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Death of a Snob
Hamish Macbeth - Book VI

by M. C. Beaton

      Hamish Macbeth is feeling sorry for himself; it is almost Christmas, he has a bad cold and nobody, not even his family, seems to want him.† But Priscilla arrives to offer him hope in the shape of the voluptuous Jane Wetherby, owner of a health farm on the Isle of Eileencraig.† Jane thinks somebody is trying to kill her, and thus Hamish finds himself invited to spend Christmas at The Happy Wanderer.† Instead of paying guests he finds a small group of Janeís closest friends—or are they distant acquaintances—and it isnít long before somebody gets killed.

I do like series that manage to include at least one Christmas-set story, and this one is a modern twist on the house party murder.† Warring guests and suspicious islanders make for lively suspects, and there is the usual sense of delightful satire.† I didnít guess who did it or why and, as ever, was impressed by Ms Beatonís talent for cramming a good yarn into a small number of pages.† Depictions of wild, raging seas vie for attention with a hilarious description of a man with a "haunted" van and an unexpected denouement in Glasgow.† If you thought that all the novels were going to be set in Lochdubh this makes for a pleasant diversion.† As usual, well worth reading for a number of excellent reasons.

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)
September 2008
1845296702 / 9781845296704
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NOTE: US edition is different
Holiday read: Christmas

The Reviewer

Rachel A Hyde
Reviewed 2008
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