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Death of a Nag [Format Kindle]

M.C. Beaton
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From Publishers Weekly

After a romantic disappointment and an undeserved demotion, Scots village bobby Hamish MacBeth, seen last in Death of a Charming Man, decides a week's holiday at the coastal village of Skag might be just the ticket. He's dead wrong, of course: the food is dire, and the man in the next room nags his wife so loudly and continuously that more than one person at the The Friendly House bed-and-breakfast wishes him dead, though only Hamish is heard threatening him. When this chap's body is found floating in the river Skag, Hamish is the prime suspect. While clearing his name, the lanky Scot has to deal with the widow, who's suddenly making eyes at a refined bachelor; two leather-skirted Glaswegian beauties intent on raising disco hell; and the rude revelation of one family man's secret life. Some holiday. Beaton has fine-tuned her MacBeth series into something altogether winning. In this 11th entry, her plot is top-notch, a few somber notes demonstrate her touch for understated compassion and, as always, Hamish and his highland cohorts are lovingly rendered.
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Beaton's Hamish MacBeth stories are always good, but the latest is a standout. The plot is even better than usual, the characters are more engaging, and even the mostly dour and serious Hamish is funnier and more likable than usual. Hamish and the ravishing Priscilla Halburton-Smythe have ended their long engagement, and the townsfolk blame Hamish. To escape Lochdubh's wagging tongues, Hamish embarks on a short vacation at Friendly House, a bed-and-breakfast in the seaside resort of Skag. But instead of the relaxation and solitude he sought, Hamish finds he's involved in yet another murder case. The victim is a drunken, mean-spirited fellow lodger at Friendly House, and Hamish figures the murderer is most likely also on the guest list. Patient, stolid Hamish uses brains, intuition, and a keen understanding of human nature--as well as plenty of shoe leather--to ferret out the unlikely killer. A fine, well-told police procedural with plenty of human interest, Beaton's latest will appeal to a wide range of mystery fans. Emily Melton

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 497 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 304 pages
  • Editeur : C & R Crime (17 juin 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0056A8WH2
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Un triste moment pour Hamish 4 mars 2014
Par jasmin d'été VOIX VINE
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Hamish part en vacances pour se refaire une santé. Non seulement il n'a pas été promu mais surtout il n'est plus fiancé avec son grand amour Priscilla . La glaciale et superbe Priscilla ne sera plus son épouse. Il part donc dans le nord à la plage à Skag , un sea side ressort , médiocre où la cuisine insipide terni encore son séjour. Mais bientôt un des pensionnaires de son Hotel sera retrouvé mort ... Et c'est Hamish qui sera considéré le suspect numéro 1. Avec son fidèle chien qui l'accompagne ,il va tenter de trouver le vrai coupable.
C'est pas très enchanteur , le décor est lais triste, il a le cafard et c'est assez morose .. Du coup ...... on a beau l'aimer Hamish , ce n'est pas le meilleur de la série loin s'en faut! ...
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Endearing, Exciting Escape 9 mai 2000
Par Mamalinde - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Hamish MacBeth escapes the gossip of Lochdubh for a bit of a seaside vacation in Skay at the "Friendly House" - which is anything but. No one is terribly surprised or even upset when the "Nag" is found floating in the sea, and everyone seems to have a motive. Truly an "cozy" - the endearing MacBeth takes us all under his wing for summertime in Scotland, complete with bad food, lots of luscious gossip, seaside strolls and devotion to his dog. The tale twists and turns but never confuses, works its way to an exciting climax, and even has a nice ironic twist. From the roses at the police station, to the sometimes vile Highlands weather, to Hamish's dogged persistence, lack of ambition and willingness to give credit to someone else, this series is absolutely charming. Davina Porter does an admirable job on the voices and accents, she just takes some getting used to. My second Hamish MacBeth, and not only am I hooked, I think I have a crush on this man! Apparently Hamish MacBeth is a TV series on BBCAmerica. Mamalinda will have to seek this out as well as the other books in this series. Highly recommended.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Yes, yes, yes 12 avril 2000
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche
Okay, I only picked up Death of a Glutton because I was caught out of the house without a book and had some wait time on my hands. I owned everything else that interested me and Hamish Macbeth kept catching my eye. I read it in less than a day and was hooked. I now have the entire series and just finished Death of a Nag last week.
I suppose this qualifies as an "English cozy" even though it is in Scotland, but since I live in Kansas I guess I'm not supposed to know there's much of a difference. Scotland has technically been a part of "England" since the 1600's and of course they share the same island, but still there is the hope that someday Scotland will be free? Yes, and the south will rise again, but back to the book.
Hamish is a complex man of great simplicity. Yes, he's a mooch, a bit of a poacher, but quite a good sleuth. I love his contacts with the rest of the world and how he puts "the touch" on his relatives to help get the info he needs to solve his cases.
The latest entry I've read, number 11, I believe, has Hamish off on a well needed break from his beloved Lochdubh and the irritation of of the villagers for his perceived misbehavior.
I must admit the funeral scene and what lead up to it was a bit dismaying. I hope he finds a new "friend" with whom to share his life, and perhaps he has, but has I said, I'm only up to #11 and the rest of the books are sitting there waiting to be read so maybe he has done so already.
I recommend you get the first one in the series, Death of a Gossip and go from there. There is a lot of background and build up of characters as the series progresses. I almost had to skip one of the books because it was reportedly out of print, but I was able to find it on line and was glad I did. It helps to have access to all of the books when you start a series. It helps to cut down on the wait time.
Read and enjoy
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Hercule Poirot meets Hamish McBeth! 5 octobre 2004
Par mamareadssomuch - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
Such a delightful cozy mystery! Does that sound right? Well, it was fun and I guessed 'whodunnit' even though MC Beaton tried to fool me.

Hamish leaves his village for a much needed holiday at a bed and breakfast where murder ensues. There are a variety of characters staying at the B&B with him and when the 'nag' is killed, the suspects become everyone.

I have loved Agatha Raisin series by MC Beaton and thrilled to read her other series. Give it a try. If you like cozy mysteries, then you will surely enjoy this one.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Quintessential Cozy 27 novembre 2000
Par Stefanie N - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche
If you're looking for a "cozy" in the Agatha Christie tradition, MC Beaton's Hamish series ought to fit the bill. A main difference is the severity and sublimity of the Scottish landscape (so different from Miss Marple's St. Mary Meade !) As a frequent reader of this series I was glad for a break from the Hamish-Priscilla romance as I find her to be extremely boring. In this mystery we find Hamish at a dumpy B & B, surrounded by a variety of guests each of whom might have murdered the most obnoxious one--the nag of the title. Hamish's relationship with one of the guests, a spinster retired schoolteacher is quite moving. . She and the other characters show various sides of themselves. If Beaton does not exactly probe her characters (I would look to PD James for that kind of thing), they at least have a certain substantiality due to the bits of personal history we learn of each. I thought the plot meandered a bit. Hamish's travelling back and forth between Skaw and Lochdubh proved tiresome; we witness too many mental checklists of the various suspects' motives and opportunities. Even so, it is a generally enjoyable book and the ending does indeed have a bite to it.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Beaton Triumphs Again! 19 janvier 2001
Par Billy J. Hobbs - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche
In "Death of a Nag," M.C. Beaton returns with her eleventh Hamish Macbeth mystery, and he is continuing to keep Lochdubh safe and sound. And the Scottish Highlands couldn't be in better hands! Aside from his on-again, off-again romance with Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, Macbeth takes his responsibilities quite seriously (there are those in the village who think of him as lazy, no-good, and quite irresponsible for "letting" Priscilla go!). In this episode, Macbeth has taken off a few days
to "recharge his batteries," but, alas, the charming seaside resort (Friendly House) is teeming with the usual Beaton characters. Macbeth finds the company tiresome, the food inedible, and, sure enough, a body: that of one of the guests, a terrific nag. And who better is the suspect that the victim's wife, whom he publically ridiculed (and nagged!). Beaton makes sure that all of the characters are suspects (a "regular" ingredient of Beaton's works!), but only Macbeth is able to sort
out the culprit. Charming, easy-to-read, and worthwhile. (Billyjhobbs@tyler.net)
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