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Death of a Perfect Wife

(Hamish Macbeth #4)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  6,234 ratings  ·  437 reviews
Hamish Macbeth, the laid-back constable of Lochdubh, Scotland, has a new Land Rover to drive and a Highland summer to savor, but as fast as rain rolls in from the loch, his happy life goes to hell in a handbasket. The trouble begins when his beloved Priscilla Halburton-Smythe returns from London . . . with a fiance on her arm. His miseries multiply when clouds of midges (t ...more
Kindle Edition, 180 pages
Published June 1st 2012 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1989)
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May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderfully cosy Hamish Macbeth mystery, this series is getting better with each book!

Newcomer Trixie Thomas arrives into Lochdubh with her forcible ideas of low-cholesterol meals and banning alcohol, she clearly ruffled the locals up the wrong was as it isn’t too long until she is found dead by poisoning!

I always like the mystery element of these books, they’re a quick breezy read.
As this is the fourth book in the series, I feel like I’m really starting to get to know all the characters
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ahh, the perfect wife. She vacuums while wearing pearls, she has a devoted husband, she is involved in her community and tries to make it a better place. People adore her, even when she bans all the things that make them happy. Like fried foods and smoking. She leads her cult of wives to follow her perfect example. But not everyone loves her. Because she ends up dead.
Neuropsychologists tell us that humans reach their mental peak around age 27. Perhaps that explains my delight in the books of MC Beaton, since clearly I passed that milestone many moons ago. They certainly make no intellectual demands, nor are they filled with clever literary repartee, nor are they filled with obscure footnotes or references. They're just fun and the Hamish MacBeth series, the meanderings of a local Scottish bobby are (read with particular aplomb and accent by Davina Porter)a g ...more
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having seen the title of the book of today, it came to me that for once we'll be having a truly nice person as the deceased. I anticipated, and I sat back, began to read, and wondered how this change would be handled. But, maybe the author just wants to people her books with victims that are only getting their just dessert. I adjusted my expectations and was satiated from the moment the perfect wife keeled over to the end.

The story reminded me of another series starring a Scottish cop. That's
Elena Santangelo
This was my first MC Beaton novel. A few friends have been telling me to read these for years. Others have said there's nothing to these books--they're fluff. In fact, a lot of reviews said the same. So I expected something like a cozy mystery filled with cats or cooking or whatever, with not much of a puzzle or interesting characters or anything very meaty.

I was surprised to find good, tight writing, and lovely descriptions of the Scottish countryside that made me feel like I was there. The nov
Beth Revers
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mys-read
I have been enjoying this series. This one did a nice job of really clearly showing how Hamish feels about his desire to stay where he is and not be pushed into an upward mobility he does not want. Interesting characters and a nice mystery. Lots of involvement with the village, good spurts of humor that are character inspired. Growth in relationships too.
Aug 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
One day I shall go to the Scottish Highlands, and there had darn well be a murder, because Beaton has led me to suspect that there is murder EVERYWHERE! I truly, truly loved this one, where a born reformer comes to town to open a bed-and-breakfast, and begins to make over the housewives of Lochdubh. Angela Brodie, the doctor's disorganized, bookish wife, becomes her most devout disciple, and even the even-keeled doctor wants to murder this "perfect wife."
Mar 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Sometimes, Macbeth just wants to slug the bad guy instead of bothering with handcuffs and paperwork. So he does. This series is a blast of fresh air within the cozy/police procedural genres.
Julie Davis
Now we're on a roll. The narrator is so much better than the one for the first two book and the mysteries continue improving as well. Light and enjoyable.
Jun 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book following a friend's recommendation in Goodreads and frankly I was expecting another type of book. But when I got to the end I have to say that I liked the book. The "noir" story is quite soft but the idea is very good; who of us has never known a woman (or even a man, of course) who seems irreproachable, supermoral, ethical, who even tries to change people for the better and to change the world by fighting for vegetarianism, the ban on smoking and in favor of bats? Many of us, ...more
Ruth Chatlien
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These books are like partaking of a cream tea. They don’t take long, and they are quite enjoyable. But they’re best taken now and again rather than consumed as your main diet.
Charlotte (Buried in Books)
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1. Definitely listen to this series...Shaun Grindell is great. I know some of the books have a different reader, but you will get caught up in the beautiful Scottish accents and scenic descriptions.

2. At first, I loved the "Harlequin romance" length of the books in this series...but I am thinking that maybe, just maybe, they are not long enough.

3. Don't expect the mystery to drive the story. In fact, in this book, no one is even murdered until almost halfway through the story. This book is defin
Una Tiers
A fun, light read. Beaton incorporates murder with the off and on romance of Hamish and Priscilla.
Selah Pike
Aug 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm glad I gave Hamish Macbeth a second chance. I didn't love the first book, but I'm enjoying the rest of the series. I want to move on to book five, but I'm concerned I'll burn out on the series.
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Picked up this book from the display shelf on my way out from the local public library. I haven’t read mystery in ages. Didn’t know what to expect from this as I hadn’t read the reviews or even heard about the author or the book.

I liked the way the author developed the plot in the first three chapters. You already would have made your list of suspects by the end of Chapter 3. I later realized that the synopsis of the book on the back cover is the summary of the first three chapters. Thankfully
Julie  Durnell
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: england-uk, mystery
Och but another great mystery with Hamish in the Highlands ferreting out the murderer ahead of his nemesis Detective Chief Inspector Blair! The scene with the villager Iain Gunn and his bulldozer was so amusing. I wonder what will happen with Miss Pricilla Halburton-Smythe and Hamish now....
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun quick read. Enjoyed the characters. I liked the main character a lot. Who doesn't love a handsome Scottish constable who checks on all the old ladies in the village, has a dog, and quietly solves a crime? I'm glad it is a series; I'll probably read more.
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Far fetched this one. someone gets murdered in remote scotland and within the hour there are police helicopters, forensics, press etc ! Getting a bit repetitive now these, used to love them.
Jenny Houle
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The series is really starting to draw me in more now.
Oct 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just love Hamish, he's so chill. These books are so nice to read, they're easy and fun
Brenda H
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hamish Macbeth is always an enjoyable quick read.
May 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funny but awful representation.
Michelle Kemp
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The moral of this story I think, is to appreciate what you have and not to impose yourself on others
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kept me gripped and read the book very quickly! Loving the characters and way its written!
Jules Jones
Sep 16, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Fourth in the Hamish Macbeth mystery series. I've read the first two, and skipped the third because the shop didn't have it when I picked up 1, 2, 4 and 5. I have no intention of looking for the third, because this is the last of the series I'll bother reading.[return][return]As with the other books, this has the lazy, amiable village policeman having to deal with murder coming to his otherwise sleepy village. In this case, Hamish spots Trixie Thomas as a potential murder victim fairly on, thank ...more
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
The trouble begins when Highland Constable Hamish MacBeth's beloved Priscilla Halburton-Smythe returns from London . . . with a boyfriend on her arm. Then a paragon of housewifery named Trixie Thomas moves into Lochdubh with her lapdog husband in tow. Crying poor, Trixie is cadging furniture and household goods from the locals, supposedly to furnish "The Laurels", in which she and husband Paul are starting a lodging house. But then why are none of the donated items (and she is very choosy about ...more
Jul 15, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first foray into the print version of Hamish MacBeth (having enjoyed the BBC television version). The book was an airy, enjoyable read.

The true light of the book is the lead character, a Scottish constable whose competency threatens him with promotion and departure from his beloved village of Lochdubh. The character is extremely likeable. The other stars of the show are the wonderful Highland setting and the eccentric characters that populate it. Beaton writes of a place we would all
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hamish's friend Angela has a personality melt-down due to the influence of a so-called "perfect wife" who challenges her to discard her bookish way of life and her haphazard housekeeping methods. The old Angela disappears and is replaced by a compulsive, cause-oriented, health-mad cook, permed within an inch of her life, who banishes her animals to the back yard and refuses to cook her husband's favorite unhealthy meals. Turns out the perfect wife is a bit of a crook. We're all on Angela's side ...more
Kirsty Leishman
I'm enjoying making my way through the Hamish Macbeth series. They're easy to listen to while knitting and before bed. They're also a great way to catch up on my reading challenge goal, very quickly.

I like Hamish: his peace with himself and his place in the world. Overall, they're well-plotted murder mysteries and this one saw a turning point in his relationship with Priscilla, previously described as the love of his life. Looking forward to future adventures--if very sedate adventures--in this
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