She is known as being gentle by name and gentle by nature. Everyone in the sleepy Scottish town of Lochdubh adores the elderly Mrs. Gentle--everyone, that is, but local constable Hamish Macbeth. He believes the gentle lady is actually quite sly and vicious, but the citizens all feel that Hamish has become overly cranky. Perhaps it's time for him to get married, they say. But who has time for marriage when there are murders to be solved?
When Mrs. Gentle dies under unusual circumstances, the town is shocked and outraged. Chief Detective Inspecter Blair suspects that members of her family may be involved, but Hamish thinks there's much more to the story--and is willing to get rough to solve the riddle of Mrs. Gentle's mysterious demise.
Full of the author's trademark zest and wit, bestseller Beaton's 23rd Hamish Macbeth mystery (after 2007's Death of a Maid) finds the 50-year-old Scottish detective taking pity on a beautiful Turkish maid named Ayesha in danger of being deported, and asking her to marry him. When Ayesha goes missing and her employer, Mrs. Gentle, turns up murdered, Hamish discovers that his bride-to-be wasn't exactly who she claimed to be. The villagers thought Mrs. Gentle was a sweet old lady, but why would such a nice woman be the target of blackmail? Threaded throughout the ever-twisting plot of the murder investigation are the ongoing saga of Hamish's love life and the vendetta against him of his nemesis, Detective Chief Inspector Blair. Beaton fans will be delighted. (Feb.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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Grand Central Publishing
February 10, 2008
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