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Death of a Dreamer (Hamish Macbeth Mysteries) [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

M. C. Beaton
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Februar 2006 Hamish Macbeth Mysteries
She couldn't paint to save her life - so someone's given her a lesson by taking it! Most newcomers don't stay long in remote Lochdubh - usually boredom, dampness and nosy locals drive them out. But it looks as if artist Effie Garrand has come to stay. When Hamish Macbeth calls on her he's amazed to find the woman in residence after a particularly harsh winter. Unfortunately, Effie is also quite delusional, having convinced herself that fellow local artist Jock Fleming is in love with her, and that they are engaged. But after a lover's scrap with Jock, Effie is found dead, poisoned by hemlock. Suicide or murder? It's up to Hamish to find out whether the dreamer's death is the result of something much more serious than a broken heart...Praise for the "Hamish Macbeth" series: "First rate ...deft social comedy and wonderfully realized atmosphere". ("Booklist"). "The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status". (Anne Robinson, "The Times"). "It's always a treat to return to Lochdubh". ("New York Times"). "Readers will enjoy the quirks and unique qualities of the cast...Beaton catches the beauty of the area's natural geography and succinctly describes its distinct flavour". ("Library Journal"). "Befuddled, earnest and utterly endearing, Hamish makes his triumphs sweetly satisfying". ("Publishers Weekly"). "The much-loved "Hamish Macbeth" series ...beguiling blend of wry humour and sharp observations about rural life". ("Good Book Guide").
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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 247 Seiten
  • Verlag: Mysterious Press; Auflage: 1 (Februar 2006)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0892967897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892967896
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 21,3 x 14,7 x 2,5 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 737.563 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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M. C. Beaton worked as a Fleet Street journalist.She is the author of the Agatha Raisin novels, the Hamish Macbeth series and an Edwardian murder-mystery series.She divides her time between Paris and the Cotswolds, where she lives in a village very much like Agatha Raisin's beloved Carsely. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Got to fall in love with Hamish! 12. November 2013
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Och, that Hamish Macbeth and his wild west methods! Blair with his alcoholism and Priscilla the ever elusive love of Hamish's life.And the villagers of Lochdubh, what a bunch of characters!
Brilliant read.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Lousy 26. April 2006
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The only reason that I gave this book 2 stars is that I finished it. The book made me mad. I hated the (self satisfied) characters, and really got to the point where I didn't care if Effie commited suicide or was murdered. You might ask then why I finished the book: I am not sure, I guess it was because I couldn't believe what the author let her character get into. I also have to say that I didn't find Hamish Macloud a very convincing man much less constable
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4.0 von 5 Sternen just the thing to curl up and unwind with 17. Februar 2006
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Once again death and murder finds its way to Lochdubh. And while series protagonist, Hamish MacBeth, may bemoan the encroachments of both crime and newcomers to his idyllic village, I can only rejoice that there finally is another enjoyable Hamish MacBeth mystery to curl up with and unwind.

To the villagers of Lochdubh, newcomer Effie Garrard comes across as being romantic dreamer. After all, why else would a talented artist decide to move up to the remote Highlands lock, stock and barrel? But it is only when another artist, bluff and energetic Jock Flemming moves into the village that everyone begins to suspect that there may be something not quite right with Effie. First she starts stalking Jock Flemming, then she let's slip that they're engaged, and then finally that she's pregnant with his child! Jock, of course angrily denies all of Effie's claims, and when after a confrontation with Jock, Effie is found dead on a mountain cleft, the common wisdom is that she committed suicide. But even though the police have closed the case, Hamish's instincts tell him that there is more to Effie's death than meets the eye, and that she was actually murdered. And so he starts investigating, and discovering that a great many people seem to have a lot to hide. Unfortunately, the investigation also seems to be going no where. And then there is another murder; and one, Hamish is convinced that is connected to Effie. The puzzling thing for Hamish though, is how the murderer is able to pull of these killings without being spotted. Hamish seems to be up against a very skillful and determined killer with nerves of steel, but one, nonetheless he's determined to apprehend at all cost...

Even though the storyline was a rather uncomplicated one, with few complex twists and turns, "Death of a Dreamer" did prove to be a very absorbing read, and one that did keep me guessing for a bit. So that even though Hamish relied heavily on his famous intuition (with some clues) to solve the case, this didn't detract at all because the charm of "Death of a Dreamer" (and indeed the series) lies in the interactions between all the characters in the novel, Hamish's propensity to make a mess of his romantic life, and the lightly ironic yet crisp tone of the author's prose style. All together, these made "Death of a Dreamer" a wonderfully absorbing and enjoyable read, and just the right change of pace for someone (me) who has been starting but not finishing some rather badly written and very gory mysteries! All in all a very pleasurable 4 star read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen ANOTHER FUN AND GRATIFYING READ. 27. Juni 2008
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Death of a Dreamer by M.C. Beaton, is another nice little visit to Lochdubh, Scotland and another wonderful little peek into the life of Hamish Macbeth, our red-head constable and the caste of quirky characters that surround him. Beaton stays true to form with this offering, and like other books in this series, she has given us a nice and relaxing read.

We not only have one murder in this little mystery, but two. Like her previous works, no blood and gore here, just good old clean murder. There are of course a very large number of people who could very well have committed these crimes, and it is for our intrepid investigator to unravel the simple, but interesting complexities of the case....of course with plenty of help from his friends!

Again, poor Hamish does have his problems with women and remains just a clueless about the other sex as he has in past novels. This time it is different. Not one, not two, but three of his old love interests show up at his door, and all at the same time. Per usual, Hamish's ineptitude runs them off and our befuddled detective is left with his dog Lugs and the wild cat, Sonsie.

With this series, I have to admit that I love the supporting caste as much as I love Hamish. There is the usual group with a few new ones thrown in for good measure. Now the figuring out of the actual "who done it" in these books is not all that great a challenge, but they are fun, restful and I get a kick out of them. I like the author's style, the minimal, to sparse use of words and I always know the bad guy or girl is going to get caught. There were some minor surprises in this one, which was nice, but they were not surprises that led you down dead end trails.

This is certainly not the best book in this series, but it is certainly good enough for Hamish fans and I do feel that most will enjoy the read as much as I did. This is one of those books that you just want to set down for a couple of sessions, and simply enjoy. I still say that Beaton can tell us more in one sentence than most authors can with several pages. Again, I recommend this one highly.

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Not one of the best 28. Februar 2006
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Two artists come to live in Lochdubh, first Effie Garrard arrives, then genial Jock Fleming. Effie develops an embarrassing crush on Jock, who does not return her feelings. then Effie is found dead, apparently by suicide, but Hamish suspects foul play. As well as solving the murder, Hamish has to cope with his complex love life, various women from his past pop up again, and there are a few new ones as well.

I found the story mildly entertaining, but a bit tired. The one about the attractive man who creates havoc among the women has been done before, and better (Death of a Charming Man), and I found all the desperate lovesick women getting on my nerves a bit.

Worth reading if you are a Macbeth fan, but definitely not one of the strongest stories in the series.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A wonderful read! 15. Februar 2006
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M.C. Beaton fans will not be disappointed in this latest Hamish MacBeth novel! Hamish MacBeth is the crusty bachelor constable in the village of Luchdubh in the remote Scottish Highlands. He solves crimes the old-fashioned way, with an ear to the local gossip net rather than the Internet!

Effie Garrard, a dreamer with a dark side, moves into a cottage outside Luchdubh. Her altered reality includes plans to marry another newcomer in the village, only he doesn't know anything about it. Effie's body is discovered and the evidence points to a romantic encounter gone bad.

Just about everyone connected to Effie has something to hide, but not all of it is connected to her death. Hamish goes about sorting through the clues and connecting the evidence in the easy-going style that some mistake for laziness--while trying to sort out his mismanaged love life. His past is littered with a variety of love interests, but he has only one true love who recently returned to Luchdubh to reassess her life.

Luckily Hamish is more successful solving crime than sifting thru his love life. Despite the lack of forensic cooperation or peer support, Hamish uses his keen villager instinct to peel back the layers and reveal the hidden secrets that help him solve the crime.

Armchair Interviews says: Everyone should read at least one Hamish MacBeth novel for the sheer pleasure of spending a few hours in the Scottish Highlands with a cast of loveable, zany character.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Another Hamish Macbeth triumph! 20. März 2006
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I am the hugest Hamish Macbeth fan, and I always can't wait for another one to come out. In this latest book, we have our wonderful laconic Hamish dodging what seems to him to be a surfeit of women. And there is murder in beautiful Lochdubh again. But we can trust the very intelligent red-haired cop to cut through all the smoke screens and discover who is committing murder most foul. M.C. Beaton, to my mind, is the best writer of cozy mysteries in this world today! I highly recommend this series.
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