A classic title from M.C. Beaton's New York Times bestselling Hamish Macbeth series about the death of a practical joker. Admittedly, there's a touch of black humor in the case. Rich, old practical joker Andrew Trent summons his kin to the remote Arrat House in the dead of winter for a deathbed farewell. They arrive to find him in perfect health and eager to torment them with a new bag of unfunny jokes. But this time the body that falls out of the closet is Andrew Trent's own. And nobody's laughing. Especially not Constable Hamish Macbeth, who is hard put to glean any information from Trent's unappealing nearest and dearest. And when the lanky constable's former flame Priscilla Halburton-Smythe inserts her beautiful self into the case, Hamish must muster all his native guile to carry him through. Fortunately, he has a few clever tricks up his own sleeve which enable this most endearing of crime fighters to get the best-and last-laugh.
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by M.C. Beaton
"Davina Porter has a ball with the burr of the Scottish tongue; she enlivens the large cast of this amusing mystery with her ability to create deft verbal character sketches with inflection and judicious timing. Old man Andrew Trent has been torturing his family for years with cruel jokes. So when he summons his family to his deathbed, they assemble at Arrat House in the Scottish Highlands with reticence. When a murder takes place, Constable Hamish Macbeth should be in charge, but, as usual in this series, there's a self-important superintendent muddying the clues and the suspects. It is impossible to remember that Porter is but one person. B.H.B. (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine"
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