Death of a Cad (Hamish Macbeth, Book 2) by M. C. Beaton

By M. C. Beaton

Unique booklet: 1987

When Priscilla Halburton-Smythe brings her London playwright fiancé domestic to Lochdubh, everyone on the town is overjoyed . . . apart from love-smitten Constable Hamish Macbeth. but his affairs of the center should wait. Vile, boorish Captain Bartlett, one of many site visitors at Priscilla's engagement social gathering, has simply been came across murdered-shot whereas on a grouse hunt. Now with many titled celebration visitors because the best suspects, every one with a reason behind snuffing out the despicable captain, Hamish needs to soft ruffled feathers as he investigates the case. whilst the hidden perpetrator moves back, Hamish will locate himself attempting to retailer Priscilla from a depressing marriage-and trap a killer earlier than he flies the coop.

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