Goodreads: Gentle by name, gentle by nature. Everyone in the sleepy Scottish town of Lochdubh adores elderly Mrs. Gentle – everyone but Hamish Macbeth, that is. Hamish thinks the gentle lady is quite sly and vicious, and the citizens of Lochdubh think he is overly cranky. Perhaps it’s time for him to get married, they say.
But who has time for marriage when there’s a murder to be solved? When Mrs. Gentle dies under mysterious circumstances, the town is shocked and outraged. Chief Detective Inspector Blair suspects members of her family, but Hamish Macbeth thinks there’s more to the story, and begins investigating the truth behind this lady’s gentle exterior.
Well, poor Hamish really steps into this time round. The poor man is surrounded by women who all think they know what is best for him. How is he ever going to solve the murders if they don’t stop popping over unannounced making passes at him?
Blair, I’m afraid, is even more unpleasant than usual leaving one to wonder when he will ever get caught in all the terrible schemes he comes up with. Poor, unobservant, poofed up Daviot turns a blind eye whenever Blair brings him flowers or chocolates – for Daviots wife, of course. The woman has so many birthdays that she will be 100 by the 30th book.
I did notice one inconsistency. Hamish takes his animals somewhere and then a couple pages over wonders why they didn’t react to something while he was gone – but they were with him. But one who writes so many books can’t possibly be expected to keep everything perfect. 🙂
Full of danger and missteps, this book is indeed fast moving. The killer is pretty easy to figure out but I enjoyed the story just the same. One has to feel a bit sorry for the constable who can never get the girl – but we keep reading to see what chaos he leaves in his wake.
I give it an A for keeping me entertained in the sweltering 100 degree heat today. Have to say, I am disappointed my library has the next one checked out for reading on my Nook – I was hoping to start it today too but nope, not going to happen. 😦 I will go see if it has it on the shelf tomorrow.