Death of a Gossip

Death of a Gossip

M.C. Beaton / Aug 19, 2019

Death of a Gossip When society widow gossip columnist Lady Jane Winters joins the local fishing class she wastes no time in ruffling the feathers of those around her Among the victims of her sharp tongue is PC Hamish M

  • Title: Death of a Gossip
  • Author: M.C. Beaton
  • ISBN: 9781845296650
  • Page: 411
  • Format: Paperback
  • When society widow gossip columnist Lady Jane Winters joins the local fishing class she wastes no time in ruffling the feathers of those around her Among the victims of her sharp tongue is PC Hamish Macbeth, yet not even Hamish thinks someone would seriously want to silence her until her strangled body is fished out of the river.

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        Like her on Facebook Learn on her website Watch a video of Marion discussing the casting of the AGATHA RAISIN Christmas specialMarion Chesney Gibbonsaka 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 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.


    1. Fantastic! What a story, so intelligently told! The difference between Death Of A Gossip and the first Agatha Raisin book is that the former doesn't concentrate on the main character's details. That only helped to improve on what was a nice murder case. The gathering of suspects in a library was something of a throwback to Christie books. The final showdown with the suspects was very well presented. Hamish is such a decent chap. His traits are realistically displayed, and you believe him, his up [...]

    2. I thoroughly enjoy this series with his quirky characters, ironic since of humor, and romantic comedy. These books are set in the Highland area of Scotland, and I prefer to read them in audio rather than with text for that reason. For those of us who use computerized speech to read text, it Mangels a lot of the names, places, and idioms used in the books. I have read about half of the series with text and the other half with speech. This is one series where reading the first couple of books is i [...]

    3. Book BlurbScottish highland village cop Hamish Macbeth must find which target was provoked enough to strangle and drown nasty fat widowed tabloid reporter Jane Winters, who revealed many others' guilty secrets. Much is from the viewpoint of a naive secretary seduced by a blue-blood playboy. Icy blond beauty, aristocratic Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, lends a hand.CommentsIt's not the most exciting, riveting, murder mystery I have ever read, but good enough to spend a few hours with all the charact [...]

    4. A cozy mystery set in a small Scottish town around a fly fishing class. Just the setting is enough to recommend it, but the characters were also a lot of fun. Some were over done, but I really liked Hamish. He's still a bit of a mystery. I was disappointed that the murder mystery wasn't solvable by the reader & relied on a confession at the end, though. Still, it was a fun, quick read. I may go on to read some more, but I'm not in a rush.

    5. Question for Beaton/Hamish Macbeth fans: Are they all like this?I like a good murder mystery/detective story, and with the Hamish Macbeth series at 32 books and still going strong, I thought this might be my next favorite series to launch myself into. So I started at the beginning and gave Death of a Gossip a go. This book is a jack of all trades and a master of none. It's a little bit romance, a little bit mystery, and a little bit comedy. It does all of them adequately to erratically, and neve [...]

    6. 3.5 stars. This book is like cotton candy; it's fluffy and light on substance, but enjoyable all the same. Like Hamish himself, Death of a Gossip is like a sleepy, laid-back countryside where everything moves slowly. Not for readers who like their reads fast-paced and action-filled, but it's perfect if you want a relaxing few hours.I absolutely adore Hamish. His character is so vividly described that I can practically see him wander around town languidly as I read. He's supposedly soft-spoken, s [...]

    7. The beginning of a wonderful series. I'm in love with Hamish Macbeth (I didn't start with #1 but it was fun to go back to the beginning).

    8. A few years ago, I watched a British television show called Hamish MacBeth. It was the first time I saw the actor Robert Carlisle. His portrayal of the low-key Scottish police constable made Carlisle, and the show, instant personal favorites.I have always wanted to read the book series by M.C. Beaton. Finally, I got around to it, and got the first book from my local library. I'm so glad I did. Death of a Gossip was a delightful read!A group of 8 tourists signs up for a week of fly fishing instru [...]

    9. Ok these books are available on Hoopla as audiobooks. I've listened to probably 18 of them while cleaning this year. They are cozy mysteries. Perfect for mindless work. I like the setting. I like the recurring characters. This isn't great literature but it's free, pretty wholesome, and a nice companion for cleaning house. They are short books as well.

    10. No one could be more surprised than I, to dislike a novel I looked forward to. I squirmed through this one. I have every intention to give the next novel a chance. Marion C. Beaton is a beloved ‘cozy mystery’ author and it’s no joke, I collected about 20 of her books! I would be relieved to turn my reaction around. I landed up with a few first editions!Marion wanted to portray a peaceful, idle policeman, so his input would make shockwaves. The misfortune is, in this attempt; Hamish came ou [...]

    11. The mystery was lame and the characters all acted in ways that seemed totally unrealistic. I am a little surprised I made it all the way through this one because it took forever for the story to get started what with having to have each and every character mutter threats under their breath that seemed to be totally out of proportion to the situation. It is hard to believe this is the same author as the Agatha Raisin series.

    12. Poorly written and badly plotted. It is amazing the author got a chance to write more in this series. This book clunks along like an old jalopy with a flat tire.

    13. Definitiv eine Reihe, die ich weiter verfolgen werde :) Hamish Macbeth könnte Hercule Poirots träger Zwilling sein. Und Priscilla und Hamish werden von mir geshipt!

    14. A nasty old fat tabloid reporter reveals others' guilty secrets. Which victim was provoked enough to strangle and drown her? I remembered who and why, but not the reveal, and savor re-reading descriptions. Much is from the viewpoint of the naive secretary seduced by the blue-blood playboy, rather than hero, Scottish highland cop Hamish Macbeth. Reader may grin, snicker, and sigh in sympathy with the not-so stereotypes. Outwardly slow simple, inwardly clever cunning, generous Macbeth also poaches [...]

    15. This is a refreshingly simple, direct murder mystery in an interesting setting with some eccentric characters. The setting is the highlands of Scotland at a vacation school that teaches tourists how to fish for trout and salmon. The guests all despise the obnoxious, intrusive Lady Jane who seems to find the vulnerable areas of each guest. When she is reeled in dead instead of a large flopping salmon, the small village policeman, Hamish Macbeth, begins an investigation. Lady Jane has fishing line [...]

    16. I started with the Hamish Macbeth television show and enjoyed it immensely. I couldn't find the first two books of the series, so I started with #18, #19, and #20. By accident, I did stumble upon the first two books in this series. (I knew that would eventually happen because I like to browse used book stores and yard sales, etc.) But I'm glad I started with #18, as this first one is on the weak side as far as plot and characterizations. I don't know if Beaton had written earlier books, but this [...]

    17. I was really looking forward to this one. Sadly, it's been a disappointment.The characters, with the exception of Macbeth, are awful people with the women being the absolute worst stereotypes imaginable. The misogyny just went on and on and ruined the pleasure of the mystery. I have the next one in this series but I don't know if I'll bother reading it.

    18. Cute story by one of my fav authors. Hamish Macbeth is a simple policeman in a simple Scottish village. He reads people while quietly finding the answers. He isn't overly handsome but is unassuming and pleasant.

    19. Gossip columnist Lady Jane Winters rubs everyone up the wrong way when she joins a fishing class in the quiet village of Lochdubh. Her scathing comments prompt many of the group members to wish her ill will, and local constable Hamish Macbeth isn’t surprised when she turns up dead. But when detectives arrive to take over the case and try to push the young copper’s nose out, Hamish decides to carry out his own investigation…Marion McChesney had already penned dozens of romantic novels by th [...]

    20. Why have I never read any Hamish Macbeth books? They have been recommended to me several times over the years! I finally checked the first one out of the library after watching several episodes of the BBC TV show. Having just finished the first book in the series, I feel like I could dive into the series and read them all one right after the other. I can't do that since I have other books slated to be read first, but it sure would be enjoyable!Speaking just of the book, it reminded me quite a lo [...]

    21. Read again 09/29/16 for Maze mystery book club. Set in Scotland, Hamish Macbeth is the local constable who, it appears is a) not well liked by the gentry; b) considered a moocher by the hotel owners; and c) kind to small children and petty thieves. I think I like him as a character.I thought there was little exposition of clues that would help the reader solve the puzzle (often called "playing fair") and while there usually is an antagonistic relationship between the series detective and the "re [...]

    22. The Cartwrights have had a fishing school for three years. This week’s class has eight members, but one of them, Lady Jane Winters keeps making barbed comments about the others, hinting at something in their past. Everyone at the school hates her, and want her to leave. No one is really surprised when they find her body, especially not the local constable Hamish Macbeth. Everyone, including the chief inspector that comes to investigate the murder thinks that Macbeth is just lazy and unintellig [...]

    23. I just love this series. Hamish is a handsome redheaded constable in a small village in Scotland. If I were singlejust kidding. Poor Hamish does not have a lot of luck in love. Plenty of murders happen in and around this small village, and it is up to Hamish to get to the bottom of things. His methods are pragmatic and inspired. The results are always satisfying.I read the first Hamish somewhere in the middle of the series, but went on to read every last one of them. I choose book number one, bu [...]

    24. This book is one of the most well-known cozies there are, so I bought it awhile ago when I found it on sale,a nd I don't regret it! This was a fun, fast-paced book that I devoured.I loved the characters, especially Hamish. The fact that he wasn't the only POV this story was told from made him more likeable, in my eyes. Alice annoyed me, but I think she'd annoy anyone.The setting was great, and so was the mystery. I wasn't too surprised at the killer, but there really weren't many suspects. so I [...]

    25. This book is the first in M.C Beaton's Hamish Macbeth series and the first I have read featuring Hamish Macbeth. I decided to give this series a try as I enjoy the Agatha Raisin series so much and I was not disappointed.I really enjoyed reading this and though it had some strong local characters as well as the fishing school "incomers" and it kept me guessing over who the murderer was. I liked the Highland twist on the countryside murder mystery and will definitely read the rest of the series!

    26. This is the first book in this lovely mystery series, full of quirky characters. I've read others in this series, so picked this up. Its funny to look back and see how Constable Hamish Macbeth has matured, or not, as a character and slueth. And Beaton's writing has gotten better too, but this effort is a quick fun read about a flyfishing school in the Highlands disrupted by a nasty gossip, and then by her murder.

    27. I don't know why I even bothered reading this Hamish Macbeth novel. The television series based on the books was ropey enough and at least it offered the consolation of the glorious scenery around Plockton. The book was simply dire - the plot was laboured and predictable and the characterisation was even worse: to say that the characters were two dimensional would be to flatter them.I think that the book was supposed to be slightly humorous, but laugh? I never even started.

    28. This was my first Hamish Macbeth novel, and I found it enjoyable. It reminded me a bit of the Rhys Bowen Constable Evans books - a small town constable who beats the detectives at their own game.This book was a bit lighter in tone than Bowen's books, but a fun read nontheless.

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