Hamish Macbeth is a local detective in the small town of Lockdubh, Scotland. Local residents report receiving anonymous poisoned pen letters. As he begins the investigation into the author of the letters, one of the recipients is found dead with a letter at her feet. His investigation into her death is complicated by departmental politics and a supervisor who is jealous of Hamish’s previous successes. Meanwhile a young lady named Jenny visits a local B&B. She has secret designs on Hamish’s affections. It is an entertaining and engaging read as Hamish attempts to sidestep romantic entanglements and solve a mystery, amidst the gossip of the local townspeople.
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Death of a Poison Pen --- by --- M.C. Beaton.
Nasty poison pen letters begin to circulate in the tiny northern Scottish of Lochdubh. The stolid burghers of the village attempt to ignore the letters until, finally, one of them is associated with a corpse. Indefatigable copper, Hamish Macbeth, sets out to solve the riddle of the murder when is his confronted with another body, this time an apparent suicide. With no dearth of suspects Hamish works with dedication to solve this case.
Like all of Beaton’s novels this one moves gently across the page daring you to guess “who dun it”. I can imagine reading this novel with a glass of Scotch at your side on one those autumnal highland evening where the sun rises at 10:00 and sets at 2:00. The ideal setting.
I like the part where the villagers try to stop Priscilla before she can see Hamish.
Constable Hamish Macbeth investigates hanging of the postmistress with a poison pen letter beneath her feet. It looks like suicide but is murder. Macbeth interviews villagers, and then another woman is found stabbed. Amusing side plot of Jenny coming north to meet Macbeth and falling for a newspaper writer with high goals to be achieved through plagiarism. Good atmosphere of cozy isolated Scottish village.
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