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Death of a Cad (Hamish Macbeth) (original 1987; edition 2012)

by M. C. Beaton

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Title:Death of a Cad (Hamish Macbeth)
Authors:M. C. Beaton
Info:Grand Central Publishing (2012), Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
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Death of a Cad by M. C. Beaton (1987)

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This is the 2nd book in the Hamish MacBeth series. I had read some of the later books and decided I wanted to read the whole series and now I've completed the first and second. Going to Lochdubh (Loc-Doo) is the greatest escape I know. The endearing Constable Macbeth is so pleasant to be around it doesn't really matter that he solved this mystery a little too easily. ( )
  clue | Mar 10, 2014 |
I love Hamish Macbeth! I should read these in order, but I've been listening to them and so sometimes I can't get the audio for a title. ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
"When Priscilla Halburton-Smythe brings her London playwright fiance home to Lochdubh, the whole town is delighted, save perhaps for love-smitten bobby Hamish Macbeth. But the morning after a tastefully posh engtagement party, one of the guests, Captain Bartlett--who so enraged everyone with his boorish behavior and caddish comments--has the bad manners to be murdered on a grouse hunt.

"Unfortunately, the prime suspects are the titled party guests, each with a decidedly unfriendly feeling toward the newly deceased. And a second shocking murder really is the last straw. Though alibis abount, it takes Hamish Macbeth, the quiet law enforcement genius, to smooth ruffled feathers and track a clever murderer, even as he subtly woos lovely Priscilla from her jealous city sophisticate."
~~back cover

Such wonderful dust ups amongst the guests, such deviousness from Hamish. These books are not literary giants, but lovely, comfortable, humerous reads. Like crisps, it's hard to read just one. ( )
  Aspenhugger | Jan 6, 2014 |
Beaton’s hero, Hamish Macbeth, is the town police constable, a rather lazy, unambitious, but happy man who often, because of his intimate knowledge of the community, manages to solve murders that have the more traditional CID inspectors baffled. It’s quite humorously written and makes fun of the English upper crust. The “Cad” is Peter Bartlett, who suffers a nasty accident while climbing over a fence with a loaded shot-
gun. Everyone assumes it’s an accident except for our hero, Hamish, the local bobby who, much to the consternation of his obnoxious superior, discovers evidence of foul play.

The plot thickens as we learn that everyone at the castle had been invited for the announcement of PriscilIa’s engagement to Henry Withering. Priscilla is Hamish’s secret love and the case becomes complicated as he discovers that everyone had very strong motives for wanting Bartlett dead.

Beaton’s book is a little delight. It has a unique twist at the end the readers will relish. Each of Beaton’s Hamish Macbeth series is set in the Scottish Highlands and begins The Death of. . . . Each usually involves an outside catalyst that causes tempers to rise and murder to result. I recommend starting at the beginning of the series and reading them in order because a recurring theme is the relationship between Hamish and Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, daughter of the local landed gentry. _She would like to reform Hamish, make him more ambitious, move him to the city, buy him an electric range, and clean up his act. ( )
  ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
This is the second in the Hamish MacBeth series and the main character, Hamish MacBeth, is much more likeable than in the first of the series. In the first book the story was told from the point-of-view of another character and it seems most characters seem not to like Hamish. Because this book is mostly told from his POV you understand that other characters misjudge him.

The story is very similar to the first; early on in the book it is obvious who will get killed, everybody who is part of the group surrounding the victim has a reason to dislike/murder him, police from the big city comes in to help but Hamish solves it using his knowledge of the local area and contacts around the world.

Although I did like this book I do hope the other books in the series have a bit more variation in set-up otherwise I'm afraid it will grow old very quickly. ( )
  Rumpeltje | Sep 22, 2013 |
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Murder Most Fowl When Priscilla Halburton-Smythe brings her London playwright fiance home to Lochdubh, everybody in town is delighted...except for love-smitten Constable Hamish Macbeth. Yet his affairs of the heart will have to wait. Vile, boorish Captain Bartlett, one of the guests at Priscilla's engagement party, has just been found murdered-shot while on a grouse hunt. Now with many titled party guests as the prime suspects, each with a reason for snuffing out the despicable captain, Hamish must smooth ruffled feathers as he investigates the case. When the hidden culprit strikes again, Hamish will find himself trying to save Priscilla from a miserable marriage-and catch a killer before he flies the coop.

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When Priscilla Halburton-Smythe brings her London playwright fiance home to Lochdubh, everyone in town is delighted - except for love-smitten Hamish Macbeth. But affairs of the heart will have to wait.

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