Death of a Hussy review


Goodreads: Wealthy Maggie Baird is neither nice nor kind nor generous. Once she was beautiful, but now, although middle-aged, she retains the appetites of a beautiful woman. When Maggie’s car catches fire with her inside it, suspicion focuses on the five houseguests staying at Maggie’s luxurious Highlands cottage: her timid niece and four former lovers, once of whom Maggie had intended to pick for a husband. All five are impecunious. All five had ample opportunity to monkey with Maggie’s car. So finding who did it requires all Police Constable Hamish Macbeth’s extraordinary common sense and insight into human nature. And lazy lout though he may be, Hamish lets no grass grow under his feet when it comes to solving a murder. Especially when he may be the next target.

Ah yes, another Hamish Macbeth adventure to enjoy.  Too bad they wouldn’t make this series into a TV series here in the U.S. – it would be so much better than the one they did make.  Hamish reminds me of a cross between Monk and Columbo – two of my favorites so no wonder I like him.

Beaton successfully keeps the reader focused on the characters that are front and center – which one of them was capable of murder? But you almost don’t see it coming until the last chapter – good job there.

I’m afraid Priscilla still isn’t growing on me as much as I would have hoped but maybe she will as the series goes on.  I’m about to start book six.  The writing is easy going and quite engaging – I rather enjoyed the author giving Blair a rest in the beginning but the new inspector seemed sleazy enough that I missed Blair in the end.

Great story – the mousy niece was perfectly done – I couldn’t decide if I wanted to slap her silly or feel sorry for her.  Books are short – 106 pages in this last one – so easy to devour in less than six hours.  It is so refreshing to me after reading The Forgotten Room with all its endless descriptions and history on objects in the building.  I find I read more to be entertained these days than anything.  I give the book an A.


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