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- Amazing news has spread across the Scottish countryside. The most famous of highland bachelors, police sergeant Hamish Macbeth, will be married at last. Everyone in the village of Lochdubh adores Josie McSween, Macbeth’s newest constable and blushing bride-to-be. - While locals think Josie is quite a catch, Hamish has a case of prenuptial jitters. After all, if it weren- Amazing news has spread across the Scottish countryside. The most famous of highland bachelors, police sergeant Hamish Macbeth, will be married at last. Everyone in the village of Lochdubh adores Josie McSween, Macbeth’s newest constable and blushing bride-to-be. - While locals think Josie is quite a catch, Hamish has a case of prenuptial jitters. After all, if it weren't for the recent murder of a beautiful woman in a neighboring village, there wouldn’t be a wedding at all. For it was a mysterious Valentine’s Day package—delivered to the victim before her death—that initially drew Hamish and Josie together on the investigation. As they work side by side, Hamish and Josie soon discover that the woman’s list of admirers was endless, confirming Hamish’s suspicion that love can be blind, deaf, and deadly.- © 2010 by Marion Chesney...

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Death of a Valentine [Hamish Macbeth Mysteries #25] Reviews

  • Carol
    2018-12-01 09:05

    This only the second book of the Hamish Macbeth Mystery series that I have had read so far. I love this book. I am sure that the other one that I read was written after this one because it mentions what happens in this book. I remember not understanding why Hamish Macbeth did what he did. But now I do and I agree totally with his actions! M.C. Beaton make me laugh so much, there are dark murders in this story but only this author could make a mystery so funny. It all starts with Hamish Macbeth about to be married and wishing there was something that could save him. Then there is a flashback and you learn the whole story. Even though he would rather work by himself, a new constable will be arriving to work with him. He doesn’t know that Josie McSween has wormed her way into the job and totally wrapped up with an overly romantic idea of Hamish Macbeth. That she has plans to marry him and have his children. She pictures herself as the perfect heroine as if in a romance. She is also a manipulator and will go to the deep end to trap him.Of course that is not all, a beautiful young woman is murdered. As Hamish and Josie work on the case, they find out it is no wonder that this beauty queen was taken out. This book is not for the truly timid cozy reader. There are short scenes of violence, and a true darkness of character so pass it up if you cannot take that. But it was perfect for me. I loved the humor, the twists and turns of the murder mystery and Hamish Macbeth’s big problem, the wee policewoman who will stop at nothing to marry him. I loved his cat and dog, both faithful to Hamish. I cannot think of anything I did not like!I highly recommend this dark and funny mystery.

  • Dee
    2018-11-23 05:03

    As usual, poorly written, but interesting, nevertheless. Beaton continues to write like a fifth grader -- simple sentences, little character development, using repetition of character despcriptions, somethnes word-for-word, instead of allowing her characters to change or develop over time.Her plots are also simplistic, with murders occurring with little buildup, and at the end, just enough explanation for Hamish to get on with his life. I don't know why I continue to read them, and yet I do!

  • Una Tiers
    2018-11-26 03:19

    While we visit with the standard Hamish character list, teasing us has become stale. The redeeming points are his cleverness but it comes about in a blink without time to develop.

  • Madelle Morgan
    2018-11-24 06:22

    I have read the entire series and keep coming back for each new novel. Will Hamish ever marry Pricilla? Or will he finally get over her and find true love? That romantic subplot is a roller coaster threading through the series. Meanwhile the continuing characters are wonderful.In this book Hamish does the honorable thing when he is convinced by his conniving new copper assistant that she is pregnant. A wedding is scheduled, but not before several murders distract him from paying proper attention to the activities of his assistant. And Pricilla has moved to Australia! How will he escape this mess?As an author, I admire Ms. Beaton's skill in deftly sketching the characters in few words and in spinning the plot along lickety-split. I save each new Hamish Macbeth book for a time when I have a few hours available, because I know I won't put it down until I finish.I admit it: I am hooked on Hamish!

  • The Flooze
    2018-12-09 09:08

    That was terrifying. The murder case was bad enough. A gory initial death leads to several others. Though Hamish gets a relatively clear picture of the character of the first victim, he's quickly at a loss for clues. He's got tons of suspects, but none that seem likely. Then there's the professional hit man running around.And the lion.But all of that pales in comparison to the disturbing situation Macbeth has been lured into. To say anything more would be spoilerrific, but be prepared for a very uncomfortable, queasy read. It was well done, mind. I found myself glued to the page long past my bedtime, breathlessly waiting for the how and when of Hamish's rescue. Once the moment arrived, I was so very relieved...and yet I can't help fearing Hamish hasn't seen the last of the dark days yet. Maybe he should call a village meeting and finally declare himself a bachelor for life? Seems like it might be the best option...

  • Gwenn Wright
    2018-11-20 06:25

    What is it about that lanky redheaded man that drives a woman wild? Back in my single days, were he real, I would have flown to Scotland just to find out. Highly competent and well-mannered, brusque and no-nonsense, Hamish is always the man you want on the case. MC Beaton's books are perfect cozies for a lazy day read. Beaton keeps you guessing till the end because you never know what those crazy villagers will do. When you just want to read to read this is the book you pick up. There's romance and murder and dry wit. Few things are more comforting than a Hamish MacBeth mystery!

  • Angel
    2018-11-29 06:07

    I love the Hamish MacBeth books. They're an easy-to-read, cozy type of mystery. There aren't any high speed chases, no convoluted espionage plots. What makes the stories, are the people. After so many books, you feel that you really know the people in this isolated Highland town. When the book started, I did a double-take. I thought I'd somehow missed a book in the series. However, it soon became clear. I really don't want to say too much about this book because I don't want to spoil it for longtime readers. A nice, quiet read.

  • kaoyler
    2018-11-27 04:17

    Just finished reading this book, and I have to thank Cindy Sawyer for putting me onto the Hamish Macbeth books. (Side note, Hamish is Scottish for James.) I've read every one of the now 25 books. And I love them. They are such a fun read. Not too heavy, not too serious, and a main character I've fallen in love with. There is always a mystery, as Hamish solves the murder without trying to take credit for it. He doesn't want to be transferred from his little community of Lochdubh, which is sure to happen if Strathbane Headquarters gets a clue he's as smart as he really is. He's always eager to give credit to someone else. This book finds the newly promoted Sergeant Macbeth getting a new police constable, which he doesn't want. Josie McSween has fallen in love with the sight of this tall, attractive, red-haired drink of water and comes to Lochdubh with plans to become Hamish's wife. Hamish doesn't share her enthusiasm and pushes her off on whatever job he can devise to get her out of the way. When a young woman is blown up by a letter bomb he must use Josie's help, but often finds her more of a hindrance than a help. But Josie doesn't give up her plans to trap Hamish into marriage. The book begins with Hamish at the altar waiting to get married. When the preacher asks if anyone can give reason why these two should not be married, Hamish mutters, "Dear God, if there is a God, get me out of this." The rest of the story is what leads up to this moment, and I was hooked. Some of the Hamish Macbeth books are better than others, but I loved this one. I felt it was strong in so many areas - character, story, plot, etc. It's my once-a-year Hamish Macbeth fix. I was never able to get into Beaton's Agatha Raisin character, but I love Hamish. Marion Chesney Beaton is from the Highlands of Scotland and writes about them with such love. I have to go there someday. If anyone has heard of the BBC television series of Hamish Macbeth and is interested in seeing it, just know that the books and the tv show share little in common. Their only similarities are the name of the main character, his profession, and the name of the town. I love both and have learned to deal with them as separate entities. The tv series doesn't deal with murder, but with things that happen in and around the town. The books always have a murder that Hamish solves. Both are well worth the time, at least in my humble opinion.

  • Andreasoldier
    2018-11-17 05:04

    Another one of these cozy mystery read in an evening.The book opens with perpetual bachelor Hamish MacBeth standing at the altar as the groom. It's just wrong, and we know by the end that Hamish will be saved from the ball and chain, especially when the next chapter opens with a flashback. Hamish has been promoted again and given a constable, who turns out to be a young woman who sets her sights on the flame-haired bachelor. They are soon patrolling a fair together, and the fair queen's crown is stolen. MacBeth solves that crime, which is quickly followed by the murder of the young fair queen. Turns out the very pretty girl was a bit of tart, and cruel about it too.Hamish and his constable soon have too many suspects, although the constable is more concerned with trapping Hamish into proposing. How she goes about it is more diabolical than the plot carried out by the queen's murderer.And Hamish's gal pal Elspeth is the one to save him, proving once again she is as good a detective as the rangy Scots.

  • Judy
    2018-11-24 03:11

    I can't believe that this is the 25th book in the Hamish MacBeth series and the series is still going strong. Hamish MacBeth is in trouble--big trouble. He has been promoted to sergeant and has a new assistant, Josie McSween who is definitely not cut out to be on the police force (unless she gets a role in CSI or Law and Order) and who is determined to marry Hamish. Also, a hired killer has a contract on Hamish with interesting results--think protective pets. And to make matters worse a beauty queen, Annie Fleming, is killed by a letter bomb on Valentine's Day leading to the total unmasking of her character and to several more deaths. I started this book last night and stayed up until the wee hours finishing it. I can only hope that M.C. Beaton has already started the 26th adventure of Hamish MacBeth.

  • Tom Donaghey
    2018-12-01 02:23

    DEATH OF A VALENTINE is the 25th outing in a long line of very enjoyable Hamish Macbeth novels. This time, MacBeth is about to be married and we follow the story leading up to the wedding. There is also the death of a local beauty queen to be investigated, but that is just icing on the wedding cake. Again Ms. Beaton provides a compelling tale filled with her trademark humor and wit and added dashes of charm as Hamish has to solve both the murder and find a solution to his marital situation. Only, this time, he is in over his head as far as the bride to be is concerned. If you haven’t read this MacBeth it is time you visit the Scot’s highlands for yourself and discover what you have been missing.

  • C.J. Prince
    2018-11-21 02:03

    As I get to the end of the series, I try to read slowly, to answer the questions that have cropped up in the previous 25 books."Death of a Valentine" follows the Hamish Macbeth formula. With each book the author has to be very clever and contrive a new means of motive and death without repeating the same ol' same ol'.But wait, the subplot may override the mystery. Hamish to be married? And not to Elsbeth? We know he and Priscilla are only fantasies to each other and Hamish is repelled by his new underling Josie who plots to be Mrs. Macbeth. She's charming to the villagers and everyone thinks it a perfect match. How does she get him to the altar?Read on, Macbeth lovers. There's more than meets the eye.

  • Karen
    2018-11-23 08:05

    I love the character of Hamish Macbeth and I love how he loves and cares for his wild cat and dog. He has integrity and is willing to do the right thing at his own expense. In this story Hamish is not only dealing with murder, but the unwelcome attentions of a pushy police woman who is set on getting him to the altar by whatever underhanded means she can. This is a great addition to M. C. Beaton's Hamish Macbeth series.

  • Mary K.
    2018-12-09 05:25

    So far my favorite Hamish Book. So good I read it twice.

  • Kate
    2018-12-11 04:24

    "Amazing news has spread across the Scottish countryside. The most famous of highland bachelors, police sergeant Hamish Macbeth, will be married at last. Everyone in the village of Lochdubh adores Josie McSween, Macbeth's newest constable and blushing bride-to-be."While locals think Josie is quite a catch, Hamish has a case of prenuptial jitters. After all, if it waeren't for the recent murder of a beautiful woman in a neighbouring village, there wouldn't be a wedding at all. For if was a mysterious Valentine's Day package -- delivered to the victim before her death -- that initially drew Hamish and Josie together on the investigation. As they work side by side, Hamish and Jose soon discover that the woman's list of admirers was endless, confirming Hamish's suspicion that love can be blind, deaf ... and deadly."~~front & back flapsAs the book opens and the wedding ceremony begins: "Hamish Macbeth raised his eyes to the old beams of the church roof and murmured desperately the soldier's prayer. "Dear God, if there is a God, get me out of this!"Josie came on the job with visions of true love dancing in her head -- fostered by her mother, the romance fiction addict. And Jose was much more interested in insinuating herself into Hamish's house, heart and bed than she was in her duties as a policewoman. She helped solve the murder, but only in an effort to impress Hamish and win him over.Our Josie has a drink problem. Mrs. Wellington, the minister's vast tweedy, highly respectable wife, hauls her off to an AA meeting. Josie is in complete denial of her addiction and has no thought of quitting, so she has to dissemble to keep Mrs. Wellington and Hamish from insisting that she keep up with the AA. There have been hints in previous books of the author's familiarity with the AA 12 Step Program, but this is the first book that brings it out in the open. It provided an extra level of enjoyment for me -- always enjoyable to watch the alcoholic brain at work.The murder was good too -- well plotted & quite believable.

  • Gaby
    2018-11-26 07:30

    In Death of a Valentine, the 25th Hamish Macbeth mystery, M.C. Beaton gives us a detective cozy with a romantic comedic subplot set in Lochdubh, a picturesque Scottish village. The tone, pace, and setting take you to a fictional village where everyone knows each other and each other's business quite well. Even if you're new to M.C. Beaton's Hamish Macbeth series as I am, you'll easily figure out Lochdubh's characters, from Angela Brody, the doctor's wife and good friend of Hamish Macbeth, to crotchety Mrs. Wellington, who rents out rooms to the new constable Josie McSween, to Sir Andrew Etherington who lends out the diamond tiara for the annual fair day parade.Hamish Macbeth, our lead character and a perpetual bachelor, is clearly set in his ways. Hamish wants to keep his pets, his police station/home, his village and his personal life just the way it is. But the sudden murder of a young beauty queen, Annie Fleming, disrupts Hamish's routine. The murder draws Hamish and Josie into a complex investigation, full of twists and turns, and unexpected discoveries. Things are never as they seem, even in this small Scottish village.A mystery cozy of the best sort, M.C. Beaton's Death of a Valentine, is a fun, entertaining read. If you're looking for a mystery of the Agatha Christie sort with the quirks of Scotland, I recommend Death of a Valentine!ISBN-10: 0446547387Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (January 12, 2010), 256 pages.Review copy provided by the publisher.

  • Jerry B
    2018-12-12 02:27

    This is another (#25!) in the long-running Hamish Macbeth series, about a humble village cop/bachelor who does indeed like women, but who is quite content with his single status and simple abode in the police station, complete with his faithful cat and dog. This is our second visit to the little Scottish Highlands village of Lochdubh, and as before, there are a couple of murders, starting with a beauty queen who was popular with just about every man in town, generating plenty of suspects. Meanwhile, a young lassie cop has been added, much to his horror, to Hamish's station; and she decides to woo her superior all the way to the wedding chapel, eventually drugging him and faking a pregnancy, in her alcohol-steeped delusions about being his mate. Whether they will wind up at the altar, as the prologue implies, is almost as big a mystery as the whodunit itself! These light-hearted stories are probably just a notch above a cozy, with the humor of Hamish's various dalliances with girlfriends, his pets, and his simple-minded, but clever and dogged pursuits of the bad guys comprising the compelling elements of each tale. Easily good for a couple of hours of amusement and entertainment, who can complain?

  • Lisa
    2018-11-17 09:26

    My first foray into the Hamish MacBeth series is #26. Seems to be my modus operandi--read something deep into a series and then start at the beginning. In this case, I will try and start at the beginning. MacBeth is readable. I find the short, snippy style of Beaton complements MacBeth's demeanor, but maybe that's just because he's trying to be curt with Josie, as well he should. For such a wonderful detective, though, I would have expected him to be more suspicious. Comparatively, I'd say I like Agatha Raisin better, but I'll give MacBeth a few more books before I decide for sure. Oh, wait--don't have to decide; I can read them all! Thank goodness for libraries; what would I do without them?

  • Suzanne Auckerman
    2018-12-14 08:30

    Hamish MacBeth is the detective is this series and is very likable, mainly because of his devotion to his cat and dog. The mystery was interesting and not easy to solve. But the character of Josie MacSween was unbelievable and was distracting to the mystery.

  • Karen
    2018-11-24 03:27

    A very amusing tale with great characters. Poor Hamish just wants to be left alone to do his policing in his small town--no promotions, no interference. However, murder trumps that.

  • Heidi Burkhart
    2018-11-27 06:12

    The Hamish Macbeth mysteries can be a little bit corny, but I still really enjoy them.

  • Beverly Lawrence
    2018-11-30 07:12

    Caught this title on the "Valentine" display table at my local library, and as I'm a fan of 'series' mysteries, the Highlands, and most things 'British' (cannae beir the haggis, nor the bluid pudding, thanks all the same ...), thought I'd give it a read. The author seemed on to a good story - an 'agreeable' murder, and the necessary investigation; a good understanding of 'village' police activity, as it differs from 'city' police activity; an interesting collection of possible suspects, as more information about the victim surfaced. But then, the novel went from being a mystery to being a bit of a comedy, and a bit on the bawdy side, at that. It seemed the author started out as a sort of Agatha Christie, with 'the usual cast of characters', then morphed into a sort of P.G.Wodehouse, with an absurd relationship between her police sergeant and his constable, then threw in a bit of Rita Mae Brown, with companion animals 'assisting' in apprehending various dubious characters. Characters went from behaviour idiosyncratic to behaviour bizarre, which ultimately spoils what might have been a better story, if it had kept to just one genre. Read it for fun - if you've already read through all of the Bertram Wilberforce (aka 'Bertie Wooster') stories, all the Sneaky Pie Brown stories, and can recite all the dialogs from Dame Agatha's stories.

  • Liora
    2018-12-01 07:10

    This is the 25th in the Hamish MacBeth cozy mystery series set in Lochdubh, a village in the highlands of Scotland. MacBeth is a red-headed bachelor police sergeant who enjoys living alone with his dog and cat. Unfortunately, his rank of sergeant entitles him to another police officer to come and help him out, so headquarters send the silly, romantic lush Josie McSween. Josie irritates him right from the start, but she is not easily put off with her romantic dreams. She is soon plotting how to trap MacBeth into marriage. The murder mystery is almost a side story to this whole Josie McSween business, but basically a beautiful young woman is murdered by a letter bomb in a Valentine. As Hamish investigates, she turns out to be quite the town reprobate involved at some time or another with half the men in town, using them for her personal gain and then dropping them once they are no longer useful. Hamish sets about in his usual slow, methodical way to sort out the suspects and figure it all out. I did not care for this as much as I did many of the other Hamish MacBeth mysteries because the whole Josie McSween character was just irritating to the extreme. Do women like this truly exist, outside the imagination of certain types of men?

  • Mary
    2018-12-10 09:20

    Well. Three stars, to me, seem to mean either "an enjoyable read, but perhaps a little formulaic" or "some really good stuff here, but also some flaws - uneven". I think I'd mean both for this title, but that may be because I'm coming in late to the series.The setting is vivid and interesting. I loved Hamish Macbeth's two "beasties", a dog and a wildcat. His new sergeant was well-drawn, and it was very uncomfortable to be in her head. She's an extremely narcissistic, needy, romantic little twit who's determined to marry her new boss. Ugh!So I'd say a large part of my problem with the book was this specific character, Josie. But she's also one of the things that's very well done. She is all too believable. Unlike her counterpart in the "Gamache" series, Josie never grows up.I also had some problems with the rather choppy prose, and the book takes place over a period of years, with most of the action compressed into a Highland early spring. But it was a clever, pleasant read, and I might well have liked it more had I started this series at the beginning.

  • Carole
    2018-12-09 04:14

    Once again Hamish Macbeth gets into the thick of things, when he'd really rather be left alone to watch over his human flock. He not only has several murders to solve but also is told he is getting a new assistant, a female constable, who secretly longs to marry Hamish. She tries to get him to see her as a potential wife, but he doesn't seem to see her that way so she starts a campaign to try to trick him into marrying her. She decides to drug him and let him think he has made love to her. Someone else drinks the sleeping potion instead of Hamish so she fails in her plot. She tries again with the same results. The third time it works, and she convinces Hamish that he had made love to her; he couldn't remember because she had given him one of the date rape drugs. She thinks he'll volunteer to marry her, but he does not, so she pretends to be pregnant from their one time encounter.He has his hands full with the murders, but he has added trouble from his future wife who he doesn't even like let alone love. But he decides to do the right thing because of the baby.

  • The Hobbit
    2018-12-17 10:19

    Hamish Macbeth #26. The local beauty queen, Annie Fleming, has remained home to collect her Valentine cards. Among the mail is a letter bomb that explodes and kills her. Investigations reveal that Annie was not the church-going "saint" everyone thought she was. By the time Constable Hamish Macbeth solves the mystery, he is looking for the murderer of three people. In this book, Hamish has the help of his new policewoman, Josie McSween. She has asked for a transfer to the remote village of Lochdubh because she has a crush on Macbeth. She fantasizes of becoming Mrs Macbeth, redecorating the police office /house where Hamish lives, and getting rid of his dog Lugs and his domesticated wildcat Sonsie. For the first two-thirds of the book, the going is slow because the characters are so unlikeable - even Hamish is not his usual charming self as he constantly wards off the insufferable Josie. The book picks up speed when Josie entraps Hamish in a trip to the altar. Only a last-minute miracle enables Hamish to maintain his title of most eligible bachelor in the Highlands!

  • Annette
    2018-11-25 03:30

    Poor Hamish Macbeth, done in by one of his own. This is one of the best of the Hamish stories. Hamish is preparing to welcome a new constable, but to his dismay learns at the last moment it is to be a female constable. Constable Josie McSween arrives on Hamish's doorstep all eager to move in. But Hamish is not having any of that and arranges for her to lodge with the local vicar and his wife. Unbeknownst to Hamish Josie is "crazy" in love with him and fancies her self marrying him. Amid all the work she is saddled with, Josie plots and schemes to trap poor Hamish. She accomplishes her goal in the most devious of ways. Now Hamish is standing at the altar wondering how he will ever get out of this tangle. Thank the Lord one has friends for it is two concerned friends who will come to Hamish's rescue. There is a lot going on in this story, Hamish is even shot, but the main focus is on scheming Josie. Of course Priscilla, Elspeth and the regular Lochdubh crew are there to help the story along.

  • Pam
    2018-11-24 03:08

    AUTHOR: M.C. BeatonTITLE: Death of a ValentineDATE READ: 12/06/15RATING: 4.5/B+GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS Mystery/2010/Grand Central Publishing/246 pgs SERIES/STAND-ALONE: #26 Hamish Macbeth seriesCHARACTERS AUTHOR: Hamish Macbeth police sergeant in LochdubhhTIME/PLACE 2010 / village of Lochdubbh in the Scottish HighlandsFIRST LINES Hamish Macbeth had promoted to Sergeant. COMMENTS: Now that Hamish has been promoted, he is offered the services of an assistant. Josie McSween is the new constable and has decided she will do anything to catch Hamish and marry him. They are working together to solve the valentine case -- a young lass in a nearby village has received a valentine but it is a letter bomb that kills her. Hamish is not interested in Josie professionally or personally but Josie is determined. He almost makes it to the altar … until Elspeth does some of her own detective work on Josie. Love this series.

  • Rachael May
    2018-12-17 09:28

    I have enjoyed the easy read of the Hamish books. Loved the characters and always looked forward to the next. I think MC Beaton is a fantastic writer. However I think I am going to stop before finishing this one. I am getting so annoyed that Blair continues to cause so much malicious trouble and always lives to see another day. To be so corrupt and never get caught because you are a Freemason ??? Its just getting a bit too unbelievable and It’s spoiling the books for me.

  • Lady Bren
    2018-12-04 03:13

    I just love Hamish Macbeth. I discovered him last year and any time I can get one of the audio books I pounce.If only the old biddies in Lochdubh would leave Hamish alone and stop bride hunting half of his troubles would fade away. Now a female officer is assigned to the village and the match makers just can't let that be. On top of that one of the girls in the village is killed by a Valentine's letter bomb. Depending on whom you are talking to she's either a saint or a sinner and investigating that causes troubles of its own. I really wanted to score this with 3.5 stars as I found myself wandering while listening a bit. But these cozy mysteries are great entertainment and I just love Lochdubh, the villagers and course Hamish and his beasties.