Death of a Valentine (Hamish Macbeth Series #25)

Death of a Valentine (Hamish Macbeth Series #25)

by M. C. Beaton
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Death of a Valentine (Hamish Macbeth Series #26) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A bit too much focus on Josie, the boozy, horny partner inherited by Hamish. Nevertheless, I stayed with the book, finding it funny and not without tension. I wish Blair would be paid back big-time. Just once! My wife read a hardcover version from our library. Oddly, there were two instances where a Josie's name was mistakenly written in for Annie's (pp.78-79, chapter four).
Jay-Fer More than 1 year ago
Over the years I've read dozens of Ms Beaton's books, both the Hamish Macbeth series and the Agatha Raisin series. I used to enjoy them as a little bit of light reading, usually with some situation humor, maybe a little irony. The past few books of hers that I've read, however, have made me wonder what I ever saw in them. Her recent Agatha Raisin books have more closely resembled an outline than a full-flesh book, and her obviously dim opinion of all women as stupid, vain, needy, pathetic creatures who can't possibly get by in the world without a man, any man, no matter how unsuitable or sorry, makes me wonder if M C Beaton might really be a man. I can't imagine what could have happened in a successful woman's life to make her detest other females so thoroughly and overtly. This book is a testament to her negative feelings about women, as a weak, sniveling, conniving, alcoholic police woman sets her sights on confirmed bachelor Hamish Macbeth and proceeds to chase him, trick him, drug him, lie to him, and fake a pregnancy to get him to the altar. The woman makes bad decision after bad decision, moves from the brink of stalking to all-out no holds barred obsession; loses her job, her friends, her mother's support, and her reputation, all for lowly police sergeant Hamish Macbeth, a man whose cheapness and self-centered ways are known throughout the Highlands. Hamish has nothing of his own; even his house is the local police station. He's known for mooching and poaching and taking advantage of his friends' good nature; yeah, what a catch! The book would be funny if not so insulting; maybe that's what Beaton is going for, but she missed it by a wide margin.
eriegirl More than 1 year ago
I have always like this series, but this one was weak. Josie's adoration and subsequent downfall lacked the humor I am accustomed to from this series, and I have already forgotten who was murdered!
CloieTheBookMaven More than 1 year ago
MC Beaton paints a somewhat ugly picture of a twisted and ineffective Police Force. Throughout the book, we learn that it's filled with a twisted female, a burglar, a vengeful crooked and alcoholic Supervisor, more alcoholics, liars and incompetents. There are four gruesome murders, with two directly related to the illegal doings of a police force member. It's no wonder that all this happens, when the top guy is a really stupid man who wants everything swept under the rug. I felt that the constant attention to this and Hamish Macbeth's female constable with her actions, was a bit too much. There's hardly any mention of the wonderful Scottish landscape and quirky villagers which in the past dominated this series. I've read all the Hamish MacBeth books except the most recent release. This is the only one that I found a bit tedious. Also, Hamish and the always-present women in his life are very foolish too. The romantic angle was like reading a cheap romantic novel. I read mysteries to go through the mystery. The major one here is how so many foolish and/or crooked people are living in one seemingly conservative village.
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Enjoyable, as always.
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59 pages into it and i gave it up. Rambles on and on and still not certain what this book was about Waste of money imho
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