Death of a Glutton by M.C. Beaton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Hamish Macbeth again finds an unpleasant person to get murdered in his village. This time it is a truly obnoxious woman, who is a glutton in everything...food, people, spite, and bad manners. She is truly horrible! When she finally ends up getting killed, the reader is not surprised. The problem is that there are so many people who hated her and had motive to kill her, that separating the sheep from the goats is hard work for Hamish.
I liked this one better than most of them. There is something in seeing a truly frightful person get her comeuppance that is a great reading pleasure. We've all been taught not to gloat over a person's punishment, so the delight we feel in a book is a double pleasure...we don't even have to see the other person's side of the problem because he or she is not real. It's OK to hate characters in a book and this book provides a doozy.
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