Captain Peter Bartlett is by general consensus, a cad. Not many people have a good word to say about him – quite the opposite. Except, he seems to have a way with the ladies.
So when Priscilla Halburton-Smythe returns from London, bringing her fiance, the famous playwright, Henry Withering, home to Lochdubh, her family throw a party and invite a number of people to stay at Tommel Castle. Only Captain Peter Bartlett turns up murdered…
Can Hamish Macbeth solve the case when it seems nearly everyone at the party detested the man and had a motive to kill?
I love this cosy mystery series. Hamish Macbeth is a fabulous character and the books are just so easy to read. Effortless, indeed!
The Highland setting is well-described and the story’s unfolding is easy to visualise. Lochdubh is the perfect location for a gentle, humourous piece of cosy crime fiction.
M.C. Beaton has a great way of portraying her characters; not too heavy on the detail but provides enough for the reader to get to know them. This helps when the cast is as vast as the one we see in Death of a Cad.
This is simply a wonderful instalment in a great series. Death of a Cad is an entertaining read, one that I would recommend to all fans of cosy mysteries. I can’t wait to read book three in the series, Death of an Outsider.