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Death of a Valentine
Hamish Macbeth Series, No 25

by M C Beaton


It is the Lammas Day Fair and Annie Fleming is crowned the Lammas Queen. She wears a tiara loaned by Sir Andrew Etherington, which Hamish must guard and see safely back to the bank's safe. When the tiara goes missing Hamish is on the trail of the thief, not neglecting to suspect Sir Andrew's young son, Harry.

Hamish has been recently promoted to sergeant and is forced to take on a partner, Constable Josie McSween. He is not happy about this situation, especially since Josie doesn't understand the ways of the villagers and is making many mistakes.

Annie Fleming receives a Valentine Day package which blows up, killing her. Hamish must find out who would want to kill this beauty. He uncovers information that Annie, who was considered prim and proper, really had led a double life. As a result, there is no shortage of suspects.

But this is not the only problem Hamish faces. Josie has set her sights on taming this bachelor, no matter what it takes. She traps Hamish into believing that he "took advantage of her" while drunk and that she is now pregnant. Being an honorable man Hamish promises to marry her. Will Elsbeth Grant's look into Josie's actions save Hamish from a fate worse that death?

Again we are treated to a humorous story revolving around perennial bachelor Hamish Macbeth. The atmosphere of the village and its inhabitants is charming and realistic. We almost wish to travel there to visit.

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

Grand Central Publishing / Hachette
January 2010
Cozy mystery / Scotland
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NOTE: Holiday: Valentine Day

The Reviewer

Barbara Buhrer
Reviewed 2010
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