Death of a Cad (A Hamish Macbeth Mystery)

By M. C. Beaton

From the writer of the Agatha Raisin tv series...
DEATH OF A CAD: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery
When Priscilla Halburton-Smythe brings her London playwright fiancé domestic to Lochdubh, each person on the town is thrilled . . . aside from love-smitten Constable Hamish Macbeth. but his affairs of the center should wait. Vile, boorish Captain Bartlett, one of many visitors at Priscilla's engagement get together, has simply been chanced on murdered-shot whereas on a grouse hunt. Now with many titled occasion visitors because the major suspects, every one with a cause of snuffing out the despicable captain, Hamish needs to soft ruffled feathers as he investigates the case. whilst the hidden perpetrator moves back, Hamish will locate himself attempting to store Priscilla from a depressing marriage-and seize a killer sooner than he flies the coop.

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Then he stated, “I are looking to see you the morn’s morn with that puppy o’ yours, Angus. I’ve a section o’ give you the results you want. ” “And what iss a guy to receives a commission? ” “A guy will get not anything. a guy doesn't get his fats head punched. Be on the police station at six, or I’ll come trying to find you. ” Hamish drove off. He drew to a halt back the place he had obvious the helicopter and bought out with Towser at his heels. He walked till he had reached the scene of the captain’s dying after which he acknowledged to Towser, “Fetch! ” Towser used to be an indiscriminate fetcher. He introduced every thing he may locate if requested. Hamish sat down on a clump of heather to attend. He appeared up on the sky. Little feathery clouds, gold and tinged with purple, unfold a extensive band of attractiveness over the westerning sunlight. the color of the heather deepened to darkish red. the wonderful mountains stood out sharply opposed to the sky. As each Highlander understands, the ghosts and fairies pop out at nightfall. the large boulders scattered over the moorland took on bizarre, darkish, hunched shapes, like a military of trolls at the march. Hamish lay again within the heather, his arms at the back of his head, as Towser fetched and fetched. ultimately he sat up. there has been a small stack of things at his toes. 5 previous rusty tin cans, a sock, an previous boot, a kind of reasonable electronic watches humans throw away while the battery runs out, the charred continues to be of a vacationing blanket, an outdated thermos, and a damaged piece of fishing rod. Towser emerged, panting throughout the heather, dragging a section of outdated tyre. “Enough, boy,” acknowledged Hamish. “We’ll be again the next day. possibly we’re looking too close to. ” “Not this night, Henry,” acknowledged Priscilla Halburton-Smythe. “It’s this poor loss of life. i feel I’m feeling surprised. I easily don’t suppose romantic. I’m particularly sorry. ” “All right,” acknowledged Henry sulkily. “If that’s how you think… the place did you vanish to early this night? ” “Just out. I felt I needed to get out. solid evening, darling. I’ll be again to common the following day. ” She lightly closed her bed room door in his face. Jenkins marched into the breakfast room within the morning and stood to realization ahead of his grasp. “Sinclair has simply been to record that Hamish Macbeth, that poacher Mac-Gregor, and their canine are out on our moors, sir. ” “The satan they are,” stated the colonel, turning pink. “Didn’t he inform them to hop it? ” “Sinclair did, sir, yet Macbeth stated he used to be inside his rights. He stated he was once searching for clues. ” “The insolence of that guy is past anything,” stated the colonel. “Phone Strathbane and inform Blair to return over the following and provides Macbeth the dressing down of his lifestyles, and if he doesn’t recover from right here sharpish, I shall file him to his superiors. ” “Certainly, sir,” stated Jenkins with a chuffed smile. The site visitors checked out one another uneasily. “What is he doing? ” requested Diana. “I suggest, it was once an twist of fate. ” “He’s most likely poaching,” stated Colonel Halburton-Smythe. “I be aware of that guy poaches. He’s in basic terms utilizing this looking-for-clues nonsense to hide up the very fact he’s a poacher himself. and what's he doing with that rascal MacGregor, if he’s no longer poaching?

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