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With this tenth book in a series that fans of British mysteries have come to relish more than fish 'n chips and a pint at the pub, M. C. Beaton returns with another baffling case for Hamish Macbeth, the stubborn, red-haired, one-man police department of the Highland village of Lochdubh. Praised for her wonderful characterizations, wry humor, and authentic local color, M. C With this tenth book in a series that fans of British mysteries have come to relish more than fish 'n chips and a pint at the pub, M. C. Beaton returns with another baffling case for Hamish Macbeth, the stubborn, red-haired, one-man police department of the Highland village of Lochdubh. Praised for her wonderful characterizations, wry humor, and authentic local color, M. C. Beaton again adds the essential ingredient for an outstanding whodunit - a plot that keeps readers guessing right up to the very end. Hamish Macbeth's unofficial engagement to the stunning Priscilla Halburton-Smythe is reminding the constable of the old adage about answered prayers. His lovely fiancee has replaced his cozy wood stove with a modern electric one and is busy trying to "make a man of him." The only man Hamish wants to be is the one who slouches about the village, gossiping, fishing, and deftly solving a crime or two. Deciding that this may be a good time for a little retreat, Hamish ambles over to the nearby backwater of Drim - ostensibly to check out a posh English chap who's causing a most unusual problem. Single, wealthy, and terribly attractive, newcomer Peter Hynd has thrown the middle-aged matrons of Drim into a flutter, and put their men, dour Highlanders whose feelings run deep, on a slow burn. Hamish's instincts tell him this seemingly charming young man likes to stir up trouble, and it's not long before the seething emotions transform the sleepy village into a hotbed of threats, domestic rows, and violent murder. With Hamish's own relationship raising doubts about hearts and flowers, he's more than ready to do what he now must - investigate the darker side of love . . .


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With this tenth book in a series that fans of British mysteries have come to relish more than fish 'n chips and a pint at the pub, M. C. Beaton returns with another baffling case for Hamish Macbeth, the stubborn, red-haired, one-man police department of the Highland village of Lochdubh. Praised for her wonderful characterizations, wry humor, and authentic local color, M. C With this tenth book in a series that fans of British mysteries have come to relish more than fish 'n chips and a pint at the pub, M. C. Beaton returns with another baffling case for Hamish Macbeth, the stubborn, red-haired, one-man police department of the Highland village of Lochdubh. Praised for her wonderful characterizations, wry humor, and authentic local color, M. C. Beaton again adds the essential ingredient for an outstanding whodunit - a plot that keeps readers guessing right up to the very end. Hamish Macbeth's unofficial engagement to the stunning Priscilla Halburton-Smythe is reminding the constable of the old adage about answered prayers. His lovely fiancee has replaced his cozy wood stove with a modern electric one and is busy trying to "make a man of him." The only man Hamish wants to be is the one who slouches about the village, gossiping, fishing, and deftly solving a crime or two. Deciding that this may be a good time for a little retreat, Hamish ambles over to the nearby backwater of Drim - ostensibly to check out a posh English chap who's causing a most unusual problem. Single, wealthy, and terribly attractive, newcomer Peter Hynd has thrown the middle-aged matrons of Drim into a flutter, and put their men, dour Highlanders whose feelings run deep, on a slow burn. Hamish's instincts tell him this seemingly charming young man likes to stir up trouble, and it's not long before the seething emotions transform the sleepy village into a hotbed of threats, domestic rows, and violent murder. With Hamish's own relationship raising doubts about hearts and flowers, he's more than ready to do what he now must - investigate the darker side of love . . .

30 review for Death of a Charming Man

  1. 5 out of 5

    Fiona MacDonald

    I don't think I could ever love a series as much as I do the Hamish MacBeth books - apart from Agatha Raisin of course whom I love just as much! Both characters are my go to comfort reads. These books ALWAYS cheer me up, calm me down, relax me, ease my mind, no matter which ones I read. I haven't disliked a single one and have now read quite a large number. I know a lot of people complain that the plotlines are repeated and awfully similar with certain things almost identical, but that is exactly I don't think I could ever love a series as much as I do the Hamish MacBeth books - apart from Agatha Raisin of course whom I love just as much! Both characters are my go to comfort reads. These books ALWAYS cheer me up, calm me down, relax me, ease my mind, no matter which ones I read. I haven't disliked a single one and have now read quite a large number. I know a lot of people complain that the plotlines are repeated and awfully similar with certain things almost identical, but that is exactly why I like them. I love the familiarity of knowing roughly what is going to happen, and the relief of knowing things will always turn out right. It means I can relax and let go instead of panicking that something might happen to Hamish that I'm not expecting. Added to which, I have fallen head over heels for Hamish's Scottish village Lochdubh and can really picture myself there when he is out and about making house calls basking in the warm sunshine, down by the seafront breathing in the salty sea air, watching the fishing boats come in on a dark autumnal night or driving along the moors with a ferocious gale blowing away. I just love everything about these books and can't recommend them enough - they really are the epitome of 'cosy mystery.' I find I have to ration myself to one every now and again or I would steam through them one after another and have nothing left to look forward to. In this story, Hamish is petering on the edge of a breakup with Priscilla (who wants him to move to Strathbane and get rid of his wood burning stove), convinced a new member of the village has been murdered (the new Adonis has caused quite a stir among the women of the village, much to the annoyance of their husbands), trying to take much needed time off (which consists of renting a room up the road from his station so that he can carry on investigating) and as always is terrified that he is going to be promoted if he does too much work... we love you Hamish, just the way you are!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

    Reading the Hamish Macbeth series is like putting on your favorite, cozy pajamas and drinking a cup of tea--very enjoyable. Hamish again avoided getting married, kept his police station intact in Loch Dubh, and figured out "who done it" in this charming mystery set in the Scottish Highlands. Reading the Hamish Macbeth series is like putting on your favorite, cozy pajamas and drinking a cup of tea--very enjoyable. Hamish again avoided getting married, kept his police station intact in Loch Dubh, and figured out "who done it" in this charming mystery set in the Scottish Highlands.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chazzle

    OK, maybe I'm overating this book a bit. But I just love the way M.C. Beaton writes. I loved her Agatha Raisin character, and now I've read my first Hamish Macbeth. Samples: 1) There were a lot of strange places in the Highlands of Scotland where the very earth gave out a bleak atmosphere of misery, as if years of hardship had been recorded in the ancient rock and thin poor soil. 2) He looked at her with loathing. "Go and jump in the loch," he said rudely. "Women! They should all be strangled at b OK, maybe I'm overating this book a bit. But I just love the way M.C. Beaton writes. I loved her Agatha Raisin character, and now I've read my first Hamish Macbeth. Samples: 1) There were a lot of strange places in the Highlands of Scotland where the very earth gave out a bleak atmosphere of misery, as if years of hardship had been recorded in the ancient rock and thin poor soil. 2) He looked at her with loathing. "Go and jump in the loch," he said rudely. "Women! They should all be strangled at birth!" 3) She invited him into the living-room of her home. It was a pleasant-enough room, well-ordered, but lit with a 40-watt bulb behind one of those old-fashioned glass shades, which gave the place the air of the type of waiting-room one waits in before some humiliation - dentist, gynaecologist, headmaster - or the lounge of an old folks' home where the elderly sit and play Scrabble and wait for death's bright angel to pop his head round the door and say, "Come in, Number Six, your time's up." Now especially with that last sample, how many times have I read dull descriptions of a room where the author attempts to describe every last stick of furniture to precision, seemingly without any motivation to advancing a point, but simply to exercise the writing muscle. Anyway, the story is quite amusing as well, as a young Adonis from London moves to the Highlands of Scotland, and all the overweight middle-aged ladies compete for his affections. It's still a murder mystery, but that's almost beside the point. The lead character, Hamish MacBeth, for me, is like looking in a mirror. What's not to love? Set in his ways, resenting his fiancee's attempts to imporve his life. I loved the book, clearly. Worth 4 stars, at least. But I'l give it 5, since I'm convinced I am Hamish in the flesh.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Julie Durnell

    Well, Hamish is not always Mr. Sensitive in Book #10, but I really liked his stubborn pursuit of Peter Hynd's mysterious disappearance; basing it mostly on his Highlander intuition as usual. Priscilla makes a great Watson again, but I'm thinking that may be her best quality in regards to their relationship. I felt the village characters in Drim were actually quite grim, hoping the next book will be just a bit more entertaining! Well, Hamish is not always Mr. Sensitive in Book #10, but I really liked his stubborn pursuit of Peter Hynd's mysterious disappearance; basing it mostly on his Highlander intuition as usual. Priscilla makes a great Watson again, but I'm thinking that may be her best quality in regards to their relationship. I felt the village characters in Drim were actually quite grim, hoping the next book will be just a bit more entertaining!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ivonne Rovira

    Death of a Charming Man isn't one of M.C. Beaton's best entries in the Hamish Macbeth mystery series. From the contrived premise to Hamish's mulishness to his fiancée's coolness and pride, this 10th novel in the series just doesn't come up to the usual standard. Now Hamish Macbeth can be stubborn and self-pitying, but he really becomes almost clownish in this tale of a gorgeous but malicious English incomer to the Scottish Highlands. Blond, charming Peter Hynd settles in the dull and desolate vil Death of a Charming Man isn't one of M.C. Beaton's best entries in the Hamish Macbeth mystery series. From the contrived premise to Hamish's mulishness to his fiancée's coolness and pride, this 10th novel in the series just doesn't come up to the usual standard. Now Hamish Macbeth can be stubborn and self-pitying, but he really becomes almost clownish in this tale of a gorgeous but malicious English incomer to the Scottish Highlands. Blond, charming Peter Hynd settles in the dull and desolate village of Drim, located near Hamish's Lochdubh; no sooner does Hynd settle there than the village women begin to primp and make fools of themselves over him. The arrival begets jealousy among the Drim men and then jealousy between the women who each fancy themselves to be in the running for Hynd's main squeeze. When Hynd disappears without anyone seeing him leave, Hamish suspects the worst. Beaton's premise that a pack of badly aged biddies could imagine that a man in his 20s with movie-star looks was really going to take up with any of them simply strains credulity. We're not talking the svelte women of Cougartown here. Charm or no charm, I would know better than to be taken in my a smooth-talker like Peter Hynd, and I doubt that in reality these women -- unsophisticated or no -- would fall prey. In addition, both Hamish and his fiancée, the posh Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, behave like stubborn children, taking offense and refusing to speak up to clear up matters. (view spoiler)[Actually, the break-up of their engagement actually made me sigh with relief. They are so ill suited that such a marriage could only prove disastrous. (hide spoiler)] We also see the re-emergence of the annoying, mooching, indolent, unambitious Hamish of yore. He just can't seem to grow up. All in all, I recommend Death of a Charming Man only to those who never fail to be charmed by Hamish Macbeth. At less than 200 pages, it's OK for a rainy weekend when you can't get to the library.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey Hanson

    This was shockingly unpleasant! This is my least favorite Hamish Macbeth story so far. I've always found Priscilla annoying, but she's downright insufferable in this one and Hamish keeps making it worse! This story spends so much time focusing on their bickering that the mystery seems a bit forgotten. There is yet another man named Peter and this one seemed a bit like a rehash of Death of a Traveler. It just kind of irritated me that the women in these stories act like lemmings and engage mindle This was shockingly unpleasant! This is my least favorite Hamish Macbeth story so far. I've always found Priscilla annoying, but she's downright insufferable in this one and Hamish keeps making it worse! This story spends so much time focusing on their bickering that the mystery seems a bit forgotten. There is yet another man named Peter and this one seemed a bit like a rehash of Death of a Traveler. It just kind of irritated me that the women in these stories act like lemmings and engage mindless in the same stupid behaviors. I really hope the next book is better.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    2.5 stars Not my favourite Hamish story. The mystery itself is okay but there is way too much whinging over Priscilla...and vice versa. They both act like complete fools and it's very tiresome. The story did improve as the book went on but other books in the series are much better than this one. 2.5 stars Not my favourite Hamish story. The mystery itself is okay but there is way too much whinging over Priscilla...and vice versa. They both act like complete fools and it's very tiresome. The story did improve as the book went on but other books in the series are much better than this one.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

    In #10 of the Hamish Macbeth series, Hamish must deal with a newcomer to the nearby town of Drim whose good lucks cause more trouble than Hamish might prefer. When the handsome, charming Peter Hynd disappears after angering the men of Drim with his flirtations with their wives and daughters, Hamish suspects the worst. Unfortunately for him, his love life (an ever present distraction) is going less than swimmingly and Hamish must balance trying to figure out Priscilla and the disappearance of Pet In #10 of the Hamish Macbeth series, Hamish must deal with a newcomer to the nearby town of Drim whose good lucks cause more trouble than Hamish might prefer. When the handsome, charming Peter Hynd disappears after angering the men of Drim with his flirtations with their wives and daughters, Hamish suspects the worst. Unfortunately for him, his love life (an ever present distraction) is going less than swimmingly and Hamish must balance trying to figure out Priscilla and the disappearance of Peter Hynd. I think this is probably the weakest of the Hamish Macbeth books and largely because the mystery is overshadowed by the incredible drama between Hamish and Priscilla. While I was getting a little tired of the will-they-won't-they romance of the pair in the previous books, this book made me regret seeing them together. They are almost unbelievably bad as a couple, with Priscilla constantly trying to change Hamish into a more ambitious man (despite knowing full well that that's unlikely) and Hamish constantly getting irritated with said attempts. It creates an air of constant relationship drama that irritated me. The mystery is mildly interesting but I ended up finishing the book with a feeling of dissatisfaction. While I also enjoy reading romances sometimes, I certainly wouldn't be sad to see the romance angle of the relationship between Priscilla and Hamish go to the way side.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Hamish, you will never change. But please remember that Priscilla won't, either. The sooner you both realize this, the better. Hamish Macbeth, the laziest, most efficient copper around, is back to at the police station/house. No assistant, living on his own, with Towser and engaged to Priscilla. Talk about a mis-match. And this time a charming, beautiful actor of a man moves into the neighboring village. He's causing the women to fall in love with him and the men to hate him, as you might expect. Hamish, you will never change. But please remember that Priscilla won't, either. The sooner you both realize this, the better. Hamish Macbeth, the laziest, most efficient copper around, is back to at the police station/house. No assistant, living on his own, with Towser and engaged to Priscilla. Talk about a mis-match. And this time a charming, beautiful actor of a man moves into the neighboring village. He's causing the women to fall in love with him and the men to hate him, as you might expect. Except every woman is convinced she is the apple of his eye and no one else. When Mr Charming disappears overnight and then one of the women is found dead, Hamish can't help but investigate. It's the most initiative I've ever seen him take in 10 books. Oh, and silly side plot - Hamish and Priscilla both make dumb decisions. Nothing new here, but what a terrible pairing. Let's move past this sham of a relationship, ok? Oil and water. Square and circle. Night and day. And any other opposite you want to compare them to. Still, I'll read the next one because I love Lochdubh. 3 stars.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Barrow Wilfong

    Same M.C. Beaton formula: newcomer arrives at village; charms the socks off everybody and creates animosity between the locals. Turns out to be a grade A loser. Someone bops him off. Meanwhile Hamish and his fiancee demonstrate the social intelligence of 12 year olds, not different from Agatha Raisin and her men friends. I wonder if Beaton didn't believe she could create interesting situations with happily married people? Frankly, she could marry off her protagonists and give them the same flaws a Same M.C. Beaton formula: newcomer arrives at village; charms the socks off everybody and creates animosity between the locals. Turns out to be a grade A loser. Someone bops him off. Meanwhile Hamish and his fiancee demonstrate the social intelligence of 12 year olds, not different from Agatha Raisin and her men friends. I wonder if Beaton didn't believe she could create interesting situations with happily married people? Frankly, she could marry off her protagonists and give them the same flaws and show how married people work through them. I would find that more interesting than the adolescent, angsty melodramas that her protagonists currently contrive. At least Beaton contrives them and they definitely feel contrived. Something stupid always comes up to create childish misunderstandings between Hamish and his ladylove (no different from Agatha and James Lacy). But it's still a mildly interesting mystery. I check them out on audio and listen to them while I clean my house, so I haven't wasted money and it helps with boring chores.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jayne Catherine pinkett

    I love my Hamish Macbeth. They have a cosy warmth and I love his life updates. I generally give 3-3.5* for them. This was a particularly good one, plenty of intrigue going on in the next village and it made me laugh more than usual

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ellie

    Just finished Death of a Charming Man by M.C. Beaton. I am in love with Hamish Macbeth-the lazy policemen of this altogether charming series. And no one else will have him: this appears to me to be a perfect relationship. For the good detective as well who enjoys doing as little as possible and solving the occasional murder to punctuate his happy idleness. Just finished Death of a Charming Man by M.C. Beaton. I am in love with Hamish Macbeth-the lazy policemen of this altogether charming series. And no one else will have him: this appears to me to be a perfect relationship. For the good detective as well who enjoys doing as little as possible and solving the occasional murder to punctuate his happy idleness.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Workman

    I have read all of the Agatha Raisin books that my library has, so I thought I would start on another of MC Beaton's series. I like Hamish Macbeth well enough but it doesn't draw me in like Agatha Raisin does. However, I liked it well enough that I am reading a second book from this series. I have read all of the Agatha Raisin books that my library has, so I thought I would start on another of MC Beaton's series. I like Hamish Macbeth well enough but it doesn't draw me in like Agatha Raisin does. However, I liked it well enough that I am reading a second book from this series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    ✨ Gramy ✨

    . Hamish is such a kind and compassionate man. I really enjoy this series and look forward to reading more.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Pato Myers

    My least favorite, I don't like conflict between adults that would be resolved if they just talked to each other. My least favorite, I don't like conflict between adults that would be resolved if they just talked to each other.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Lohr

    *This review can also be found on my book review blog, The Never-Ending TBR Pile. Jealousy. Manipulation. Revenge. None of these seem likely in a dreary, end of the world place like Drim. But incomer Peter Hynd is about to change all that and Hamish is uneasy of what may come. Add to that his uncertainty about his unofficial engagement to Priscilla Halburton-Smythe and there's a recipe for disaster. This installment of the Hamish Macbeth series really fascinated me with the way the story was laid o *This review can also be found on my book review blog, The Never-Ending TBR Pile. Jealousy. Manipulation. Revenge. None of these seem likely in a dreary, end of the world place like Drim. But incomer Peter Hynd is about to change all that and Hamish is uneasy of what may come. Add to that his uncertainty about his unofficial engagement to Priscilla Halburton-Smythe and there's a recipe for disaster. This installment of the Hamish Macbeth series really fascinated me with the way the story was laid out. For nearly the entirety of the book, the whereabouts of Peter Hynd and whether he was alive or dead are in question. A murder that wasn't expected actually took place. And the final reveal was definitely not one I had thought of considering there was no lack of suspects and a number of them could have done it. This is probably the twisty-ist book in this series that I have read so far and I thoroughly enjoyed it! The character interactions, continued peeks into the Highland ways, and consistent portrayals of the small communities within Hamish's jurisdiction make for fascinating insights and depth. I really like how he goes about interacting with the various characters and tugging at threads until something finally gives. Overall, another great addition to this series that I just can't seem to get enough of. So, I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a murder mystery series full of quirky characters, interesting locations, and twisty plots!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Greg

    This is my least favorite Hamish adventure thus far. When a new man moves into a nearby town, Hamish goes to check out all the gossip (the women are enthralled, their husbands are not) and Hamish admits the man is indeed beautiful (Hamish is surprised to his own reaction, as he had never thought a man could be beautiful). And Hamish's on-again, off-again rich girlfriend, Priscilla, is so oft-putting one might wonder if Hamish is going to switch teams! Now, that's not the road this book takes and This is my least favorite Hamish adventure thus far. When a new man moves into a nearby town, Hamish goes to check out all the gossip (the women are enthralled, their husbands are not) and Hamish admits the man is indeed beautiful (Hamish is surprised to his own reaction, as he had never thought a man could be beautiful). And Hamish's on-again, off-again rich girlfriend, Priscilla, is so oft-putting one might wonder if Hamish is going to switch teams! Now, that's not the road this book takes and therein lies the rub: not much of any road is taken at all other than Hamish seeking out free tea with various characters. This series is a "cozy", no more and no less, and I read it because Hamish is sorta fun: he occasionally likes to smoke up and break a law here and there. So let's just pretend Hamish's momentary switch hit doesn't work out, cause that's more interesting, and move on to his next adventure. (I already have the next two here at home from the library.)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    These books always crack me up because of the over the top characters. All the ladies that see one attractive man in their town and decide to get all spiffed up and attend exercise classes. I feel like this actually happens a lot in this series, but I don’t mind. I love that this series is timeless...there aren’t a lot of indicator of the era and I enjoy that. I never really liked Pricilla that much... other than when she assists Hamish with his detecting. It’s ridiculous how everyone in this ser These books always crack me up because of the over the top characters. All the ladies that see one attractive man in their town and decide to get all spiffed up and attend exercise classes. I feel like this actually happens a lot in this series, but I don’t mind. I love that this series is timeless...there aren’t a lot of indicator of the era and I enjoy that. I never really liked Pricilla that much... other than when she assists Hamish with his detecting. It’s ridiculous how everyone in this series twists events and facts into their own narrative and Hamish just lets them and kind of shakes his head. He’s such a good character and a good person, even through people don’t treat him that way. I actually had a tiny idea about who the murderer was, but not for the same reasons that Hamish did... more from the descriptions of that character.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    I have read, and listened to many of the books in this series, and enjoyed them very much. The voice of the narrator just didn't fit for me, after listening to others in the series. The voice of Hamish would go higher, than the other read parts of the book, and just didn't fit. The accent didn't seem right. The reading of this book, took a lot of the enjoyment away from the story for me. I did get more background on the relationship between Hamish and his fiancee. They break up, but are friends I have read, and listened to many of the books in this series, and enjoyed them very much. The voice of the narrator just didn't fit for me, after listening to others in the series. The voice of Hamish would go higher, than the other read parts of the book, and just didn't fit. The accent didn't seem right. The reading of this book, took a lot of the enjoyment away from the story for me. I did get more background on the relationship between Hamish and his fiancee. They break up, but are friends in later books.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Regina Spiker

    Favorite quote: She invited him into the living-room of her home. It was a pleasant-enough room, well-ordered, but lit with a 40-watt bulb behind one of those old-fashioned glass shades, which gave the place the air of the type of waiting-room one waits in before some humiliation - dentist, gynaecologist, headmaster - or the lounge of an old folks' home where the elderly sit and play Scrabble and wait for death's bright angel to pop his head round the door and say, "Come in, Number Six, your tim Favorite quote: She invited him into the living-room of her home. It was a pleasant-enough room, well-ordered, but lit with a 40-watt bulb behind one of those old-fashioned glass shades, which gave the place the air of the type of waiting-room one waits in before some humiliation - dentist, gynaecologist, headmaster - or the lounge of an old folks' home where the elderly sit and play Scrabble and wait for death's bright angel to pop his head round the door and say, "Come in, Number Six, your time's up." An audio borrowed through Hoopla..

  21. 5 out of 5

    OjoAusana

    This was the first book from this series i could get me hands on, and i probably would have liked it more had i found the rest of the series but im just not sure if i care for the MC. I also think i would like it better if i listened to the audiobook.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sherri Smith

    Although I love the Hamish MacBeth books and they are wonderful mysteries filled with charming characters, I had a little trouble staying the course with this particular story.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lynnette

    Another of Hamish's unique murder investigations, but this one is drawn out and complicated with difficulties in his personal life. A fun, if not entirely believable, tale. Another of Hamish's unique murder investigations, but this one is drawn out and complicated with difficulties in his personal life. A fun, if not entirely believable, tale.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Chatlien

    The premise was too similar to Death of a Traveling Man. That was disappointing.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Anne Hawn Smith

    A beautiful young man moves into a ghastly nearby village and immediately sets out to seduce the middle aged women in the town and set them against each other, then seems to disappear in the night. Only Hamish Macbeth thinks he has been murdered and he has to go on vacation to solve the mystery. Along with the problem of the murders is the problems between Priscilla and Hamish. They are on a collision course and things come to a head in this mystery. This is just the kind of cozy mystery you wan A beautiful young man moves into a ghastly nearby village and immediately sets out to seduce the middle aged women in the town and set them against each other, then seems to disappear in the night. Only Hamish Macbeth thinks he has been murdered and he has to go on vacation to solve the mystery. Along with the problem of the murders is the problems between Priscilla and Hamish. They are on a collision course and things come to a head in this mystery. This is just the kind of cozy mystery you want for a rainy day. Lots of subplots and enough action to keep the book interesting.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Interesting portrayal of typical Highlanders in the closed off little village of Drim, and their view of "incomers". Also appreciated the insight regarding the haughty opinion of the character who, having lived there for many years, still considered herself better than "those Highland villagers." The premise of the story was less believable than some of Beaton's other works so three stars, but still a decent read and you need the subplot of the Hamish-Priscilla romance so read the series in orde Interesting portrayal of typical Highlanders in the closed off little village of Drim, and their view of "incomers". Also appreciated the insight regarding the haughty opinion of the character who, having lived there for many years, still considered herself better than "those Highland villagers." The premise of the story was less believable than some of Beaton's other works so three stars, but still a decent read and you need the subplot of the Hamish-Priscilla romance so read the series in order.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Grundset Milner

    I didn't have this one figured out until Hamish Macbeth spelled it out for me. This is the tale of a beautiful bachelor who moves to the village Drim and has all the locals in an uproar. The women all competing for his attentions and the men jealous and trying to protect their marriages. I found it very interesting that while I was listening to this book, a similar drama was unfolding in my daughter's 7th grade class (minus the murder of course)! Life imitates art. I didn't have this one figured out until Hamish Macbeth spelled it out for me. This is the tale of a beautiful bachelor who moves to the village Drim and has all the locals in an uproar. The women all competing for his attentions and the men jealous and trying to protect their marriages. I found it very interesting that while I was listening to this book, a similar drama was unfolding in my daughter's 7th grade class (minus the murder of course)! Life imitates art.

  28. 4 out of 5

    The Flooze

    Hamish has gone mad. For an easy-going man, it seems quite simple to get his back up when it comes to lies and murder. And even moreso when it comes to unaffectionate, high-handed fiancés. The case offers a close-up look at a teensy, dead-alive village where one man's charms set Highland emotions running wild. It's very entertaining to discover how just one new incomer can completely destroy the balance of village life. Hamish has gone mad. For an easy-going man, it seems quite simple to get his back up when it comes to lies and murder. And even moreso when it comes to unaffectionate, high-handed fiancés. The case offers a close-up look at a teensy, dead-alive village where one man's charms set Highland emotions running wild. It's very entertaining to discover how just one new incomer can completely destroy the balance of village life.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Gheeta

    This installment of Hamish was better than most. I definitely didn't expect it to end the way that it did. 11/14/13: Even having read this before I was surprised by the ending. Can't help loathing the atmosphere of little Drim and be frustrated by the relationship between Hamish an Priscilla... This installment of Hamish was better than most. I definitely didn't expect it to end the way that it did. 11/14/13: Even having read this before I was surprised by the ending. Can't help loathing the atmosphere of little Drim and be frustrated by the relationship between Hamish an Priscilla...

  30. 5 out of 5

    Selah Pike

    Ah, so now I know what happened in Drim (it gets referenced in Death of a Scriptwriter). It's funny how everyone believes Hamish is lazy, but he will use his vacation time to hunt down a killer that might not even exist! Ah, so now I know what happened in Drim (it gets referenced in Death of a Scriptwriter). It's funny how everyone believes Hamish is lazy, but he will use his vacation time to hunt down a killer that might not even exist!

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