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Morte di una sgualdrina

(Hamish Macbeth #5)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  5,397 ratings  ·  336 reviews
Una donna ricca e senza cuore, una nipote trattata come Cenerentola, quattro uomini in grande difficoltà economica cui viene chiesto di competere per ottenere un vantaggioso matrimonio. Quando la donna muore, Hamish trova di certo pane per i suoi denti... Una sgualdrina con un cuore di pietra: ecco chi è Maggic Baird. Né gentile né generosa, ma certamente molto, molto ...more
Paperback, 175 pages
Published 2017 by Astoria (first published September 23rd 1990)
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Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poor Hamish he has been transferred to the city. His dog is in a kennel and his partner is not very nice. He misses his home. And they miss him. So the folks of his town start a minor crime wave so they need a copper.
Now Hamish is returned just in time to solve a murder.
Excellent story that flows perfectly.
Mar 01, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My love affair with M.C. Beaton - only figuratively speaking, that goes without saying - is most likely over. I've been reading her two big series side by side. Well, now I've decided to ditch the Agatha Raisin series. I've been as prompt in the past. I've almost always abandoned a well liked series due to a one star rating. It was the case with the Inspector Rebus series and also that of Inspector Rutledge series, and the Gabriel Allon one. I think I persevered only with Joanne Fluke's Hannah ...more
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fun Hamish mystery with lots of sassy characters. My favorite thing about this series is the setting and characters. They are all unique and stubborn and extremely quirky. This one I was very surprised by the identity and reasoning for the murders and it was a pretty quick story.
Sep 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dislike narrator of this edition Shaun Grindell. Forced, feels like someone is reading while thrusting their forefinger in my face on every word. His accented narration is harder to understand than other Hamish Macbeth books Ive listened to.

Story is not the best but OK for cozy mystery.
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was good and hilarious. What a kind soul Hamish is , hes the kinda policeman I want looking out for my family. 🤩🤩🤩 ...more
Julie  Durnell
A short book thankfully as this Hamish adventure did not thrill me as much as the previous mysteries, but it was good to keep up with his storyline nonetheless; and I certainly still look forward to reading #6!
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I read a few chapters of Neal Stephenson's "Cryptonomicon" late at night on April 1st, and woke up the next morning having no idea what Stephenson was writing about. So, I read "Death of a Hussy" yesterday morning to clear my mind. "Hussy" is a by-the-numbers cozy, it felt like lazy writing to me, and didn't really feel at all like the first four in this series. I did like the set-up at the end, in which Hamish suggests that a massive estate (owned by Priscilla's family) be turned into a resort ...more
Nov 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery, humor
I'd read the first four years ago and liked them and I have to say I do like the ending and want to see what changes around the village. So I'll probably read the next book in the series sooner rather then later.
Charlotte (Buried in Books)
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Bookworm with Kids
Another light and cozy mystery from Hamish Macbeth. He was not particularly nice in this book as he has been in the past yet I enjoyed the read (!) a lot.
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm of two minds about Hamish and Priscilla. On one hand, I'm glad he's no longer mooning over her like he did for the last 4 books and even hoped he'd go off Pris completely. OtOH, Priscilla comes through for him whenever he needs her help and she redeems herself in my eyes.

Then in the next book she'll be on his back again about his lack of ambition, his refusal to leave his comfort zone to better himself, etc. But...after Hamish's solution on how the Colonel can save his family home - the
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, audio-book
Another delightful book featuring the lazy, curious, unambitious Scottish copper, Hamish Macbeth.
An Englishwoman living in the Highlands brings her mousy, weak, ill niece to live with her. Alison, the niece, is delighted to have her aunt take care of her and then the paradise she hoped for becomes a torment because her aunt never loses a chance to make a cutting remark, humiliate her, or put Alison down. The aunt, Maggie Baird, used to be beautiful, fun, and someone who could entice men to pay
Evelyn Bryant
I really like the whole series of Hamish MacBeth books by M C Beaton. I find them a lot more entertaining than the Agatha Raisin books which I can't seem to get into. I even found the videos of the series but was slightly disappointed that they had ( or course) drifted away from the book and some of the key characters, but it was entertaining. I hope the author has not given up writing about Hamish. I like how he goes about making sure he is not promoted since he is content with his lot in life ...more
The Flooze
May 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hamish is pushed more to the sidelines in this one - which might be why reviewers seem to harbour mixed feelings towards it.

Much of the story is from the perspective of a drab, repressed woman whose thoughts waver between spite and helplessness. As such, it's a bit difficult to get fully invested in her fate. In other books, I've enjoyed learning more about the characters. In this, I found myself wishing we'd come back to Hamish.

Overall though, it's a quick read with some interesting
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Death of a Hussy follows a young cancer survivor taken in by her not so benevolent aunt, the so-called Hussy of the title. The aunt is older now but had quite a colorful past which she intends to tell the world about in a no hold barred memoir. Hamish must sort through all the suspects and try to find a motive for the murder while fending off the unwanted attentions of the lonely, somewhat desperate Alison. I found Hamish to be somewhat more standoffish in this book than I remembered him from ...more
Kirs Hall
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
An amazingly fast read that draws you in from the very start. Great in the series or as a stand alone mystery. Hamish Macbeth mysteries are a fun fantastical mystery that takes you away into the highlands. Mystery around every corner and twists that will right knock you out of your seat. I can't wait to read more in the series! I was chomping at the bit, not able to put this book down til the very end.
Sep 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's amazing that these short, little mysteries evoke so much: the setting (Scotland), the people, the mysteries AND be able to create important character development (Hamish Macbeth, especially). This is the fifth in the series and my interest continues! Onward to number six!
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-british
This, on the other hand, was delightful. And, once again, I read it in a day. I might even admit that I went to bed at 7 last night just so I could spend more time reading it. Sometimes I feel like Hamish's tales are helping restore my faith in the world.
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This classic Hamish McBeth murder mystery did not disappoint. So much better than the last one. And yes - I pegged the murderer right away ; )
Cheryl Fontes
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
fun, fast and good plot
Denise Spicer
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At 151 pages this is a quick and humorous read. Set in a small Scottish town, the local bobby, the inimitable Hamish Macbeth, solves another mystery in this delightful series. Great characters and descriptions of the countryside add to the entertainment.
Marilyn B
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Well, were sinking here, Hamish. Youre becoming less interesting as we proceed through the series as are the flat characters in your world and this mystery was solved in such an unrealistic manner that it was all very silly. Perhaps its a blip... ...more
Michelle Kemp
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having not read the books in order. It was good to find out the back story of Hamish McBeth
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this series, its characters are truly characters! And the Scottish brogue on the audio book is very well done. ...more
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another humorous book in the Hamish Macbeth series!Lots of fun with an oppressed young woman & a hussy with her three suitors!
A quick, light read, not particularly satisfying or memorable, but fun. In a way, I wonder why I continue this series, but on the other hand, Hamish is so likable.
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Hamish Macbeth has once again sniffed out a murder, which, at first, everyone else thought was an accident. Maggie Baird has bought a house in Lochdubh. She is an enormously big woman who puts on airs and tries to act like a gentlewoman of the village. She has brought her niece, Alison, to live with her since Alisons parents are dead and Alison has just started recovery from lung cancer. Even though Alison is 30 years old, she has never been able to stand up to anyone, much less her aunt. Maggie ...more
The Hobbit
Maggie Baird is fat, bossy, and rich. Hamish Macbeth does not like her or the way she treats her niece Allison. Maggie goes away, returning months later as an altered person - slim, blond, and sexy, just like she used to be years before. She invites four of her former flames to her Lochdubh bungalow, announcing she wants to marry again and make one of them very rich. She also reveals she has a weak heart and may not have much more time to live. Then Maggie Baird dies when her car goes up in ...more
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one works the sexiness theme, as the title suggests, and so another aspect of human frailty is the focus of #5--each book plotting around a "sin." Susceptible to love and sexy ladies as Hamish is, he cannot settle down, and we adore tagging along as he solves the crime on his own--by crawling on hands and knees in the rain to find evidence! Police work that is not bluster and heavy boots. I so want to have a cup of tea with Hamish, or a whisky. Meanwhile, I'll just keep re-reading the books ...more
Kelsey Hanson
MC Beaton must love the name Peter. I swear that every novel has had a person named Peter in it. Apart from that, it was decent mystery. It had a variety of interesting characters and the mystery itself was pretty good. I also enjoyed the fact that there is continuing storylines going on in the background.
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