Death of a Gentle Lady

Death of a Gentle Lady Gentle by name gentle by nature Everyone in the sleepy Scottish town of Lochdubh adores elderly Mrs Gentle everyone but Hamish Macbeth that is Hamish thinks the gentle lady is quite sly and vicious

  • Title: Death of a Gentle Lady
  • Author: M.C. Beaton
  • ISBN: 9780446582605
  • Page: 378
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Death of a Gentle Lady

    Gentle by name, gentle by nature Everyone in the sleepy Scottish town of Lochdubh adores elderly Mrs Gentle everyone but Hamish Macbeth, that is Hamish thinks the gentle lady is quite sly and vicious, and the citizens of Lochdubh think he is overly cranky Perhaps it s time for him to get married, they say.But who has time for marriage when there s a murder to be solvGentle by name, gentle by nature Everyone in the sleepy Scottish town of Lochdubh adores elderly Mrs Gentle everyone but Hamish Macbeth, that is Hamish thinks the gentle lady is quite sly and vicious, and the citizens of Lochdubh think he is overly cranky Perhaps it s time for him to get married, they say.But who has time for marriage when there s a murder to be solved When Mrs Gentle dies under mysterious circumstances, the town is shocked and outraged Chief Detective Inspector Blair suspects members of her family, but Hamish Macbeth thinks there s to the story, and begins investigating the truth behind this lady s gentle exterior.

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    1. Bobby Underwood

      “Don’t get caught, whatever you do. I’m sobering up and the soberer I get, the dafter your idea seems!” — Jimmy to HamishDeath of a Gentle Lady has some hilarious moments mingled within a story filled with blackmail, murder, prostitution, Russians, and some very nasty business from Hamish’s superior, Blair, who tries to get rid of Hamish once and for all. Along the way Beaton is in fine form, taking politically incorrect yet hilarious swipes at everything from the absurdity of restri [...]

    2. Marfita

      This is the reading version of Raisinets: nothing surprising in the bag, same old wrinkles larded up with familiar flavors, but gawd doncha love 'em? Hamish's star system of babes grows ever larger, and while they have to die to escape his gravitational pull, they never seem to get close enough for a satisfactory relationship. I know I've said over and over that if you've got the sexual tension thing going, your biggest mistake is ruining it with a happy couple (see Sayers's Lord Peter series an [...]

    3. Anne Hawn Smith

      Another of the Hamish Macbeth mysteries, this one has a lively cast of suspects. Mrs. Gentle, who has snowed many of the village’s members, has not fooled Hamish Macbeth. She is anything but gentle and her family members are almost as appalling. She mistreats her illegal immigrant Russian maid leading Hamish, in a fit of kindness, to offer to marry her. He is not quite as altruistic as he seems. If he has a wife, then Inspector Blair will be thwarted in his attempt to close the Lockdubh police [...]

    4. Dawn

      True to the series, Hamish continues to enthrall readers as he uses his Highland wits and intuition to solve a web of murders. A great cozy read.

    5. Ed

      This is the 24th in the Hamish Macbeth series. I have read them all, and two later ones out of order as well.I don't understand it -- this series has typos galore (as does the Agatha Raisin series as well,) there is an egregious "continuity" error in this one; the characters are paper-thin; if there is a liberal/left-leaning/counterculture character you can be sure he or she is cynical, hypocritical, or just plain evil; solutions and motivations are often explained by the villain as he (or she) [...]

    6. K.B. Hallman

      This was my first M.C. Beaton and I'm still trying to decide whether I'll try any of her other books. The story was readable and pleasant as most cozies are. But there were some consistency issues that drove me batty. Sometimes Hamish speaks in dialect and sometimes he doesn't. If this were consistent--always in dialect when he's flustered--that would make sense, but that isn't how it was presented. And at one point, Hamish is hiding out and using an alias. But one of the characters he meets in [...]

    7. Erica

      We listened to this one in the car, which allows the silliness to really leer at you.I learned: Don't start a series with #24.I guess I expected Mr MacBeth to be more charming and clever. He seemed self-centered and flaky. I got the reiterations that he loved his pets, loved his town, and that no one minded that he was a burden (except the buffoon, Blair, who seems taken from the Pink Panther movies). Would reading them in order make this one seem less cardboard? Would a lesbian in a novel wear [...]

    8. Ellie

      It's the same stuff-and I love it. And the gentle lady is not so gentle. As in Miss Marple's small villages, the emotional life of the people is vivid and sharp. Under the superficial level of warm and fuzzy are all the ugliest of human emotions. Beaton is her funniest when her characters are their pettiest or meanest. And the plot in this one is quite interesting, a real police procedural in some ways with some unexpected twists and turns. Although the style is the same, the story is (in humoro [...]

    9. Jessica

      In which Hamish finally proposes marriage to . . . someone. Also, there are four murders, two hookers, one scene of Inspector Blair projectile vomiting from alcohol poisoning, one instance of amateur theatrics, both Elspeth and Priscilla show up uninvited at the police station, Blair goes into rehab twice, Hamish goes on holiday and is nearly killed, Hamish stands up someone for a date, and the entire village thinks he's a himbo and possibly crawling in STD's. Also, Archie MacLean hits someone i [...]

    10. Mommalibrarian

      Been a long time since I read through the first umpty Hamish Macbeth mysteries. They are no frills, very direct, this happened and then he thought about it and did this, etc. Lots of events. Little human interest as his two former loves drift by and several totally inappropriate women make themselves available. Despite the simple format and presentation, the solution to the mystery doesn't slip out early

    11. The Flooze

      *3.5*I sometimes wonder when Beaton will realise Blair has taken on a horrible, unfathomable existence of his own. He desperately needs to be put out of our misery. A fair amount of page time is devoted to Blair's madness - and at this point, he truly is disturbed. I know Daviot is an idiot, but can he be this completely blind to his underling's sinister ways, his disconnect from reality? It seems Blair has been guilty of so many missteps he should have been ousted, demoted, or transferred long [...]

    12. Anne

      An enjoyable Hamish Macbeth tale. So many murders are carried out in Lochdubh, there is never a dull moment but things must get unnerving for the locals. Luckily they've got the loveable Hamish Macbeth to turn to, he's a good companion to the ladies of Lochdubh, he's popular with the locals and he always gets his man (or woman) and this case is no exception. Although the murder victim is called Mrs Gentle, as it transpires her disposition is anything but Gentle, so much so that few mourn her dea [...]

    13. Kelsey Hanson

      There are times when I really don't understand the pacing of M.C. Beaton novels. The first part of this novel seems really rushed and crams in a lot of mystery in a few pages, but then after the mystery is solved, there was still 40 minutes or so left on the audiobook with a very strange extra ending tacked onto the story. This book forced me to suspend my belief more than I usually like. Maybe it's different in Scotland, but in America there is no way a police officer would be allowed to invest [...]

    14. Mary

      "The English who settle in the north of Scotland sometimes find they are not welcome. There is something in the Celtic character that delights in historical grudges."This is the second Hamish MacBeth book I have read, completely out of order, but not knowing the entirety of the series didn't affect my enjoyment of the story. These are light reads, more focused on the local charm of Lochdubh and Hamish's ailing love life than on the murder mystery. I expect they may become a bit repetitious and p [...]

    15. Naomi

      I can’t quit this series! But I think this is the last one that’s currently in print. Hamish is the only one in town who doesn’t fall for the pleasant public persona of Mrs. Gentle. He doesn’t trust her, and has overheard her being cruel to her daughter and her maid, and insulting townspeople after they’re out of earshot. When Gentle is killed, he’s not surprised. However, the maid, who has become his fiance in a rushed, for-all-the-wrong-reasons romance, is also murdered. Hamish him [...]

    16. Alex

      Not my favorite of the series, and still a very enjoyable read. These books are always such a nice break from heavier reading. If you have the time, you can sit down and finish them in a few hours, and still get thoroughly immersed in the story. To me, the best part of this series is that the settings are so believable. In my head, I know exactly what every place and person in the town of Lochdubh looks like, and the descriptions are so good that I can picture them in my head even when I haven't [...]

    17. Kingfan30

      it sounds like a lot must happen in this small village in Scotland, at least 24 books worth! So I've come in late in the series but to be fair it stands well on its own without reading any of the previous ones. It's a light read and the murders aren't to grizzly, although I don't think I will go going out of my way to start the series from the beginning (trying to read too many series!), but if another was to cross my path I wouldn't pass it on unread.

    18. C.J. Prince

      The "gentle lady" is Mrs. Gentle with a street angel/house devil personality. She manipulates every situation, is rude to her servants, abysmal to her children and we quickly see why she'll be the one found dead.The complications will continue to entangle her, her family and the community. Nice plot twists. And our favored Hamish Macbeth is at his best here, wit and humor return to the writing and let me know if you figure it out before Hamish does.

    19. RebeccaS

      I'm really enjoying this series a lot. This mystery had me really stumped and I thought it was genius how Macbeth put everything together and discovered the answers. I am a little annoyed that he cannot figure it out with women, but sometimes it can be entertaining. I especially liked the ending with Ruby and Blair!

    20. Martha Newman

      This was my first Hamish MacBeth but it won't be my last. Average as mystery plots go, but way up there on the charming scale. For best enjoyment, get the audiobook version for the Scottish accents.

    21. Karen

      Very different from the Agatha Raisin mysteries, but equally as entertaining. This is the first Hamish MacBeth I've read, and now I plan on reading the entire series.

    22. Kevin Shoop

      Beaton's Macbeth and Raisin stories are pure fluff, but a very comfortable kind of fluff. Occasionally they can be a bit like that pink, fluffy insulation--appearing nice and soft but actually nasty and dangerous and harmful. Both series can have some really nasty undertones, not only in the characters (Blair, for example), but also in her rather grudgingly-tolerant-yet-still-backwards view of gay people (e.g character claims to have been molested by a "homosexual" at age 14; implying gay people [...]

    23. Roger

      I've sung author MC Beaton's praises numerous times. Rather than beat a dead horse, let me just say that Beaton can write a reasonably good mystery which she typically spices up with a little humor and the Scottish highlands. Her Hamish MacBeth mysteries are great popcorn and I delight in them. Also Hamish is a great character and a lot of the action is very character driven. I found Death of a Gentle Lady to be especially good though the conflict between MacBeth and Blair is more than a little [...]

    24. Dail Sams

      Hamish, in a fit of pity, gets engaged to a Turkish maid who works for Mrs. Gentle, a woman Hamish neither likes nor trusts. When his bride doesn't show up for the wedding, Hamish suspects foul play, and it's confirmed when both maid and Mrs. Gentle are found dead. After it becomes obvious that someone is after Hamish as well, he sets a trap for the murderer which puts himself in grave danger. As usual, no one puts all the clues together better than Hamish, making Inspector Blair angrier than ev [...]

    25. Jeannine Stewart

      One of my favorite so far in the series. Hamish MacBeth is almost lured into marriage in order to save his pets and police station but his fiancée disappears and murders ensue. The little Scottish Highland village of Lochdubh is full of intrigue, rumors, police investigators (including a female Russian inspector) and reporters. Even both of MacBeth's former girlfriends are back in town. A fun read with a nice twist in the end.

    26. Peter Barr

      Here we are in the 23rd Hamish Macbeth mystery by M.C. Beaton. In this story there is a complicated story involving Russians, prostitutes, marriages and more. It is more messy than most of the Macbeth stories. Macbeth is at his best in solving the murder and at his worst in handling his own relationships. Nevertheless, it was an enjoyable novel and worth reading.

    27. Beverly

      This is one of the Hamish Macbeth mysteries. The victim is a sympathetic character, until we learn more about her. I find the Hamish mysteries more fun to read than the later Agatha ones (same author of both series), partly because of these characters.

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