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Death of a Nag

By M.C. Beaton

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The eleventh Hamish Macbeth mystery, beautifully republished with a brand new cover.

A busman's holiday for Hamish . . .

After losing both his promotion and the lovely Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, Hamish Macbeth decides the best cure for a broken heart is a week's break at the charming coastal village of Skag.

When he arrives at the Friendly House B&B, however, he finds the ambience chilling, the food inedible and his fellow guests less than neighbourly. They include the annoying Miss Gunnery; a family from London; and Bob Harris, who so nags his wife that everyone wants to kill him. And then somebody does.

Now it is up to Hamish to act - to dig deep into the past and deliver something more daunting than merely the culprit: justice.

Praise for M.C. Beaton:

'The books are a delight: clever, intricate, sardonic and amazingly true to the real Highlands' Kerry Greenwood

'It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh' New York Times

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9781472124470
  • Publication date: 01 Mar 2018
  • Page count: 304
  • Imprint: Constable
Beaton's Hamish MacBeth stories are always good, but the latest is a standout. The plot is even better than usual, the characters are more engaging, and even the mostly dour and serious Hamish is funnier and more likable than usual. — Booklist
Beaton has fine-tuned her MacBeth series into something altogether winning. In this 11th entry, her plot is top-notch, a few somber notes demonstrate her touch for understated compassion and, as always, Hamish and his highland cohorts are lovingly rendered. — Publishing News
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