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Death of a Cad [Format Kindle]

M.C. Beaton
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From Publishers Weekly

Beaton's charming Constable Hamish Macbeth returns in the sequel to Death of a Gossip, a mirthful mystery set in the Scottish Highlands. Hamish's time is taken up with investigating a death at the Halburton-Smythe castle, and with subtly wooing the daughter of the house, Priscilla, who has brought her fiance Henry Withering to meet her parents and houseguests. Among them is Peter Bartlett, loathed by almost everyone present and found dead in the morning. The constable's inept superiors declare the death an accident, but Hamish produces evidence of murder, after which he eliminates all the suspects except the guilty one. In the course of these events, Priscilla's feelings for Henry weaken and, in contrast, flourish for Hamish, which gives hints of the next entry in the delightful series.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Constable Hamish Macbeth, a one-man police force in Scotland's Highlands, has a suspicious death on his hands. The victim is a cad staying at a local estate. The trouble is that everyone but Macbeth thinks it's an accident. Can he find out whodunit and woo the comely daughter of the estate? It takes Davina Porter a little time to settle into the Scottish accent of the main character. But when she does, her narration sparkles. Her voice is lyrical when it needs to be, but low and gruff when she becomes the male characters. Not only is her narrative pacing adept, but she succinctly captures the cadence of Scottish speech. P.B.J. &copy AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 439 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 288 pages
  • Editeur : Robinson (17 juin 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0056A88DA
  • Synthèse vocale : Activée
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Une lecture facile et plaisante 10 novembre 2010
Par Phil-Don TOP 500 COMMENTATEURS
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"Death of a Cad" est le 2ème épisode des aventures de Hamish MacBeth. Ayant déjà lu la série des Agatha Raisin du même auteur, c'est sans surprise que je retrouve ici la même écriture facile et rapide, mêlant humour et enquête policière. Un joli décor, des héros sympathiques, un petit mystère et un brin de romance, cet épisode est plutôt réussi. En termes d'enquête, l'intrigue reste succincte - mais on ne lit pas MC Beaton pour ses talents d'auteur de roman policier, juste pour passer quelques heures d'une lecture facile et plaisante.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The further adventures of Hamish Macbeth 1 juin 2005
Par Jeanne Tassotto - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche
This is the second book of the Hamish Macbeth series, picking up a few months after THE DEATH OF A GOSSIP.

The story opens as Priscilla Halburton-Smithe is driving her new fiance home to Lochdubh for a weekend houseparty at her parents' house. Tensions soon develop at the party, including the inclusion (or intrusion depending on your point of view) of local constable Macbeth into the group. Naturally there is soon a death to investigate, one that of course confuses all but our hero.

This is very much in the long tradition of cozy series mystery. The murder victim richly deserves his fate, the characters of those involved is more important than the action, and there is a large cast of recurring characters. Our hero manages to solve the crime while overcoming the incompetance of his superiors. There is even an ongoing romance.

If 'cozies' are your cup of tea you will definitely enjoy this series and will want to read them all.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Death of a cad 14 avril 2000
Par S. N. Hall - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The Hamish Macbeth books are wonderful. I only came to discover the Hamish books after reading the thoroughly enjoyable Agatha Raisin series written also by M.C. Beaton. In Hamish's village of Lochdubh, curious characters abound and this helps keep the true killer's identity hidden to the very end. I have now read all of the Hamish books and I highly recommend "Death of a Cad" and "Death of a prankster" as two of the best. There is a television series loosely based on the books. It is very amusing but completely different (not mysteries at all); more an "All creatures great and small" without the livestock. I encourage everyone to give Hamish a try. The books are light yet clever. I can't wait for the next one!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Another enjoyable mystery from M.C. Beaton 8 avril 2005
Par William - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche
I'm new to the Hamish Macbeth series. I read Death of a Poison Pen (set later than this novel) and thoroughly enjoyed it. Poison Pen had a lot of charm and funny characters, something this series is known for.
Death of a Cad is not quite as good as that one. It starts out as more of a typical mystery with the usual rich, English suspects sitting around in a big house. But once Hamish gets into the act, it gets a lot better. If this is the first book in the series you read, you'll still enjoy it, but if your impression is lukewarm, don't stop with this book. Read Death of a Poison Pen and other books in the series. I think you'll be charmed by the humor and characterizations. I plan to read more of this series.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Still not the best the series has to offer 21 avril 2008
Par Smeddley - Publié sur Amazon.com
This is the second book in the series, and we begin to see Priscilla's and Hamish's relationship take form. Though there is that pesky murder to deal with, although that seems more like background to the drama of the two of them working their way delicately about one another. It turns a plot-driven mystery into more of a character study. I might not have minded, except there is nothing remotely redeemable about Priscilla through most of this book. She's whiny and stupid and vapid. She can't even think on her own, and I cannot imagine what Hamish sees in her - other than she is described as very beautiful. In a lot of ways this story seems much older than it is, set at a time in the more distant past than the 1980s (like when Henry thinks to himself that woman shouldn't drive or wear pants, and Priscilla's overwhelming drive to please her parents).

If you're a fan of strong female protagonists, steer very clear of this book. It will drive you insane. Even Hamish is not in top form, but it could be that it's still early in the series. In later books he seems more... understandable. And you still haven't met a lot of the more colorful and interesting villagers - in later books they very much round out the story, making them more engaging and interesting.

The book has some bright spots, though, with some good dialogue and a pretty good mystery at the end. I'd say it's firmly middle-of-the-road as far as cozy mysteries go, if you can get past Priscilla.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Bring on More Hamish Macbeth. 21 juillet 2003
Par S. Schwartz - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche
M.C. Beaton's Hamish Macbeth series is wonderful! I think I even enjoy him more than Agatha Raisin. He's funny, charming and smart. In this book Hamish gets drawn into a murder that happens in the house of his ladylove, Priscilla. Priscilla comes back to Lochdubh from a job in London with a new fiance in tow. Hamish has to stay on the sidelines and watch his beloved with another man. He handles even this appalling situation with grace and humour. But then a death occurs and Hamish is sure it's murder. He sets out to find the killer, but before he does another murder happens. But, never fear, he does solve the murder in the end, and it was a surprise to me.
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