A classic title from M. C. Beaton's New York Times best-selling Hamish Macbeth series.
About the best that can be said of wealthy Maggie Baird is that inside her middle-aged body, there still beats the heart of a beautiful tart. So when her car catches fire with Maggie in it, there are five likely suspects right on the premises of her luxurious Highlands cottage. Lochdubh police constable Hamish Macbeth has to question Maggie's timid niece and four former lovers, one of whom Maggie had intended to pick for her husband. All five are equally poor - with ample motive and opportunity to monkey with Maggie's car. Now to find the killer, the astute lawman must apply his extraordinary insight into human nature. But when the evidence appears to point to the wrong person entirely, Hamish must dig down deep to stop the real murderer's escape.
©1991 M. C. Beaton (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
To me the important thing about this series is the characters - granted, most of the villains and many of the minor characters are detestable, but the 'hussy' in this one is particularly unlikable.
Also, while in all the Hamish Macbeth books I've read so far the plots are totally implausible, the plot in this one is particularly so.
Still, if you are as fond of this series and of Hamish Macbeth as I am, don't skip this book as there are some sub plots that run throughout the series, and it's still a fun read.
Hamish MacBeth is always a fun and entertaining read. But I have to admit that the murder aspect of the book was a bit of a stretch. Hamish seems to have a sixth sense when it comes to these things. All in all it didn't affect the story which was enjoyable.
This book probably completes the series for me. I enjoyed it, but the narrator's attempt at all the voices and accents was very laboured. I found it distracting all through the book. I understand how very difficult it is to 'act' all these different parts and make them believable and hearing someone, who technically is probably getting close to the right accent, yet makes it sound awful, helps you to appreciate the others.
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