Death of a cad by M. C. Beaton

Death of a CadBlurb:

When Priscilla Halburton-Smythe brings her London playwright fiance home to Lochdubh, the whole town is delighted — save perhaps for love-smitten bobby Hamish Macbeth. But the morning after a posh engagement party, one of the guests, Captain Bartlett, is murdered on a grouse hunt.
Unfortunately, the prime suspects are the party guests. And a second murder soon follows the first. Now Hamish Macbeth must cut through the alibis before the killer strikes again . . . all the while trying to woo the lovely Priscilla from her jealous boyfriend.



In a nutshell:

I read it in: English

I liked it:     Yes

For people who like: Very cosy mysteries, Scotland, the British upper class

My thoughts: 

This is the second instalment in the Hamish Macbeth series and this time we meet a few more locals. However, the locals are mostly gentry from the wider area, not so much the Lochdubhians (or whatever the inhabitants of Lochdubh call themselves).
I liked Hamish in the first book already, but now I like him even better. He really is Mr.Nice. Unfortunately, his sidekick, well, not really, Priscilla is not his sidekick but rather his crush, left a bad impression this time. Not only did she get engaged to a guy who she knew was a total prick, she also stayed engaged even though she realizes that they are not suited at all to put it mildly. And why? Because she doesn’t want to stand up to her parents! I hate women like that. Whining about their own weakness, but nevertheless not doing anything about it.
The mystery was a good one. It might be me but again I had no clue who the murderer was but was pleased with his/her identity. Hamish is a clever one indeed.
For cozy mystery lovers this series is a must read.

Location: The fictional village of Lochdubh, Highlands, Scotland, UK

Map Highlandscoast

Map from wikipedia, landscape by macleod from

Movie tip

Hamish Macbeth TV series


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Title Death of a cad
Author M. C. Beaton
Publisher Robinson
ISBN 9781845296667
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3 Comments Write a comment

    • I always try to read in order, too. I don’t like it if I have no clue what happened before with recurring characters. Priscilla is not a very likeable character, is she?
      I started reading Beaton’s Agatha Raisin series and really like that one, too. Have you read any of those. A. Raisin is another woman you have to get used to first, unusual heroine…


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