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Death of an Addict: Product details Audible Audiobook Listening Length: December 13, Whispersync for Voice: Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase. When an agonizing toothache drives Constable Hamish Macbeth to the office of the local tooth extractor, Dr. Fredrick Gilchrist, who also has a roving eye for the local ladies, Hamish thinks he has prepared himself for the worst.
Little does he know that his expectations will be exceeded when he arrives at Dr. While Hamish had prepared himself to have a tooth pulled, he was not prepared to find the very dead body of Dr. As Hamish investigates the murder, it appears that suspects abound, as Dr. Gilchrist was certainly no angel. While investigating the murder, Hamish comes up against a number of other crimes, keeping his hands full. As always, his hands are somewhat tied by the boss we all love to hate, Detective Chief Inspector Blair. Still, Hamish prevails, finding his way through the myriad of twists and turns his investigations takes.
This is the thirteenth book in a series of cozy mysteries featuring lovable Highlander, Hamish Macbeth, the constable for the sleepy village of Lochdubh in northern Scotland. In this book, the quirky village characters beguile the reader, giving the book its cozy feel. The book is laced with sly humor throughout that is engaging, keeping the mood of the book light and highly enjoyable.
One does not read these books for their literary value. One reads them purely for the fun of it. As with all cozy mysteries, it is not so much the mystery that is of import but the characters that revolve around the mystery. While the mysteries are intriguing, they are the framework around which the characters evolve. In the endearing character of Hamish Macbeth, the author has created a sure fire winner, who has won over the many fans of the cozy mystery genre.
One person found this helpful. Another good one by M C Beaton. I have read 10 of the Hamish Macbeth series, all have been good but I think this one might be one of the best. As usual Hamish is caught in the middle of a murder and then guess whata second murderguess who finds both bodies? Beaton has provided plenty of good characters to go with Hamish and it make for a good light read.
It won't scare you to death or cause you do loose sleep from fright but it is good. Hamish has to fight the bad Inspector Blair as always. I liked the part of the Smiley Bros. Could they make moonshine and be killers too???? How about Kylie, pretty but has bad, bad boy friends. A surprise in the end, many twist and turns. Priscilla finally shows up again, will they get back together???? Beaton leaves enough to let you know they will be more forth coming. Again by the time I began to get a hint of who the guilty party was the book was almost at an end. And, it was just one sentence by one person that alerted me so that made if fun for me as I waited for Hamish to "remember" the same thing.
This series gets better and better and I'm very glad that I have all of them sitting on a shelf waiting to be enjoyed. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I am a diehard fan of Hamish the policeman.
Characters are as developed as they need to be. Many of them are familiar people from other books in the series. The author is always careful to link them to Hamish's past adventures. This is truly fun to read and Hamish and his friends are comfortable to know. I look forward to new books in this series. This was my first Macbeth novel. In Death of a Dentist , poor Hamish is suffering with a terrible toothache and in his quest for relief, If you like cozy mysteries of the Agatha Christie-variety set in the present but in a world that seems so Victoria that the use of the Internet is a constant shock , you can't do better than M.
In Death of a Dentist , poor Hamish is suffering with a terrible toothache and in his quest for relief, stumbles over the murder of a nearby town's terrible but cheap dentist-a small-time Lothario whose ordinary looks and poor dental skills belie his great talent to arouse passion-both sexual and murderous in Hamish's world, the two often seem to go together.
Hamish goes his usual slow-but-dogged way of investigating the crime, against which no criminal stands a chance, treating us to time spent in a picturesque world from another era where crime is somewhat genteel and always punished.
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Every book that I have read so far in the series 4 or 5 at least by now is a complete delight, a mix of comedy and, if not tragedy, the poignancy that always accompanies us humans as we try to make sense of our lives and connect with others. I strongly recommend this book-and the entire series-to fans of the cozy sub-genre of mysteries.
They are elegantly written, interestingly plotted and a satisfying vacation from our own ordinary lives. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A very puzzling mystery.
Hamish has to wade through a startling number of suspects - and several crimes - before he can find the truth of what's connected and what's coincidence. Tensions run high at times due to some villainous characters - an interesting change from the usual reluctant, yet innocent, villagers. There's also a romantic interest to liven things up and keep Hamish feeling alternately elated and distressed.
As always, our PC has some less-than-sensible moments, but the story doesn' A very puzzling mystery. As always, our PC has some less-than-sensible moments, but the story doesn't rely heavily on those. Though he's referred to here as the Lone Ranger because of his "cowboy tactics," his colleagues are surprised to find the final wrap-up is handled in a rather mundane way. Still, there's nothing mundane about Hamish Macbeth.
His perseverance and odd ways make each book entertaining. Mar 03, Mayda rated it liked it Shelves: Dentists may be plagued with a higher than average suicide rate, but this particular dentist is cursed with a higher than average rate of being hated by those who know him. With so many people who had a motive to murder, Hamish has his hands full in trying to narrow down the list of suspects.
In this 13th installment of the Hamish Macbeth series, you will cheer on his sleuthing abilities even while you sympathize with his lack of social skills with the opposite sex. This series is not a page tur Dentists may be plagued with a higher than average suicide rate, but this particular dentist is cursed with a higher than average rate of being hated by those who know him. This series is not a page turner but it is still an entertaining way to spend a few hours.
Aug 03, Deb rated it really liked it Shelves: I really enjoyed this installment!
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Hamish has a toothache which leads him in desperation to a hated dentist - who happens to be dead when Hamish arrives. As usual, Hamish solves the crime despite the obstacles his supervisor throws in his path, and as usual, Hamish allows another detective to take credit for the solution. As Hamish says, he's a thoroughly unambitious man. He knows himself well and understands that he's where he wants to be. Dentist Frederick Gilchrist was not that well liked by many.
He had a nasty habit of pulling out teeth rather than repairing them and he had a reputation for being a womaniser, being particularly nasty in that direction when women patients visited his surgery. No surprise, therefore, that he turned out to be the dentist in the book's title - he was found dead in his dentist's chair.
Although Gilchrist's surgery was not in Lochdubh, Hamish's home town, the Highland constable got himself involved i Dentist Frederick Gilchrist was not that well liked by many. Although Gilchrist's surgery was not in Lochdubh, Hamish's home town, the Highland constable got himself involved in the investigation because he was reluctantly going to see Gilchrist for some emergency work on a troublesome tooth; his own dentist could not fit him in for some considerable time.
When he discovered him dead in his chair he was obliged to ring the Strathbane police station to report the crime because he knew that the detectives there would want to investigate the death. Even so Hamish did his own research before they arrived and, despite being told to keep his nose out of the matter, he continued to investigate on his own behalf after he left the surgery.
In between all this, Hamish, very much a ladies' man, got himself involved with a visiting English woman, who happened to know one of his ex-girlfriends who lived in London close to where the visitor came from. This led to complications but Hamish was undeterred for he was convinced that the lady had taken a serious fancy to him. As for the investigations, his enquiries led him into all sorts of trouble and he met a variety of people who all had some involvement with the dead dentist. Hamish was seemingly getting nowhere but his probing led him to more information than the official police enquiry had revealed.
Reluctantly, for there was serious rivalry between the different forces, he passed it on so that the police were all following the same trail. His hoped-for romance faltered but his constant digging and not giving up brought up some excellent leads. With a little coercion and no small amount of threats to a couple of brothers who were sidelining in illicit whisky, he eventually discovered the truth as to what had happened. But this was not before another murder had been committed, so there were two riddles to be solved. Hamish gave all his information to the officers in charge of the case and it looked as though they might consider promotion for him as a result of his efforts.
But that is not what Hamish wanted as he was happy as a local Highland policemanso he declined to be mentioned in dispatches and remained on the beat, as it were, at his little town of Lochdubh Oct 26, Jerry B rated it liked it. According to this site, this is the 13th of 28 village constable Hamish Macbeth mysteries, which tend to be somewhat formulaic, but nonetheless amusing -- and at times, even moderately suspenseful!
There's usually a murder somewhat early on, and then our humble hero quietly goes about solving the crime using little but dogged common sense, invariably beating his dismissive superiors to the punch! Along the way, despite a long confirmed bachelor status, Hamish is likely to either pine for his som According to this site, this is the 13th of 28 village constable Hamish Macbeth mysteries, which tend to be somewhat formulaic, but nonetheless amusing -- and at times, even moderately suspenseful!
Along the way, despite a long confirmed bachelor status, Hamish is likely to either pine for his somewhat regular girlfriends, or somebody else's wife, or maybe even just the new girl in town. So we get a dollop of romance, intrigue, and good humor to elevate these books in our estimation slightly above the level of a "cozy. Surprisingly, Macbeth finds him dead in his own chair; shortly after a robbery of a bingo parlor has hauled off an incredible sum.
Suspecting these events are linked no matter what the higher-ups think , Hamish just doesn't rest until he resolves both cases. Along the way, Sarah, a hiker vacationing in town, gets plenty of amorous attention from our protagonist until she typically returns home to her former beau, putting yet another scratch on Hamish's heart and bedpost! As usual, Beaton's "Dentist" story is pleasant, short, and good for a couple of hours of mild entertainment. Mar 29, Donna rated it really liked it Shelves: I've toyed with the idea of taking a break from reading these, but I can't seem to do it!
LOL I've hurt my leg and need to keep it elevated so it gives me more time to read! Doesn't take anything away from the story Aug 17, Carol rated it really liked it. I was in the library looking at the to be shelved books and saw this and thought I needed a break from the serious books I've read recently, and Hamish MacBeth was the perfect solution. She is very clever and entertaining. Jan 16, Teddi rated it really liked it Shelves: Quite a batch of crimes in this one all interconnected.
Priscilla is pretty well absent which is a good thing because the thing with her and Hamish is getting quite annoying. But why the author has to have him keep falling for strangers is beyond me! May 27, Persis Menon rated it it was amazing. I'm just not sure how I'll take to the other voices cause not all of the Hamish Macbeth mysteries are read by Davina Porter. Jan 17, Kate rated it it was amazing.
Another good one from Beaton.
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It is funny reading these books when they are out of the series not following the dates. For instance in the book I read a couple of days ago which was published about ten years after this one Hamish goes into the local town and decides to visit an elderly gentleman who helped him on this case. When he knocks on the door another man opens it and says that he is the man's cousin, that he had died of a heart attack recently and left the flat to the cousin.
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In this boo Another good one from Beaton. In this book, that elderly gentleman is one of the murder victims! Also in this book, at the end, Hamish is admiring all the Christmas trees in the cottage windows and all the fairy lights. In the most recent 'Highlands Christmas' it centres around how the people of the village are Calvinistic stock don't have Christmas trees or put up lights.
I guess once you have written 35 odd books over 13 years you start to lose track of what has been written before. At any rate, I did enjoy it. As usual, fun quick read. Hamish is the main attraction, plus some good observations of Highland life. The unattractive dentist who is murdered does not live in Lochdubh, but otherwise many of the usual features are here, such as many people who didn't like him and might had have had grudge against him.
One slightly irritating feature is the undercurrent of the author's? It is done subtly enough not to spoil the stories, anyway. Priscilla has been a bit silly throwing away a chap like Hamish Death of a Dentist is the 13th Hamish Macbeth mystery by M. It may be the most complicated one to date. There seems to be more suspects than ever. Not every question is answered nor needs to be. This is one of my favorites to date although not necessarily the easiest to read. Usually the deceased is the most horrible character and subsequent characters are only a little up the evolutionary scale.
In this edition, the first victim isn't found out to be truly horrible until after his deat Death of a Dentist is the 13th Hamish Macbeth mystery by M. In this edition, the first victim isn't found out to be truly horrible until after his death. I suppose the author felt just being a dentist placed him on the lower rungs of hell to start with.
I did know a dentist that tried to sell me on a pyramid scheme while he was conducting periodontal planing and root scaling so, she is probably correct. Jun 30, Anna Bendewald rated it really liked it. I got sucked into the highlands of Scotland and the vivid atmosphere of the countryside and then the murder mysteries that kept my interest and kept me transported. How much did I like this book?
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Well, not 5 stars like a book that changes my life or anything, but I downloaded more of the Hamish MacBeth stories and listened to them nonstop for my entire summer vacation. Now I'm back home and still finishing them up. They're like potato chips. May 25, Kelsey Hanson rated it liked it Shelves: I liked this book because it actually stayed pretty focused on the mystery and less on the surrounding village drama. I do like that the village people were able to help with the mystery instead of just serving as noisy and rather irritating background noise. Oct 22, Melody Condron rated it really liked it.
This is a nice easy, comfortable mystery series with amusing characters and decent plots. This book in the series had a particularly interesting mystery--multiple mysteries in fact--that kept me interested throughout. I would say this one was better than many of the other books in the series that I have read so far. Oct 16, Kay rated it it was amazing. Ah, in this one the social ill is sexual predators and the path to solving the murder a winding one.
Old secrets do out and Hamish plods on to the solution, but never forgets to enjoy life in his village--even though he gets taken and then gagged and bound to a chair--rescued at last, of course. As usual, entertaining and so well written! Apr 13, N Reads rated it it was amazing. Hamish is the same lazy man, and the villagers are always very entertaining.
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