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Death of a Prankster

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Rich, old practical joker Andrew Trent summons his kin to remote Arrat House in the dead of winter for a deathbed farewell. They arrive to find him in perfect health and eager to torment them with a whole new bag of unfunny jokes. But this time the body that falls out of the closet is Andrew Trent's own. And nobody's laughing. Especially not Constable Hamish Macbeth. Original.

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I really enjoyed this book in the Hamish Macbeth series, which are always funny and quirky. In this one you saw the murder coming, but there were so many potential suspects it was difficult to decide who the murderer was and why. A very intriguing storyline despite being quite a shirt book (204 pages). It was also interesting to see the relationship (?), if that is the right word, between Hamish and Priscilla, and particularly to see jealousy rear it's head! I look forward to the next book in the series with relish!

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Rich, old practical joker Andrew Trent summons his kin to remote Arrat House in the dead of winter for a deathbed farewell. They arrive to find him in perfect health and eager to torment them with a whole new bag of unfunny jokes. But this time the body that falls out of the closet is Andrew Trent's own. And nobody's laughing. Especially not Constable Hamish Macbeth. Original.
From the author of the Agatha Raisin television series...
DEATH OF A PRANKSTER: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery
Admittedly, there's a touch of black humor in the case. Rich, old practical joker Andrew Trent summons his kin to remote Arrat House in the dead of winter for a deathbed farewell. They arrive to find him in perfect health and eager to torment them with a whole new bag of unfunny jokes.
But this time the body that falls out of the closet is Andrew Trent's own. And nobody's laughing.
Especially not Constable Hamish Macbeth, who is hard put to glean any information from Trent's unappealing nearest and dearest. And when the lanky constable's former flame, Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, inserts her beautiful self into the case, Hamish must muster all his native guile to carry him through. Fortunately, he has a few clever tricks up his own sleeve, which enable this most endearing of crime fighters to get the best, and last, laugh.

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Series Title
A Hamish Macbeth Mystery
Publisher
Grand Central Publishing
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
224
Author
M. C. Beaton
ISBN-13
9780446573559
Publication Date
June, 2012
ISBN-10
0446573558

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I really enjoyed this boo

I really enjoyed this book in the Hamish Macbeth series, which are always funny and quirky. In this one you saw the murder coming, but there were so many potential suspects it was difficult to decide who the murderer was and why. A very intriguing storyline despite being quite a shirt book (204 pages). It was also interesting to see the relationship (?), if that is the right word, between Hamish and Priscilla, and particularly to see jealousy rear it's head! I look forward to the next book in the series with relish!

I really enjoyed this ...

I really enjoyed this book in the Hamish Macbeth series, which are always funny and quirky. In this one you saw the murder coming, but there were so many potential suspects it was difficult to decide who the murderer was and why. A very intriguing storyline despite being quite a shirt book (204 pages). It was also interesting to see the relationship (?), if that is the right word, between Hamish and Priscilla, and particularly to see jealousy rear it's head! I look forward to the next book in the series with relish!

When Police Constable...

"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.

Andrew Trent was a fil...

Andrew Trent was a filthy rich, crotchety old man, with a wickedly black sense of humor. He had spent his entire life playing often vicious practical jokes on his family and staff until hardly any of them could stand him anymore. Nobody ever visited him in Arrat House in the far north of Scotland, until he sent them all a letter, telling them that he didn't have long to live and that he was thinking of rewriting his will. And so, they all gathered: his brother and sister-in-law, her son by a previous marriage; his two old maid sisters who lived together despite their hatred of each other; his adopted son, Charles and his glamorous TV star girl friend; his brother's stepson and a female co-worker of his who thought she was going on a sort of vacation. But the old man's ruse was soon apparent when the vicious jokes began. And one of the guests managed to get the last laugh when the old man is found murdered. It's up to Hamish Macbeth to sort out the stories of the various houseguests and narrow it down till he solves the murder. Another short visit with our old friend Hamish, who is still a bit lazy and completely unambitious, but still manages to see through the lies till he is able to point the finger at the culprit. This book is typical of the series and a pleasant little read. 4

I quite enjoyed this o...

I quite enjoyed this one. It certainly didn't have the ending that I expected. Another fun mystery read from the hands of M.C. Beaton.

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