It was only right that there should be at least one murder in Holy Week; not that it would have any effect on the crowds of people following the daily convergence of quivering Holy Virgins on board their floats en route to the cathedral. The tyres rattled on the cobbles of the empty, narrow streets. The city, reluctant to wake up at any time of year, was especially silent at this hour during Semana Santa. She committed suicide in It was her third attempt. A boy and a girl. He looked up and around and followed her in. The frame held the rear door of the Mercedes, shadowy movements beyond the glass.
The car pulled away. The girl spat a fat gob on to the dirt, cleared her throat and spat again. A Novel by Bella Bathurst A bunch of schoolgirls burst off with lecturers on a box journey to the English geographical region. Beaton by David 4. Death of a Maid Hamish Macbeth, Book Shake Hands Forever by Ruth Rendell. Beaton would set a murder victim in a house like that.
Sep 13, Sherry rated it really liked it. This is the 22nd book in the series and I love it. I will start from the beginning and read the series. I love the cozy small town feeling and the colorful characters. This is the epitome of a cozy mystery. The writing flows beautifully as you drift from one scene to the next. Dec 10, Heidi Burkhart rated it really liked it. Hamish Macbeth mysteries are always quirky, as is Macbeth himself. I enjoyed this volume because Macbeth was at his best. The story wasn't predictable so I enjoyed it unfolding. Dec 10, Heather rated it liked it Shelves: Probably would have been better if I started with the first in the series, but I do plan on trying more.
View all 3 comments. Mar 05, Deanne rated it really liked it. Fun read and an easy read.
Anyone familiar with small-town living will tell you gossip is unavoidable. For some, chin-wagging is a standard form of entertainment.
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At times, it's a source of possibly unreliable, possibly vital news. But according to Beaton, it can also be a motivation for murder. Hamish Macbeth knows how dangerous a malicious piece of gossip can be. In the Highlands - where everyone purports to be God-fearing and respectability is paramount - a nasty bit of info can fly from person to person in the blink Anyone familiar with small-town living will tell you gossip is unavoidable. In the Highlands - where everyone purports to be God-fearing and respectability is paramount - a nasty bit of info can fly from person to person in the blink of an eye, bringing with it swift ruination.
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The titular maid of the story also knows this all too well Beaton has centered other mysteries on blackmailing and related schemes, but that doesn't diminish the intrigue found here. Though many may be mundane, you never know what extraordinary experiences might lurk in the background of a seemingly upright, tweedy citizen. To balance out the mystery, we have the highly amusing antics of our Lochdubh regulars: Angela's horrid baking, Mrs. Wellington's no-guff-from-you attitude, poor Archie being perpetually cleaned out of his home, and the wee beasties with their odd telepathy.
Though at times they all can be frustrating, there's no one like them when one of their own is in trouble. I particularly enjoyed the bits of story after the mystery is wrapped up. Providing added suspense and comedy, we see Hamish's quick reactions to danger It's nice to occasionally reaffirm that Hamish's Highland intuition cannot be right all the time. Aug 20, Lisa Hall rated it liked it. Hamish Macbeth is still trying to live out his quiet existence in the Scottish Highlands. No one seems to want to let him.
A local maid, and not a very good one by all accounts, is found murdered. No one is unhappy about this. Even her husband, a victim of spousal abuse he's never come forward with, cheers. As Hamish investigates, a trail of blackmail emerges - but which one of the maids victim's did her in? This has the same easy style other Beaton novels have. Hamish is once again ducking a pro Hamish Macbeth is still trying to live out his quiet existence in the Scottish Highlands.
Hamish is once again ducking a promotion, solving a crime despite the bumbling incompetence of his superior; feeding his animals too much people food and missing the chance at the love of his life. What I really didn't care for is that this book didn't stop after the murder was solved. It drug out into a series of attempts on Hamish delivered after the fact as retribution.
We get the story line development of Hamish's love interest as she's stood up at the altar by another man - from her pov and it doesn't include Hamish even finding out about it. It was just awkward and boring. Feb 24, Hal rated it did not like it Shelves: One of the weaker entries in the esteemed Hamish MacBeth series. The murder is solved with the usual twists and turns, but there is a little too much of Hamish as a superhero. That diminished my enjoyment of the book. I like my characters to feel like real people. Probably the biggest weakness in the novel is that it is about 30 to 40 pages too long.
Once the case is solved, Beaton tacks on a few extraneous subplots that add nothing to the book and made me feel she was getting paid by the word. I One of the weaker entries in the esteemed Hamish MacBeth series. I will continue to explore this series, but I feel now that Hamish is on trial. I am not sure I have room in my reading schedule for any more books as weak as this one. Too many outstanding novels out there to invest time in froth like Death of a Maid.
I want and need books that are nourishing and address real-life issues. This novel was too cartoonish for me. May 06, Margo Brooks rated it really liked it Shelves: As always I am impressed by Beaton's mastery of her characters. Hamish Macbeth, the village cop for the Scottish Highland village of Loc Dough, must solve a string of murders begining with the death of a nasty char woman. In doing so, he must also navigate his complicated relationship with his old flame Elsbeth and dodge promotion and drunken superiors, while caring for his wild cat and blue-eyed dog.
In the course of the investigation, he incites a riot for the liberation of Loc Doug Audiobook. In the course of the investigation, he incites a riot for the liberation of Loc Dough, and ends up right where he started, village cop, contented and as a unambitious as ever. Beaton's truely flawed but sympathetic characters are always fun to visit and her humor keeps you coming back.
More entertaining nonsense with the ginger Highlander, his pet wildcat and dog. This time Hamish has won the dubious cleaning services of the unsavoury Mrs Gillespie who, rather inconveniently turns up her toes, thanks to a bucket bash on the head in the first few pages. As usual, Hamish sets about solving the case in spite of the fact his superior officer thinks he's an interfering dunderhead.
Beaton will never win prizes for literary merit, but it doesn't really matter. What makes these and he More entertaining nonsense with the ginger Highlander, his pet wildcat and dog. What makes these and her Agatha Raison series so popular is the fact that they're like a warm bath, easily to slip into and a relaxing time is had by all. Very quick read and definitely better than 'Death of a Snob.
Dec 23, Melissa McClintock rated it it was amazing. I don't purchase many books because I don't have room for all the books I read. The Hammish MacBeth series are one's I am starting to collect.
I am not as crazy about her other series. I like these whether reading or on audio. The small scottish town has nothing to do with my small town, but it reminds me of my town! There's something about the charachters that captures the quirkiness. I've never been to Scotland but I believe that having gone to England helps or being familiar with the terms.
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I I don't purchase many books because I don't have room for all the books I read. I like that these books just do not seem to try to "americanize' or go for mass appeal. A fun read, but intelligent enough to keep one interested. I never figure out the "who dun it" before I am supposed to , either. Mar 10, Dorothy rated it liked it. A nice light mystery featuring Hamish McBeth as the unambitious but clever country police constable who loves his laid back life I much prefer this series by M.
Beaton compared to her other series set in the English countryside. The Scottish series is filled with quirky characters and it doesn't stretch the imagination too far to find the plots credible. I also like the romantic difficulties that Hamish finds himself in. In comparison, I find the Agatha Raisin series less e A nice light mystery featuring Hamish McBeth as the unambitious but clever country police constable who loves his laid back life In comparison, I find the Agatha Raisin series less enjoyable and the characters more stereotyped.
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A decent entry in the Hamish Macbeth series. It probably could have ended earlier than it did with the actual resolution of the murder. The rest of the story seemed very contrived. But I enjoyed the storyline of the maid who blackmails her clients. It was interesting to see the perceptions vs. And I enjoy Hamish as a character, so I'm always willing to read or listen to a story with him.
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Aug 07, Stacielynn rated it really liked it. I must confess I grow weary of our hero's bad timing when it comes to love. I imagine that having him settle down would not hurt the series one bit. The ploy is now officially overworked. Jul 18, Lisa-Jaine rated it really liked it. Our intelligent, unambitious, lovelorn Hamish MacBeth is on the trail of another murder, battling the awful Blair. Humorous with a few little twist and turns these are the perfect cozy mysteries.
Oct 30, Rick rated it really liked it. My favorite so far of the Hamish Macbeth series. Sep 19, Badseedgirl rated it really liked it Shelves: Hamish finally almost gets married, but his bride is killed prior to the ceremony. Unfortunately it is not Priscilla. These novels are just getting better and better! Feb 10, Carol rated it it was amazing.
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