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Death of a Witch by M. C. Beaton

Death of a Witch (original 2009; edition 2010)

by M. C. Beaton

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Title:Death of a Witch
Authors:M. C. Beaton
Info:Grand Central Pub 2010-01-04 (2010), Edition: First Edition, Paperback
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Death of a Witch by M. C. Beaton (2009)



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This is okay. It's the first of this series I've read and I'd probably read more, but it just seemed to me the plot was too obvious. Also, the subplots seemed to drag on unnecessarily after the main mystery had been solved. The description of weather, scenery and customs of the Scottish highlands seems to be what people love about this series, and it is well-done, but I like a more ambitious "mystery" in my mystery novels. ( )
  kaitanya64 | Jan 3, 2017 |
Another fun episode in the Hamish MacBeth series. The usual elements that keep me reading are here. Fun characters, interesting mystery, fun plot twists, and Hamish trying to navigate the minds of the women surrounding him. ( )
  jguidry | May 31, 2016 |
A witch, a hoor, poachers, husband abuse, psychics, sex and lack thereof makes for murder & mayhem. Foul weather, power outages & close calls...Priscella, Elspeth, Lesly & Perry.....love, lust relationships and lack thereof, make Hamish Macbeth a very busy laddie.

A pretty good read, not one I'll remember, but very satisfying for a "pleasure" read. ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
I haven't read anything by M. C. Beaton that I haven't enjoyed. In particular in this novel, our hero, Hamish, has to face many uncomfortable situations with three women in his life at this point. The novelist has such a wit in her descriptions and plotting. An extremely complex series of murders make a great mystery, too! ( )
  joeydag | Jul 23, 2015 |
I really enjoy Hamish Macbeth. A relaxing light read with good humor. I listened to Graeme Malcolm read this. Wonderful reader. Lovely accents. ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
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For Rene and Carole of Stow-on-the-Wold,
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Police Constable Hamish Macbeth, heading home to his police station in the village of Lochdubh in Sutherland, heaved a sigh of relief.
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ISBN 9780446615495 A deadly brew of toil and trouble. Returning from a vacation, Constable Hamish Macbeth senses a dark cloud of evil hanging over his Scottish village of Lochdubh. Newcomer Catriona Beldame has cast a bewitching spell over the town, causing the local men to visit her cottage at all hours of the night and infuriating the women. Hamish suspects that she is a great danger to the town. Before he can prove that Catriona is truly wicked, she is brutally murdered - and Hamish becomes the prime suspect in the case. The constable will call upon the assistance of a pretty female forensic expert as he attempts to clear his name... and perhaps even find some romance. But when more violence breaks out, loyal Hamish must use all his detective skills to restore peace to his beloved village.
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Returning from a foreign holiday, Hamish Macbeth is worried because he senses a dark cloud of evil hanging over the Highland village of Lochdubh. He learns that a newcomer, Catriona Beldame, is regarded as a witch and various men have been seen visiting her. Hamish himself is charmed by her until he finds out she has been supplying dangerous potions. At first the villagers won't listen to him, saying that the loveless Hamish has turned against all women. He threatens to kill her so that when she is found murdered, he must clear his name and then work to solve yet another murder to bring peace and quiet back to his beloved village. His investigations are complicated by a romance with a female forensic expert. Perhaps he'll get married at last!

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Hamish Macbeth, Scotland's most laconic and low-tech policeman, investigates the death of a woman with seemingly unearthly powers.

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