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A tart with a heart of stone…

Maggie Baird is neither kind or generous, but she is very, very rich. So when her car catches fire, with her inside it, there are five likely candidates for the role of murderer. All five had been houseguests at her luxurious Highlands home – Maggie’s timid niece and four former lovers, one of whom Maggie had intended to pick for a husband.

All five are utterly broke and all had ample opportunity to tamper with Maggie’s car. So finding out who did it will require all of PC Hamish Macbeth’s extraordinary common sense and insight into human nature; especially when the killer appears to be the wrong person entirely…

Praise for the Hamish Macbeth series:

‘First rate … deft social comedy and wonderfully realized atmosphere.’ Booklist

‘It’s always a treat to return to Lochdubh.’ New York Times

‘Readers will enjoy the quirks and unique qualities of the cast … Beaton catches the beauty of the area’s natural geography and succinctly describes its distinct flavour.’ Library Journal

‘Befuddled, earnest and utterly endearing, Hamish makes his triumphs sweetly satisfying.’ Publishers Weekly

Reviews

The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status.
Anne Robinson, The Times
Beaton's newest continues one of the finest and most offbeat police procedural series around.
Publishers Weekly
Splendid fun.
New York Times Book Review