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Death of a Gossip
Death of a Gossip | M.C. Beaton
18 posts | 25 read | 10 to read
When society widow and gossip columnist Lady Jane Winters joins the local fishing class she wastes no time in ruffling feathers - or should that be fins? - of those around her. Among the victims of her sharp tongue is Lochdubh constable Hamish Macbeth, yet not even Hamish thinks someone would seriously want to silence Lady Jane's shrill voice permanently - until her strangled body is fished out of the river. Now with the help of the lovely Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, Hamish must steer a course through the choppy waters of the tattler's life to find a murderer. But with a school of suspects who aren't willing to talk, and the dead woman telling no tales, Hamish may well be in over his head for he knows that secrets are dangerous, knowledge is power, and killers when cornered usually do strike again.
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ErikaB
Death of a Gossip | M.C. Beaton
Mehso-so

I liked Hamish, but I wanted to jump into the book and shake Alice out of her moon-eyed stupor over that obvious twit Jeremy, and Lady Jane was so horrible I almost stopped listening. The thing that was the most irritating was the sheer number of times that the author felt the need to describe Heather as “plump” when it did absolutely nothing to help the story. This book was okay, but I‘m not sure if I‘m going to continue the series.

thegirlwiththelibrarybag Yeah, MC Beaton is often quite sexist in her descriptions of women... I remember being annoyed by how Elspeth was described. 1mo
ErikaB @thegirlwiththelibrarybag That‘s good to know going forward. There was also the spot where Priscilla‘s father said the only career for a woman was a wife and mother that made me stop and check the publication date, and it was really disappointing to see it was from the late 1980s. I may just stick with the TV series and be happy it seems to share so little with the books. 1mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @ErikaB, even the ones with a more recent publication date carry that same mentality. Haven‘t seen the show - but glad it‘s enjoyable! 1mo
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quietjenn
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Opening day for #cozyswap - thank you so much, @tdrosebud. I love everything, am stoked for all the books and the handmade touches make it especially lovely. Thank you!!! @Avanders

tdrosebud I'm so glad you like everything! 2mo
Avanders That scarf is gorgeous!! Yay great fall fun! 🎃♥️🍁 2mo
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Clutterbucks_Queen
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Pickpick

This is the first title from the Hamish Macbeth murder mystery books by M.C Beaton!
These books are so full of humour, they make murder seem cheerful!
I have fallen inlove with the village bobby Hamish and his loyal companion Towser and i can't wait to fill up part of my book shelf with the completed collection of these books!
Completely different to the style of Agatha Raisin, yet still so very gripping and worthwhile!
Definitely recommend.

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Librarybelle
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I adore Hamish! He‘s like the Columbo of Scotland‘s police force - everyone thinks he‘s a little slow and definitely quirky, but he‘s very intelligent and resourceful. Much of the action takes place in the Highland village of Lochdubh, where the skies #BloweNorthernWinde . Tagged is the first in the series. Fast reads, a little repetitive, but it feels like visiting old friends every time I read these books. #WinterWonderland

TrishB Great pick 👍🏻 it can indeed be windy up there! 11mo
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Joanne1
Death of a Gossip | M.C. Beaton
Pickpick

This was the perfect accompaniment for my work commute. Listening to it at double speed meant I got it finished just as I pulled up outside my home. It was also charming enough to keep me engaged and familiar enough (the bumbling country cops somehow manages to solve the case and reveal it as all suspects are gathered together) that I didn't really need to think too much about the story. Plus the narrator is a dream to listen to.

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Joanne1
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A nice light mystery for my commute this week. And with a fabulous narrator.

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kspenmoll
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#Fridaymorning #breakfastoutdoors
Was planning on reading while waiting for breakfast - a treat- but the table behind me is having a loud face time chat which I find extremely distracting & Annoying. Can‘t focus! Could tell you word for word what they are saying...😱😱😱😱
Starting this book thanks to @Andrew65 . Using it just as he suggested: as a needed break from The Pope and Mussolini. I can balance several books at once.suits my ADD brain.

MrBook This chat thing just happened to @BookBabe the other day!!! Is there no decorum and respect for others anymore? 😔 1y
kspenmoll @MrBook It went on the entire time I was there, almost an hour. You are right, so rude! Never could read. 1y
Andrew65 @kspenmoll @MrBook @BookBabe Couldn‘t agree more, beyond rude. Also drives me crazy if trying to read or work on the train and this happens! 🤯 Think this happened virtually all the way recently on a 200 Mile journey! 1y
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Andrew65 @kspenmoll Hope you enjoy the book. 😳😬 1y
MrBook @Andrew65 😱😔 Good grief! 1y
BookBabe @Andrew65 @kspenmoll Yup, what a drag. Makes me think I should bring noice-cancelling over-ear headphones with me everywhere, so at least I could listen to an audiobook when that happens. 😑 1y
kspenmoll @BookBabe Now there is an idea, but still, sad we have to resort to headphones!!! 1y
BookBabe True! 1y
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Swe_Eva
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Mehso-so

This was my first attempt at reading (i.e. listening to) a Hamish Macbeth after watching the TV version. And it's OK. I will most definitely try another one because I fear my opinion was tainted by the audio narrator who did the most AWFUL Scottish dialect I've heard. Luckily, there's a new narrator for the next one.

SqueakyChu My best friend loves books by this author. I save them all for her. I‘ve never read any of them. 1y
Swe_Eva @SqueakyChu They're a bit more cozy than I normally enjoy, but I like the TV show very much, so by default I'm liking this too. 😁 1y
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Jen2
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Very cute!!

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Bibliotini
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It‘s warm enough to read on the porch today and receive visitors.

britt_brooke Cute photo! 2y
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Librarybelle
Death of a Gossip | M.C. Beaton
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#HumpDayPost
1. The Folio Society‘s Jane Austen editions...I‘ve already made family aware of their existence
2. Plain M&Ms - but, I love the Pretzel M&Ms
3. Hamish Macbeth series by MC Beaton (1st book is the tagged book)
4. My first dream? A rock star, but I can‘t sing...
5. Eight(8)

erzascarletbookgasm 1. 😍 Did you see their latest catalogue? 🤤 2y
LauraBrook Hamish ❤️ 2y
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TricksyTails 😍😍😍 Sigh. Folio Society... why you gotta be so beautiful? And they have so many editions I want! 2y
Librarybelle @LauraBrook I know! Hamish is wonderful. I‘d love to meet him! 2y
Librarybelle @TricksyTails I received a holiday catalog from them. Everything looks wonderful! 2y
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crazycatlady
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@LeeRHarry Thank you for these awesome items! I love everything, esp the cat bookmark and stickers😻. The socks are so soft and comfy. Thank you!
@cobwebmoth #letsgetcozy

LeeRHarry Glad you like them 😊 2y
mabell The cat bookmark is too cute! 2y
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Librarybelle
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I really don't #autobuy books; I buy books that sound interesting to me, no rhyme or reason. That being said, I buy a lot of books. But, there are authors that I automatically get out of the library. The Hamish Macbeth series is one of them. I adore Hamish, a Columbo of the Scottish Highlands. #SplashIntoSummerReads

Andrew65 I love Hamish and my time in Lochdubh too! 2y
Librarybelle @Andrew65 Isn't Lochdubh one of those places you just want to visit? Beaton had created a quirky set of characters I want to meet. Everything about it is so appealing, except for the excessive amount of murders in the area, of course. 😉 2y
Andrew65 @Librarybelle Definitely, it is a place you could spend many a day in, although might want to take a bodyguard! 2y
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J9Canton Someone dropped off an MC Beaton book in the FOL store today for donation. 2y
Librarybelle @J9Canton They are very popular! 2y
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geekyjojo
Death of a Gossip | M.C. Beaton
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I'm genuinely gutted that I didn't enjoy this book I was so looking forward to starting the Hamish Macbeth series but I found the plot lame and the characters a little ridiculous 🙄

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Sarah83
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Ein kleiner feiner Krimi für zwischendurch. In guter alter Detektivform geschrieben, wird man in 80-er Jahre des schottischen Hochlands entführt und auf die menschliche Natur gestoßen. 😉

A tiny little crime as a short read. Writing as a detective story, it is settled in scotish Highlands in the 80ies, where we get to know the human nature. 😉

Kimzey This series is fun on audiobooks! 3y
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Sarah83
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Die Zeit auf der Messe sinnvoll rumkriegen, während der Freund beschäftigt ist. 😂

Waiting for bf at the fair and using my time wise. 😂

Ole Oh! I've actually read this one. A light read as I remember 😁 3y
Sarah83 @Ole Normally I can read in public, because I always hear the people's talks. But this book is easy enough..😉 3y
julesG Often pick a Hamish/MC Beaton book when I have a book hangover. I love Hamish. 3y
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Sarah83 @julesG it's my first one. I have read only one Agatha raisin book before. 😉 3y
drokka I really like the cover of the addition you have. M.C. Beaton is a true go-to when I'm in a reading funk. 3y
DeborahSmall I loved the tv show when I was younger. Only realised there were books when last month!! 3y
BeckyD I love that series. 3y
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Sarah83
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Nachdem ich mich mit dem letzten Buch auch schon in Schottland aufgehalten habe, mache ich bei #LitsyAtoZ direkt mit Schottland weiter. 😉

The last book also took place in Scotland, so I choose the next one for #LitsyAtoZ even set in Scotland. 😉

DeborahSmall I used to watch the tv show! My cousin got married in a castle close to where it's set and we stayed in the town for the weekend. It's beautiful 3y
Sarah83 How beautiful. 😉 In Germany it wasn't broadcast already. It's a pity 😐 3y
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Sarah83

Lustig ist, wenn nach einem nervigen Arbeitstag der Buchhändler des Vertrauens einem eine Bestellanfrage zu dem oben genannten Buch per Whatsapp schickt 😍📚
Und man dann schon Vorfreude auf Montag haben kann, wenn das Buch zusammen mit der neuen Flow ankommt. 😙

Lila_Lu Das ist ja nett. 3y
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