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By M. C. Beaton

M. C. Beaton's New York Times bestselling Hamish Macbeth sequence maintains with a brand new secret that includes Scotland's such a lot quick-witted yet unambitious policeman.

James Harrison has lately moved to a restored searching resort in Sutherland along with his beautiful inner most nurse Gloria Dainty. while Hamish visits Mr. Harrison to welcome him to the local, the previous guy treats him very rudely. Gloria apologizes for her employer's habit, and Hamish takes the plunge and invitations her out for dinner. at the appointed night, Hamish waits for Gloria on the eating place. And waits. Gloria by no means indicates up. 4 days later, Gloria's physique washes up at the seashore close to Braikie. Now and not using a date and with out his former policeman Dick Fraser (who left the strength to shop for a bakery), Hamish needs to discover who killed the appealing new resident of Sutherland, and why, ahead of the assassin moves again....

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Willie went off and got here again with one other menu. “What’s distinct this night? ” requested Hamish. “Something appears like awfy bokey. ” “Probably osso buco,” stated Hamish, who used to be used to Willie’s malapropisms. Hamish waited and waited. eventually, he discovered Mr. Harrison’s quantity and phoned. An jap eu voice answered—the Latvian, Hamish guessed. “May I converse to overlook Dainty? ” he requested. “This is Hamish Macbeth. She was once imagined to meet me for dinner this night. ” “Mr. Harrison stated she went for a stroll. Hasn’t get back. ” most likely forgot, proposal Hamish dismally, after he had rung off. He ordered the osso buco yet picked at it, ultimately gave up, paid the invoice, and went again to the station. “For the 1st time in my life,” he acknowledged to his animals, “I may perhaps do wi’ a pleasant wee crime to take my brain off issues. ” days glided by whereas Hamish stubbornly stopped himself from phoning the looking resort to determine why Gloria had stood him up. It used to be a superb autumn day. The rowan timber planted at the various cottage gates to maintain the fairies away have been bowed down with scarlet berries. The reduce slopes of the 2 tall mountains in the back of the village have been crimson with heather. He took a walk alongside the waterfront. He observed the Currie sisters, Nessie and Jessie, imminent and regarded wildly around for a few technique of get away, yet they'd noticeable him, so he waited reluctantly till they got here as much as him. They have been single twins and seemed remarkably alike with tightly permed gray hair, thick glasses, and exact camel-hair coats. “I’m comfortable to work out Mr. Harrison’s received himself a formal nurse,” stated Nessie, “and no longer a few wee flibbertigibbet. ” “Flibbertigibbet,” echoed the Greek refrain that was once her sister. “You suggest Gloria Dainty has left? ” exclaimed Hamish. “Went off wi’ her suitcase,” acknowledged Nessie. “Never even left a be aware. ” “When used to be this? ” “Sunday night. ” Hamish felt a pointy pang of unease. He touched his cap to them and moved on. unexpectedly he determined to head out to the searching resort. Juris, the Latvian, replied the door. He was once a tall, robust guy. Hamish requested to determine Mr. Harrison yet was once advised the outdated guy used to be mendacity down and didn't wish to be disturbed. “Why did leave out Dainty depart? ” requested Hamish. “You have been purported to run her to Lochdubh to have dinner with me on Sunday night. ” “I went to fetch her yet she was once now not there and all her property had gone,” stated Juris. “On Monday, Mr. Harrison received a brand new nurse up from an employer in Inverness. ” “Didn’t she go away a word? ” “No, not anything. ” “But while I phoned, you stated she’d long past for a stroll. ” “That’s what Mr. Harrison informed me. the following day, my spouse regarded in her room and observed all her issues have been long past and instructed him, and he acknowledged, ‘Good riddance. ’” “Was leave out Dainty concerned with a guy? ” “If she used to be, she didn’t speak about it. ” Hamish couldn't get any longer. He went again to the police station and rang round all of the neighborhood taxi businesses, yet Gloria had now not known as for a taxi. So it that somebody should have been awaiting her on the finish of the force. good, she had long past, and that used to be that.

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