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By M. C. Beaton

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DEATH OF an ideal spouse: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery
Hamish Macbeth, the laid-back constable of Lochdubh, Scotland, has a brand new Land Rover to force and a Highland summer time to appreciate, yet as quick as rain rolls in from the loch, his chuffed lifestyles is going to hell in a handbasket. the difficulty starts while his liked Priscilla Halburton-Smythe returns from London . . . with a fiancé on her arm. His miseries multiply whilst clouds of midges (the diabolical Scottish mosquito) descend in town. Then a paragon of housewifery named Trixie Thomas strikes into Lochdubh together with her lapdog husband in tow. The newcomer quick convinces the neighborhood women to include low-cholesterol foodstuff, ban tobacco, and start bird-watching. quickly the town's fish-and-chips-loving males are up in palms. Now confronted with the rigors of his personal soul, Macbeth needs to resolve Lochdubh's latest crime-the mysterious poisoning of the fitting wife.

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My path begins up back within the autumn. ” “And you’re in love with him,” stated Hamish flatly. Priscilla colored up. “I don’t be aware of. i believe so. ” All in that second, Hamish may have struck her. If she had stated, “Yes,” then that might were the tip of desire and he may perhaps discover ways to be cozy. yet Hamish knew humans in love have been by no means in any doubt approximately it and he cursed her in his center for the wish she had so unwittingly held out. He had no declare on her. so far as Priscilla was once involved, they have been acquaintances, not anything extra. Priscilla replaced the topic. “After that company in Cnothan, i presumed you are going to have gotten a merchandising. ” “I advised you, I don’t need a merchandising. I’ve very cozy right here. ” “Hamish, there turns out whatever very… good… immature a couple of guy who doesn’t are looking to get on. ” “You’re hardly ever a dynamo of ambition your self, omit Halburton-Smythe, or are you simply an old style lady who desires to understand her ambition by means of marrying an bold guy? ” “This tea’s foul,” stated Priscilla. “And you’re foul. You’re often so pleasant and delightful. ” “Priscilla, you haff jist known as me an immature layabout and also you anticipate me to be friendly! ” “So I did. ” She placed a hand on his jersey sleeve. “I’m sorry, Hamish. Let’s commence back. i've got simply arrived, you might have simply poured me a cup of anything produced from sawdust, and we're speaking in regards to the Thomases. ” Hamish grinned at her in surprising reduction. He prized their ordinary easygoing friendship and didn't want to lose it. Priscilla smiled again after which sighed. Hamish used to be tall and gangly and lanky and unambitious. but if he smiled and his hazel eyes crinkled up in his skinny face, he appeared a part of an older, purifier global that John Burlington knew not anything approximately and will by no means belong to. “Yes, the Thomases,” she stated. “She’s excellent at getting one to do issues for her. i believe part the village has been up on the condominium already, getting them meals and solving issues for them. ” “Where are they from? ” “Edgware, North London. ” “Plenty of jobs in London,” stated Hamish. “Not just like the north. ask yourself why he’s at the dole? ” “Maybe he wasn’t. perhaps he threw up his task to come back the following and went at the dole after he arrived. You’re very taken with them. ” “I have an uneasy feeling they will reason trouble,” acknowledged Hamish slowly. there has been a knock on the kitchen door and Hamish went to open it. John Burlington stood there. “Is Priscilla the following? ” he requested. “I observed her automobile. ” “I’m here,” known as Priscilla, attending to her toes. She brought the 2 males. John Burlington’s good-looking face broke into an attractive smile. “You’ve been away for a long time, Cilla,” he acknowledged. “The others are outdoor. ” Priscilla and John left. Hamish wandered via to the workplace and idly picked up a few varieties and positioned them down back. Cilla! What a reputation. He might listen them guffawing outdoors. He may listen John Burlington announcing, “You’ll by no means wager what our Cilla used to be doing. consuming tea with the neighborhood copper. Darling, you’re too marvellous! ” He should have introduced the others with him. Hamish sat down on the table.

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