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Death of a Snob

(Hamish Macbeth #6)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  5,777 ratings  ·  316 reviews
When health farm owner Jane Wetherby is frightened by an astrologer's prediction of her imminent demise, she offers Police Constable Hamish Wetherby free room in exchange for his protection. Then the prediction proves accurate about the crime, and Wetherby must enliven his distinctively sleepy style of policing to solve the death of a snob.
Paperback, 148 pages
Published May 23rd 1992 by Fawcett Books (first published 1988)
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Bobby Underwood
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Down with a cold, an already grumpy Hamish Macbeth discovers he can't go home for Christmas in one of the most hilarious yet poignant entries in this marvelous mystery series by M.C. Beaton. This is one of my all-time favorites in this delightful series set in the Scottish Highlands. Feeling sorry for himself and nye on the verge of death - at least in his own mind - Hamish will see a light at the end of his predicament which will lead to a windy and eventful holiday.

When a miserable Macbeth
Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
This is book 6 in the Hamish Macbeth series by Beaton, though the first in the series that I have read. This one finds Hamish ill in bed with a cold, looking forward to going home for Christmas, only to be told that he can’t go home because an aunt who hates him but has supported his family is arriving from the States. Grumpy and upset, Hamish then accepts an invitation to spend Christmas at the Happy Wanderer health farm, the owner of which is Jane Wetherby, a friend of Priscilla, Macbeth’s ...more
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
I was decidedly underwhelmed by the plot in this book -- and frankly, I think the author structured things in a way that breaks a "rule" I consider fundamental to detective stories. It almost seemed like Beaton had written a significant part of the story before deciding how to resolve certain plot problems, but didn't go back and revise the opening chunk accordingly.

I also continue to be frustrated with Beaton's characterizations. Hamish and his mooching ways aside, most of the characters end
Bookworm with Kids
Feb 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
This is another murder solved by P.C. Hamish Macbeth. Again, others think it is an accident but Macbeth proves otherwise. One for cozy mystery fans.
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Hamish Macbeth series is like a comfort food. When I need a book I just know I'll enjoy reading (and listening to) that is interesting, but not too crazy. I know I'll be both satisfied at the end, but also already looking forward to the next one. It's also a series where I know I don't HAVE to read them in order (I just grab whichever is available on my library's overdrive).
This book did not disappoint. Hamish ends up going to a "health farm" for Christmas (because we know Hamish can't turn
Karen Mosley
Jun 29, 2009 rated it liked it
"The trouble with that everyone somehow wants to recapture the glitter and magic of childhood and it never happens if you look for it.... The Americans have the best festival--Thanksgiving. No stupid presents, just a good dinner and thanks to God. That's the way Christmas should be." I loved that philosophy on Christmas. This book wasn't quite as much fun as some of the others in the series. PC Macbeth goes to a nearby island to solve the murder, so none of the local village ...more
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Between classics and Sci-fi fantasy and historical biographies, I love to read some of these Hamish MacBeth books! They are such fun! Hamish is so droll. The Scottish accents and language are great. They are a can't put down, funny read. M C Beaton has, in all her series, an smooth way of writing. If you read one, I'm sure you'll be hooked.
A pleasant entry in the Hamish MacBeth series. This book is set around Christmas and Hamish travels to a remote Scottish island to help the owner of a health farm who thinks someone is out to get her. The plotting and writing were fine and the narration by Shaun Grindell was well done.
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: in-the-uk, mystery
There’s a lot to be said for mysteries that can do the job in 150 pages.
Jul 23, 2016 rated it liked it
I listened to this book while working and it made the time go by quickly!
Aug 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
While Hamish is trapped solving a murder in the wild north, Priscilla finds herself spending the holiday with Hamish's family in Rogart!
An Odd1
Jun 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
As always, a fast fun holiday. Hamish Macbeth has a nasty cold and nowhere to go for Xmas, until voluptuous Jane invites him to find which of the holidays guests at her island health farm will kill her, as predicted by one of the unfriendly locals. Often stretching outfits similar to Jane, the plump snobbish guest Heather alienates everyone. She finally ends up at the bottom of a cliff with her neck broken, wearing Jane's old yellow slicker. Fellow guest Harriet, an older cookbook writer, kind ...more
Sheilagh Lee
Mar 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cosy-mystery
Death of a Snob
Category: Murder Mystery

By M.C. Beaton

If you’ve never read a Hamish Macbeth mystery you should. They are fun interesting a great take on life in the rural of Scotland. The author also writes the Agatha Raisin series which I also find amusing and captivating

In this book the sixth in the series it’s Christmas, Hamish is sick and feeling sorry for himself. His mother phones and says he can’t come home for Christmas as his aunt is visiting and she (the aunt) dislikes Hamish for
Charlotte (Buried in Books)
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Nov 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, audio-books
This is the first audio book I've ever listened to and I can't say why: all the hundreds of thousands of miles I've driven and not once did I think of listening to a book instead of music. I have no other audio performances against which to judge Davina Porter's performance, but I do think she did a good job with the language as each character was easily understood, especially compared to the TV show with which I needed a few episodes before I was able to "get into the groove" of the speech ...more
Anne Hawn Smith
This is a quick and easy book and the plot is fairly predictable, but the characters are always good and the Scottish Highlands are always interesting. I listened to this on the new eaudiobooks from my library and found it was the perfect book to listen to while doing other things around the house.

Hamish Macbeth is the laid back constable in the village of Lochdubh. He is feeling sorry for himself because he has the flu and is alone at Christmas. Priscilla asks him to spend the holidays at a
Julie  Durnell
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: england-uk
I don't know how I've never read any of this series before-but I'm sure glad I picked this book to start. This was an excellent mystery in the style of Dame Agatha, who was even referenced in the story! The setting on an island, Eileencraig, off of the coast of Scotland was atmospheric and played into the mood of the book. The main character Hamish MacBeth,(whom I have developed a crush on!) is reluctantly drawn into this Christmas party to do some investigating while on holiday as a favor and ...more
The Flooze
May 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A lot of convenient circumstances allow Hamish to piece together the solution to this strange case. Even our PC himself marvels over his sheer luck when all is said and done. That gratified me, since there were moments that seemed out of place or out of character. There were also some good comedic moments though, including a car with a mind of its own and a mad dash into a beauty parlor. Not the best story, but entertaining nonetheless.
Julie Davis
Reliably enjoyable fluff, made a bit more so by the romantic novels which keep popping up as read by the various characters. This bit of commentary adds to the tongue-in-cheek fun for those who know the author began as a romance novelist. One does wish she could move past it since every Hamish MacBeth and Agatha Raisin read as much like a romance novel as a mystery, but as I said they are enjoyable fluff so there's no harm in it.
Cindi Leiter
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
This book takes Hamish outside of his town to enjoy time at an exclusive, health spa. Free of course. While he is there, of course there is a murder. I enjoyed the introduction of new characters while keeping many of the old ones. Enjoyable tale. I have very little time to sit an read, so the nonfiction that I read is usually accomplished with audible books.
Selah Pike
Holy red herrings! This one has overtones of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None and Peril at End House. Fun, as always.
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This one has been my favorite so far in the series. From haunted trucks to tea leaves reader it had just the right amount of quirkiness, mayhem and of course murder.
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like the previous one in the series, I really enjoyed this one. I liked that Hamish ventured outside of Lochdubh and that MC Beaton first gives a red herring as to who will be murdered then of course another when it comes to the murderer. The murderer was once again someone I never expected and the motive was a rabbit out of a hat and very creative. I enjoyed the side characters esp. Harriet who served as Hamish's right hand woman in this case. My two favorite aspects were the fact that it was ...more
Nancy Wilson
Aug 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I am a lukewarm Beaton fan and Hamish Macbeth usually makes me want to smack him, but for some reason he behaved a bit more adultly this time around. Beaton does seem to be possessed with the need to always have her characters involved in some adolescent romantic behavior, but the mystery itself was good and fairly complex.
Avid Series Reader
Death of a Snob by M. C. Beaton is the sixth book of the Hamish Macbeth mystery series set in Scotland. Hamish is a gentle, unhurried soul who enjoys quiet mountain village life as the sole police constable of Lochdubh. As Christmas approaches, he's got a head cold and he's feeling lonely. When a friend of a friend invites him to what he assumes will be a lavish holiday dinner at a health resort, he eagerly accepts. The purpose of his visit, which must be kept secret, is the owner's fear that ...more
Lisa B
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another one I couldn’t solve before the end. I swear on all that’s holy if Hamish doesn’t find a love interest I’m going to scream. I pray it won’t be with Pricilla. I just do not like her, but every time he meets someone there is something that gets in the way and he’s back to being single. Ugh!!
Jul 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: oer, oop, cozy-mystery
A light book in between, and as far as cozy mysteries go, this is a good series. Bits of humor dispersed throughout, a bit of Scottish slang thrown in, and a tenacious, though somewhat silly, police constable make for a pleasant read.
Sep 03, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
This was an unusual tale, with a haunting isle, a Christmas theme and new characters. I liked the reference to Agatha Christie's story, Peril at End House, and I love that Priscilla gets to know Hamish's family!

My mother-in-law and I are having a lot of fun working our way through the Hamish Macbeth Mystery series. We've read a few books here and there, but we skipped around the series, based solely on what was available at the base library. The books are short, fun reads and we love the
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
The Hamish Macbeth books have generally been trifles, good for a quick read on a rainy day if accompanied by a strong, hot cup of tea.

The writing overall seems to be going downhill. Or was it always this poor and I'd just enjoyed Hamish enough to overlook it? This book wouldn't have passed muster with my local writer's group. The author seems totally unable to stick with a point of view. Generally Hamish is at center but in this book the point of view suddenly jumps to another character (or two
May 11, 2012 rated it liked it
WAnted to give this author another try, but it still didn't go up to a 4. This character is a police detective in Scotland named Hamish Macbeth. He is invited by a friend of a friend to "investigate some harrassment and possible death threats" He goes as a guest to her bed and breakfast and tries to get down to what is happening. Instead of Jane dying, another guest, Heather, dies. He investigates, even though his superiors feel it is just an accident. It 's kind of divert and do motive.
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“Christmas had done its usual merry work of setting husband against wife, relative against relative, and spreading bad will among men in general. People looked overfed and hung over and desperately worried about how much they had already spent.” 2 likes
“They slipped quietly away while Heather continued her lecture, her eyes half-closed so that she could better enjoy the sound of her own voice, which went on and on.” 0 likes
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