Death of a Macho Man (Hamish Macbeth Mysteries, No. 12)

By M. C. Beaton

The one-man Scottish police strength Hamish Macbeth returns in his 12th well-turned secret because the major suspect within the homicide of the city ne'er-do-well, Randy "Macho guy" Duggan, whose actual killer is unusually shut to hand.

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The rain was once nonetheless falling, and during the smeared and misted-up home windows of the cellular domestic, Hamish may well see teams of pressmen huddled jointly. a few travelers have been additionally status approximately, as though anticipating one other homicide to occur to brighten up the tedium of a rain soaked Scottish vacation. Mrs. Beck, he realized, was once as a result of arrive from Inverness round 5 o’clock. She will be staying in Mrs. McCartney’s mattress and breakfast within the village. Blair used to be prepared to interview her and Hamish desired to be current at that interview. He knew that if he requested Blair he will be despatched approximately his company and so he determined to attend till she arrived and simply occur. He left and went to question Archie Maclean, Geordie Mackenzie, after which the barman, Pete Queen. the difficulty grew to become out to be that each one had approved Randy’s hospitality with no paying any recognition to what he had acknowledged. Randy had arrived between them, Randy had bragged, Randy were murdered, and that was once the top of it. while he lower back to the police station, bending his head opposed to the now wind-driven rain, he felt drained and soiled and depressing. He desired to mobile Priscilla and clarify how he had occurred to be in mattress with Betty, yet may possibly think about no clarification which might attraction in any respect. He felt, too, that he ought, as a Highland gentleman should still, to cellphone Betty. even supposing she had taken it good, there have been no reason behind him to were so impolite. He phoned the Tommel fort lodge. before everything he didn't realize the curt voice at the mobile as that of Priscilla and he requested to talk to Betty. And that was once while he well-known her voice whilst Priscilla acknowledged coldly, “Your lady-love is out within the hills along with her fiancé. ” Cursing the truth that with servants on the fortress continually going off ailing with undesirable backs or no matter what different Highland excuse happened to them, leaving Priscilla to fill their jobs, Hamish acknowledged, “That simply occurred. I awakened and located her in mattress. ” Her voice dripped icicles. “Indeed? i'm going to inform her you referred to as. ” the road went useless and he appeared miserably on the receiver prior to slowly changing it. Why, while he had performed the best factor by means of getting himself out of a chilly courting, did he nonetheless get so dreadfully damage? A psychiatrist might say it pointed to a scarcity of affection in youth that he should still lengthy for the unobtainable, and but he had had a truly loving formative years. Bugger research, suggestion Hamish Macbeth, and geared himself up in its place to gatecrashing the interview with Mrs. Beck. *   *   * A furiously rolling eye in his course used to be the one signal of Blair’s displeasure while Hamish quietly the detectives into the mattress and breakfast. Mrs. Beck used to be sitting within the entrance parlour less than an indication which warned visitors that the phrases have been mattress and breakfast and it doesn't matter what the elements, they have been anticipated to make themselves absent from the home instantly after breakfast was once over. Mrs. Beck didn't examine all like her sister. She used to be small and plump with that brisk, no-nonsense glance approximately her which regularly betrays a complete loss of humour.

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