A classic title from M. C. Beaton’s New York Times bestselling Hamish Macbeth series
Peta Gore is the bane of her friend’s otherwise successful
life. Maria Worth has come to hate her old friend—a noisy, vulgar glutton.
There is no other way to describe Peta. She doesn’t just “have a good appetite”—she
sucks and chomps and chews with relish. Not only are her table manners
horrifying, but she has a habit of showing up at Maria’s carefully planned singles’
gatherings and spoiling everything by flirting with all the men. This time
Maria is determined to keep her latest event a secret.
The gathering is to be at Tommel Castle Hotel in the remote
Scottish village of Lochdubh—the perfect setting for a particularly difficult
group. Nothing can go wrong. Except that somehow Peta finds out about the
gathering and shows up, thoroughly disgusting everyone. Guests and staff band
together in mutual loathing. But does someone hate her enough to kill her? When
she is found dead, an apple stuck unceremoniously in her mouth, Constable
Hamish Macbeth is on the scene. With a castle full of odd suspects, the lazy,
long-limbed constable has to put his wooing of the hotel proprietress,
Priscilla, on hold to solve the case.
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