Death of A Maid

Death of A Maid

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From the author of the Agatha Raisin television series... DEATH OF A MAID: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery Mrs. Gillespie is famous around the northwest of Sutherland for being the best charwoman ever. Of course, if anyone has any social pretensions one does not say charwoman, one talks about "my maid". Hamish Macbeth wins Mrs. Gillespie's services in a church raffle but spends most of the day trying to avoid her. She is a malicious gossip and she bangs around the furniture and clanks pots--he wonders how on earth she managed to get such a good reputation. Then she is found dead in a large house belonging to a retired professor who was out the day she was killed. She has been struck down by a metal bucket of water. Remembering Mrs. Gillespie's malicious gossip, Hamish is sure she delighted in finding out secrets and probably searched through the drawers of the houses she cleaned, which means everyone whose home she cleaned could be a suspect.
Publisher: [S.l.]: Grand Central Publishing, 2007.
ISBN: 9780446586788
Characteristics: 272 p.
Additional Contributors: cloudLibrary

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Jan 22, 2019

Cleaning-woman, Mavis Gillespie, was not well-liked by either her clients or her neighbors--nor indeed, her family. When Hamish MacBeth, the Lochdubh, Scotland, local police constable searches for her to tell her that he does not need her cleaning services, which he had won in the church raffle, he finds her dead in another client's drive, beaned by her own cleaning bucket. The investigation of the death brings Elspeth, a reporter and his erstwhile girlfriend, back into his life. Between her colleagues and his own police cohort, Hamish is hard put to find evidence of the murder.

I am pleased to find the author, as she also has written some of my favorite Regency romances under the name Marion Chesney.

Jan 22, 2019

There is something so satisfying about a story where the person who dies deserved to die, the unlikable murder gets caught and suitable punished, and Hamish Macbeth still manages to avoid promotion--and marriage. Lovely series of books. Read them in order.

Aug 19, 2016


Feb 14, 2016

Love the book series. Plot follows typical Hamish Macbth story lines. Multiple murders, many involved characters and a quick resolution.

Oct 15, 2014

Another good story.
When this series ends I really hope Hamish and Priscilla get together.

Nov 28, 2013

Glacially slow. Macbeth travels for a page or two to interview a witness or suspect, and the result is, "No, I didn't see anything." Core village values also seem inconsistent: in a small village, everybody knows everybody's business, and one of the secrets the blackmailer knew was about an extramarital affair. But then, Macbeth and a woman who turns out to be engaged jump into bed, and the next morning jovially part ways without a thought. After investigating the case, one would have thought Macbeth as a permanent resident would at least have worried about eventually being found out and the gossip.

hermlou Jan 06, 2010

Beaton's books are all good reads. She makes us feel we are in pastoral Scotland, and we enjoy the quiet life of Hamish Macleod. The plot is a good one, but there are so many characters that I had to make a list to keep them straight.

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