Death of A Poison Pen

Death of A Poison Pen

eBook - 2004
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A series of poisoned pen letters have the townspeople of nearbyBraikie on edge, and rumor and suspicion threaten to lead to violence, and Hamish faces danger of another sort, when Jenny Ogilvie, a London friend of Hamish's old flame Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, decides that romancing Hamish would be a delicious way to bother Priscilla.
Publisher: New York : Mysterious Press, 2004
Edition: 1st ebook ed
ISBN: 9780446507271
Characteristics: 147 p


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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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