"When Police Constable Hamish Macbeth receives the news that there has been a murder at Arrat House, home of the relentless practical joker Arthur Trent, he doesn't exactly race to the scene of the crime. After all, the last time Macbeth was called to investigate a death at the isolated Scottish manor, the 'victim' turned out to be Trent's manservant coivered in fake blood, who gave poor Hamish the shock of his life when he jumped up and revealed himself to be very much alive, "Thus prepared for another prank, Hamish arrives to find that Trent is most decidedly dead, having been stabbed and stuffed in a closet. For suspects, there is a houseful of greedy relations, all of whom are more interested in the contents of the will than the crime at hand. To complicate matters further, Chief Inspector Blair, Hamish's old nemesis, arrives on the scene as determined as ever to stand in the way of Macbeth's investigation. "When his former flame Priscilla Halburton-Smythe gets involved as well, Hamish quite nearly has his hands full. Accordingly, the charming constable must enliven his sleepy style of detection ..." ~~front & back flap Ah, our old friend the English country house mystery. Complete with the usual assortment of unlikeable, egocentric, grasping relatives. And as is generally the case, the murderee is the chief unlikeable character, and has seemingly brought his demise upon himself with his nonstop annoying and dangerous pranks. I think if every one of this series was set in Lochdubh, we'd get tired of it, so the occasional excursion to another part of Hamish's patch is always most welcome.