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Death of a Greedy Woman (Hamish Macbeth, Book 8) (A Hamish Macbeth Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2011

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Book 8 of 31 in the Hamish Macbeth Series

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From Publishers Weekly

The seventh Hamish Macbeth mystery (after Death of a Prankster ) lacks the series' key strengths: the canny, tousle-haired, beanpole charm of the Scottish highland copper and the dour weirdness of the remote village he lives in are given scant play here. Instead, the author scrambles to assemble her cast, kill her odious and obese victim and have Hamish shyly serve up the solution in the presence of the usual cast of nasty superiors who hate his guts. A motley assortment of desperate souls, members of the Checkmate Singles Club, have come to the village hotel to spouse-hunt. Suddenly, one of the visit's organizers, a hog of a woman, dies with an apple inserted in her sizable gullet. Peta Gore wasn't exactly a lovable sort, and among the gang of timid, mousy secretaries, aspiring yuppies, big-haired bimbos and elderly lawyers, a killer surely lurks. In most Macbeth mysteries, he can be found cadging drinks, walking Towser the dog and trying to come to terms with his feelings for fair Priscilla, daughter of the local fallen gentryman. This time Towser never gets out of the tiny police station, and the Hamish/Priscilla romantic misfires seem to be repeating themselves. A minor addition to a previously winning series.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The latest Hamish Macbeth case occurs near a Scottish Highlands hotel, where someone murders an obnoxious, man-chasing fat woman. A quick read.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery (Book 8)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reissue edition (July 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780446573535
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446573535
  • ASIN: 0446573531
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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M.C. BEATON has won international acclaim for her bestselling Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin mysteries. She is also the author of over 100 romance titles and a series of romantic suspense, The Edwardian Mystery Series. M. C. Beaton lives in a Cotswold cottage with her husband.

Marion is active on Facebook using her most popular pen name, M.C. Beaton. You can find complete book lists, information on events, and sign up for news updates at her website, www.MCBeaton.com.

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I love the Hamish Macbeth series. It is shameful that Hachette Book Group republished an older title, Death of a Glutton, renaming it Death of A Greedy Woman. The review should have made this clear to customers. I'm sure I'm not the only Amazon customer who ordered Death of a Greedy Woman thinking it was an original book in the series. This is both disappointing and makes me feel I have been deceived.
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This is a good book, but don't be deceived! This is a re-issue of "Death of a Glutton" from 1993 with a new title. I wish I had known this when I ordered it months ago as a pre-order and had to pay shipping, too! I just received it today, looked at the book, and saw "Previously published as Death of a Glutton" on the bottom of the front cover. It's been a while since I ordered it, but I don't think there was any mention on the Amazon website of this being a re-issuing of an old book. I ordered it because it was advertised as a new Hamish Macbeth mystery, and I have them all. Very disappointing! I'll have to be more careful in the future!
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This book was previously published in 1993 as "Death of a Glutton". Its a good story but I wouldn't have bought it if I realized they had just changed the name of a book I had read. Its in the Hamish Macbeth series and I have been reading them in order. I'm disappointed.
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Well, perhaps not exactly a diet revolution, but even the reader will want to be the one to murder this disgusting glutton. Ms. Beaton once again weaves her highland magic, gathering together some real characters, killing off the figure who has absolutely no redeeming qualities, and letting the reader chase all the red herrings as Police Constable Hamish Macbeth (ever unambitious, ever the mooch, extremely unlucky in love and always in trouble with headquarters) takes us along for the ride. It is summer in the highlands of Scotland, and beautifully etched by the author, who sketches the characters with the same even hand. Delightful formula, but never exactly predictable.
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Death of a Glutton is the eighth Hamish Macbeth mystery. It's the beautiful days of summer in Lochdubh, days that are soon to be replaced with cold and rain. Hamish is looking forward to enjoying these tranquil days while they last. But that hope is soon frustrated.

The Tommel Castle Hotel (formerly the home of Colonel and Mrs. Hallburton-Smythe and their daughter Priscilla before the Colonel lost his capital) is booming. But when a fishing party cancels at the last minute, the Colonel finds he may have to lower his social standards to fill the hotel. This fear is turned into a reality when Maria Worth books the hotel for Checkmate Singles Club, which matches up matrimonial prospects from among the well-to-do. Maria has invited eight people who want to marry well and thinks she has just the prospect for each one. Immediately, each one takes a dislike to the person Maria has in mind for them, but things seem to be proceeding anyway when they strike up conversations with other singles in the group.

Those plans are put seriously awry, however, when her not-so-silent partner, Peta Gore, shows up uninvited with her voluptuous, but self-centered, young niece, Crystal. The men flock to Crystal until they find she's dull. That enrages the women. Peta turns out to be a world-class overeater with the worst possible manners. Colonel Hallburton-Smythe takes his wife and heads out, leaving this troublesome party to Priscilla and Mr. Johnson to tend.

The story builds around Peta's eating. There's a memorable picnic involving a wee trip in the ocean that has humorous consequences. The chef becomes so enraged by Peta's behavior that he takes a bet he can feed her a most unappetizing source of protein and she'll be delighted.
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"Death of a Glutton" is the eighth Hamish Macbeth mystery by M.C. Beaton set in the Scottish Highlands town of Lochdubh. An exclusive dating service, Checkmate, is having some of their members meet at the Tommel Castle Hotel which is owned by Colonel Halburton-Smythe, father of Priscilla, of whom Hamish is very fond. The dating service is owned by two women, Maria Worth and Peta Gore. Peta is a terrible glutton, eating everything in sight, and making people so mad that they think of ways to get rid of her. When she is found dead with an apple stuck in her mouth, it is up to Hamish to find the murderer. As usual, he upstages Inspector Blair from Strathbane. I am reading these novels in order, and I think that this is the best one to date. It is highly recommended.
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If you have read Death of a Glutton don't waste your money on Death of a Greedy Woman - THEY ARE ONE AND THE SAME. I am not the only one to be fooled into thinking I was buying a new book in the Hamish Macbeth series. Sadly, I didn't read the reviews until I had wasted good money on this book. Nowhere in the advertising was it stated that this was a reissue of a previous book under a different title. Like others before me I feel disappointed and deceived. Surely it would not be too much to ask for this to be made clear at point of purchase.
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