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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
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Published 2008 by Robinson (first published 1988)
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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!
Another Hamish Macbeth tale- I love these as they are easy to devour in a sitting!
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
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
Oct 08, 2014 Amy marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
Officially giving this one up too. :(
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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
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.
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.
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
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.
"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
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.
This time Hamish Macbeth solves the murder of a man no one is sad to lose. What an interesting combination of characters in an out-of-the-way place in Scotland and what secrets have been hidden!Very interesting.
Hamish Macbeth, local constable in the northern Scottish Highlands, is having to cover an adjacent area because that constable is on holiday; and he, therefore, has to solve two murders at a mansion belonging to a prankster who is hated by his family and all the people he comes in contact with. His latest prank is to send word to his relatives that he is dying and that they must come quickly if they want to say goodbye. None of them wants to go but are afraid that if they don't he will cut them ...more
What a weird family. The men were somewhat wimpy and the women flighty. The overall mystery was pretty good and entertaining. It wasn't until the end that I knew who had killed the prankster.
Another excellent installment in the Hamish Macbeth series: great location, great characters, excellent mystery. Short, fun and engaging! Looking forward to the next one!
Russ Cross
Sep 30, 2014 Russ Cross rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of cozy mysteries.
I enjoyed this book very much. Very entertaining, interesting characters, and a nice little twist at the end. I'll keep my eyes open for more from this author.
I like the fact that it's always the unpleasant person that is killed! And I like the fact that Hamish is satisfied with his life.
Eleanor Taylor
The first of the Hamish Macbeth I have read and was a really good read . Will have to read some more.
Richard Ward
Dec 08, 2014 Richard Ward rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of British murder mysteries; fans of fiction set in Scotland.
Having read several of the Hamish Macbeth books out of order, this was my favorite so far in some ways. I read it in December because I thought it was set at Christmastime, but it's not (though it is winter.) An old man whom everyone hates because of his relentless practical jokes is murdered in his own home. Hamish Macbeth sets out to solve the case ahead of his pig cop arch-rival. At first I thought I wouldn't like Macbeth so much this time, but as the story progressed I came to like him bette ...more
I can't get enough of this series. Hamish MacBeth is a lovable police constable in the village of Lochdubh in the Scottish Highlands. Outwardly, he appears to be a bumbling incompetent, but in reality is quite capable.
Death of a prankster is about the death of Andrew Trent, a wealthy elderly man whose practical jokes make everyone hate him. He summons his family to his home, telling them he is dying, when he just wants to play some nasty tricks on everyone. His family answers his summons,each
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Scottish Highland constable Hamish Macbeth is snowed in with a family long subjected to cruel pranks by the millionaire patriarch. Someone, could be a servant or sweetheart, finally cracks, and stabs their torturer. One wife pays the servants to clean up the evidence.

Lovely Priscilla drives Hamish to Perth for background on the adopted son and search for answers. The first date of scientist Melissa and her fickle imagination, tempted by wealth, occupy overly many pages. Only silly luck leads to
"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, cackling at his joke and ready to torment them with others.
But it turns out the joke's on Trent. As the saying goes, he who laughs l
Helene Harrison
ISBN? – 9781472105264

Publishing - 2013 by Constable and Robinson (first published 1988)

Genre? - Mystery / Crime

Characters? - Hamish Macbeth / Andrew Trent / Betty Trent / Angela Trent / Priscilla Halburton-Smythe / Jeffrey Trent / Jan Trent / Paul Trent / Charles Trent / Titchy Gold / Melissa

Setting? - Lochdubh (Scotland)

Series? - Hamish Macbeth #7

Title? - Andrew Trent liked to prank people but ended up dead himself

Character Analysis? - I loved the wide array of characters in this particular nov
This is one of many books in a series by MC Beaton written about a lazy, but sharp-whitted Scottish policeman, Hamish McBeth. The novels are set in the Scottish Highlands in and around the ficticious town of Lochdubh. Hamish always solves the murder and things wrap up pretty clean in these novels. Hamish is pretty hilarious because he loves his dog, can't decide on a woman, poaches, hates promotion because it means more work, and is a huge moocher. Some of these qualities I find in myself, like ...more
Beaton is probably the most efficient mystery writer around, almost comically so. Her sentences have all the variety of gunshot. Her characterization of her suspects is scathing, incisive, and often laugh-out-loud funny. Thank goodness for her hero Hamish who she treats with real affection. because her contempt for the other characters can be wearing by the end of even these bite-sized novels. I rather liked this one because of the dog and because Hamish and his former love interest Priscilla wo ...more
I listened to this on Overdrive and just enjoyed the reader. I've read some other book with Hamish in it. I enjoy his Scotish character. They are a bit predictable, but fun. The description of the character made them colorful to hear about.
Nathalie S
This is an early Hamish Macbeth and so wonderful it is. If you are a fan of the British cozy mystery, this is for you! I especially like to listen to them on cd as the readers amplify the wonderfulness of these mysteries with their accents.
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