A classic title from M. C. Beaton’s New York Times best-selling Hamish Macbeth series
Peta Gore is the bane of her friend’s otherwise successful life. Maria Worth has come to hate her old friend - a noisy, vulgar glutton. There is no other way to describe Peta. She doesn’t just “have a good appetite” - she sucks and chomps and chews with relish. Not only are her table manners horrifying, but she has a habit of showing up at Maria’s carefully planned singles’ gatherings and spoiling everything by flirting with all the men. This time Maria is determined to keep her latest event a secret.
The gathering is to be at Tommel Castle Hotel in the remote Scottish village of Lochdubh - the perfect setting for a particularly difficult group. Nothing can go wrong. Except that somehow Peta finds out about the gathering and shows up, thoroughly disgusting everyone. Guests and staff band together in mutual loathing. But does someone hate her enough to kill her? When she is found dead, an apple stuck unceremoniously in her mouth, Constable Hamish Macbeth is on the scene. With a castle full of odd suspects, the lazy, long-limbed constable has to put his wooing of the hotel proprietress, Priscilla, on hold to solve the case.
©2011 M. C. Beaton (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
I can't imagine how it can be made plausible that so many murders happen in one place, but it is fun.
Typical of the series in that there is a large cast of odd characters, many of whom turn out to be suspects. I enjoy these very much and find I can listen to them more than once as they are so complicated I forget the details over time.
Some people complain about the narrator but I like him. He gives just the right expression to the dialogue.
I recommend this book as light but intriguing listening.
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