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Death of a Valentine (Hamish Macbeth #25)

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Amazing news has spread across the Scottish countryside. The most famous of highland bachelors, police sergeant Hamish Macbeth, may actually marry at last. The entire village of Lochdubh adores Macbeth's bride-to-be. Josie McSween is Hamish's new constable, and she is a pretty little thing, with glossy brown hair and big brown eyes. The local folk think that Josie is quite ...more
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Published January 12th 2010 by AudioGO (first published December 29th 2009)
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Mary No, he's not going to marry her, although I'm afraid that's a spoiler. She's a needy alcoholic and he has a bit more sense than that. But she's a…moreNo, he's not going to marry her, although I'm afraid that's a spoiler. She's a needy alcoholic and he has a bit more sense than that. But she's a really well-drawn character.(less)
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Feb 18, 2010 Dee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As usual, poorly written, but interesting, nevertheless. Beaton continues to write like a fifth grader -- simple sentences, little character development, using repetition of character despcriptions, somethnes word-for-word, instead of allowing her characters to change or develop over time.

Her plots are also simplistic, with murders occurring with little buildup, and at the end, just enough explanation for Hamish to get on with his life. I don't know why I continue to read them, and yet I do!
Una Tiers
While we visit with the standard Hamish character list, teasing us has become stale. The redeeming points are his cleverness but it comes about in a blink without time to develop.
Dec 07, 2015 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries, 2015
This only the second book of the Hamish Macbeth Mystery series that I have had read so far. I love this book. I am sure that the other one that I read was written after this one because it mentions what happens in this book. I remember not understanding why Hamish Macbeth did what he did. But now I do and I agree totally with his actions!

M.C. Beaton make me laugh so much, there are dark murders in this story but only this author could make a mystery so funny. It all starts with Hamish Macbeth a
The Flooze
May 30, 2016 The Flooze rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That was terrifying.

The murder case was bad enough. A gory initial death leads to several others. Though Hamish gets a relatively clear picture of the character of the first victim, he's quickly at a loss for clues. He's got tons of suspects, but none that seem likely.

Then there's the professional hit man running around.

And the lion.

But all of that pales in comparison to the disturbing situation Macbeth has been lured into. To say anything more would be spoilerrific, but be prepared for a very
Madelle Morgan
Feb 20, 2012 Madelle Morgan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read the entire series and keep coming back for each new novel. Will Hamish ever marry Pricilla? Or will he finally get over her and find true love? That romantic subplot is a roller coaster threading through the series. Meanwhile the continuing characters are wonderful.

In this book Hamish does the honorable thing when he is convinced by his conniving new copper assistant that she is pregnant. A wedding is scheduled, but not before several murders distract him from paying proper attention
Feb 22, 2010 Angel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the Hamish MacBeth books. They're an easy-to-read, cozy type of mystery. There aren't any high speed chases, no convoluted espionage plots. What makes the stories, are the people. After so many books, you feel that you really know the people in this isolated Highland town. When the book started, I did a double-take. I thought I'd somehow missed a book in the series. However, it soon became clear. I really don't want to say too much about this book because I don't want to spoil it for long ...more
Aug 10, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the character of Hamish Macbeth and I love how he loves and cares for his wild cat and dog. He has integrity and is willing to do the right thing at his own expense. In this story Hamish is not only dealing with murder, but the unwelcome attentions of a pushy police woman who is set on getting him to the altar by whatever underhanded means she can. This is a great addition to M. C. Beaton's Hamish Macbeth series.
Jan 20, 2010 kaoyler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just finished reading this book, and I have to thank Cindy Sawyer for putting me onto the Hamish Macbeth books. (Side note, Hamish is Scottish for James.) I've read every one of the now 25 books. And I love them. They are such a fun read. Not too heavy, not too serious, and a main character I've fallen in love with. There is always a mystery, as Hamish solves the murder without trying to take credit for it. He doesn't want to be transferred from his little community of Lochdubh, which is sure t ...more
Sep 26, 2011 Jerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another (#25!) in the long-running Hamish Macbeth series, about a humble village cop/bachelor who does indeed like women, but who is quite content with his single status and simple abode in the police station, complete with his faithful cat and dog. This is our second visit to the little Scottish Highlands village of Lochdubh, and as before, there are a couple of murders, starting with a beauty queen who was popular with just about every man in town, generating plenty of suspects. Meanwh ...more
Another one of these cozy mystery read in an evening.
The book opens with perpetual bachelor Hamish MacBeth standing at the altar as the groom. It's just wrong, and we know by the end that Hamish will be saved from the ball and chain, especially when the next chapter opens with a flashback.
Hamish has been promoted again and given a constable, who turns out to be a young woman who sets her sights on the flame-haired bachelor.
They are soon patrolling a fair together, and the fair queen's crown is
Jan 23, 2010 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe that this is the 25th book in the Hamish MacBeth series and the series is still going strong. Hamish MacBeth is in trouble--big trouble. He has been promoted to sergeant and has a new assistant, Josie McSween who is definitely not cut out to be on the police force (unless she gets a role in CSI or Law and Order) and who is determined to marry Hamish. Also, a hired killer has a contract on Hamish with interesting results--think protective pets. And to make matters worse a beauty q ...more
Tom Donaghey
Mar 28, 2015 Tom Donaghey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
DEATH OF A VALENTINE is the 25th outing in a long line of very enjoyable Hamish Macbeth novels. This time, MacBeth is about to be married and we follow the story leading up to the wedding. There is also the death of a local beauty queen to be investigated, but that is just icing on the wedding cake.
Again Ms. Beaton provides a compelling tale filled with her trademark humor and wit and added dashes of charm as Hamish has to solve both the murder and find a solution to his marital situation. Onl
C.J. Prince
Jul 22, 2014 C.J. Prince rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I get to the end of the series, I try to read slowly, to answer the questions that have cropped up in the previous 25 books.

"Death of a Valentine" follows the Hamish Macbeth formula. With each book the author has to be very clever and contrive a new means of motive and death without repeating the same ol' same ol'.

But wait, the subplot may override the mystery. Hamish to be married? And not to Elsbeth? We know he and Priscilla are only fantasies to each other and Hamish is repelled by his new
Gwenn Wright
What is it about that lanky redheaded man that drives a woman wild?
Back in my single days, were he real, I would have flown to Scotland just to find out.
Highly competent and well-mannered, brusque and no-nonsense, Hamish is always the man you want on the case. MC Beaton's books are perfect cozies for a lazy day read. Beaton keeps you guessing till the end because you never know what those crazy villagers will do. When you just want to read to read this is the book you pick up. There's romance
Suzanne Auckerman
Hamish MacBeth is the detective is this series and is very likable, mainly because of his devotion to his cat and dog. The mystery was interesting and not easy to solve. But the character of Josie MacSween was unbelievable and was distracting to the mystery.
"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 waeren't for the recent murder of a beautiful woman in a neighbouring village, there wouldn't be a wedding at all. For if was a myster
Jan 05, 2010 Gaby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Death of a Valentine, the 25th Hamish Macbeth mystery, M.C. Beaton gives us a detective cozy with a romantic comedic subplot set in Lochdubh, a picturesque Scottish village. The tone, pace, and setting take you to a fictional village where everyone knows each other and each other's business quite well. Even if you're new to M.C. Beaton's Hamish Macbeth series as I am, you'll easily figure out Lochdubh's characters, from Angela Brody, the doctor's wife and good friend of Hamish Macbeth, to cro ...more
Jul 02, 2011 Liora rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This is the 25th in the Hamish MacBeth cozy mystery series set in Lochdubh, a village in the highlands of Scotland. MacBeth is a red-headed bachelor police sergeant who enjoys living alone with his dog and cat. Unfortunately, his rank of sergeant entitles him to another police officer to come and help him out, so headquarters send the silly, romantic lush Josie McSween. Josie irritates him right from the start, but she is not easily put off with her romantic dreams. She is soon plotting how to t ...more
Aug 22, 2014 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first foray into the Hamish MacBeth series is #26. Seems to be my modus operandi--read something deep into a series and then start at the beginning. In this case, I will try and start at the beginning. MacBeth is readable. I find the short, snippy style of Beaton complements MacBeth's demeanor, but maybe that's just because he's trying to be curt with Josie, as well he should. For such a wonderful detective, though, I would have expected him to be more suspicious.

Comparatively, I'd say I lik
I love Hamish, his wild cat Sonsie, and the setting in Scotland. But the unreasonable number of women who fall for Hamish and then do crazy things-- really now! He's not that cute.
Fun, but would have been more fun without the misogynist story line. And my, the bodies do pile up for such a small town.
Mar 31, 2010 Amber rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-c-beaton
I really like this author and have loved a couple of her other mystery series, but I just can't really get involved with the detective in this line...
I've tried several books now, and I won't continue.
Very fast reading though!
Dichotomy Girl
When it comes to mysteries, I am pretty easy to please. And I usually find M.C. Beaton to be a quick and enjoyable read. However, the last few books I've read (both in this serious, and the Agatha Raisin series), I found myself getting irritated, simply because her characters never change!
A kiss of death for these series I used to really enjoy. Too much of the story was taken up by a TSTL character.
Aug 04, 2015 Renny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A light and...

...uncomplicated read. Nice to pass the time. Started in the middle or series end, as it were... my first Hamish Macbeth mystery...
Apr 01, 2011 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I'm a little stressed at the moment--time for some Hamish.
Lauren Fidler
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An Odd1
Dec 03, 2012 An Odd1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery from Russian site, translations can provoke giggles
"Dear God, if there is a God, get me out of this!" p11. Romance sub-plot takes the lead over theft of valuable tiara, escaped zoo lion, and fatalities: bomb valentine package for Ectasy-taking church-attender "goer" (stuffs ballot for second Lammas beauty queen title) Annie Fleming, knife in the neck of blackmailer (view spoiler), shooting on court steps (view spoiler)
Kelsey Hanson
I am getting a bit tired of the weird love connections that Hamish keeps getting involved in. I can humor the whole Elspeth vs. Priscilla thing (although I will admit that is also getting a bit tedious), but this whole Josie plotline just seemed really crazy. The crazy woman slips him a roofie! That's forcing me to stretch my suspension of belief a bit. Also, I'm getting a bit tired of the countless "misunderstandings" that occur in this series. Especially because it usually hinders Hamish's rel ...more
The usual Hamish MacBeth mystery, this time with the added sauce of a policewoman pursuing Hamish as a husband. A girl is killed by a Valentine's Day message, and the area is transfixed by the murder and all the follow-up chaos. The usual suspects, in the way of Hamish's friends and nemesis are also present. It's a pleasant read, in the dry semi-humorous style of the series and it will keep you diverted on a train or a plane quite happily
Suzanne Fournier
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