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Death of a Macho Man [Mass Market Paperback]

M. C. Beaton
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Aug. 1 1997 Hamish Macbeth Mysteries
When Hamish Macbeth, local constable of the Scottish village of Lochdubh, tries to break up one of the many fights involving Randy Duggan, the ruffian challenges him to a fistfight. But on the chosen day, Duggan is found shot to death and Macbeth is rumored to be the likely suspect. Macbeth must find the murderer, clear his name, and restore his Highland paradise to its usual tranquility.

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In his latest appearance (after Death of a Nag), the unconventional Hamish MacBeth, the lanky, red-haired constable in the tiny Scottish Highlands town of Lochdubh, finds that his own impetuousness places him at the center of a murder investigation. Randy Duggan, recently arrived in the village, impresses fellow pubgoers with his size and tales of wrestling in America, but soon his blustery tune grows tiresome and the locals become restive at not being able to get a word in edgewise at their own pub. When the abrasive newcomer challenges the constable to a fight, Hamish is shocked to hear himself agree. By the appointed time, spirits are high-children are up late, bets have been placed, even the minister and his wife are in attendance. But Duggan, a no-show, is found murdered in his rented cabin. Hamish's nemesis on the force, Detective Chief Inspector Blair, can barely contain his glee as he names the policeman as prime suspect. Being taken off the case limits Hamish's investigative tools, but he still manages to question jealous husbands, a sour mystery writer and an upstanding spinster before this complex tale with roots in the past is resolved. Meanwhile, Hamish and his haughty sometime-fiancee, Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, continue to work out their complicated relationship. Befuddled, earnest and utterly endearing, Hamish makes his triumphs sweetly satisfying. Mystery Guild featured alternate selection.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Scottish constable Hamish Macbeth, finding his reputation on the line, agrees to a public fight with a tattooed stranger who claims to be a professional wrestler. When someone prevents the match by murdering the stranger, suspicion falls on Hamish, who then investigates. Another winner.
Copyright 1996 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 A great book and a great mystery June 26 2003
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This is the twelfth in a series of mysteries featuring the detective work of small town, Highland Scottish detective Hamish Macbeth, P.C. A loudmouthed bruiser of a man has established himself in Lochdubh, but when he starts to bully those smaller than himself (everyone), Hamish decides that it is time to deal with him. But, when the man is found dead (drugged, tied up, and blasted with a shotgun), Hamish sets out to find out who did it and why. And when a second person is murdered, the plot continues to thicken...
Being a dyed-in-the-wool Hamish Macbeth fan, I can tell you that this is another great Hamish mystery, just as good as the rest. The story was quite fascinating, and I have always enjoyed M.C. Beaton's (pseudonym of Marion Chesney) Highland setting - the characters are quite fascinating as is the environment of the Highlands themselves. Overall I thought that this was a great book, and a great mystery. If you like mysteries, or are merely interest in the Scottish Highlands, then you must get this book!
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"Reading a Hamish Macbeth book is like taking a vacation in the Highlands to enjoy the local color and heather-scented air," according to the book's liner notes. Well, possibly. Nonetheless M.C. Beaton's "Death of a Macho Man" continues the Macbeth saga in the small village of Lochdubh, Scotland. It follows Beaton's "tried and true" formula for her Macbeth books, of course. That said, this series is still a most readable, most interesting set, and I wouldn't think of missing one. In this one, naturally the macho man, after threatening, taunting, aggravating, and bullying (not to forget bragging) the locals--which on one occasion leads to a very nasty fight--our man comes up dead. Randy Duggan is so obnoxious that he even gets under Hamish's skin. Duggan issues a challenge to Hamish to settle their differences with a boxing match! Of course, everyone in the village is excited about this! But on the night of "the big fight," Duggan is found shot to death--which takes care of the boxing match! But it also sheds great suspicion on Hamish. And from here on out, Beaton's "main man" is on the trail to find out who really did kill him (not that there weren't plenty of other suspects, as well!). Again, we meet up with Hamish's ex-fiancee Priscilla and his nemesis Sergeant Blair. Lochdubh and its denizens soon become "family" with this series! (Billyjhobbs@tyler.net)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Bragging Bully disturbs Hamish's peace Sept. 5 2002
By Moe811
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Randy "Macho Man" Duggan has arrived in Lochdubh and is causing no end of trouble. He was at first welcome in the little village, as he was very generous at the local bar. People were also amused by his tall stories. But, he never let anyone else talk and bullied anyone else who tried. Hamish caught him dropping a retired schoolteacher into the water and tried to stop him. He ended up challenged to a fight that would only lose him his job and possibly a few teeth. On the day of the fight, however, Randy didn't show. Archie McLean found him dead in his rented cottage and Hamish is the prime suspect according to Blair. Hamish has to find out what really happened and in the process, finds another murder and has a run in with a master criminal, Gentleman Jim.
This was as usual a very quick and entertaining read. Priscilla is at her best here, keeping Hamish at arm's length, yet helping him every step of the way. Lochdubh is the murder capital of the Scottish Highlands.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BEATON AND MACBETH GO GREAT TOGETHER!!!! April 10 2001
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Another great one by M. C. Beaton about Hamish MacBeth. I have read several of the MacBeth series and the Agatha Raisin series. They both are good but I think MacBeth is a little better. Agatha has gotten to jump in to many beds in the last couple of books. Hamish is his usual self, lazy but smart in solving murders. He can't stand the "Macho Man" and they are set for a fight, but do they get that far??? Later "Macho" is found dead. Was it Geordie, Annie,Andy, Willie, Archie or Rosie? It really could be someone else. Hamish get shot at!!!!! Goodness.... I liked the ending, keep hoping Hamish and Priscilla end up together, maybe in the last book. Beaton lets me see the village, the people and the countryside in my mind. I always enjoy a new Hamish book. Keep on Keeping on.
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This is the twelfth entry in the Hamish Macbeth series, and it's a winner! Probably my favourite so far. I just don't know how MC Beaton does manage to keep Hamish and his series so fresh and delightful. She is a superb author and characterizes like no one else in the business! In this book Hamish is up against a village bully and braggart, and then the bully turns up dead. All of the police force believe they have their killer (after all he even confessed), but only Hamish doesn't think they've got the right man. He goes out sleuthing on his own, and sets himself up against all the police brass. He is at his best in this book, and for those who haven't had the pleasure of entering Hamish's world, this book wouldn't be a bad place to start. Quite Wonderful!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner April 16 2000
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Number 12 in the series and they just keep getting better. There are sixteen out now, I believe, and they the next four are sitting on the shelf waiting for me to get to them. So many books, so little time but these are worth it.
The Scottish highlands, the village of Lochduhb, the villagers, and Hamish striding through them trying to keep the "small" crimes in perspective and dealing with the murders that crop up from time to time. I miss Towser and hope that Hamish finds a new friend soon.
I also hope that Priscilla and Hamish work out their difficulties before too long, but then again, that might ruin the series. Oh, well, I'll read and wait and see.
Again, please keep them coming.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE BIGGER THEY ARE, THE HARDER THEY FALL...
When blustery, braggart Randy Duggan takes a holiday cottage in Lochdubh, little does he know his days are numbered. Read more
Published on April 18 2012 by Lawyeraau
5.0 out of 5 stars Prescient
It's amazing to me that a novel first published in 1997 could so accurately predict the unfortunate events of May 20, 2011. Read more
Published on May 20 2011 by Paul H Duffy
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Novels in One
It's always a challenge keeping a mystery series fresh. Many times readers will react negatively to changes you put in place. In Death of Macho Man, M.C. Read more
Published on April 20 2007 by Donald Mitchell
4.0 out of 5 stars Heroic Hamish
Hamish MacBeth is allowed a little more scope for action in this novel than in most of the others I have read so far. Read more
Published on Oct. 1 2001 by Martha E. Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Constable Hamish MacBeth's challenge to fight the huge,
tatooed fighter, dubbed Macho Man, ends when the wrestler is found shot to death in his cottage. The murder trail leads to a shadowy and unsavory past involving the lives of a... Read more
Published on Oct. 25 2000 by Ruth A. Caldwell
4.0 out of 5 stars Found treasure, but don't recommend audio version
Hamish MacBeth, a rather unorthodox police constable in the highlands of Scotland, breaks nearly all the rules and still solves a light hearted mystery with artfully drawn... Read more
Published on April 22 2000 by Mamalinde
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Quick Read
I found this an easy novel to read. Entertaining even though I rather figured out the villan(s) before the final page, which is a coup for me. Read more
Published on May 31 1999
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