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Book Title: Death of a Maid|
ISBN 13: 9780892960101
The author of the book: M.C. Beaton
Edition: Mysterious Press
Date of issue: February 22nd 2007
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L just love Scottish Policeman Hamish MacBeth!
He is as changeable as the weather: if he thinks a girl no longer wants him, he wants to marry her; if he thinks she is keen, he wants nothing to do with the idea. Poor Elspeth was on the receiving end of Hamish's vacillating affections again in this, the 22nd in M.C.Beaton's Hamish MacBeth series. He can be sulky and surly; but he has a heart of gold as evidenced by his popping in to see the old folks living up in the highlands, just to make sure they are okay.
The Scottish Highland village of Lochdubh would be the last place, along with the Midsommer district, I would ever want to move to. It has an alarming murder rate!
Hamish wins the services of cleaning lady Mrs Mavis Gillespie in a church fundraiser. Mrs Gillespie is a thoroughly unpleasant woman, more prone to snooping than to cleaning, so when Hamish finds her dead, having had her head bashed in with her bucket, he is not really surprised. In fact, no one is surprised or even sorry, for she was not liked at all, not even by her husband whose life she had made a misery, nor her daughter whose marriage she had caused to break up.
With no shortage of suspects for the murder, is this the case that will finally beat Hamish's deductive powers?
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Read information about the authorLike her on Ann Fairfax, Jennie Tremaine, Helen Crampton, Marion Chesney, Charlotte Ward, Sarah Chester.
Marion Chesney was born on 1936 in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, and started her first job as a bookseller in charge of the fiction department in John Smith & Sons Ltd. While bookselling, by chance, she got an offer from the Scottish Daily Mail to review variety shows and quickly rose to be their theatre critic. She left Smith’s to join Scottish Field magazine as a secretary in the advertising department, without any shorthand or typing, but quickly got the job of fashion editor instead. She then moved to the Scottish Daily Express where she reported mostly on crime. This was followed by a move to Fleet Street to the Daily Express where she became chief woman reporter. After marrying Harry Scott Gibbons and having a son, Charles, Marion went to the United States where Harry had been offered the job of editor of the Oyster Bay Guardian. When that didn’t work out, they went to Virginia and Marion worked as a waitress in a greasy spoon on the Jefferson Davies in Alexandria while Harry washed the dishes. Both then got jobs on Rupert Murdoch’s new tabloid, The Star, and moved to New York.
Anxious to spend more time at home with her small son, Marion, urged by her husband, started to write historical romances in 1977. After she had written over 100 of them under her maiden name, Marion Chesney, and under the pseudonyms: Ann Fairfax, Jennie Tremaine, Helen Crampton, Charlotte Ward, and Sarah Chester, she getting fed up with 1714 to 1910, she began to write detectives stories in 1985 under the pseudonym of M. C. Beaton. On a trip from the States to Sutherland on holiday, a course at a fishing school inspired the first Constable Hamish Macbeth story. They returned to Britain and bought a croft house and croft in Sutherland where Harry reared a flock of black sheep. But Charles was at school, in London so when he finished and both tired of the long commute to the north of Scotland, they moved to the Cotswolds where Agatha Raisin was created.
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