By M. C. Beaton
"Splendid fun." the recent York instances booklet ReviewA Hamish Macbeth secret. filthy rich Maggie Baird is neither great nor sort nor beneficiant. as soon as she was once appealing, yet now, even if middle-aged, she keeps the appetites of an attractive girl. whilst Maggie's automobile catches hearth together with her inside of it, suspicion specializes in the 5 houseguests staying at Maggie's sumptuous Highlands cottage: her timid niece and 4 former fans, as soon as of whom Maggie had meant to choose for a husband. All 5 are impecunious. All 5 had plentiful chance to monkey with Maggie's motor vehicle. So discovering who did it calls for all Police Constable Hamish Macbeth's notable good judgment and perception into human nature. And lazy lout although he might be, Hamish shall we no grass develop less than his toes by way of fixing a homicide. specifically whilst he could be the subsequent goal.
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He wanted to get away and be by himself, but there was a welcome buffet luncheon laid out in the Lochdubh Hotel and more speeches, and so he forced himself to talk to everyone and try not to feel he did not deserve any of it. Priscilla came up to nun and kissed him lightly on the cheek. “Stick it out a bit longer, Hamish,” she whispered. ” Hamish looked at her with quick gratitude and then found he was beginning to enjoy himself. ” He looked down at Maggie Baird. He gave her a puzzled look and then his eyes began to dance with mischief.
She’s lying. But then I am not supposed to know that. “She’s gone to have herself done up,” said Alison, and then blushed furiously. ” “No…no…I don’t think so. I think she just decided to take herself in hand. But about the driving. When can we start? ” “Well, things here are awry quiet unless someone starts inventing crimes again. ” “But it’s such a long way and I can’t drive,” bleated Alison. “Oh, I forgot. ” “Thank you,” said Alison. “I’m sorry I’m so emotional about it all. But you see, it’s my first step towards independence.
No more laziness. No more lolling about. He would, in future, be hardworking and never, ever would he give the powers that be any excuse to send him away again. He looked up at the platform and his eyes sharpened. The band and the choir had fallen silent. A large woman, a stranger to him, was giving him a speech of welcome. He studied her curiously, his eyes taking in the too-new tweeds, the heavy face, and the autocratic manner. He was forcibly reminded of a competent actress playing the part of a gentlewoman.
Death of a Hussy by M. C. Beaton