Death of a Perfect Wife

Death of a Perfect Wife Hamish Macbeth the laid back constable of Lochdubh Scotland has a new Land Rover to drive and a Highland summer to savor but as fast as rain rolls in from the loch his happy life goes to hell in

  • Title: Death of a Perfect Wife
  • Author: M.C. Beaton
  • ISBN: 9780446614733
  • Page: 271
  • Format: Paperback
  • Hamish Macbeth, the laid back constable of Lochdubh, Scotland, has a new Land Rover to drive and a Highland summer to savor, but as fast as rain rolls in from the loch, his happy life goes to hell in a handbasket The trouble begins when his beloved Priscilla Halburton Smythe returns from London with a fianc on her arm His miseries multiply when clouds of midges tHamish Macbeth, the laid back constable of Lochdubh, Scotland, has a new Land Rover to drive and a Highland summer to savor, but as fast as rain rolls in from the loch, his happy life goes to hell in a handbasket The trouble begins when his beloved Priscilla Halburton Smythe returns from London with a fianc on her arm His miseries multiply when clouds of midges the diabolical Scottish mosquito descend on the town Then a paragon of housewifery named Trixie Thomas moves into Lochdubh with her lapdog husband in tow The newcomer quickly convinces the local ladies to embrace low cholesterol meals, ban tobacco, and begin bird watching Soon the town s fish and chips loving men are up in arms Now faced with the trials of his own soul, Macbeth must solve Lochdubh s newest crime the mysterious poisoning of the perfect wife.

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  • M.C. Beaton

    Like her on Facebook Learn on her website Watch a video of Marion discussing the casting of the AGATHA RAISIN Christmas specialMarion Chesney Gibbonsaka Ann Fairfax, Jennie Tremaine, Helen Crampton, Marion Chesney, Charlotte Ward, Sarah Chester Marion Chesney was born on 1936 in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, and started her first job as a bookseller in charge of the fiction department in John Smith Sons Ltd While bookselling, by chance, she got an offer from the Scottish Daily Mail to review variety shows and quickly rose to be their theatre critic She left Smith s to join Scottish Field magazine as a secretary in the advertising department, without any shorthand or typing, but quickly got the job of fashion editor instead She then moved to the Scottish Daily Express where she reported mostly on crime This was followed by a move to Fleet Street to the Daily Express where she became chief woman reporter After marrying Harry Scott Gibbons and having a son, Charles, Marion went to the United States where Harry had been offered the job of editor of the Oyster Bay Guardian When that didn t work out, they went to Virginia and Marion worked as a waitress in a greasy spoon on the Jefferson Davies in Alexandria while Harry washed the dishes Both then got jobs on Rupert Murdoch s new tabloid, The Star, and moved to New York.Anxious to spend time at home with her small son, Marion, urged by her husband, started to write historical romances in 1977 After she had written over 100 of them under her maiden name, Marion Chesney, and under the pseudonyms Ann Fairfax, Jennie Tremaine, Helen Crampton, Charlotte Ward, and Sarah Chester, she getting fed up with 1714 to 1910, she began to write detectives stories in 1985 under the pseudonym of M C Beaton On a trip from the States to Sutherland on holiday, a course at a fishing school inspired the first Constable Hamish Macbeth story They returned to Britain and bought a croft house and croft in Sutherland where Harry reared a flock of black sheep But Charles was at school, in London so when he finished and both tired of the long commute to the north of Scotland, they moved to the Cotswolds where Agatha Raisin was created.

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  • Neuropsychologists tell us that humans reach their mental peak around age 27. Perhaps that explains my delight in the books of MC Beaton, since clearly I passed that milestone many moons ago. They certainly make no intellectual demands, nor are they filled with clever literary repartee, nor are they filled with obscure footnotes or references. They're just fun and the Hamish MacBeth series, the meanderings of a local Scottish bobby are (read with particular aplomb and accent by Davina Porter)a g [...]


  • Having seen the title of the book of today, it came to me that for once we'll be having a truly nice person as the deceased. I anticipated, and I sat back, began to read, and wondered how this change would be handled. But, maybe the author just wants to people her books with victims that are only getting their just dessert. I adjusted my expectations and was satiated from the moment the perfect wife keeled over to the end. The story reminded me of another series starring a Scottish cop. That's t [...]


  • I have been enjoying this series. This one did a nice job of really clearly showing how Hamish feels about his desire to stay where he is and not be pushed into an upward mobility he does not want. Interesting characters and a nice mystery. Lots of involvement with the village, good spurts of humor that are character inspired. Growth in relationships too.


  • This was my first MC Beaton novel. A few friends have been telling me to read these for years. Others have said there's nothing to these books--they're fluff. In fact, a lot of reviews said the same. So I expected something like a cozy mystery filled with cats or cooking or whatever, with not much of a puzzle or interesting characters or anything very meaty.I was surprised to find good, tight writing, and lovely descriptions of the Scottish countryside that made me feel like I was there. The nov [...]


  • Sometimes, Macbeth just wants to slug the bad guy instead of bothering with handcuffs and paperwork. So he does. This series is a blast of fresh air within the cozy/police procedural genres.


  • Now we're on a roll. The narrator is so much better than the one for the first two book and the mysteries continue improving as well. Light and enjoyable.


  • Yet more proof that you can tell a decent story in less than 250 pages. These books are such quick easy reads. This one deals with the demise of Trixie Thomas, who has just moved to the village with her husband Paul from London to set up a B & B. She's immediately on the scrounge for any furniture anyone might want to get rid of - this didn't seem quite right to me. They were claiming they were skint - but she was grinding coffee beans in a brand new grinder. So, something wasn't right.Trixi [...]


  • One day I shall go to the Scottish Highlands, and there had darn well be a murder, because Beaton has led me to suspect that there is murder EVERYWHERE! I truly, truly loved this one, where a born reformer comes to town to open a bed-and-breakfast, and begins to make over the housewives of Lochdubh. Angela Brodie, the doctor's disorganized, bookish wife, becomes her most devout disciple, and even the even-keeled doctor wants to murder this "perfect wife."


  • I'm glad I gave Hamish Macbeth a second chance. I didn't love the first book, but I'm enjoying the rest of the series. I want to move on to book five, but I'm concerned I'll burn out on the series.



  • Och but another great mystery with Hamish in the Highlands ferreting out the murderer ahead of his nemesis Detective Chief Inspector Blair! The scene with the villager Iain Gunn and his bulldozer was so amusing. I wonder what will happen with Miss Pricilla Halburton-Smythe and Hamish now.



  • Far fetched this one. someone gets murdered in remote scotland and within the hour there are police helicopters, forensics, press etc ! Getting a bit repetitive now these, used to love them.


  • Per quanto mi riguarda, la Beaton è una garanzia. Anche questo libro è estremamente gradevole e leggero e, forse, un po' più "giallo" rispetto a Agatha Raisin. Certo, nasconde al lettore una fondamentale informazione per scoprire l'assassino, ma ad un certo punto ci si arriva comunque!


  • Fourth in the Hamish Macbeth mystery series. I've read the first two, and skipped the third because the shop didn't have it when I picked up 1, 2, 4 and 5. I have no intention of looking for the third, because this is the last of the series I'll bother reading.[return][return]As with the other books, this has the lazy, amiable village policeman having to deal with murder coming to his otherwise sleepy village. In this case, Hamish spots Trixie Thomas as a potential murder victim fairly on, thank [...]


  • The trouble begins when Highland Constable Hamish MacBeth's beloved Priscilla Halburton-Smythe returns from London . . . with a boyfriend on her arm. Then a paragon of housewifery named Trixie Thomas moves into Lochdubh with her lapdog husband in tow. Crying poor, Trixie is cadging furniture and household goods from the locals, supposedly to furnish "The Laurels", in which she and husband Paul are starting a lodging house. But then why are none of the donated items (and she is very choosy about [...]


  • This is my first foray into the print version of Hamish MacBeth (having enjoyed the BBC television version). The book was an airy, enjoyable read.The true light of the book is the lead character, a Scottish constable whose competency threatens him with promotion and departure from his beloved village of Lochdubh. The character is extremely likeable. The other stars of the show are the wonderful Highland setting and the eccentric characters that populate it. Beaton writes of a place we would all [...]


  • Hamish's friend Angela has a personality melt-down due to the influence of a so-called "perfect wife" who challenges her to discard her bookish way of life and her haphazard housekeeping methods. The old Angela disappears and is replaced by a compulsive, cause-oriented, health-mad cook, permed within an inch of her life, who banishes her animals to the back yard and refuses to cook her husband's favorite unhealthy meals. Turns out the perfect wife is a bit of a crook. We're all on Angela's side [...]


  • I'm enjoying making my way through the Hamish Macbeth series. They're easy to listen to while knitting and before bed. They're also a great way to catch up on my reading challenge goal, very quickly. I like Hamish: his peace with himself and his place in the world. Overall, they're well-plotted murder mysteries and this one saw a turning point in his relationship with Priscilla, previously described as the love of his life. Looking forward to future adventures--if very sedate adventures--in this [...]


  • Actual Rating: ***1/2Well, he's certainly no Armand Gamache, but I am growing quite fond of that lanky red head, Hamish Macbeth. In this book four of the series, the seemingly perfect wife comes to the village of Lochdubh, and the mayhem begins as one by one the formerly content wives of the village succumb to her "suggestions." As usual, Hamish is at odds with his superiors; and, as usual, Hamish wins the day.


  • I really enjoy these books. Trixie moves to the Highlands and manages to upset a lot of the menfolk- but seems to get the women under her spell and embracing healthier life styles. She is found murdered and Hamish has to find out who had a motive.


  • Like the series: Good plots, definite and consistent cast. No graphics, gore, or language, not Christian (later novels relate this). Re-read them when tired of harder sort. Well-narrated by Sean Grindell. Recommended.




  • La scelta di un libro molto spesso è influenzata da vari fattori tra cui il genere, la lunghezza e quasi sempre la copertina. Quest'ultima ricopre un importante ruolo nella scelta del libro anche se spesso non lo ammettiamo. Se la mia scelta fosse ricaduta sulla copertina sinceramente non penso avrei mai letto "Morte di una moglie perfetta", commettendo un errore.Questo giallo narra la storia del giovane agente di polizia Hamish Machbeth che, nel tranquillo scenario scozzese degli Highlands, si [...]


  • I'm loving this series of books!! I can't believe I almost didn't read them! There is a new couple in town and they are certainly questionable. He seems to be an ineffectual man who lets his wife run everything. She is a 'perfect' wife who spins her own wool, gardens, cleans to perfection, etc. So, what is wrong with this picture? Well -- they keep telling everyone how much 'in need' they are and asks everyone for donations of furniture, etc. However, being the persuasive, hypnotic person she is [...]


  • I was looking for a cozy mystery to take with me on vacation. I was completely relaxing, brought no work with me, not even my computer -- only my phone so I downloaded these M.C. Beaton stories via Audible. I got sucked into the highlands of Scotland and the vivid atmosphere of the countryside and then the murder mysteries that kept my interest and kept me transported.How much did I like this book? Well, not 5 stars like a book that changes my life or anything, but I downloaded more of the Hamis [...]


  • Come sempre, nei libri di Beaton, non mancano i pettegolezzi, praticamente sono l'anima del libro.Amo il modo di scrivere della Beaton, quando lei inizia a narrare la storia mostrandoci l'ambientazione entro cui si svolge, è come se ci facesse sprofondare nella trama, ed è allora che tutta l'avventura ha inizio.Quando poi l'autrice descrive i paesaggi, è come se dipingesse un quadro tanto sono realistiche e vivide le immagini da lei delineate.Recensione: chelibroleggere/20


  • In this, the 4th in the series by M.C. Beaton, Lochdubh, Scotland Police Constable Hamish Macbeth is confronted by the murder of an English woman who has been making a world of change in the town. As usual, a team is brought in to investigate the homicide and Hamish Macbeth is sent on errands by the detective in charge. But he knows his village and follows up on his unearthed clues. The series is a good one. This is one of the better stories in the series.


  • A light mystery that I listened to on audio. The Scottish Highland setting is great fun, with a cast of mostly unlikable crotchety villagers.Hamish MacBeth is the local policeman and the recurring character in the series. He is young, easy-going and not particularly ambitious, but is far from a bumbling pushover in his job. There is just not enough here to make me sit down and read any books in the series, but I might try an audio edition again when in the mood for something amiable.


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