamish but has taken a shine to Charlie, whom Priscilla invites to stay in the hotel butler's suite. Hamish's latest unsuitable crush, stunning nurse Gloria Dainty, cares for wealthy, irascible, wheelchair-bound Mr. Harrison. Soon after Gloria stands Hamish up for a dinner date, her body is found at the bottom of a cliff. Hamish and Charlie, assigned to the case, are supervised by Inspector Fiona Herring, a tough-as-nails woman, married to a judge, who seems intent on ensnaring Charlie in an affair. Hamish soon learns that Gloria was plotting to manipulate Harrison into bequeathing her money. Since his son and daughter-in-law would do anything to thwart her scheme, is one of them Gloria's killer? Hamish's bosses are happy to pin the murder on a druggie and close the case. Not Hamish. The latest appearance by the charming Scot (Death of a Liar, 2015, etc.) provides all the quirky characters and striking Highlands scenery you could want, along with one of Beaton's most successful mysteries.
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 Book Review"

Hamish Macbeth is that most unusual character, one to whom the reader returns because of his charming flaws. May he never get promoted."—New York Journal of Books"

With residents and a constable so authentic, it won't be long before tourists will be seeking Lochdubh and believing in the reality of Hamish Macbeth as surely as they believed in Sherlock Holmes."—Denver Rocky Mountain News"

Macbeth is the sort of character who slyly grows on you."—Chicago Sun-Times

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Grand Central Publishing
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Hamish Macbeth Series , #31
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8.40(w) x 5.60(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

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Death of a Nurse 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Hamish is great lazy and smart. You've got to love him. I bought all of hamish series and it's to long between books. Write more quicker!!!!!!!!.
Anonymous 7 months ago
These books are like potato chips. One is not going to do it. Absolutely addictive.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
for sonsie and lugs fans be ready for a surprise
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Hamish Macbeth works as a police sergeant in the small village of Lochdubh in the Scottish Highlands. He is a little lazy, doesn’t want to leave his little town, an interested in the new nurse in town. He asks Gloria Dainty out on a date but she never shows. Then a couple days later her body is found. It’s now up to Hamish to figure out who killed Gloria without the help of a new constable that is more of a bumbling klutz. I have seen several of MC Beaton’s books but have yet to have read any, although I do have them on my list. Or course I jumped at the chance to review Death of a Nurse, who wouldn’t. Hamish is a clever man yet he has a bit of a lazy streak and no luck with the ladies. And when he finally has a chance at a date she ends up dead. It is up to him and his bumbling partner. This is a great cozy mystery. I didn’t really know who did it until the end and I had a hard time putting the book down. Although it is part of a series this book could be a stand-alone. Now I’m going to go back and catch up on this series from the beginning. I received Death of a Nurse for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Twink More than 1 year ago
3.5 I don't read a lot of 'cozy' mysteries, but when I do my choice is M.C. Beaton. She is the author of two very light hearted mystery series set in Scotland. Of the two, I enjoy the Hamish Macbeth tales just a tad bit more than Agatha Raisin, although they're both wonderful. The latest MacBeth (#31!) is Death of a Nurse. It releases today - and I have a copy to giveaway! Death of a Nurse happily returns us to the small Scottish village of Lochdubh, where Police Sergeant Hamish MacBeth is based. (with no plans to leave or moved up in rank) I happily settled down to catch up with familiar characters and places - Patel's grocery, the Currie sisters, Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, Jimmy Anderson, Hamish's nemesis DCI Blair and more. Hamish's beat covers a large territory. (And a seemingly inordinate amount of murders!) While introducing himself to a new resident, he meets not just the wealthy older gentleman but his attractive nurse. Hamish has an eye for the lassies, and asks her out. Gloria is a no show for dinner.....but her body appears on the beach a few days later. Beaton's books follow a comfortable, comforting, cozy pattern. Hamish is usually the one to solve the murders, but eschews the limelight, for fear of having to leave his beloved live-in police station. Daviot and Blair do their best to try and rid themselves of MacBeth, but haven't been successful yet. Hamish himself is still looking for love, but he too has been unsuccessful. Beaton introduces new characters as the books progress - usually a new Constable for Hamish to work with. One longstanding character departs in this book, to my surprise. The mysteries aren't overly complicated, but it's the journey to the whodunits that's the most enjoyable. Death of a Nurse is another fun entry in this long-running series.