Death of a Valentine review

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Goodreads: Amazing news has spread across the Scottish countryside. The most famous of highland bachelors, police sergeant Hamish Macbeth, will be married at last. Everyone in the village of Lochdubh adores Josie McSween, Macbeth’s newest constable and blushing bride-to-be.

While locals think Josie is quite a catch, Hamish has a case of prenuptial jitters. After all, if it weren’t for the recent murder of a beautiful woman in a neighbouring village, there wouldn’t be a wedding at all. For it was a mysterious Valentine’s Day package–delivered to the victim before her death–that initially drew Hamish and Josie together on the investigation. As they work side by side, Hamish and Josie soon discover that the woman’s list of admirers was endless, confirming Hamish’s suspicion that love can be blind, deaf . . . and deadly.

So you have to ask yourself right off, why would Hamish marry Josie McSween? She is not the least bit likable despite what it says about everyone thinking he should marry her.  And who is “everyone”? Pretty much Mrs. Wellington.

This story wasn’t as good as the previous one but it still was decent and kept the list of suspects so muddled that it wasn’t until near the end of the book that I figured out who the killer was.

People aren’t what they seem – someone who seems to be a saint can be quite the sinner if you examine them close enough.  Of course, people who seem broken beyond repair, can also be a lot more together than you think as well.

Interesting side story as well making this a good story even if a bit cliché. I give it an A and will move on to the next one tomorrow.  I am almost caught up so will have to find other books to read soon.  On that note, Amanda Stevens is finally coming out, so she says, with two more books in the Graveyard Queen series in 2016.  I can’t wait.  If more of my favorite authors wrote regularly, I wouldn’t be reading so many Hamish Macbeth in a row.  😦

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