Death of a Cad review

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Goodreads: Murder Most Fowl When Priscilla Halburton-Smythe brings her London playwright fiance home to Lochdubh, everybody in town is delighted…except for love-smitten Constable Hamish Macbeth. Yet his affairs of the heart will have to wait. Vile, boorish Captain Bartlett, one of the guests at Priscilla’s engagement party, has just been found murdered-shot while on a grouse hunt. Now with many titled party guests as the prime suspects, each with a reason for snuffing out the despicable captain, Hamish must smooth ruffled feathers as he investigates the case. When the hidden culprit strikes again, Hamish will find himself trying to save Priscilla from a miserable marriage-and catch a killer before he flies the coop.

Ah, another Hamish Macbeth story – and even better than the last! This one isn’t written from one person’s point of view which I liked better than the last.  Hamish is quite captivating as he works to find the murderer, make some extra money and save the love of his life from a ghastly prig who she is marrying strictly out of loyalty to her parents.

It wasn’t hard to pick out who the killer must be but I must admit the motive never entered my mind.  Once I read it, I was like “duh” but while I had picked up on the many hints about it, I hadn’t understood where they were leading.

Must say, the description of the Scottish landscape and moors make it sound like a hauntingly beautiful place but not enough that I would actually visit there given the chance.  Love the references to “Americans” as if we were strange creatures from another world – but in Hamish’s surroundings, I imagine we would be.

Another great work of fiction.  I appreciate how compact the author keeps the story rather than going off in flowery or dreary descriptions the way many American authors do.  At a hundred forty-five pages, it is perfect for those times when you have a couple hours to kill.  I look forward to the next story in the series.  I give the book an A.

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