Death of a Prankster

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"A case that Hamish Macbeth fans will relish." Booklist.
A Hamish Macbeth Mystery by the author of "Death of a Snob."
When it comes to murder, Constable Hamish Macbeth can't see the joke. Rich, old practical joker Andrew Trent summons his kin to remote Arrat House in the dead of winter for a deathbed farewell. But when they arrive, the old coot is in perfect health, cackling at his joke and ready to torment them with others.
But it turns out the joke's on Trent. As the saying goes, he who laughs last, kills first! And when Trent is murdered, Constable Macbeth must step in and solve the crime before the punchline of the next killing joke knocks him right into an early grave!

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M. C. BEATON has won international acclaim for her bestselling 'Hamish Macbeth' and 'Agatha Raisin' mysteries. She is also the author of more than one hundred romance titles and a series of romantic suspense, the 'Edwardian Mystery' series. Born in Scotland, she now divides her time between Paris and the English Cotswolds.

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''Scottish constable Hamish Macbeth, following Death of a Gossip in his seventh case, once again nails a murderer despite the crude bullying and dim detecting of his nemesis and superior, Chief Detective Inspector Blair.'' --Publishers Weekly

''Tousle-haired village bobby Hamish Macbeth must walk a fine line. Too much native Scottish canniness will lead to promotion, more work, and a one-way ticket from his beloved village of Lochdubh; a show of too much affection for the fair Priscilla, daughter of the local landowner turned hotelier, might lead her to guess that he is smitten with her. So he cadges a nip or two at the hotel, walks his dog, and helps his lumpen superiors when murder strikes --which, in the sure hands of the prolific Beaton, occurs at an alarming rate. Here the victim is the much-loathed, prankish patriarch Arthur Trent. Surrounded by his nearest and dearest--a brother, an ambitious and shrewish sister-in-law, two spinster sisters, an adopted son with a bimbo wife, a nephew and his pink-haired girlfriend--Trent leaves no mourners, only greedy relatives angling for a share of the estate. A case that Hamish Macbeth fans will relish.'' --Booklist

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