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Death of a Prankster (Hamish Macbeth #7)

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"A case that Hamish Macbeth fans will relish." - Booklist.

A Hamish Macbeth Mystery by the author of 'Death of a Snob'.

When it comes to murder, Constable Hamish Macbeth can't see the joke. Rich, old practical joker Andrew Trent summons his kin to remote Arrat House in the dead of winter for a deathbed farewell. But when they arrive, the old coot is in perfect health, cackli
Paperback, 206 pages
Published 2008 by Robinson (first published 1988)
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Una Tiers
This plot reeks of one in the Agatha Raison series. A nasty person lures the relatives to his remote but opulent castle and someone murders them. The characters are pretty much despicable. Hamish is very much in the background.
Apr 12, 2016 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another enjoyable read from M C Beaton. Hamish is found in good form, with his love life and Priscilla Hallburton-Smythe and the various murder suspects he becomes attracted to.

However his detecting skills are second to none, much to the annoyance of his boss, Blair, who he generally manages to get the better of. In this case, the murder victim, the prankster, is not a likeable character, and there is no shortage of suspects. Many of his jokes are cruel to say the least and there is little regr
Feb 01, 2015 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this series. The only people who are ever knocked off heartily deserve it. Obnoxious, rude, vile people better watch out; they're going to get murdered. And in a perfect world, shouldn't that be how it is?!?

Another great installment in the series - I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Enjoyable cosy mystery set in the Scottish Highlands. No.7 in the Hamish Macbeth series. Brilliant narration (as always) by Davina Porter
The Flooze
May 16, 2016 The Flooze rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Another death of someone we can't possibly be sad for. Another chancey Gather the Suspects in the Library reveal from Hamish.

I sincerely hope Hamish comes to his senses and doesn't use such dramatics again in confronting the murderer. It's one thing when he has proof. It's another when he's working off of a theory (strong as it may be). Staging the confrontation seems far too theatrical for our sensible Hamish - though I can give him a little leniency when Blair's treatment of him is taken
I recommend reading these in order of release. I really enjoyed the whole MC Beaton series of Hamish. He's like Andy Griffith of Scotland.
There's a dog and everything!
Nov 02, 2010 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Another Hamish Macbeth tale- I love these as they are easy to devour in a sitting!
Oct 15, 2011 Jerry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
We've read two of Beaton's more recent "Death of" set, featuring village cop, Scot Hamish Macbeth - and generally enjoyed rather charming stories with slightly more crime solving and suspense than a typical "cozy". "Prankster", one of the early novels in the series, unfortunately came up short -- short on pages (just 151), short on mystery, and maybe worst of all, short on charm. The plot is little more than a game of Clue. An old man known life-long as a practical jokester, summons the family t ...more
This is my second visit with Scottish constable Hamish Macbeth. Not much has changed in Hamish's world; his tiny police station still has no central heating, his off/on relationship with the refined Priscilla Halburton-Smythe is still, well, off and on and murder still has the bad taste to disrupt the idyllic Highlands.

This time the victim is malicious prankster Andrew Trent, who has gathered his family to Arrat House under false pretenses. Why? So he can humiliate them for his personal glee. No
Aug 14, 2015 Selah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I skipped a few books because of what my library had available in eaudio format. As far as I can tell, the only major event I missed was Priscilla's family starting a hotel. The mystery was decent but Hamish was kind of in the background, similar to book #1.
Jan 07, 2014 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hamish MacBeth is always a nice character to spend an afternoon with. I like that he has figured out where he wants to be in his life (right where he is) and that he spends as much time trying NOT to get ahead as most people do trying to get ahead. But he can't resist the call of the mystery and solving it, even though he doesn't want the credit and promotion it would bring. Out of all the murder mysteries I have read recently, I cannot think of a victim who deserved killing more, so I had no sy ...more
May 14, 2016 Mandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant easy read. Another of my challenges from 12 Book challenge completed woohoo
Cupof Tea
The best trick of this series is making the murder victim so unlikable that you aren't bothered they have been murdered :) Plus then everyone is a suspect. It's predictable and comforting, with different points of view for variety. I was surprised how long it took Hamish to get involved in this episode.

I confess I have been most interested in how Hamish and Priscilla get on. They are cute together :D
Oct 08, 2014 Amy marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
Officially giving this one up too. :(
Thalia Papadakis
I have an affinity for cozy mysteries. They generally aren't written in pursuit of a spot on the bestseller list; rather, cozies are written to give the reader a sense of comfort and calm (ironically, by way of murder).

My mom read cozies to escape her three eccentric young daughters and grumpy husband: one daughter, the artist, painted five-foot tall green flowers on the side of the freshly painted rental when she was four; the adventurous daughter asked which way north was, and was found by ne
Lance Lumley
Jun 08, 2015 Lance Lumley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery readers
Recommended to Lance by: library book sale buy
This was a new venture for me, getting the book at a library book sale-a perfect time to discover authors you normally do not look for. Beaton's book, part of a Hamish Macbeth (the Constable in the book) starts off with a man who love pulling practical jokes on his family and others. He requests that his family come to his mansion in the middle of winter because he is dying. When the family all shows up, he reveals it's another practical joke, but later ends up actually being murdered. The famil ...more
AudioBook Review:
Stars: Overall 3 Narration: 4 Story: 3

And another in the ongoing series of Hamish Macbeth stories by M.C. Beaton, Death of a Prankster focuses on Andrew Trent, a rich and elderly prankster who can’t seem to stop the jokes even after his death.

Calling in relatives to tell them he is dying, the ultimate joke is on him as he is murdered, and Hamish must find the culprit. While he has planned several different pranks for the family that has gathered, the road to the culprit is not
William Chaddock
Difficult to say much about the book. Like Beaton's other Hamish Macbeth novels, there is a murder mystery, clumsy attempts at red herrings that reveal the author's real lack of ability at manipulating the reader's deductions through what is presented, quaint humor, and unrealistic, two dimensional characters. Without spoiling the ending, the murderer's guilt is shown through a most ridiculously fortunate turn of events that makes little sense and only occurs because it has to in order for the p ...more
Kathy Jackson
May 25, 2015 Kathy Jackson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I am not going to apologize for reading another Hamish Macbeth murder mystery. If Amanda Stevens would ever get the next Graveyard Queen book on the shelves, I’d have something else to look forward to but as it is, Hamish is left to entertain me.

The next one is Death of A Greedy Woman – which used to be called “Death of a Glutton” but apparently the title was changed for whatever reason. I won’t be able to do any reading for the next two days though do to working very long hours.

So what di
Jul 18, 2014 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
Glad the "prankster" was killed off quickly. He drove me absolutely crazy. But that's pretty normal for the Hamish books. You know who's going to die, and generally are glad when they bite the dust because they are detestable characters. The book as a whole was pretty much average for the series (which I do enjoy.) The exception was that the "who dunnit" was well developed and believable, so it ended up as one of the better Hamish mysteries.
Jun 29, 2014 Elisabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this 7th Hamish Macbeth murder mystery, Hamish is once again covering the Cnothan area for Sergeant MacGregor (who is again away on holiday) when a murder takes place at the home of well known practical joker Andrew Trent. Unhappy at the thought of having to go out in the snow, Hamish hopes that this again another prank by Mr Trent, unfortunately this time the murder is for real. With a house full of relatives after the victim’s money, Hamish list of suspects is very long indeed. The arrival ...more
Beaton, M.C. - 7th in series

When Constable Hamish Macbeth receives news that there has been a murder at the home of the practical joker Arthur Trent, he prepares himself for another prank. But on arrival Macbeth finds Trent most decidedly dead, and a houseful of greedy relations all interested in the contents of the will.

Another light, fun book in the series. What keep me coming back are the characters.
Sep 02, 2010 Terri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
A Snowstorm. An old secluded mansion. An annoying old man who plays mean pranks on everyone around him. Throw in lots of money, and you know someone is gloing to kill him. And this house is full of suspects. Hamish has to sort through it all to solve the case. A really enjoyable mystery and I really didnt see where it was going to one clue was dropped and then it all started coming together in a very satisfying way
Kimberly Ann
This is another in the Hamish McBeth series, a policeman in the highlands of Scotland.... Verra clever he is, solving murders but giving his enemy the nasty/mean Inspector Blair all the credit, so that Hamish will never be moved from his much loved town of Lochbub.
In this offering, Hamish is called out to another sector as an old man, with the reputation of being a mean practical joker, has been murdered. At first Hamish does not believe it, as once before he was called out for the same reason o
Kelsey Hanson
I liked this one a lot because for the first time Hamish and Priscilla were able to work on a case without having to spend too much time focusing on their complicated relationship. On fact, this one tones down the backstories quite a bit so you can actually focus on the mystery, which is pretty good. This was a good recovery from the previous novel.
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
I like the Hamish MacBeth mysteries. Unlike the Agatha Raisin series by the same author which I read in order, Hamish as been hit and miss. This one was interesting. My only problem was the narrator. I didn't like his voice but the story was enjoyable. It was fun to see Hamish get the better of Blair again.
Robbie McCartin
Jun 14, 2015 Robbie McCartin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Never Met a Beaton Mystery I Didn't Enjoy!

I have read all of MC Beaton's Agatha Raisin mysteries and I loved that series for it's humor and originality. I am enjoying the Hamish McBeth books very much, also. I am surprised that the author is able to set so many interesting plots in such a rather constricted setting. McBeth's highland village is very rural and the population is small, but she makes it work with new twists in each book.
Death of a Prankster was a fun read- it had lots of family dr
"When Police Constable Hamish Macbeth receives the news that there has been a murder at Arrat House, home of the relentless practical joker Arthur Trent, he doesn't exactly race to the scene of the crime. After all, the last time Macbeth was called to investigate a death at the isolated Scottish manor, the 'victim' turned out to be Trent's manservant coivered in fake blood, who gave poor Hamish the shock of his life when he jumped up and revealed himself to be very much alive,

"Thus prepared for
Aug 18, 2015 Lisa-Jaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know what to expect with Hamish MacBeth books, a crowd of people, a murder and a nice little mystery as Hamish works to solve the crime. I love these books and this one did not disappoint.
Apr 19, 2014 Melanie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2003
Hamish investigates the death of an old man who has spent his life pulling vicious pranks on his family. He invited his family to his home as a joke telling them he was dying. When he didn't, someone killed him. 7th Hamish Macbeth Book.
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