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Author Name: BEATON, M.C.

BEATON, M.C.

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  • DEATH OF A NURSE

    James Harrison has recently moved to a restored hunting lodge in Sutherland with his gorgeous private nurse Gloria Dainty. When Hamish visits Mr. Harrison to welcome him to the neighborhood, the old man treats him very rudely. Gloria apologises for her employer’s behavior, and Hamish takes the plunge and invites her out for dinner.

    On the appointed evening, Hamish waits for Gloria at the restaurant. And waits. But Gloria never shows up.

    Four days later, Gloria’s body washes up on the beach near Braikie. She’s been strangled. Now, without a date and without his former policeman Dick Fraser – who left the force to buy a bakery – Hamish must find out who killed the beautiful new resident of Sutherland, and why, before the murderer strikes again…

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  • DEATH OF A MAID (REISSUE)

    Done, dusted . . . and dead!

    Armed with a bucket and mop, Mrs Gillespie brings misery into the quiet life of Hamish Macbeth when he wins her cleaning services in a church raffle; she is likely to do more snooping than hoovering. Yet Hamish has more upsetting issues to ponder – his former girlfriend, reporter Elspeth Grant, is back in Lochdubh for a holiday with her new boyfriend.

    Hamish feels an ill wind coming and sure enough, Mrs Gillespie is soon found dead under suspicious circumstances. And as he investigates the case, Elspeth’s presence torments the red-haired bobby, making him resort to foolish antics instead of concentrating on the murder in hand. And what should really occupy Macbeth are the town’s hidden secrets – ones that will force a killer to lash out in deadly, irrevocable acts . . .

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  • DEATH OF A DREAMER (REISSUE)

    She couldn’t paint to save her life – so someone’s given her a lesson by taking it!
    Most newcomers don’t stay long in remote Lochdubh – usually boredom, dampness and nosy locals drive them out. But it looks as if artist Effie Garrard has come to stay. When Hamish Macbeth calls on her he’s amazed to find the woman in residence after a particularly harsh winter. Unfortunately, Effie is also quite delusional, having convinced herself that fellow local artist Jock Fleming is in love with her and that they are engaged. But after a lover’s scrap with Jock, Effie is found dead, poisoned by hemlock.
    Suicide or murder? It’s up to Hamish to find out whether the dreamer’s death is the result of something much more serious than a broken heart . .

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  • DEATH OF A BORE (REISSUE)

    Not bored to death but murder most foul . . .

    Celebrated author John Heppel is known in Lochdubh as a self-important bore, prone to belittling the scribblings of the locals in his creative writing class. So when he’s found dead, his mouth oozing ink, it seems a fitting fate.

    But for PC Hamish Macbeth the murder is more than a disruption to idyllic village life – especially when the media arrive, trailing in their wake DCI Heather Meikle, a maneater with a taste for bachelor police constables. Hamish must rekindle an old flame to escape her clutches and pull out all the stops to find the killer . . .

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  • DEATH OF A VILLAGE (REISSUE)

    Trouble is afoot in the remote Scottish fishing village of Stoyre, where the inhabitants are acting kind of… fishy. On a routine visit, Hamish Macbeth finds the pub empty, the church unexpectedly full, and the very air permeated with fear. Then an explosion levels a holiday cottage which the locals call ‘an act of God’. Hamish has another theory, one that will make the national news. With the help of sharp-eyed journalist Elspeth Grant and Lugs (his dog) he begins to winkle out the truth. But Hamish’s best laid plans soon go awry when an old friend dies, a scandalous rumour erupts, and someone close to his heart may be lost forever…

    Praise for the Hamish Macbeth series:

    The much-loved Hamish Macbeth series. beguiling blend of wry humour and sharp observations about rural life. – Good Book Guide.

    It’s always a special treat to return to Lochdubh. – New York Times Book Review.

    The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of o.utrageous black comedy, have reached cult status. – Anne Robinson, The Times

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  • DEATH OF A POISON PEN (REISSUE)

    A sudden outbreak of maliciousness strikes the town of Lochdubh in the form of a rash of poison pen letters. Things turn deadly when the local postmistress is found hanged in her room… with a vicious note beneath her dangling feet. Though his superiors call it suicide, PC Hamish Macbeth pronounces it murder. But Hamish is soon distracted by Jenny Ogilvie, a friend of his ex-fiancee, who arrives in Lochdubh to seduce him. And then he’s ambushed by local reporter Elspeth Grant, who sets out to land the story – and Hamish – for herself.

    Caught in the middle of this volatile case, Hamish faces dangerous romances… and a blackhearted culprit wielding a mighty – and lethal – pen.

    Praise for the Hamish Macbeth series:

    The much-loved Hamish Macbeth series. beguiling blend of wry humour and sharp observations about rural life. – Good Book Guide.

    It’s always a special treat to return to Lochdubh. – New York Times Book Review.

    The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of o.utrageous black comedy, have reached cult status. – Anne Robinson, The Times

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  • DEATH OF A CELEBRITY (REISSUE)

    Amazing news is spreading like wildfire across the Scottish countryside: the most famous of all Lochdubh, remotely nestling in the Highlands, is perfectly anonymous… until well-known TV reporter Crystal French races into town in her bright new BMW. And PC Hamish Macbeth, dourly wed to duty rather than the fiancée who dumped him, promptly gives her a ticket for reckless driving. Outraged, Crystal makes Macbeth’s life a misery with a TV report on policing in the Highlands… but when she also rakes up old local scandals for her new hit show, Macbeth notes that someone besides himself might be dead keen to stop her. And then someone does.

    Now, finding out who did away with the nosy reporter will lead the laconic Macbeth down roads he never envisioned… and perhaps a crisis of the heart all his own.

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  • DEATH OF A DENTIST (REISSUE)

    An untimely death wipes the smile from Hamish’s face . . .

    In Scotland, where thrift and a ‘nice set of dentures’ are generally admired, Dr Frederick Gilchrist’s cheap rates and penchant for pulling teeth have gained him quite a clientele. However, wiser Highlanders – like Hamish Macbeth – opt to steer clear of this reputed womanizer’s all-too-busy hands. Only jaw-throbbing agony drives Hamish to Gilchrist’s surgery, but what he finds there is the dentist’s dead body – putting several angry husbands in the frame for murder . . .

    Praise for M.C. Beaton:

    ‘The books are a delight: clever, intricate, sardonic and amazingly true to the real Highlands’ Kerry Greenwood

    ‘It’s always a special treat to return to Lochdubh’ New York Times

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  • DEATH OF A NAG (REISSUE)

    A busman’s holiday for Hamish . . .

    After losing both his promotion and the lovely Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, Hamish Macbeth decides the best cure for a broken heart is a week’s break at the charming coastal village of Skag.

    When he arrives at the Friendly House B&B, however, he finds the ambience chilling, the food inedible and his fellow guests less than neighbourly. They include the annoying Miss Gunnery; a family from London; and Bob Harris, who so nags his wife that everyone wants to kill him. And then somebody does.

    Now it is up to Hamish to act – to dig deep into the past and deliver something more daunting than merely the culprit: justice.

    Praise for M.C. Beaton:

    ‘The books are a delight: clever, intricate, sardonic and amazingly true to the real Highlands’ Kerry Greenwood

    ‘It’s always a special treat to return to Lochdubh’ New York Times

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  • DEATH OF A MACHO MAN (REISSUE)

    The unconventional Hamish Macbeth finds that his own impetuousness places him at the center of a murder investigation.

    Death accompanies a tattooed stranger to a tiny Highland town…

    Everyone in Lochdubh knows about the Macho Man – a mean bully claiming to be a professional wrestler and part-time explorer. His insults at the pub have caused brawls, while his furtive sneaking around arouses suspicion he is romancing some of the local wives. And when he challenges Hamish Macbeth to a public bout, it triggers an epidemic of betting.

    Everyone expects Hamish to take a pounding, but no one anticipates a murder instead. And amid all the excitement it’s up to level-headed Hamish to track down the heartless killer of the brutal Macho Man . . .

    Praise for M C Beaton:

    ‘The books are a delight: clever, intricate, sardonic and amazingly true to the real Highlands’ Kerry Greenwood

    ‘It’s always a special treat to return to Lochdubh’ New York Times

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  • DEATH OF A SCRIPTWRITER (REISSUE)

    Truth is stranger than fiction…

    Patricia Martyn-Broyd, now in her seventies, has retired to the Highlands. She hasn’t written a word in years and her books are out of print. But now a television company is about to film her last detective story, featuring the aristocratic Scottish detective Lady Harriet Vare. Even though the snobbish Miss Martyn-Broyd doesn’t care to mix with the locals, she can’t help but share her excitement with local policeman Hamish Macbeth.

    Imagine her horror when Miss Martyn-Broyd discovers that the screenwriter is known for his violent and scurrilous scripts and that Lady Harriet Vare is to be portrayed as a pot-smoking hippy by the scene-stealing trollop Penelope Gates. But a contract is a contract, as Ms Martyn-Broyd quickly learns. And when she is accused of murdering both the scriptwriter and the leading lady, she turns to her one friend in Lochdubh, Hamish Macbeth, to help her.

    Praise for M.C. Beaton:

    ‘The books are a delight: clever, intricate, sardonic and amazingly true to the real Highlands’ Kerry Greenwood

    ‘It’s always a special treat to return to Lochdubh’ New York Times

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  • DEATH OF A DUSTMAN (REISSUE)

    Grime and punishment . . .

    When Fergus Macleod, Lochdubh’s abusive, drunk dustman is put in charge of the local recycling centre and is dubbed ‘Environment Officer’, Hamish Macbeth smells trouble. Sure enough, Fergus, imbued with his new powers, becomes a bullying tyrant and when his body is found stuffed in a recycling bin, no one is sorry – including his long-suffering family.

    But Hamish is surprised to find that many of the despicable dustman’s victims refuse to talk – and when violence strikes again, the lanky lawman must quickly unearth the culprit among a litter of suspects . . . before the killer makes a clean getaway!

    Praise for M.C. Beaton:

    ‘The books are a delight: clever, intricate, sardonic and amazingly true to the real Highlands’ Kerry Greenwood

    ‘It’s always a special treat to return to Lochdubh’ New York Times

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  • DEATH OF AN ADDICT (REISSUE)

    Are drugs responsible for a sighting of Nessie’s long lost relative?

    Recovering addict Tommy Jarret has just rented a chalet to check out reports of a sea monster near the village of Drim. But when he turns up dead, apparently from a drug overdose, Lochdubh constable Hamish Macbeth finds the lad’s demise to be particularly fishy . . . and not of the local salmon variety.

    Deciding to go undercover, Hamish infiltrates the illicit drug trade in nearby Strathbane. But his scheme springs a leak when he’s teamed up with a tough Glaswegian detective inspector named Olivia Chater, aka Concrete Knickers. For the lanky lawman investigating drugs and sea monsters it’s time to sink or swim – and it would be equally dangerous to flounder . . . or fall in love.

    Praise for M.C. Beaton:

    ‘The books are a delight: clever, intricate, sardonic and amazingly true to the real Highlands’ Kerry Greenwood

    ‘It’s always a special treat to return to Lochdubh’ New York Times

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  • DEATH OF A CHARMING MAN (REISSUE)

    Now that Priscilla Halburton-Smythe has agreed to marry him, Police Sergeant Hamish Macbeth can’t imagine a more perfect life. There’s not much crime in his remote Scottish village of Lochdubh, nothing much at all to do but fish, drink coffee, and slouch around. And now to spend time with lovely Priscilla.
    But his days aren’t as tranquil as his dreams. For one thing, Priscilla’s renovation schemes are driving him out of his cottage. Not to mention her ambitious plans for his career as a policeman away from Lochdubh. This might be a good time to find out why Peter Hynd’s arrival in nearby Drim was causing so much trouble.
    An attractive, unmarried man with an independent income would always attract attention in such a small place.

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  • DEATH OF A GLUTTON (REISSUE)

    Her table manners were a crime. But she didn’t deserve to die!

    There’s not a cloud in Hamish Macbeth’s sky – just plenty of warm sunshine but not quite enough of the lovely Priscilla Halburton-Smythe. But as eight hopeful members of the Checkmate Singles Club converge on Tommel Castle Hotel for a week of serious matchmaking, the clouds roll in.

    The four couples, carefully matched by dating director Maria Worth, immediately dislike one another. And the arrival of Maria’s gross, greedy business partner, Peta, kills the last vestige of romance. And as love goes out the window, murder comes in the door.

    Peta soon slurps up her last meal and Hamish is left with the baffling puzzle: Who shared the fateful outing that left Peta dead with a large rosy red apple in her mouth…

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  • DEATH OF A TRAVELLING MAN (REISSUE)

    It’s springtime in the Highlands but storms are brewing for Hamish Macbeth. His life is going to pot. He has – horrors! – been promoted, his new boss is a dunce, and a sinister self-proclaimed gypsy and his girlfriend have parked their rusty eyesore of a van in the middle of the village.

    Hamish smells trouble and as usual he’s right. The doctor’s drugs have gone missing. Money vanishes. And neighbours suddenly become unneighbourly. Nobody wants to talk either, so canny Hamish faces the delicate task of worming the facts out of the villagers.

    In the process he uncovers a story so bizarre that neither he nor the locals may ever be able to forget it…

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  • AGATHA RAISIN AND THE WITCHES' TREE

    Toil and trouble in store for Agatha!

    Cotswolds inhabitants are used to bad weather, but the night sky is especially foggy as Rory and Molly Devere, the new vicar and his wife, drive slowly home from a dinner party in their village of Sumpton Harcourt. They struggle to see the road ahead – but then screech to a halt. Right in front of them, aglow in the headlights of their car, a body hangs from a lightning-blasted tree at the edge of town. But it’s not suicide; Margaret Darby, an elderly spinster of the parish, has been murdered – and the villagers are bewildered as to who would commit such a crime, and why.

    Agatha Raisin rises to the occasion, delighted to have some excitement back in her life as if truth be told, she was getting bored of the long run of lost cats and divorces on the books. But Sumpton Harcourt is an isolated and unfriendly village, she finds a place that poses more questions than answers. And when two more murders follow the first, Agatha begins to fear for her reputation – and her life. That the village has its own coven of witches certainly doesn’t make her feel any better…

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  • DEATH OF A PRANKSTER (REISSUE)

    Stabbed and stuffed in a closet…

    When police constable Hamish Macbeth receives the news that there has been a murder at Arrat House, home of the relentless practical joker Arthur Trent, he doesn’t race to the scene of the crime. After all, last time he was called to investigate a death at the isolated Scottish manor, the ‘victim’ turned out to be Trent’s manservant covered in fake blood.

    Thus prepared for another prank, Hamish arrives to find that Trent has been most decidedly murdered and for suspects there is a houseful of greedy relatives, all of whom are more than interested in the contents of the will rather than the crime at hand. And when the Chief Inspector arrives on the scene and his former flame, Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, gets involved as well, Hamish quite clearly has his hands full.

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  • DEATH OF A SNOB (REISSUE)

    Murder in Paradise…

    When Jane Wetherby offers PC Hamish Macbeth a holiday at her ‘Happy Wanderer’ health farm on the isle of Eileencraig, he is more than happy to accept.

    Unfortunately the visit doesn’t prove to be the pampering experience he had been hoping for. Windswept Eileencraig is inhabited by hostile islanders, many of whom would be more than happy to be rid of the ‘Happy Wanderer’ and its proprietor.

    And the company at the health farm is hardly better. The volatile party includes an ex-husband, an illicit lover, and Morag Todd, an unadulterated snob who criticizes everybody and everything. So when Morag is found lying at the foot of a cliff with a broken neck, no one seems too broken up about the event – leaving it up to Hamish to solve the death of a snob.

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  • DEATH OF A HUSSY (REISSUE)

    A tart with a heart of stone…

    Maggie Baird is neither kind or generous, but she is very, very rich. So when her car catches fire, with her inside it, there are five likely candidates for the role of murderer. All five had been houseguests at her luxurious Highlands home – Maggie’s timid niece and four former lovers, one of whom Maggie had intended to pick for a husband.

    All five are utterly broke and all had ample opportunity to tamper with Maggie’s car. So finding out who did it will require all of PC Hamish Macbeth’s extraordinary common sense and insight into human nature; especially when the killer appears to be the wrong person entirely…

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