Walking on Sunshine

M C Beaton – Death of a Gossip/Death of a Cad – 2010/TBR

The Back of the Book: The casebooks of Hamish MacBeth.

Death of a Gossip

John Cartwright, owner and fishing instructor at the Lochdubh School of Casting in the wilds of Scotland, had a premonition of evil doings.  But when his fears were proved real, and the body of Lady Jane Winters, society widow and tale tattler, was actually fished out dead, it was none other than Hamish Macbeth, local boby and champion poacher, who smelled the right rat.  With the inspiring aid of lovely Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, Hamish stuns all with his instinctive understanding of the power of secrets left exposed too long.

Death of a Cad

When Priscilla Halburton-Smythe brings her London play-wright fiancée home to Lochdubh, the whole town is delighted, save perhaps for love-smitten bobby Hamish Macbeth.  But then the morning after a tastefully posh engagement party, one of the guests – Captain Bartlett, who so enraged everyone with his boorish and caddish comments – has the bad manners to be shot on a grouse shoot.  And though alibis abound, it takes Hamish, the quiet law enforcement genius, to track a clever murderer even as he subtly woos the lovely Priscilla from her jealous city sophistication.

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