Death of a Hussy (Hamish Macbeth Series #5)

Death of a Hussy (Hamish Macbeth Series #5)

by M. C. Beaton

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Wealthy Maggie Baird is neither nice nor kind nor generous. Once she was beautiful, but now, although middle-aged, she retains the appetites of a beautiful woman. When Maggie's car catches fire with her inside it, suspicion focuses on the five houseguests staying at Maggie's luxurious Highlands cottage: her timid niece and four former lovers, once of whom Maggie had intended to pick for a husband. All five are impecunious. All five had ample opportunity to monkey with Maggie's car. So finding who did it requires all Police Constable Hamish Macbeth's extraordinary common sense and insight into human nature. And lazy lout though he may be, Hamish lets no grass grow under his feet when it comes to solving a murder. Especially when he may be the next target.

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ISBN-13: 9780804107686
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/1991
Series: Hamish Macbeth Series , #5
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 302,359
Product dimensions: 4.24(w) x 6.88(h) x 0.41(d)

About the Author

M. C. Beaton has won international acclaim for her New York Times bestselling Hamish Macbeth mysteries. The BBC has aired 24 episodes based on the series. Beaton is also the author of the bestselling Agatha Raisin series, which will air as an eight-episode dramatic series on Sky1, starring Ashley Jensen. She lives in the Cotswolds with her husband. For more information, you can visit

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Death of a Hussy (Hamish Macbeth Series #5) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Bjace on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hamish Macbeth, brought back from exile in Strathbane by an imaginery crime wave, finds murder waiting for him in Lochdubh once more. One of my least favorites, but still pleasant.
madamejeanie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was the shortest book I've read in a while, with only 151 pages, and sadly, it was entirely too predictable. I think M.C. Beaton stumbled a bit on this one, and it bears all the earmarks of a novel churned out to meet a deadline. It did further the back story a bit, and I won't stop reading Macbeth stories, but I was disappointed in this one. It gets a 2.
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Enjoyable, as always.
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irishla More than 1 year ago
easy, afternoon reading with typical m.c. beaton settings, characters, and descriptions.
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jjamros More than 1 year ago
I love MC Beaton's books -- just wish she could write faster
NicoleTrist More than 1 year ago
Death of a Hussy is offbeat, intriguing, enthralling and entertaining. This is a great book for a lazy Sunday afternoon. Full Review;