Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Death of a Charming Man by M.C. Beaton

When the dashing Peter Hynd arrives in the backwater village of Drim, the local matron overflow the town's only fitness class, and buy out the local store's hair coloring. Hamish isn't surprised that Hynd is soon missing, and a body has been found ... until he finds the corpse is not the charming man he expects.

Can Macbeth find the murderer and the missing man, or will the dour, crablike men of Drim keep their secrets and commit the perfect crime?

This was the unabridged audiobook on cassette edition (5 cassettes/6.5 hours).

I have to say that Priscilla is growing on me. Her handling of the school teacher was divine! She really is more like Hamish than she'd probably prefer to acknowledge. Perhaps even more devious, as she's a civilian. She does seem to genuinely care about Hamish, but it's odd that she's so intimacy shy. She is quite the ally to have though.

I'm quite pleased with the way things worked out with Hamish and Priscilla. It was actually quite inevitable. It will be interesting to see where things go from here.

I was a bit surprised by the reaction to Hamish solving the mystery, but that's bureaucracy for you.

I didn't suspect the culprit, although perhaps I should have, as it was very Agatha Christie.

This one gets seven stars. I felt the book was rather long - or perhaps it just felt that way. It just didn't have the usual Hamish feel to it. Perhaps it was all the tension between Hamish and Priscilla. I am still looking forward to the next in the series though.

Rating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆


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