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Death of a Charming Man
Hamish Macbeth - Book X

by M C Beaton


Engaged to Priscilla and newly promoted, Hamish Macbeth ought to be jubilant but instead he is feeling gloomy.  Priscilla is as frigid as ever, and grimly determined to manage his life.  What he needs is a case, and when shatteringly handsome Englishman Peter Hynd buys a dilapidated croft in the neighboring village of Drim, Hamish goes to check him out.  What he finds is a flirt, keen to enjoy the dubious charms of the village women, nearly all of whom are married.  Soon the husbands are muttering, and when a body is found Hamish is sure he knows who it must be.

Lochdubh fades into the background as this mystery is centered on grim Drim.  It is always a good thing to keep a long series fresh by changing location and it works well here.  Ms Beaton will always be at her sparkling best when writing social satire and there is some in here as well as the mystery of the missing person—are they alive or dead—to unravel.  Perhaps we are doomed never to truly find out much about the denizens of Lochdubh, but here too is another chapter in the ongoing saga between Hamish and Priscilla, complete with side plot concerning adventures in house hunting.  This is a story that does not dazzle, but burns slowly with a simmering plot where you can almost feel the tensions bubbling under the seemingly calm surface of Drim.  Entertaining for all the usual 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)
March 2009
1845297334 / 9781845297336
Mystery / 1994 Highlands, Scotland
NOTE: US edition is different

The Reviewer

Rachel A Hyde
Reviewed 2009
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