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Death of a Dentist [Mass Market Paperback]

M. C. Beaton
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July 1 1998 Hamish Macbeth Mysteries
A blinding toothache sends Hamish Macbeth 120 miles out of Lochdubh to the dentist Frederick Gilchrist, only to find him dead. Since everyone is pleased the dentist is deceased--patients, several harassed women, and even his wife--Macbeth faces one of the more biting challenges of his career.

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In this addition to Beaton's series featuring unassuming Scottish policeman Hamish Macbeth, Hamish finds himself precipitated by a vicious toothache into the world of Dr. Frederick Gilchrist. Gilchrist is a local dentist best known for his eagerness to replace healthy teeth with inexpensive dentures, and infamous for his hard hand on the drill. Maggie Bane, his lovely assistant with a harsh and unlovely voice, surprises Hamish with her hostility, but he is even more astonished to find the dentist's dead body reclining in his chair with mysterious drill marks on his teeth.

Delving deeper into the village's rural dish in search of the murderer, Macbeth uncovers long-buried relationships, an illicit local still, a robbery that is not what it appears, and the expected deceptions and partial truths his countrymen tell the police for reasons only a local character like Hamish can understand. Once again, he has occasion to contact his former love, the adamantine Priscilla Halburton-Smyth, and her friend, Sarah Hudson, even helps Hamish hack into police records for his investigation.

Macbeth's efforts bustle charmingly along against the background of quirky Scots dialect and rustic pubs. And Beaton's tangled web of a mystery is tidily resolved to the satisfaction of the locals and, surely, for all the devoted fans of this winning series. --Barbara Schlieper

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Desperate for relief, Scottish constable Hamish Macbeth takes his toothache to a nearby dentist with a lousy reputation. Unfortunately, he discovers the man dead of nicotine poisoning. As he investigates, Hamish finds that the victim had many enemies, including his own wife. A reliable series (Death of a Macho Man, LJ 6/1/96).
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Removal of a Malpracticing Skirt Chaser April 30 2007
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Beaton continues her series in this "driller"! Nov. 13 2000
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The M.C. Beaton Hamish Macbeth series is not exactly the type of police procedural one can sink his/her teeth in to, but, nonetheless, it is a fun one to read. Beaton apparently isn't concerned about being compared to Ruth Rendell, P.D. James, or Martha Grimes, as she has culitvated her own following! In "Death of a Dentist," Macbeth, the lovable, affable, and dedicated local constable in the Scottish Highlands village of Lochdubh, has a toothache (literally!). He is quite reluctant to have it attended to, as he does not particularly care for the dentist, Dr. Gilchrist, who, among other things, has a reputation for being a womanizer with "traveling hands"! And, of course, the good doctor winds up dead--with any number of possible suspects, mainly from disgruntled husbands rather than complaining patients! It is up to Macbeth to solve, once again, a local crime. In driving to the expected conclusion and solution, Macbeth uncovers a surprising (and shocking) "dental
history," as it were. Predictable as it is, "Death of a Dentist" is still a pleasant read. There are some 13 books in this series and all are bonuses! (Billyjhobbs@tyler.net)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hamish & The Hacker May 22 2000
Format:Hardcover
Once again M.C. Beaton kills off the least liked person for miles around, then turns the ever unambitious Constable Hamish out to solve the crimes, despite the roadblocks of the nasty Chief Inspector Blair -- the boss we all love to hate. The Honorable Hamish meets up with a beautiful hacker and into the police computer they travel. Solving a myriad of other crimes in pursuit of the Dentist killer, Hamish MacBeth, the charming and ambitionless Highlands police constable, plods through snow, sleet and perverse characters, getting himself battered and bruised both physically and emotionally. Hamish, Seeker of Peace and Quiet, finds himself dashing about the Highlands in the capricious pre-Christmas cold of the Highlands, disregarding instructions from headquarters, solving robberies, tracking bootleggers, investigating two murders, encumbered by a surfeit of beautiful women together with a few compromising positions. Davina Porter does a much better job on these tapes, evening out the highs and lows of her voice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Series is a Delight! Jan. 29 2004
Format:Hardcover
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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5.0 out of 5 stars "DEATH OF A DENTIST IS DELIGHTFUL!!!!! May 6 2001
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading
I really enjoyed this one
Published 1 month ago by David Bailie
5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER GREAT VILLAGE MYSTERY...
When an agonizing toothache drives Constable Hamish Macbeth to the office of the local tooth extractor, Dr. Read more
Published on April 18 2012 by Lawyeraau
4.0 out of 5 stars The Bleakness of the Scots Winter
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... Read more
Published on Oct. 18 2001 by Martha E. Nelson
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice quick reading is what I like
I read only one other Hamish Macbeth books and I liked this one very much. Not too much brain drain, very light reading and with a twist toward the end.
It keep me reading. Read more
Published on July 27 2000 by Ellen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent as Always
Ms. Beaton writes wonderful cozy Scottish mysteries. Her books are always a pleasure to read, and this one is no exception. Read more
Published on Oct. 23 1998 by puffinswan
5.0 out of 5 stars Another page-turner
As someone who eagerly awaits each new "Hamish", I wasn't disappointed in this one. Another murder - this one a little more complicated; a love interest for our hero;... Read more
Published on July 18 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Home-Run for Beaton!
This latest installment of M.C. Beaton's Hamish MacBeth series our hero suffers, perseveres and triumphs in his usual hysterical fashion. Read more
Published on June 10 1998
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting characters and good story
MC Beaton has created a successful formula for writing detective stories. The main character, Hamish is lovable, the local life (rural Scotland) is interesting, and the murder,... Read more
Published on Jan. 30 1998
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