M.C. Beaton 15 Books Collection: A Hamish Macbeth Murder Mystery Set
||A Hamish Macbeth Murder Mystery Set|
A Hamish Macbeth Murder Mystery Collection
Author of the popular Agatha Raisin Series
15 Books Set
RRP: £ 104.85
Titles in This Set
Death of a Gentle Lady
A Highland Christmas
Death of a Maid
Death of Cad
Death of a Sweep
Death of a Outsider
Death of a Poison Pen
Death of a Village
Death of a Celebrity
Death of a Dust man
Death of an Addict
Death of a Scriptwriter
Death of a Dentist
Death of a Macho man
Death of a Nag
Description of each Title:
A Highland Christmas
In dark, wintry Lochdubh, Christmas Cheer is about as welcome as a flat tyre on a deserted road. The Calvinist element in town has always resisted what they view as secular frivolity, so for most of the townsfolk there'll be no carols, feasting, gifts - or even whisky on Christmas Day! And for PC Hamish Macbeth there's no holiday from crime - he finds himself hunting for a missing cat belonging to a lonely spinster. Curt and unfriendly, the woman is convinced her pet has been stolen but once behind her heavily-bolted door, Hamish can spot her true problem - she lives in fear, though of who or what he cannot guess. Then someone steals a Christmas tree and lights from the nearby village of Cnothan. So it is up to Hamish to sort all these problems out and he had better do it quickly, for the church bells will soon peal on the eve of Christmas.
Death of a Maid
Done, dusted...and dead! Armed with a bucket and mop, Mrs Gillespie is destined to bring misery into the life of Hamish Macbeth when he wins her maid services in a church raffle, knowing she is likely to do more snooping than actual cleaning. Yet Hamish has more upsetting issues to ponder - his former girlfriend Elspeth Grant is back in Lochdubh for a holiday with her new boyfriend. Hamish feels an ill wind coming and sure enough, Mrs Gillespie is soon found dead under suspicious circumstances. And as he investigates the case, Elspeth's presence torments the red-haired bobby , making him resort to foolish antics instead of concentrating on the murder in hand...Praise for the Hamish Macbeth series: 'First rate ...deft social comedy and wonderfully realized atmosphere' Booklist. 'The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status' - Anne Robinson, The Times. 'It's always a treat to return to Lochdubh' New York Times. 'Readers will enjoy the quirks and unique qualities of the cast ...Beaton catches the beauty of the area's natural geography and succinctly describes its distinct flavour' - Library Journal. 'Befuddled, earnest and utterly endearing, Hamish makes his triumphs sweetly satisfying' - Publishers Weekly. 'The much-loved Hamish Macbeth series...beguiling blend of wry humour and sharp observations about rural life' - Good Book Guide.
Death of a Sweep
In the south of Scotland, residents get their chimneys vacuum-cleaned. But in the isolated villages in the very north of Scotland, the villagers rely on the services of the itinerant sweep, Pete Ray, and his old-fashioned brushes. Pete is always able to find work in the Scottish highlands, until one day when Police Constable Hamish Macbeth notices blood dripping onto the floor of a villager's fireplace, and a dead body stuffed inside the chimney. The entire town of Lochdubh is certain Pete is the culprit, but Hamish doesn't believe that the affable chimney sweep is capable of committing murder. Then Pete's body is found on the Scottish moors, and the mystery deepens. Once again, it's up to Hamish to discover who's responsible for the dirty deed - and this time, the murderer may be closer than he realizes. Praise for the Hamish Macbeth series: The much-loved Hamish Macbeth series. beguiling blend of wry humour and sharp observations about rural life. - Good Book Guide It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh. - New York Times Book Review The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status. - Anne Robinson, The Times
Death of a Cad
When Priscilla Halburton-Smythe brings her London playwright fiancé home to Lochdubh, everyone in town is delighted… except for love-smitten Hamish Macbeth. Yet the affairs of his 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 so many titled party guests as prime suspects, each with their own reason for snuffing out the despicable captain, Hamish must smooth ruffled feathers as he investigates the case… and catch a killer, before they fly the coop!
The most hated man in the most dour town in Scotland is sleeping with the fishes, or – more accurately – has been dumped into a tank filled with crustaceans. All that remains of the murdered victim are his bones. But once the lobsters have been shipped off to Britain’s best restaurants, the whole affair quickly lands on the plate of Constable Hamish Macbeth. Exiled to the dreary outpost of Cnothan, Macbeth sorely misses his beloved Lochdubh, but before he can head back home he has to contend with a detective chief inspector who wants the murder hushed up, a dark-haired lassie who is out to seduce him, and a killer who has made mincemeat of his last victim, and will no doubt strike again…Death of a Gentle lady
Mrs Gentle has fooled everyone into thinking she is as sweet as she sounds;
Gentle by name and gentle by nature. But local constable Hamish Macbeth isnâ€™t
fooled. He believes this little old lady is actually quite sly and vicious, but
heâ€™s in a minority of one. Or is he? When Mrs Gentle dies under unusual
circumstances the villagers of Lochdubh are shocked and outraged. Chief
Detective Inspector Blair suspects that members of her family may be involved
but Hamish thinks thereâ€™s much more to the story and is willing to get rough
to solve the riddle of Mrs Gentle's mysterious demise.
Death of a poison pen
A sudden outbreak of maliciousness strikes the town of Lochdubh in the form of a rash of poison pen letters. Things turn deadly when the local postmistress is found hanged in her room… with a vicious note beneath her dangling feet. Though his superiors call it suicide, PC Hamish Macbeth pronounces it murder. But Hamish is soon distracted by Jenny Ogilvie, a friend of his ex-fiancee, who arrives in Lochdubh to seduce him. And then he’s ambushed by local reporter Elspeth Grant, who sets out to land the story – and Hamish – for herself. Caught in the middle of this volatile case, Hamish faces dangerous romances… and a blackhearted culprit wielding a mighty – and lethal – pen.
Death of a village
A Trouble is afoot in the remote Scottish fishing village of Stoyre, where the
inhabitants are acting kind ofâ€¦ fishy. On a routine visit, Hamish Macbeth
finds the pub empty, the church unexpectedly full, and the very air permeated
with fear. Then an explosion levels a holiday cottage which the locals call â€˜an
act of Godâ€™. Hamish has another theory, one that will make the national news.
With the help of sharp-eyed journalist Elspeth Grant and Lugs (his dog) he
begins to winkle out the truth. But Hamishâ€™s best laid plans soon go awry when
an old friend dies, a scandalous rumour erupts, and someone close to his heart
may be lost foreverâ€¦
Death of a celebrity
Lochdubh, remotely nestling in the Highlands, is perfectly anonymousâ€¦ until
well-known TV reporter Crystal French races into town in her bright new BMW. And
PC Hamish Macbeth, dourly wed to duty rather than the fiancée who dumped him,
promptly gives her a ticket for reckless driving. Outraged, Crystal makes
Macbethâ€™s life a misery with a TV report on policing in the Highlandsâ€¦ but
when she also rakes up old local scandals for her new hit show, Macbeth notes
that someone besides himself might be dead keen to stop her. And then someone
does. Now, finding out who did away with the nosy reporter will lead the laconic
Macbeth down roads he never envisionedâ€¦ and perhaps a crisis of the heart all
Death of a dustman
When Fergus Macleod, Lochdubhâ€™s abusive, drunk dustman is put in charge of the
local recycling centre and is dubbed the â€˜Environment Officerâ€™, Hamish
Macbeth smells trouble. Sure enough, Fergus, imbued with his new powers, becomes
a bullying tyrant and when his body is found stuffed in a recycling bin, no one
is sorry â€“ including his long-suffering family. But Macbeth is surprised to
find that many of the despicable dustmanâ€™s victims refuse to talk â€“ and when
violence strikes again, the lanky lawman must quickly unearth the culprit among
a litter of suspectsâ€¦ before the killer makes a clean getaway!
Death of an addict
Recovering addict Tommy Jarret has rented a chalet to check out reports of a sea
monster near the village of Drim. Then he turns up dead, apparently from a drug
overdose, and constable Hamish Macbeth finds the ladâ€™s demise particularly
fishy. Deciding to go undercover, Hamish infiltrates the local drug dealing
trade. But his plans looks doomed when heâ€™s teamed up with a tough Glaswegian
detective inspector named Olivia Chater, aka Concrete Knickers. For the Lochdubh
lawman it would be equally dangerous to flounderâ€¦or fall in love. Praise for
the Hamish Macbeth series: â€˜An enchanting seriesâ€¦ M C Beaton has a foolproof
plot for the village mystery.â€™ New York Times Book Review `Readers will enjoy
the quirks and unique qualities of the castâ€¦ Beaton catches the beauty of the
areaâ€™s natural geography and succinctly describes its distinct flavour.â€™
Death of a scriptwriter
Patricia Martyn-Broyd, now in her seventies, has retired to the Highlands. She
hasnâ€™t written a word in years and her books are out of print. But now a
television company is about to film her last detective story, featuring the
aristocratic Scottish detective Lady Harriet Vare. Even better, a London
publisher is bringing the book into print. Even though the snobbish Miss
Martyn-Broyd doesnâ€™t care to mix with the locals she canâ€™t help but share
her excitement with local policeman Hamish Macbeth. Imagine her horror when Miss
Martyn-Broyd discovers that Lady Harriet Vare is portrayed as a pot-smoking
hippy, that the screenwriter is known for his violent and scurrilous scripts and
that Lady Harriet is going to be played by the scene-stealing trollop Penelope
Gates. But a contract is a contract, Ms Martyn-Broyd quickly learns and when she
is accused of murdering the scriptwriter and the leading lady, she turns to her
one friend in Lochdubh, Hamish Macbeth, to help her.
Death of a dentist
Just when Hamish most needs him â€“ the dentist turns up dead... In Scotland,
where thrift and a â€˜nice set of denturesâ€™ are generally admired, dental
surgeon Dr Frederick Gilchristâ€™s cheap rates and penchant for pulling teeth
have gained him a clientele. However, wiser Highlanders (like Hamish Macbeth)
opt to steer clear of this reputed womanizerâ€™s all-too-busy hands. Only
jaw-throbbing agony drives Hamish to Gilchristâ€™s surgery, but what he finds is
the dentistâ€™s dead body â€“ putting several angry husbands in the frame for
Death of a macho man
The unconventional Hamish Macbeth finds that his own impetuousness places him at
the center of a murder investigation. Everyone in the Scottish Highlands village
of Lochdubh called Randy Duggan 'the Macho Man'. Duggan went around the village
and bragged about everything he had done and said he once was a wrestler in
America and an explorer in the Middle East. At first his outrageous stories drew
an admiring crowd at the local pub, but soon his bullying ways lead to anger and
violence. When Hamish tries to break up a fight, Duggan challenges him to a
public fistfight. But on the day of the scheduled fight, Duggan is found shot to
death. Of course, Macbeth's superiors get wind of the fight and suspend him
during the investigation. Macbeth has some suspicions about Duggan's real
background - and the mysterious banker, John Glover, who shows up at the posh
Tommel Castle Hotel shortly before Duggan's death. And what about Rosie Draley,
the ***am***-crazed romance writer, who had been having an affair with the
two-timing Duggan? Once again, Macbeth is in hot water and he must find a
murderer to clear his name - and to get back his job and the cushy life (fishing
and mooching around the village) he leads.
Death of a nag
After a romantic disappointment and an undeserved demotion, Scots village bobby
Hamish Macbeth decides a week's holiday at the coastal village of Skag might be
just the ticket. He's dead wrong, of course: the food is dire, and the man in
the next room nags his wife so loudly and continuously that more than one person
at the Friendly House bed-and-breakfast wishes him dead, though only Hamish is
heard threatening him. When this chap's body is found floating in the river Skag,
Hamish is the prime suspect. While clearing his name, the lanky Scot has to deal
with the widow who's suddenly making eyes at a refined bachelor, two
leather-skirted Glaswegian beauties intent on raising disco hell, and the rude
revelation of one family man's secret life. Some holiday! Praise for M.C. Beaton:
The detective novels of M. C. Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have
reached cult status. Anne Robinson, The Time.
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