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By M. C. Beaton

From the writer of the Agatha Raisin tv series...
DEATH OF an ideal spouse: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery
Hamish Macbeth, the laid-back constable of Lochdubh, Scotland, has a brand new Land Rover to force and a Highland summer season to delight in, yet as quick as rain rolls in from the loch, his chuffed lifestyles is going to hell in a handbasket. the difficulty starts while his cherished Priscilla Halburton-Smythe returns from London . . . with a fiancé on her arm. His miseries multiply whilst clouds of midges (the diabolical Scottish mosquito) descend in town. Then a paragon of housewifery named Trixie Thomas strikes into Lochdubh along with her lapdog husband in tow. The newcomer speedy convinces the neighborhood women to embody low-cholesterol nutrition, ban tobacco, and start bird-watching. quickly the town's fish-and-chips-loving males are up in hands. Now confronted with the pains of his personal soul, Macbeth needs to clear up Lochdubh's most recent crime-the mysterious poisoning of definitely the right wife.

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A shame I name it. ” a robust scent of bleach rose from a massive copper pot of sheets at the wooden burning range. Mrs. Maclean used to be recognized for her “whites,” boiling every thing and striking it over the trees within the backyard to bleach additional on a sunny day. might be that used to be why Archie’s Maclean’s outfits consistently regarded too tight for him, mirrored Hamish. She most likely boiled his fits. “Well, you’ll have the detectives round quickly asking your questions as well,” stated Hamish. “They’ll need to know the place you have been while she used to be murdered. ” Mrs. Maclean picked up the scrubbing brush back and scrubbed a space of already fresh ground. “They can ask away,” she acknowledged, “for i used to be here all day, and my neighbours all observed me coming and going among the home and the backyard. ” “And Archie? ” “Himself used to be down on the nets. ” Hamish without notice remembered Dr. Brodie making a song approximately Trixie being lifeless and felt chilly. That used to be whatever he must have informed Blair in addition. rattling Blair. “Anyway,” stated Mrs. Maclean, making a choice on the ground textile and wringing it out and wiping the rainy ground, “you’ll most likely locate it used to be that husband o’ hers what did it. ” “He was once in Inverness on the dentist. ” Mrs. Maclean sniffed. “So he says. ” whilst Hamish left via the backyard gate, he heard a burst of track. Mrs. Maclean had became at the radio back. He remembered his promise to Paul. someplace in Lochdubh, there has been a assassin. however it was once tough to imagine any such factor had occurred. The sunlight beat down on an ideal scene. The eighteenth-century cottages alongside the waterfront gleamed white. Roses scented the air and the nonetheless waters of the loch mirrored the hills and woods and the gaily painted hulls of the fishing boats. Trixie had long gone and anything nasty within the surroundings had long past together with her. And but she had now not been an evil girl. And the ladies of Lochdubh might have gotten clever to her in time. He observed Blair and his detectives riding out of the village and made his technique to the doctor’s surgical procedure. Dr. Brodie stated he may see Hamish. “Quiet day,” he acknowledged while Hamish walked into the consulting room. “Monday’s the busy day after they all are available in with their undesirable backs. It’s the Highland ailment. each Monday morning, a foul again moves them they usually need a line in order that they would not have to visit paintings. ” “How did you get on with Blair? ” requested Hamish. “He attempted to bully me. Threatened to arrest me. You instructed him approximately me diagnosing a middle assault. ” “I had to,” acknowledged Hamish quietly. “Why did you do this? ” “As I advised that fats lump, it seemed like a middle assault to me. ” “Oh, come on, John,” stated Hamish, exasperated. “It gave the impression of not anything o’ the sort. Spit out the reality, guy. It seemed undesirable. You have been inebriated out your cranium the evening sooner than and making a song approximately the way you had killed Trixie. do you know her genuine identify was once Alexandra? ” “Yes. yet she’s this kind of woman—she used to be this type of woman—who could imagine a reputation like Trixie adorable. good, Hamish, I’ll inform you yet don’t inform Blair except you think that it priceless. I knew she were poisoned. You had advised me Paul Thomas used to be in Inverness however it went correct out of my head.

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