Death of A Poison Pen

Death of A Poison Pen

Book - 2004
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MacBeth uncovers a vicious letter writer who uses the local post to spread seeds of gossip, fear, and murder. Meanwhile, several women vie for Macbeth's attention.
Publisher: New York : Warner Books, c2004
ISBN: 9780892967889
Branch Call Number: FIC Beato
Characteristics: 244 p


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Jan 15, 2019

I cannot believe I rated a Hamish Macbeth story with less than five stars. Two things really upset me about this book. First, Beaton has started explaining how to pronounce Highland words ("lock doo") that by book 16 we should know anyway (Haven't people heard of Google and Big? Can't you borrow a book on CD to get an idea of how things sound?) and she is adding in explanations of terms we have been reading all along. If people cared, as I do, they have many, many books ago looked up "procurator fiscal" etc. and are slightly insulted by her "talking down to us" feeling.
Second, one of the great joys of reading Hamish's adventures is that all the people who died in previous books deserved to die, and there was a sort of cosmic justice in their deaths that was very satisfying. Death of a Village and Death of a Poison Pen both see deaths of nice people who did nothing wrong. Even the usually happy, cheerful, promising endings that I have come to love are either different or just not enough to overcome the sadness at the loss of lovely people.
If you are not reading this series in order, do not judge the previous books by this book. Go back and start with Death of a Gossip. Now THAT was satisfying!

May 22, 2017

Hamish Macbeth is a local detective in the small town of Lockdubh, Scotland. Local residents report receiving anonymous poisoned pen letters. As he begins the investigation into the author of the letters, one of the recipients is found dead with a letter at her feet. His investigation into her death is complicated by departmental politics and a supervisor who is jealous of Hamish’s previous successes. Meanwhile a young lady named Jenny visits a local B&B. She has secret designs on Hamish’s affections. It is an entertaining and engaging read as Hamish attempts to sidestep romantic entanglements and solve a mystery, amidst the gossip of the local townspeople.

Aug 19, 2016


Jul 07, 2015

Death of a Poison Pen --- by --- M.C. Beaton.
Nasty poison pen letters begin to circulate in the tiny northern Scottish of Lochdubh. The stolid burghers of the village attempt to ignore the letters until, finally, one of them is associated with a corpse. Indefatigable copper, Hamish Macbeth, sets out to solve the riddle of the murder when is his confronted with another body, this time an apparent suicide. With no dearth of suspects Hamish works with dedication to solve this case.
Like all of Beaton’s novels this one moves gently across the page daring you to guess “who dun it”. I can imagine reading this novel with a glass of Scotch at your side on one those autumnal highland evening where the sun rises at 10:00 and sets at 2:00. The ideal setting.

Oct 13, 2014

I like the part where the villagers try to stop Priscilla before she can see Hamish.

hermlou Feb 07, 2011

Constable Hamish Macbeth investigates hanging of the postmistress with a poison pen letter beneath her feet. It looks like suicide but is murder. Macbeth interviews villagers, and then another woman is found stabbed. Amusing side plot of Jenny coming north to meet Macbeth and falling for a newspaper writer with high goals to be achieved through plagiarism. Good atmosphere of cozy isolated Scottish village.

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