Death of a Gossip (A Hamish Macbeth Mystery)

By M. C. Beaton

From the writer of the Agatha Raisin tv series...
DEATH OF A GOSSIP: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery
When society widow and gossip columnist woman Jane Winters joined the fishing category, she wasted no time in ruffling the feathers-or used to be it the fins?-of these round her. one of the sufferers of her sharp tongue and unladylike demeanour used to be Lochdubh Constable Hamish Macbeth. but now not even Hamish concept anyone may completely silence woman Jane's shrills-until her strangled physique is fished out of the river. Now with assistance from the beautiful Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, Hamish needs to perspective throughout the uneven waters of the tattler's existence to discover the assassin. yet with a college of suspects who will not be able to speak and useless ladies telling no stories, Hamish could be in over his head, for he is aware that secrets and techniques are harmful, wisdom is strength, and killers frequently do strike again.

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I haff my tools, Watson,” grinned Hamish. “I am now not placing up with any cheek from a Highlander,” tousled Blair. “How did you discover out? ” “I have a relative that works in Fleet highway. ” “And which of those fishing lot knew approximately her being Jane Maxwell? ” “I don't know,” stated Hamish patiently. “I was once simply commencing to discover if you arrived. i've got talked with John Cartwright and also you interrupted me while i used to be within the technique of chatting with Mrs Heather Cartwright. ” “Before I commence with the remainder, I’d greater repair up lodging for me and my males. I’ll remain right here myself, yet it’s a piece dear for the lot folks. We’ve acquired 5 officials combing the trees in addition to the forensic group in the meanwhile. I observed that police station of yours. You do your self rather well. Any likelihood of a spare mattress or ? ” “I haven't the room. i've got the only mattress for myself and the opposite bed room has now not the mattress however the gardening stuff and the chicken feed and the baggage of fertilizer…” “Okay, ok, spare me the agricultural information. ” Blair appeared piercingly at Hamish, who gave him a candy smile. uncomplicated, suggestion Blair. must be to dwell right here all 12 months around. He positioned his beefy palms at the table and checked out Hamish in a kindly approach. “I’m considering you’re a wee bit too green for this type of high-class crime,” he acknowledged. “We’ll use your workplace on the station simply because I’m damned if I’ll pay resort cellphone costs. i must struggle demanding adequate to get my costs because it is. simply you attend on your ordinary rounds and depart the detective paintings to us. We’re all skilled males. ” Hamish checked out the detective leader inspector blankly. just a couple of mins earlier than he have been considering find out how to maintain out of the case. He had taken a dislike to the manager detective and his sidekicks and didn't want to tag round after them. yet now he have been informed to maintain transparent, good, all that did used to be provide him a burning wish to discover who had killed girl Jane. “I’ll be off then,” stated Hamish. Blair watched him move and shook his head unfortunately. “Poor fellow,” he acknowledged. “Never needed to do any actual paintings in his existence prior to, and, like several those Highlanders, fights shy of it up to attainable. ship in that American couple, MacNab. common pair of visitors. may perhaps to boot eliminate them first. ” Hamish ambled alongside front, watching dreamily out over the loch. The early night sunlight used to be flooding the bay with gold. a couple of seals have been rolling and turning lazily, sending golden ripples washing in regards to the white hulls of the yachts and the fairway and black hulls of the fishing boats. He observed the slender, dependent determine of Priscilla Halburton-Smythe jogging in the direction of him, and, all at once triumph over with a mix of shyness and longing, he stopped and leaned his elbows at the mossy stone wall above the seashore. She stopped and stood beside him. “What’s all this I pay attention? ” stated Priscilla. “The hillside’s crawling with bobbies, placing issues in plastic baggage. ” “Lady Jane Winters has been murdered. ” “I heard whatever to that impact. tremendous, fats, nasty girl, wasn’t she? ” “Aye, you may say that.

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