By M. C. Beaton
"Splendid fun." the recent York instances booklet ReviewA Hamish Macbeth secret. filthy rich Maggie Baird is neither great nor type nor beneficiant. as soon as she was once attractive, yet now, even if middle-aged, she keeps the appetites of a pretty girl. whilst Maggie's automobile catches fireplace along with her inside of it, suspicion specializes in the 5 houseguests staying at Maggie's sumptuous Highlands cottage: her timid niece and 4 former enthusiasts, as soon as of whom Maggie had meant to choose for a husband. All 5 are impecunious. All 5 had abundant chance to monkey with Maggie's vehicle. So discovering who did it calls for all Police Constable Hamish Macbeth's striking logic and perception into human nature. And lazy lout even though he should be, Hamish we could no grass develop lower than his ft in terms of fixing a homicide. specially whilst he could be the subsequent aim.
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When can we start? ” “Well, things here are awry quiet unless someone starts inventing crimes again. ” “But it’s such a long way and I can’t drive,” bleated Alison. “Oh, I forgot. ” “Thank you,” said Alison. “I’m sorry I’m so emotional about it all. But you see, it’s my first step towards independence. ” And in that heady moment, Alison believed what she had just said, forgetting the years of rabbitlike scurrying to work as secretary to the boss of a small firm which manufactured electrical components.
I can’t quite make her out, thought Priscilla. She’s a great fat woman and quite nasty to that little niece of hers and yet Daddy is going on like an Edwardian gallant. He seems quite taken with her. She looked again at Alison. Alison Kerr was a thin girl—well, possibly in her thirties, but such a waif that it was hard to think of her as a woman. She had thick horn-rimmed glasses, and her black hair fell in two wings shielding most of her face. She had very good skin, very pale, almost trans-luscent.
I know what that smile meant. She’s sorry for me. Damn her. “You will find you have to do a lot of driving in the Highlands, Mrs. Baird,” the colonel said. Maggie sighed and then looked at him with a wicked twinkle in her eyes. ” There was a little silence. Mrs. Halburton-Smythe opened her mouth a little and then shut it again. Then the colonel gave an indulgent laugh. “It’s not London,” he said. “There isn’t an Asian grocer at the corner of every field. You have to make lists, you know. It’s quite possible to buy all the groceries for a week in one go.