Death of a Perfect Wife (Hamish Macbeth Series #4)

Death of a Perfect Wife (Hamish Macbeth Series #4)

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by M. C. Beaton
     
 

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From the author of the Agatha Raisin television series...DEATH OF A PERFECT WIFE: A Hamish Macbeth MysteryHamish Macbeth, the laid-back constable of Lochdubh, Scotland, has a new Land Rover to drive and a Highland summer to savor, but as fast as rain rolls in from the loch, his happy life goes to hell in a handbasket. The trouble begins when his beloved

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From the author of the Agatha Raisin television series...DEATH OF A PERFECT WIFE: A Hamish Macbeth MysteryHamish Macbeth, the laid-back constable of Lochdubh, Scotland, has a new Land Rover to drive and a Highland summer to savor, but as fast as rain rolls in from the loch, his happy life goes to hell in a handbasket. The trouble begins when his beloved Priscilla Halburton-Smythe returns from London . . . with a fiancé on her arm. His miseries multiply when clouds of midges (the diabolical Scottish mosquito) descend on the town. Then a paragon of housewifery named Trixie Thomas moves into Lochdubh with her lapdog husband in tow. The newcomer quickly convinces the local ladies to embrace low-cholesterol meals, ban tobacco, and begin bird-watching. Soon the town's fish-and-chips-loving men are up in arms. Now faced with the trials of his own soul, Macbeth must solve Lochdubh's newest crime-the mysterious poisoning of the perfect wife.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Constable Hamish Macbeth of Lochdubh in the Scottish Highlands returns to beguile readers in Beaton's fourth whodunit. With the arrival of Trixie and Paul Thomas from England, life in the tranquil village becomes chaotic, as brash Trixie establishes the Thomas house as headquarters for militant feminism. A ``perfect wife,'' Trixie subjugates her husband Paul and teaches the local women to follow her example. Obeying Trixie's dicta, the wives begin serving their spouses health food instead of ``harmful'' hearty meals, and campaign vigorously against smoking. It is no wonder that someone eventually murders Trixie; Hamish's problem is whittling down the number of suspects. As the pace of the merry tale quickens, gentle Hamish draws nearer to exposing the surprising killer whose motive is far different from what he expects. He is also gratified to find the male residents of Lochdubh admitting that they feel better--although not smoking and eating nutritiously--now that they are relieved of Trixie's domineering presence. (Dec.)
Library Journal
Trixie Thomas, "the perfect wife," moves to the highland village of Lochdubh and immediately gives Police Constable Hamish MacBeth the uncomfortable feeling that peace will be disrupted. He watches as she organizes other wives to reform the inhabitants and makes more enemies than friends. His uneasiness proves correct when she is poisoned. Prepare to be entertained as much by the fourth MacBeth mystery as by Davina Porter's charming Scottish lilt. Her unhurried reading sets the mood of the quiet town in which MacBeth makes his lazy but productive rounds. Recommended for all mystery collections.--Juleigh Muirhead Clark, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Lib., Williamsburg, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455520923
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
06/01/2012
Series:
Hamish Macbeth Series , #4
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
27,883
File size:
3 MB

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 Perfect Wife (Hamish Macbeth Series #4) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters in this book come to life! Think of Agatha Christie with a touch of Scottish charm and humor! I just love Hamish Macbeth and Towser!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Still in my stack of books to be read. Have enjoyed others in the series.
BettyG76 More than 1 year ago
If you want a nice gentle sweet read, then you want Hanish. He is so calming and gentle. Love him. Wish he was real and lived in my neighborhood.
Quilter75 More than 1 year ago
I am hooked on the Hamish Macbeth series by M.C. Beaton. I have always loved the style of writing of english authors. Once I start a new book, I can hardly put it down, and when finished I want to go the the next book in the series right away. If you enjoy English murder mysteries, you will love the Hamish Macbeth series. Quilter75
MDMM More than 1 year ago
M. C. Beaton is one of my favorite authors. If you enjoy a mystery with a lot of humor, you will enjoy this book.
HueyTX More than 1 year ago
I have read each one in order through Death of a Perfect Wife. They keep getting better and better! I look forward to the next one.
jjamros More than 1 year ago
I love MC Beaton's books -- just wish she could write faster!
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Delightful series
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