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Death of an Outsider
Hamish MacBeth series #3

by M.C. Beaton

      Hamish Macbeth has left his beloved Lochdubh to cover for Sergeant MacGregor at the strange crofting village of Cnothan. This is one of those places where to be an outsider of any kind is to be unpopular, but William Mainwaring seems to have gone out of his way to annoy everybody. Then he is murdered in rather a spectacular way, pushed into a tank of lobsters and reduced to a skeleton. With so many suspects, Hamish is going to find it very difficult to discover whodunit, especially when he is an outsider too.

No house party this time, and not even Lochdubh, so if anybody was worrying that all the books were going to follow a pattern... Ms Beaton paints a remarkably lifelike yet satirical picture of an insular village populated with slightly larger-than-life characters as her setting this time. It is true that another unpopular person gets killed, but that is surely partly what cozy means. This is another fairly simple and linear story but with plenty of humor and the kind of sharp satire you would expect from the author of Agatha Raisin. Just the sort of book which demands a winterís night, a roaring fire and a hot drink. Iím getting hooked already...

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
1845296680 / 9781845296681
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The Reviewer

Rachel A Hyde
Reviewed 2008
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