Death of A Poison Pen

Death of A Poison Pen

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As a series of poison pen letters sweeps through the town of Lochdubh, Hamish Macbeth begins to suspect a sinister motive, a suspicion that is justified when the local postmistress is found hanged, a supposed suicide.

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Vacationer Jenny Ogilvie comes to Lochdubh with plans to seduce perennial bachelor Hamish Macbeth. Terribly jealous of Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, her snooty co-worker and Macbeth's former fiancee, the pretty and flirtatious Londoner arrives at the gale-swept loch expecting the craggy Highlander of her dreams. Instead, she finds a tall, gangling, red-haired policeman too preoccupied to notice her overtures.
Indeed, Macbeth has more serious matters on his mind. The minister's wife has gotten an anonymous letter accusing her of an adulterous affair with none other than Macbeth himself. Things turn deadly when the postmistress from nearby Braikie is found hanged in her room...with a poison-pen letter beneath her dangling feet. Macbeth's superiors call it an obvious suicide, but the recalcitrant Macbeth pronounces it a murder - and promptly sets off a media circus.
While Jenny tries to impress him by playing amateur sleuth, local reporter Elspeth Grant sets out to land the story and Macbeth for herself. Surveying his bevy of women, the hapless constable must not lose sight of the dangers he faces. For the poison pen has unleashed a murderous fury that will imperial any nosy villager who ventures too near.

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As a series of poison pen letters sweeps through the town of Lochdubh, Hamish Macbeth begins to suspect a sinister motive, a suspicion that is justified when the local postmistress is found hanged, a supposed suicide, but Hamish's investigation is complicated by the arrival of the distracting Jenny Ogilvie. 30,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Mysterious Press, c2004
ISBN: 9780892967889
Characteristics: 244 p. ; 22 cm


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May 22, 2017

Hamish Macbeth is a local detective in the small town of Lockdubh, Scotland. Local residents report receiving anonymous poisoned pen letters. As he begins the investigation into the author of the letters, one of the recipients is found dead with a letter at her feet. His investigation into her death is complicated by departmental politics and a supervisor who is jealous of Hamish’s previous successes. Meanwhile a young lady named Jenny visits a local B&B. She has secret designs on Hamish’s affections. It is an entertaining and engaging read as Hamish attempts to sidestep romantic entanglements and solve a mystery, amidst the gossip of the local townspeople.

Aug 19, 2016


Jul 07, 2015

Death of a Poison Pen --- by --- M.C. Beaton.
Nasty poison pen letters begin to circulate in the tiny northern Scottish of Lochdubh. The stolid burghers of the village attempt to ignore the letters until, finally, one of them is associated with a corpse. Indefatigable copper, Hamish Macbeth, sets out to solve the riddle of the murder when is his confronted with another body, this time an apparent suicide. With no dearth of suspects Hamish works with dedication to solve this case.
Like all of Beaton’s novels this one moves gently across the page daring you to guess “who dun it”. I can imagine reading this novel with a glass of Scotch at your side on one those autumnal highland evening where the sun rises at 10:00 and sets at 2:00. The ideal setting.

Oct 13, 2014

I like the part where the villagers try to stop Priscilla before she can see Hamish.

hermlou Feb 07, 2011

Constable Hamish Macbeth investigates hanging of the postmistress with a poison pen letter beneath her feet. It looks like suicide but is murder. Macbeth interviews villagers, and then another woman is found stabbed. Amusing side plot of Jenny coming north to meet Macbeth and falling for a newspaper writer with high goals to be achieved through plagiarism. Good atmosphere of cozy isolated Scottish village.


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