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  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (July 1 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446606014
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446606011
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 10.4 x 16.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 127 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #262,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lawyeraau TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 18 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When an agonizing toothache drives Constable Hamish Macbeth to the office of the local tooth extractor, Dr. Fredrick Gilchrist, who also has a roving eye for the local ladies, Hamish thinks he has prepared himself for the worst. Little does he know that his expectations will be exceeded when he arrives at Dr. Gilchrist's office. While Hamish had prepared himself to have a tooth pulled, he was not prepared to find the very dead body of Dr. Gilchrist.

As Hamish investigates the murder, it appears that suspects abound, as Dr. Gilchrist was certainly no angel. While investigating the murder, Hamish comes up against a number of other crimes, keeping his hands full. As always, his hands are somewhat tied by the boss we all love to hate, Detective Chief Inspector Blair. Still, Hamish prevails, finding his way through the myriad of twists and turns his investigations takes.

This is the thirteenth book in a series of cozy mysteries featuring lovable Highlander, Hamish Macbeth, the constable for the sleepy village of Lochdubh in northern Scotland. In this book, the quirky village characters beguile the reader, giving the book its cozy feel. The book is laced with sly humor throughout that is engaging, keeping the mood of the book light and highly enjoyable. One does not read these books for their literary value. One reads them purely for the fun of it.

As with all cozy mysteries, it is not so much the mystery that is of import but the characters that revolve around the mystery. While the mysteries are intriguing, they are the framework around which the characters evolve. In the endearing character of Hamish Macbeth, the author has created a sure fire winner, who has won over the many fans of the cozy mystery genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on April 30 2007
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M.C. Beaton specializes in finding a scoundrel to kill off. Many times the person isn't so much an evil-doer as an unpleasant person. Some of the stories aren't quite as strong because removal of the obnoxious isn't nearly as interesting as elimination of the truly bad apple.

Death of a Dentist contains one of M.C. Beaton's most detestable victims, Dr. Frederick Gilchrist. The not-so-good doctor is famous for pulling teeth which can be saved (which his impoverished patients don't see as such a drawback), destroying perfectly good teeth with a slip of the drill ("The Great Australian Trench), and taking advantage of any woman who attracts his attention.

Normally, Hamish Macbeth, Lochdubh's finest police constable, attends an excellent dentist in Inverness. But excruciating pain drives Hamish first to Dr. Brodie who diagnoses an abscess which requires antibiotics before any dentist will be able to help him. No sooner does Hamish return to the station, and he learns of a large robbery of cash from a not-so-safe (which has a wooden back rather than reinforced steel). By the next day, Hamish is back in great pain and decides to look in on Dr. Gilchrist in near-by Braikie (an inspired choice of a name) rather than driving all the way to Inverness. Arriving at the office, no one's there. Hamish discovers one very dead dentist.

As usual, everyone else wants the credit for finding the thief and the murderer. Hamish, however, thinks that he should locate both because the crimes are on his patch.

No one is willing to tell Hamish what Dr. Gilchrist was really like. Hamish keeps prodding until clues start to spill out about the doctor's fondness for the ladies . . . that the ladies usually don't want to say much about.
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This is a really strong entry in the Hamish Macbeth series. In it we see a dentist from the neighbouring village of Braikie get murdered. He was apparently not a very good dentist, and was rather fond of "drawing the tooth" rather than repairing it, but Hamish has an incredible toothache, and needs it taken care of right away. He goes to this dentist and finds him dead in his chair. As he delves into the life of Dr. Gilchrist, he finds angry husbands and jilted lovers galore in his past. The problem is not who has the motive, but which one. Hamish sets out to find the murderer in his unpreposessing, but charming way. I really like this series. The people from the sleepy little village of Lochdubh and it's neighbouring villages are eccentric and delightful. It's always fun to see what they're up to next. My personal favourite is the fisherman with the nagging wife - Archie Macleod.
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The Pre-Christmas season certainly isn't cheery in Lochdubh! Hamish MacBeth deals with the usual assortment of eccentric characters here, as he tries to solve a burglary in a dreary motel and the grisly murder of a dentist. The secondary characters are all rather sinister and unpleasant, and Hamish is lonely. The loneliness is exacerbated by the arrival of Sarah, a friend of Priscilla's, who initially appears to be opening the door to romantic hope, but who ultimately is just as disappointing as most of the other characters. Hamish is just as delightful as ever here, but he and the reader know that he needs something to change in his life!
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Another good one by M C Beaton. I have read 10 of the Hamish Macbeth series, all have been good but I think this one might be one of the best. As usual Hamish is caught in the middle of a murder and then guess what---a second murder-----guess who finds both bodies? Beaton has provided plenty of good characters to go with Hamish and it make for a good light read. It won't scare you to death or cause you do loose sleep from fright but it is good. Hamish has to fight the bad Inspector Blair as always. I liked the part of the Smiley Bros. Could they make moonshine and be killers too???? How about Kylie, pretty but has bad, bad boy friends. A surprise in the end, many twist and turns. Priscilla finally shows up again, will they get back together???? Beaton leaves enough to let you know they will be more forth coming.
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