Sunday, December 7, 2008

Death of a Hussy by M.C. Beaton

Wealthy Maggie Baird is neither nice nor kind nor generous.

About the best that can be said for her is that inside her middle-aged body, there still beats the heart of a beautiful tart.

So when her car catches on fire, with Maggie in it, there are five likely perpetrators right on the premises, houseguests in her luxurious Highlands cottage: Maggie's timid niece and four former lovers, one whom Maggie had intended to pick for a husband.

All five are equally impecunious, and all had ample opportunity to monkey with Maggie's car. So finding out who did it requires all Police Constable Hamish Macbeth's extraordinary common sense and insight into human nature. And - lazy lout though he may be, a thorn in the side of his superiors, and an exasperation to his neighbors - when it comes to solving a murder, Hamish lets no grass grow under his feet. Not even when the killer appears to be the wrong person entirely.

This was the unabridged audiobook on cassette edition (4 cassettes/5 hours).

I really must stop reading the Hamish MacBeth books at the same time I'm watching the DVD series, as it is rather confusing to keep everything straight on what's going on in each and the timelines and such.

I actually rather liked Donati, but his charm faded slightly by the end of the book. Allison was super annoying, but I guess she's meant to be. Seriously though, with all the crying and plaintive whining she needs a good smack! I think she got exactly what she deserved at the end. I have a feeling that the author really meant us to understand that her fate was not as rosy as she thought. Especially after she revealed herself to be such a money loving superior snob.

In any case, this was a nice, fast listen. Donada Peters did a lovely job as usual. I didn't love the book, but it was very solidly good so I'm giving it seven stars.

Rating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆


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