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Death of a Maid
Hamish Macbeth – Book XXIII

By M C Beaton

      Hamish Macbeth is not overly pleased to discover that he has won the services of busybody cleaner Mrs Gillespie in a church raffle.  Banging her bucket loudly, leaving the floor awash and snooping is just too much for Hamish, and he beats a hasty retreat.  But somebody else disliked Mrs Gillespie as the next thing is that Hamish finds her dead body.  This sets into motion a tortuous investigation that will take all his detective skills before he discovers whodunit.
This is one of the strongest entries with a rattling good story involving a whole fishing boat hold full of red herrings and a lot of involved investigating.  Old flame Elspeth is back with a man in tow, and the rest of the gang are all present and correct -- minus Priscilla.  I do enjoy detective novels that involve a lot of actual detective work instead of merely details of the characters’ lives, and this has the whole lot in spades.

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 2010
1849010889 / 9781849010887
Scottish Mystery / Police

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The Reviewer

Rachel A Hyde
Reviewed 2010
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