Published: February 25, 2014
Local police stations all over the Scottish Highlands are being threatened with closure. This presents the perfect opportunity for Detective Chief Inspector Blair, who would love nothing more than to get rid of Sergeant Hamish Macbeth. Blair suggests that Cyril Sessions, a keen young police officer, visit the town of Lochdubh to monitor exactly what Macbeth does every day. Macbeth hears about Blair’s plan and is prepared to insure that Cyril returns back to headquarters with a full report. But Cyril is soon found dead and Hamish quickly becomes the prime suspect in his murder.
I have read every book in this series and it is one of my favorites because the books are fast reads with pleasant (maybe not the right word) murder mysteries involving Hamish MacBeth, a Scottish policeman who doesn’t want to move up in ranks because he would have to leave the station where is now assigned. There isn’t a lot of crime so he spends time with his dog and cat and drives around the country side and sometimes goes fishing.
Of course, some in the series are better than others, and I found this one a little lacking. But all in all, I enjoyed reading it and look forward to the next installment. Hopefully soon Hamish will find the love of his life, which may be a good thing and maybe not.