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Death of a Cad
Hamish Macbeth series #2

by M C Beaton

      Hamish Macbeth is back for a second case in this welcome reprint of the much-loved series. This time he has a house party to attend, even if the only person who wants him to be there is Priscilla Halburton-Smythe. The venue is Tommel Castle, tacky mid 19th century fake castle, and home to Priscilla and her parents. The occasion is her engagement to fashionable London playwright Henry Withering. Among the party guests is the obnoxious Captain Bartlett, a victim if ever there was one. It is no surprise to readers when he is bagged on a grouse shoot - but whodunit?

Two books into the series, and two house parties already; it makes me wonder where the scriptwriters got their ideas for the very different TV series! But house parties and murders go together like whiskey and soda, and there are plenty of stereotypical, ghastly posh folk to be suspects and cause amusement to the reader. A linear story like this needs to be short and sweet, and this one is a model of sharp satire and sharper pacing. I yearn to meet a few more of the locals, and find out more about life in Lochdubh so I have to hope that more of this will be forthcoming. If you like this type of old fashioned cozy, updated for the modern reader, book (although due to being twenty years old this also has a period feel) you will enjoy this.

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] [uk 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 [audio] [book]

Death of an Honest Man #33 [audio] [book]

The Book

Robinson (Constable and Robinson)
April 2008
1845296664 / 9781845296667
Mystery 1986 / Highlands, Scotland
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The Reviewer

Rachel A Hyde
Reviewed 2008
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