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Title:
Death of a ghost

Hamish Macbeth mysteries

Hamish Macbeth mysteries.
Title:
Death of a ghost
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Edition:
Large print edition.
Publisher Info:
New York, NY : Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc., [2017]
Physical Description:
341 pages ; 22 cm.
Series:
Hamish Macbeth mysteries

Hamish Macbeth mysteries.
Abstract:
"When Police Sergeant Hamish Macbeth hears reports of a haunted castle near Drim, he assumes the eerie noises and lights reported by the villagers are just local teenagers going there to smoke pot or, worse, inject themselves with drugs. Still, Hamish decides that he and his policeman, Charlie "Clumsy" Carson, will spend the night at the ruined castle to get to the bottom of the rumors once and for all. There's no sign of any ghost ... but then Charlie disappears through the floor. It turns out he's fallen into the cellar. And what Hamish and Charlie find there is worse than a ghost: a dead body propped against the wall. Waiting for help to arrive, Hamish and Charlie leave the castle just for a moment--to eat bacon baps--but when they return, the body is nowhere to be seen. It's clear something strange--and deadly--is going on at the castle, and Hamish must get to the bottom of it before the "ghost" can strike again"-- provided by publisher.

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Sergeant Hamish Macbeth--Scotland's most quick-witted but unambitious policeman--returns in M.C. Beaton's new mystery in her New York Times bestselling series. From the author of the Agatha Raisin series.
When Police Sergeant Hamish Macbeth hears reports of a haunted castle near Drim, he assumes the eerie noises and lights reported by the villagers are just local teenagers going there to smoke pot or, worse, inject themselves with drugs. Still, Hamish decides that he and his policeman, Charlie "Clumsy" Carson, will spend the night at the ruined castle to get to the bottom of the rumors once and for all. There's no sign of any ghost...but then Charlie disappears through the floor. It turns out he's fallen into the cellar. And what Hamish and Charlie find there is worse than a ghost: a dead body propped against the wall. Waiting for help to arrive, Hamish and Charlie leave the castle just for a moment--to eat bacon baps--but when they return, the body is nowhere to be seen. It's clear something strange--and deadly--is going on at the castle, and Hamish must get to the bottom of it before the "ghost" can strike again...


Author Notes

M. C. Beaton's real name is Marion Chesney. She was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1936. She has written over a hundred books under her own name and other pseudonyms: Ann Fairfax, Helen Crampton, Jennie Tremaine, Charlotte Ward, and Sarah Chester. She started her writing career while working as a fiction buyer for a bookstore in Glasgow.

Working at one time or another as a theater critic, newspaper reporter, and editor, she used her British background to write a series of regency romances set in England and Scotland. Some of her regency romances include The Folly, Colonel Sandhurst to the Rescue, and Regency Gold. In 1986, she was awarded the Romantic Times Award for Outstanding Regency Series Writer.

She has also written two mystery series under the pseudonym M. C. Beaton: The Hamish Macbeth Series, which became the inspiration for a television show in England, and The Agatha Raisin Series, about a retired advertising executive. Her title His and Hers made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Publisher's Weekly Review

When Hanover "Handy" Ebrington, the new owner of ramshackle Castle Drim, hears ghostly noises, Sgt. Hamish Macbeth investigates, in Beaton's atmospheric 33rd mystery featuring the Lochdubh, Scotland, policeman (after 2016's Death of a Nurse). Hamish is inclined to think that Handy is being "haunted" by vandals, so he and his partner, Constable Charlie Carter, arrange to spend the night in the castle tower to catch the miscreants red-handed. Instead they find a body and a likely smugglers' drop. When more bodies turn up, Hamish's superiors are eager to seize upon easy solutions. But as usual, Hamish's senses tell him the answer is far more complicated than it seems. Few fictional detectives are more appealing than fey, redheaded Hamish with his taste for unsuitable women and no desire to leave his peaceful Scottish Highland home. Series fans and newcomers alike will enjoy spending time with Hamish and the beguiling inhabitants of Lochdubh. Agent: Barbara Lowenstein, Lowenstein Associates. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

The thirty-third entry in this popular series starring the perennially unhappy and unlucky-in-love Hamish Macbeth, now a sergeant in the Scottish Highlands village of Lochdubh, will engage series fans but may leave newcomers bewildered. Beaton does very little here to catch new readers up with the characters, unlike, for example, the graceful way Alexander McCall Smith starts each new book in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. But Beaton fans will recognize Macbeth's Highlands beat and his difficulties with bosses and lovers. The mystery hinges on sightings of a ghost in a ruined castle on a loch (Beaton does little with the visual possibilities). Macbeth and a constable spend the night. No ghost is sighted, but the constable's fall into a cellar reveals a corpse, which disappears after Macbeth and his subordinate leave the castle for some food. The novel boasts good plotting that expands outward from the body in the castle cellar, as well as intriguing bits concerning a minister and a seductive married woman with whom the minister is involved, but it lacks Beaton's usual evocative use of landscape.--Fletcher, Connie Copyright 2016 Booklist