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Death of a Hussy (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

M. C. Beaton
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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.

Biographie de l'auteur

M.C. Beaton lives in the Cotswolds with her husband. In addition to the Hamish Macbeth series, she writes the Agatha Raisin mystery series.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 163 pages
  • Editeur : Grand Central Publishing (1 juin 2012)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Court, facile et distrayant 4 mars 2012
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Dans ce 5ème épisode des aventures de Hamish Macbeth, c'est au tour d'une ex-coquette ayant fait fortune en se jouant d'hommes riches de trouver la mort. Sa nièce - qu'elle humilie régulièrement - et quatre de ses anciens soupirants qu'elle a dupés en son temps et qu'elle a de nouveau invités chez elle, sont autant de suspects potentiels.

Comme toujours chez M.C. Beaton, l'intrigue est cousue de fil blanc et le récit rapide. Quelques phrases de description, un peu d'humour, une touche de romance, et le tour est joué. Pas de la grande littérature donc, mais au final le produit est distrayant.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Macbeth to the rescue (again!) 3 février 2001
Par Billy J. Hobbs - Publié sur
Ahhh! If a good draught of single malt and a Hamish Macbeth mystery won't cure you, then you really need to see a doctor! M.C. Beaton's well-established series featuring Lochdubh's finest, Macbeth himself, is right on cue with this edition.
PC Macbeth is called upon to investigate the death of--you guessed it--a "hussy"! Seems that Maggie Baird, besides being a wealthy, once-beautiful middle aged woman, is also something of a pain! So much so that she goes up in flames--in her car! This is no "hot date in the Highlands," but murder out and out! And there are suspects aplenty: four former lovers and her own niece! All certainly had the means and the motive.
Macbeth to the rescue, of course! Hamish himself has a few pieces of personal baggage as well, as we've learned through the series. His long on-again, off-again romance with Priscilla Haliburton-Smythe, superiors who are jealous of his successes, and his "lack of ambition" (he's quite happy, thank you, to stay in this wee Scottish village, as promotions are not his desire, prefering instead to stay "small town"! Of course, as we know from the series, this small town seems to have an inordinate number of murders! No matter. Beaton provides us with a delightful (albeit lite!) bill of fare! (
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Fast and Fun read 7 octobre 2002
Par Moe811 - Publié sur
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Hamish is stationed in Strathbane, due to the downsizing of constabularies in the Highlands. He is unhappy with living in the city and with the attitude of his new partner. The residents of Lochdubh are unhappy with the situation also. A new woman in town suggests that they stage a series of fake crimes to get him back, it works. Mrs. Baird is something of a femme fatale, encased in a layer of fat. She is a former professional hussy and has amassed a fortune with her looks. She has taken in a niece recovering from cancer, and turned her into a secretary, unpaid of course. When she goes away to restore her looks, her niece is charged with typing up her filthy memoirs. The girl wants to learn how to drive and to get a proper job, but Mrs. Baird forbids it. Hamish teaches her to drive and she is feeling independent until her aunt returns home and announces that she is getting married again and cutting the niece out of her will. She is killed shortly thereafter and the niece and Mrs. Baird's four suitors are the main suspects.
This is a typical Hamish McBeth book. The mystery isn't difficult, but the characters and story line are alot of fun.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Perfection is always a tough act to follow 10 juin 2008
Par Smeddley - Publié sur
After the stellar 'Death of a Perfect Wife' this book is a bit of a let-down. The beginning, the part that deals with the village of Lochdubh, is priceless. But then, for the mystery, it falls back to being more like the previous ones - a bit more outside of the community - and features an unlikeable cast of characters. The bright spot is the development of the relationship between Hammish and Priscilla, which is important for later books. I think the mystery itself was a bit of a bore, perhaps because I wasn't overly concerned with any of the participants. They didn't interest me and I certainly didn't care what happened to them. There was a bit of action, but mostly the characters left me scratching my head. And the conclusion was quite out-of-the-blue, rather jarring and odd. Or I missed something that was supposed to clue me in (always possible).

While the main story is a disappointment, it's still an important book in the series if you want to understand Hammish, Priscilla, and a lot of the dynamics of the village. And it's not a terribly long read, so if you're a fan of the series or plan on reading all of them, it's worth it. If you're reading it as a one-off, I'd strongly suggest another book in the series.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A great book! 1 novembre 2013
Par Kurt A. Johnson - Publié sur
This is the fifth in a series of mysteries featuring the detective work of small town, Highland Scottish detective Hamish Macbeth, P.C. In this story, Maggie Baird, a rich Londoner of more than somewhat checkered history, moves into Lochdubh for peace and quiet, but then finds it too peaceful and quiet. Deciding that she needs to marry again, she invites four old suitors to her house and then announces that she’ll marry one, and bestow all her money on him. When Maggie ends up dead, its up to Hamish to find out who did it and why.

My wife has been a big Hamish Macbeth fan for years, and now I know why. This story was a great deal of fun to read. I enjoyed the characters that Ms. Beaton created, finding them interesting and well developed. I enjoyed her setting of small town Scotland, and found the story and setting believable and captivating. If you are interested in a story set in modern Scotland, or just a good mystery, then I highly recommend this book to you.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Best Book in the Hamish Macbeth Series! 11 janvier 2007
Par Donald Mitchell - Publié sur
What's a hussy? The definition that fits this book is "an immoral woman." As you can imagine, hussies are not well regarded in the conservative Scottish highlands. Put a hussy in that locale, and the results can be explosive.

If you love Hamish Macbeth mysteries, you have a great treat ahead of you with Death of a Hussy. But if you haven't read any of the books in the series, you owe it to yourself to begin with the excellent, Death of a Gossip. Then go on to read the books in order of their publication. You'll enjoy the development of the ongoing characters better that way.

As the book opens, Hamish has been banished to Strathbane to be beat officer. His new partner there proves to be a good foil for lots of humor. But he misses Lochdubh. Feeling forlorn, rescue comes from an unexpected direction: New resident Maggie Baird suggests that the locals make up imaginary crimes to force the powers to be to send Hamish back . . . even though she's never met him. Strathbane capitulates and Hamish returns. Then the story leaps forward in time as Maggie retires from the scene to work on recovering her previous good looks from the days when she was a highly sought-after companion for rich men. Her timid niece, Allison, remains behind with one thing on her mind: Becoming a driver. Hamish is pressed into duty as her driving instructor. The book alternates between Hamish and Allison as the narrators, and the contrast enlivens the story development. Maggie unexpectedly returns, much thinner, more toned, with freshly dyed and cropped hair, and wearing expensive clothes. But she's in a bad mood. She has set up four of her former lovers in competition to marry her for her money. In the meantime, Maggie makes life difficult for Allison, her heir. When Maggie dies following a suspicious car fire, the criminal investigation part of Death of a Hussy begins. You probably won't have any trouble figuring out who the murderer is, but it's a most enjoyable story. There's also a development on the Priscilla-Hamish front to look forward to.

Death of a Hussy has several qualities that make it stand out from other books in the series:

1. The subplots are long, interesting, and invariably humorous.

2. The time involved isn't compressed into just a few days. As a result, there's more room for interaction and development in relations among the characters.

3. There's more variety of locales than usual.

4. The humor is much stronger throughout the book. You almost get a sense of M.C. Beaton as being a perfectly happy person in reading this book.

5. The plot nicely brings out new dimensions of the on-going characters in ways that strengthen the series for future books.

This book shows much more care in planning and execution than the earlier or later books in the series. It's as though M.C. Beaton realized that she had a potentially bigger winner on her hands if she made some mid-course corrections in the series . . . and those corrections are perfect!
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