Death of a Maid (Hamish Macbeth Series #22)

Death of a Maid (Hamish Macbeth Series #22)

by M. C. Beaton
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Death of a Maid (Hamish Macbeth Series #22) by M. C. Beaton

From the author of the Agatha Raisin television series...
DEATH OF A MAID: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery
Mrs. Gillespie is famous around the northwest of Sutherland for being the best charwoman ever. Of course, if anyone has any social pretensions one does not say charwoman, one talks about "my maid". Hamish Macbeth wins Mrs. Gillespie's services in a church raffle but spends most of the day trying to avoid her. She is a malicious gossip and she bangs around the furniture and clanks pots—he wonders how on earth she managed to get such a good reputation. Then she is found dead in a large house belonging to a retired professor who was out the day she was killed. She has been struck down by a metal bucket of water. Remembering Mrs. Gillespie's malicious gossip, Hamish is sure she delighted in finding out secrets and probably searched through the drawers of the houses she cleaned, which means everyone whose home she cleaned could be a suspect.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446615471
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 01/01/2008
Series: Hamish Macbeth Series , #22
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 190,592
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.88(d)

About 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 Maid (Hamish Macbeth Series #23) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
ms77 More than 1 year ago
This series is great for those of us who like a little crime/mystery without the graphic details. It's always fun to read about Hammish is up to!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When village constable Hamish Macbeth wins the maid services of grouchy Mrs. Gillispie in a church raffle, murder isn't far behind. It turns out Mrs. Gillespie has another 'career' - as a blackmailer, which leads to her untimely demise. No one misses her much, but Hamish is hard on the job anyway. As always, he manages to solve the crime, outwit his archnemesis Chief Inspector Blair, avoid unwanted promotion, and extricate himself from any threat of marriage. As always, great fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hamish is at it once more in the Highlands of Scotland. As he tries to solve another crime, his past loves keep popping up in his life, making for an entertaining and fun mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another enjoyable Hamish MacBeth story. These are some of my favorite books. I would reccomend this series to someone who likes shows like Murder, She Wrote.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hamish Macbeth is a wonderful character!! He is a very canny police detective who is constantly belittled and bedeviled by superior officers who are much less intelligent than he. It is very gratifying to see him triumph over them and go back to his loyal animal companions and the peace of his little police station in his "quiet" little village.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The main character of this novel is a small town Scottish cop. He is very entertaining and funny. The characters are well-developed and the writing is excellent--very descriptive. I enjoyed it so much, I purchased the entire Hamish Bacbeth series, so I could start from the beginning and watch Macbeth and the characters develop over time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book, character-wise, situation-wise and location-wise. These stories about Scotland are always intriguing and filled with suspense. If you enjoyed other books about this detective-policeman, you will enjoy this book as well. Read it and pass it on to other mystery readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was funny with the cast of the usual characters, and Hamish gets it right in the end, as always. I love the Hamish Macbeth series.
zhela More than 1 year ago
i got this whole series for my mom and she loves it. i put them on her nook and she reads them every nigh
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FroggyHarley More than 1 year ago
Typical Hamish solves the mystery. Good rainy day read.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Lochdubh, Scotland, local Constable Hamish Macbeth literally trips over the corpse of the town gossip, housecleaner Mrs. Mavis Gillespie. Macbeth does not need a medical examiner or coroner to know murder occurred as the severely bruised victim was beaten to death with the weapon also obvious, her battered pail. --- Macbeth begins his official investigation by questioning the deceased¿s clients. Every one of Mrs. Gillespie¿s customers insisted she was a fantastic cleaning woman, but Hamish notices each says this with disdain. He also wonders why if Mrs. Gillespie was so good at her job, all the homes she cleaned seemed filled with layers of dust as if no dust rag, broom, vacuum or mop ever was used. This inconstancy leads Macbeth to dig even further into the lifestyle of Mrs. Gillespie who lived way beyond the means of a housecleaner or even a constable should. As Hamish starts to understand how she earned her income and that the motive was killing a blackmailer, his police department peers want his investigation stopped making him wonder if some of them were victims of the late extortionist, Mrs. Gillespie. --- Though Macbeth has starred in over twenty Scottish police procedurals, his latest DEATH OF A MAID is a fabulous fresh investigative tale. The story line follows his inquiries as he struggles with too many suspects once he realizes the victim was a blackmailer and also struggles in his personal life too. M.C. Beaton is terrific as always as she provides her fans with an entertaining whodunit. --- Harriet Klausner