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Book Title: Death of a Snob|
The author of the book: M.C. Beaton
ISBN 13: 9780804109123
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 28.58 MB
Date of issue: May 23rd 1992
Read full description of the books Death of a Snob:Down with a cold, an already grumpy Hamish Macbeth discovers he can't go home for Christmas in one of the most hilarious yet poignant entries in this marvelous mystery series by M.C. Beaton. This is one of my all-time favorites in this delightful series set in the Scottish Highlands. Feeling sorry for himself and nye on the verge of death - at least in his own mind - Hamish will see a light at the end of his predicament which will lead to a windy and eventful holiday.
When a miserable Macbeth discovers he can't go home for Christmas because a relative who intensely dislikes him is also coming, things could not look bleaker for our favorite constable. Even a visit from Priscilla can't cheer the bloke up, especially since she is sending an acquaintance by for him to help in spite of the fact he is so near death's door! Jane is all cleavage and legs, espousing trendy babble from magazines, so Hamish quickly dismisses her suggestion that someone wants her dead this holiday season. Once he discovers there is a big Christmas feast planned at her Happy Wanderer health farm, however, the always eager-to-mooch-a-meal constable decides the lass may need protecting after all.
The guests include Jane's ex and an odd assortment of people which prove to be the ingredients for murder. It is not the fun holiday Hamish had planned. A cookbook writer named Harriet offers a nice distraction for a time, but when someone is discovered with their neck broken on the hillside, and the local constabulary rule it an accident, Hamish puts in a call to Jimmy. The call brings the bane of Hamish's existence, Blair, to the health farm, just in case Blair's least favorite constable is correct in calling it murder.
Switched jackets and a trashy romance novel muddy the case, keeping Hamish working through the holiday. If that isn't enough to make Hamish's Christmas a blue one, Priscilla offers to deliver his presents to his parents and siblings, and ends up having the best Christmas of her entire life! In fact, a fun feel of Christmas pervades Death of a Snob, and there is more than a touch of poignancy at the conclusion in Glasgow.
This is an early one in the Hamish canon. Macbeth still has his dog Towser for company when the romantic disappointment of the lovable constable rears its ugly head. Beaton always writes with a keen and observant eye for human nature, and never have the situations been quirkier or Hamish's reactions to them more bitingly hilarious than in Death of a Snob. Fans of this wonderful series will find humor and charm at the description of him speaking quite seriously to a Fiat truck! A real winner in the series, and one of my personal favorites.
Read information about the authorLike her on Ann Fairfax, Jennie Tremaine, Helen Crampton, Marion Chesney, Charlotte Ward, Sarah Chester.
Marion Chesney was born on 1936 in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, and started her first job as a bookseller in charge of the fiction department in John Smith & Sons Ltd. While bookselling, by chance, she got an offer from the Scottish Daily Mail to review variety shows and quickly rose to be their theatre critic. She left Smith’s to join Scottish Field magazine as a secretary in the advertising department, without any shorthand or typing, but quickly got the job of fashion editor instead. She then moved to the Scottish Daily Express where she reported mostly on crime. This was followed by a move to Fleet Street to the Daily Express where she became chief woman reporter. After marrying Harry Scott Gibbons and having a son, Charles, Marion went to the United States where Harry had been offered the job of editor of the Oyster Bay Guardian. When that didn’t work out, they went to Virginia and Marion worked as a waitress in a greasy spoon on the Jefferson Davies in Alexandria while Harry washed the dishes. Both then got jobs on Rupert Murdoch’s new tabloid, The Star, and moved to New York.
Anxious to spend more time at home with her small son, Marion, urged by her husband, started to write historical romances in 1977. After she had written over 100 of them under her maiden name, Marion Chesney, and under the pseudonyms: Ann Fairfax, Jennie Tremaine, Helen Crampton, Charlotte Ward, and Sarah Chester, she getting fed up with 1714 to 1910, she began to write detectives stories in 1985 under the pseudonym of M. C. Beaton. On a trip from the States to Sutherland on holiday, a course at a fishing school inspired the first Constable Hamish Macbeth story. They returned to Britain and bought a croft house and croft in Sutherland where Harry reared a flock of black sheep. But Charles was at school, in London so when he finished and both tired of the long commute to the north of Scotland, they moved to the Cotswolds where Agatha Raisin was created.
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