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Death of a Maid
A Hamish MacBeth Series, No. 22

by M C Beaton

      Hamish MacBeth, constable in the Highland village of Lochdubh, discovers the body of gossipy housecleaner, Mrs. Mavis Gillespie, bludgeoned to death. All those she cleaned for praised her as a superb cleaner, even though their houses were never cleaned. No one liked her.

Searching for reasons for Gillespie's murder, Hamish learns that Gillespie was a skilled blackmailer. He has lots of suspects in the village. Added to this problem is the notice that a TV documentary is to be made about him. Hamish manages to deflect the crew to his jealous senior colleague who always tries to thwart his investigations. Hamish hopes this will delay any promotions for himself.

His former lady friend, Elspeth Grant, arrives on holiday from Glasgow. She brings with her a newspaper colleague, who Hamish thinks is her new boyfriend. He begins to feel that perhaps his bachelorhood is not so appealing....Or is it?

As usual with Hamish MacBeth, this is an enjoyable, absorbing story. It is full of Highland atmosphere with appealing, likeable characters. Hamish MacBeth is a character who you can't help but like and admire.

Reviews of other titles in this series

Death of a Gossip #1
Death of a Cad #2
Death of an Outsider #3
Death of a Macho Man #12
Death of a Dentist #13
Death of a Scriptwriter #14
Death of an Addict #15
A Highland Christmas #15.5
Death of a Dustman #16  [review 1] [review 2]
Death of a Celebrity #17  [review 1] [review 2]
Death of a Village #18
Death of a Poison Pen #19
Death of a Bore #20  [review 1] [review 2]
Death of a Dreamer #21 [audio] [book 1 ] [book 2]
Death of a Maid #22  [review 1] [review 2]
Death of a Gentle Lady #23  [review 1] [review 2]
Death of a Witch #24  [review 1] [review 2]
Death of a Valentine #25  [review 1] [review 2]
Death of a Chimney Sweep #26  [review 1] [review 2]
Death of a Kingfisher #27  [review 1] [review 2]
Death of Yesterday #28  [audio] [ book]
Death of a Policeman #29  [audio] [book]
Death of a Liar #30  [audio] [book]
Death of a Nurse #31  [audio] [book]
Death of a Ghost #32

The Book

Mysterious Press
Feb 2007
Mystery - Scotland

The Reviewer

Barbara Buhrer
Reviewed 2007
© 2006