Sunday, January 31, 2010

Review & Giveaway: Death of a Valentine by M.C. Beaton

Pub. Date: January 2010
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Format: Hardcover, 246pp
ISBN-13: 9780446547383
ISBN: 0446547387

"From the inside cover: Amazing news has spread across the Scottish countryside. The most famous of highland bachelors, police sargeant 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, Hanish ahs a case of prenuptial jitters. After all, if it weren't for the recent murder of a beautiful woman in a neighbouring village, there wouldn't be a wedding at all. For it was a mysterious Valentine's 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 suspicions that can can be blind, dead ....and deadly."

My Thoughts: Another fun romp through the highlands with Hamish and his new constable as they pit wits against a murderer and sometimes even with police headquarters in Strathbane. Hamish is the most unambitious of policemen. He just wants to do his job and not be noticed. Heaven forbid that he should be promoted and moved out of his beloved village of Lochdubh.

As for being married, well, he tried being engaged. . . .several times. And that surely didn't work out! Women only want to change him and his home in the police station. Hamish has absolutely no interest in change. But now along comes Josie . . . Could she finally be the one to rope him into marriage ? To what will she resort to get him up the aisle?

If you've never read any of the Hamish Macbeth mysteries, you've been missing out. I think I have read all of them and they are always good for a light hearted cozy read. The highland setting makes a great backdrop for some quirky characters in the village. I love the scenery descriptions and some of the dialogue written in dialect. A lot of the characters appear frequently making each mystery like visiting with an old friend. Death of a Valentine is number 26 in the Hamish Macbeth series.

M.C. Beaton is also the author of the very popular Agatha Raisin series and is the pseudonym for Marion Chesney.

Hachette Book Group is allowing me to give away 5 copies of Death of a Valentine to:

Residents of US & Canada. No P.O. Boxes.
Must be a follower of P.P.P. through google friend connect to enter. If you do not have a blogger account, just put me on your blog roll.
Be sure to include an e-mail address.

Bonus entries can be earned by:
+5 posting about it and leave me a permalink
+2 putting a link to contest in sidebar

Dead line is Feb 15th at 5 PM Good uck!

Disclosure: A review copy of the book was provided by Hachette Book Group. Thank you so much, Miriam.


  1. Thanks for the giveaway.
    mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

  2. I have never read a book by this author and I would like to win this
    I follow by google reader.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

  3. I keep meaning to read one of the Hamish books but always forget to search one out in the library. I like to start at the beginning of a series, so do you know which one was first? Don't worry if you don't I will look them up.

  4. I would love to read this one. Please include me. I follow with Google Friend Connect.

    dlodden at frontiernet dot net

  5. I'd love a chance to win!

  6. Sounds good, count me in!

  7. Sounds like my kind of read - thanks for the chance
    msboatgal at

  8. What better way to pass a long winter night than to curl up with a Cozy! I would love to win this! Please enter me in your giveaway!

    *I am a loyal follower! :D
    *I just posted your giveaway with a link on my sidebar.

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway!
    quzy at mac dot com

  9. Please enter me!


  10. I have yet to read any of M. C. Beaton's mysteries, although I did purchase the first Agatha Raisin book a few weeks ago.

    I would love to have a go at Hamish Macbeth sometime too.

    Mstermind1 at gmail dot com

  11. my, it has been a long time since i read one of her books. throw my hat in the ring please...

  12. Interesting title.
    I'm a follower.

  13. I have never read any of these books, I would love to try them.

    I follow through Google.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  14. I'm almost embarrassed to say I've never read a book by this author. I see the books everywhere.

    I'm a follower : )

    I blogged in my sidebar giveaways:

    meah56 AT gmail DOT com

  15. I've read all the Agatha books, but have yet to check out Hamish! Thanks for the chance to give him a try!

  16. This would be a new series for me. Sounds delightful!

    U.S. Resident, GFC Follower, Subscriber

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

  17. I adore M.C. Beaton and have not read this mystery yet. Please add me to the list. I am keeping my fingers crossed.
    knittingmomof3 (AT) gmail (DOT) com

  18. The contest is in my sidebar (right hand side)
    Entry 1
    knittingmomof3 (AT) gmail (DOT) com

  19. I picked up a ton of these for a quarter at my library sale!! I would love to win this one. Thanks for introducing me to Agatha Raisin and in turn Hamish!!!

  20. I've never read this series, but it sounds like a lot of fun! I subscribe in Google Reader. milou2ster(at)

  21. The book sounds great. I'm a brand new follower. Please count me in.


  22. Please count me in for this one!!

    I am a follower.

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  23. I have heard of these books but I've never read them. I'd love to start with this one.

    I follow your blog.

    mittens0831 at aol dot com

  24. Well I have never read any of these books but have seen everywhere lately. Thanks for the wonderful contest :)


    Please enter me in the giveaway.

  26. I love this series, but obviously I haven't been keeping up with it. What?! Marriage! Who is this Josie person?! Do I like her?! Argh! I must read this book!

    Okay, enough exclamation points, I think.

    Please enter me, too. I love following your blog.

    ammieloris at hotmail dot com

  27. Great review! This is a new series to me. I have seen M.C. Beaton's books and have really been wanting to try them out. I love the cover!

    Please enter me. Thanks!


  28. I would love to enter the contest, I'm been dying to try these books outs. Thanks!

  29. I have not read any of these books and I think I am missing out! Please enter me - I am a long time follower :)

    journey through books @ gmail dot com

  30. I'm a Google Friend Connect follower.

    I love all of Beaton's books!

    BethsBookReviewBlog AT gmail DOT com

  31. Looks like a good mystery. Please include me in the giveaway. Thanks.

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  32. I'd love to enter!
    nataliew2(at) gmail(dot)com

  33. I would like to be entered, already follow!


  34. I'm a follower.
    Death of a Valentine sounds wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Thank you.

  35. Great giveaway. I love M.C. Beaton! Your blog is in my Google Reader, but I don't know if that counts, so I also clicked on the connect button the Friends Connect thingy.

    Thanks for hosting this one. I'd love to win.


  36. I follow!

  37. I follow (Libby's Library or Neas Nuttiness)
    Thanks for the giveaway.


  38. I am a follower! I have never read anything by this author but do love mysteries! Please enter me!


  39. No need to enter me, love. I'm dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I've got this posted at Win a Book for you.

  40. I've been wanted to try trhis series. I follow you in my Google Reader.
    stacybooks at yahoo

  41. this looks good,,thx for the contest,,,

  42. I'd like to be included!

  43. M.C. Beraton is one of my favorite mystery authors! Please ener me!

    I am also a follower.

    harvee44 at yahoo dot com

  44. Please count me in for this interesting book giveaway.


  45. Looks great!!!

  46. I have this book on my wishlist.. but owning a won copy would be even better! :P Thanks for the contest!

    teagirl1 at telus dot net

  47. Twitted!

  48. I have never read any of this author's books though I have always eyed these Hamish books! Please enter me.

    nicolama at cogeco dot ca

  49. Count me in. Her books are great!

  50. Please enter me. Love M.C. Beaton.

  51. I'd love to be entered in this.


    I'm a follower.

  52. I haven't read this author yet, but would love to give them a try. I am a google follower!

    kherbrand at comcast dot net

  53. I love a good mystery and this sounds very good. I follow.

  54. Great giveaway!! I'm a follower and I have posted a link to this contest on the sidebar of my blog


  55. I could have sworn I entered this.
    But anyway I would love to enter, I am a follower

  56. M C Beaton is one of the first arthors that got me hooked into mystries. Love the books. Great review.


  57. Love M.C. Beaton! Thanks for the contest!

  58. please enter me into the contest

    I follow on google

    I have your button on my blog


  59. I'm an Agatha Raisin fan but have never read the Hamish series. Perhaps it's time. Please enter my name too.

    Aloha from Rob

  60. hopeI made the deadline! thanks for the chance
    mstlee2000 @

  61. I would love to read this. Please enter me.

  62. Sounds like a great book---yet another series to be added to my tbr pile.

    deborah150 at hotmail dot com

  63. I'd love to read this book. Looks like I have a lot of catching up to do in this series of books!
    I follow via GFC

    Thanks ~ megalon22 at yahoo dot com

  64. This would be a great read. I follow you on Google Friend Connect.

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