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Death of a Poison Pen
Hamish Macbeth - Book XIX

by M C Beaton


Somebody is writing malicious poison pen letters to the good folk in Lochdubh, and Hamish Macbeth is determined to get to the bottom of it. Before he can do this local postmistress Miss Beattie is found hanging with one of the letters beneath her feet. It looks like suicide, but canny Hamish thinks otherwise. He soon finds himself sent off with Daviotís blessing to discover who the culprit is, and uncovers a lot more trouble than even he bargained for.

After the last somewhat disparate offering, this fine series is back on track once more with a good plot. Hamish also has a new love interest—or rather a new woman called Jenny Ogilvie is chasing him. Jenny works at the same City computer company as Priscilla, and after hearing all about this Highland Adonis is keen to take up where her friend left off. Add in rival and reporter Elspeth Grant and various other plot strands, and it all adds up to an excellent yarn with a conclusion that I certainly did not expect. Hooray for Hamish!

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)
November 2009
1849012776 / 9781849012775
Mystery / 2004 / Highlands, Scotland
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The Reviewer

Rachel A Hyde
Reviewed 2010
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