Death of A Ghost

Death of A Ghost

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Sergeant Hamish Macbeth--Scotland's most quick-witted but unambitious policeman--returns in M.C. Beaton's new mystery in her New York Times bestselling series. From the author of the Agatha Raisin series.

When Police Sergeant Hamish Macbeth hears reports of a haunted castle near Drim, he assumes the eerie noises and lights reported by the villagers are just local teenagers going there to smoke pot or, worse, inject themselves with drugs. Still, Hamish decides that he and his policeman, Charlie "Clumsy" Carson, will spend the night at the ruined castle to get to the bottom of the rumors once and for all.

There's no sign of any ghost...but then Charlie disappears through the floor. It turns out he's fallen into the cellar. And what Hamish and Charlie find there is worse than a ghost: a dead body propped against the wall. Waiting for help to arrive, Hamish and Charlie leave the castle just for a moment--to eat bacon baps--but when they return, the body is nowhere to be seen.

It's clear something strange--and deadly--is going on at the castle, and Hamish must get to the bottom of it before the "ghost" can strike again...

Baker & Taylor
Spending a night at the reputedly haunted Castle Drim, Hamish Macbeth and his partner, Charlie Carter, discover a dead body and a smuggler's drop and become determined to unravel the strange mystery before more bodies turn up.

Baker
& Taylor

Spending an investigative night at a local castle reputed to be haunted, Sergeant Hamish Macbeth and his policeman associate, Clumsy, discover a dead body that suddenly goes missing. By the New York Times best-selling author of the Agatha Raisin series. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781455558308
1455558303
Call Number: MYS BEA
Characteristics: 246 pages ; 22 cm.

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fayco1111
Feb 25, 2019

good book

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gryphondear
Feb 05, 2019

Closely follows "Death of a Nurse" in time frame. This time Hamish looks for a ghost and finds a body, which disappears immediately after he calls in the investigation team. He finds the body again, and sorts through things with his usual helpers.

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candlesticktroughs
Feb 02, 2019

Does it seem possible that all books in a series of books by the same author are uniformly excellent? That might be the situation here. " 'I'm telling you, man, you creep me out,'said the youth./ ' Oh, change the TV channel inside your weak brain,' said Hamish. 'Sadie? Come on, lass, what's it to be?'/ 'Go home, Geordie, said Sadie./ 'I am afraid Geordie stays right here,' said Hamish./ Geordie stepped forward swinging his fists. Charlie picked him up as if he were a small child and place him on top of a crate, saying 'Sit there and shut up.'/ " "Her face was brown and covered in a crisscross of wrinkles. Her small black eyes were bright with intelligence. But, he realised, when she had finished most of the wine, there was not often such a thing as a sweet old lady as she removed her heavily ringed hand from his knee, for the fourth time."

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whipper
Nov 19, 2018

Excellent Hamish MacBeth book. Can hardly wait for the next one

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engmike
Nov 12, 2018

i have read all her books about Hamish but i thought this one was not one of her best poor storyline with confusing plot lost interest before i had finished the book

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1_Great_Book
Sep 29, 2017

Loved the ghost intrigue in this one - a departure from her usual style. Poor Hamish - will his love life ever improve?

tomato Apr 02, 2017

Is Beaton using a ghost writer? This Hamish Macbeth book is not that good. It has offensive language and attitudes that, while they might fit in with other types of novels and books I read, don't fit in with Hamish at all. Priscilla and Elspeth only appear briefly, for the sake of appearing. Too many puzzles and people that are a little hard to follow. Hamish Macbeth books are written to a formula - mess with it and you've lost this fan.

I think the author is in her eighties - perhaps it's time to leave Lochdubh behind. (it would be nice to learn about what happened to Sonsie, though!).

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jazpur
Mar 18, 2017

I can never decide which of MC Beaton's two main characters I like best, Agatha Raisin or Hamish Macbeth.Death of a Ghost has Hamish on his toes in highly contorted situations and there's a lot of wry humour along the way. What's not to like?

I was a bit disappointed in this book. Not really too much about a ghost as the title implies.
The book meanders along and by the end of the book I kind of lost the story along the way. Enjoyable but not one of M. C. Beatons best

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