Search Results: "M.C. Beaton"


BOOK REVIEW

DEATH OF A BORE by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 23, 2005

"Quirky but well-plotted: Hamish's 20th offers humor, intrigue, and local color galore."
Egotistical TV personalities, an obnoxious boss, and a tidal wave of villagers bent on marrying him off can't stop Constable Hamish Macbeth from finding out who murdered Lochdubh's writer-in-residence. Read full book review >

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THE SKELETON IN THE CLOSET by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2001

"Confused plotting and uninspired characters make for an easy-to-read, easy-to-forget excursion: not quite up to Beaton's usual standard."
In a rare departure from her usual fictional sleuths, Hamish MacBeth and Agatha Raisin, Beaton here introduces Fellworth Dolphin, the painfully shy, insecure, 40-ish son of penny-pinching, recently deceased parents. Read full book review >

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AGATHA RAISIN AND THE VICIOUS VET by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 16, 1993

"Clumsy plotting, a clutch of listless characters, and the singularly charmless Agatha Raisin—in one of Beaton's least attractive outings."
Fifty-ish Agatha Raisin, the author's amateur second-string sleuth (Hamish MacBeth being the pro), has yet to feel comfortably settled in the Cotswold village of Carsely, where neighboring bachelor James Lacey eludes her romantic overtures and life is dull (Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death, 1992). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEATH OF A SNOB by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 23, 1991

"Lively pictures of insular island characters and Jane's sometimes difficult, narcissistic friends, along with Hamish's enduring charm, make the disjointed plotting here secondary—at least for Beaton's devoted fans."
It's Christmastime in Lochdubh village, where Hamish Macbeth continues to serve as the town's only policeman. Read full book review >

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DISHING THE DIRT by M.C. Beaton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"As usual, Agatha attracts and forfeits the attentions of a number of eligible bachelors while hunting a clever killer; a basket full of red herrings makes this one of her more interesting cases."
A private detective continues her search for love in all the wrong places. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEATH OF A GHOST by M.C. Beaton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Fans of the handsome Highlander will delight in his continuing penchant for the wrong women and his utter lack of ambition despite his superior detecting skills, which this complex case puts on handsome display."
A wily Highland police sergeant solves a case the higher-ups want covered up. Read full book review >

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THE DEADLY DANCE by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 18, 2004

"'I am a bitch, that's what I am,' muses Agatha, whose biggest discovery in this effervescent bauble may be a spoonful's worth of self-knowledge. "
Agatha Raisin finally makes it official by opening her own private detective agency. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEATH OF A KINGFISHER by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 22, 2012

"Beaton combines an influx of quirky characters with her old favorites (Death of a Chimney Sweep, 2011, etc.), even though the plot this time is a wee bit far-fetched."
An innovative plan to increase tourism in the Highland town of Braikie goes terribly wrong. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEATH OF A HUSSY by M.C. Beaton
Released: Dec. 13, 1990

"A heavily contrived plot and too many archly cute situations make this less than Beaton's best, but there's still plenty of lighthearted enjoyment to be had here."
Maggie Baird is a newcomer to the highlands village of Lochdub, but she organizes a successful campaign to get Hamish MacBeth, the town's lone policeman, returned to the community from Strathbane, an ugly town where officialdom had sent him. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PUSHING UP DAISIES by M.C. Beaton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Fans of this long-running series will enjoy the continuing drama of the private eye's romances, which, as so often before (Dishing The Dirt, 2016, etc.), overshadow the mystery."
Agatha Raisin continues to struggle, though not very hard, against her predilection for unsuitable men. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEATH OF A PRANKSTER by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1992

"Beaton coasting."
A feeble new adventure for Scottish constable Hamish MacBeth of Lochdubh village (Death of a Snob, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEATH OF A HUSSY by M.C. Beaton
Released: Dec. 13, 1990

"A heavily contrived plot and too many archly cute situations make this less than Beaton's best, but there's still plenty of lighthearted enjoyment to be had here."
Maggie Baird is a newcomer to the highlands village of Lochdub, but she organizes a successful campaign to get Hamish MacBeth, the town's lone policeman, returned to the community from Strathbane, an ugly town where officialdom had sent him. Read full book review >