Death of a Liar (Hamish MacBeth #30) by M.C Beaton

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Published: February 3, 2015

Format: Audio/OverDrive

Sergeant Hamish Macbeth is alarmed to receive a report from a woman in the small village of Cronish in the Scottish Highlands. She has been brutally attacked and the criminal is on the loose. But upon further investigation, Hamish discovers that she was lying about the crime. So when the same woman calls him back about an intruder, he simply marvels at her compulsion to lie. This time, though, she is telling the truth. Her body is found in her home and Hamish must sort through all of her lies to solve the crime.

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For anyone who hasn’t read or listened to at least one of the Hamish MacBeth series, here is a bit about the likable character.

He lives in Lochdubh’s police station and keeps some sheep and chickens and grows some vegetables. He is occasionally guilty of poaching a salmon, sometimes for himself, but often as a gift or bribe for others.

Hamish has a reputation for laziness. He loves the town of Lochdubh (meaning ‘black lake’ (loch) in Gaelic and pronounced Lokh-DOO) and is content and at peace with his life and lacks ambition. Of great concern to Hamish and his fellow villagers is the threat of possible closure of Lochdubh’s police station,something his superior and archenemy, Chief Inspector Blair, would like to see. Hamish avoids promotion, occasionally even deliberately destroying attempts to give him recognition for his accomplishments. His position as “local bobby,” sees him sometimes left out of official investigations and he must often work outside official channels, as the detectives from neighbouring Strathbane CID do not appreciate his help. Despite this, it is Hamish’s natural “Highland curiosity” and local knowledge and intuition that combine to solve crimes.

All that being said, this book did not hold my interest and I found myself wishing the book would hurry up and be over. There was nothing different from this book to differentiate it from all the others.I like all the characters but I hope the author can come up with more timely and “edge of the seat” plots.

 

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Death of a Charming Man(Hamish MacBeth #10) by M.C. Beaton

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Published: July 1, 1995

Hamish Macbeth’s unofficial engagement to the stunning Priscilla Halburton-Smythe is reminding the constable of the old adage about answered prayers. His lovely fiancée has replaced his cozy wood stove with a modern electric one and is busy trying to “make a man of him.” The only man Hamish wants to be is the one who slouches about the village, gossiping, fishing, and deftly solving a crime or two.

Deciding that this may be a good time for a little retreat, Hamish ambles over to the nearby backwater of Drim – ostensibly to check out a posh English chap who’s causing a most unusual problem. Single, wealthy, and terribly attractive, newcomer Peter Hynd has thrown the middle-aged matrons of Drim into a flutter, and put their men, dour Highlanders whose feelings run deep, on a slow burn.

Hamish’s instincts tell him this seemingly charming young man likes to stir up trouble, and it’s not long before the seething emotions transform the sleepy village into a hotbed of threats, domestic rows, and violent murder. With Hamish’s own relationship raising doubts about hearts and flowers, he’s more than ready to do what he now must – investigate the darker side of love . . .

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M. C. Beaton is a master at the cozy mystery and even in the 10th novel, we are still interested in the life and crimes of the northern Highlands. As always, the townsfolk and Hamish’s seemingly lazy personality are at the core of the book. The mystery was well constructed and not easy to figure out, but it’s the quirky characters who keep me coming back to Lochdubh.

Easy, relaxing read.

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Death of Yesterday (Hamish MacBeth #29) by M.C. Beaton

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Published: February 25, 2014

Scottish Highland Sergeant Hamish Macbeth disbelieves summer student Morag – she lost memories of her pub night and sketchbook – until she turns up dead. As does witness, layabout Fergus. In Cnothan, “sour locals” take “pride in keeping themselves to themselves”, to keep their jobs at the Gilchrist dress factory. Past amorous attentions and police politics lie answers.

 

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Another good book in the Hamish MacBeth Series but not one of the author’s best. Still a fast pleasant read.

 

 

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Death of a Policeman(Hamish MacBeth #30) by M.C. Beaton

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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.

Review:

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.

 

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Death of a Kingfisher by M.C. Beaton

 

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Publication Date: February 22, 2012 | Series: Hamish Macbeth
 
When Scotland is hit by the recession, Police Constable Hamish Macbeth notices that the Highland people are forced to come up with inventive ways to lure tourists to their sleepy towns. The quaint village of Braikie doesn’t have much to offer, other than a place of rare beauty called Buchan’s Wood, which was bequeathed to the town. The savvy local tourist director renames the woods “The Fairy Glen,” and has brochures printed with a beautiful photograph of a kingfisher rising from a pond on the cover.

It isn’t long before coach tours begin to arrive. But just as the town’s luck starts to turn, a kingfisher is found hanging from a branch in the woods with a noose around its neck. As a wave of vandalism threatens to ruin Braikie forever, the town turns to Hamish Macbeth. And when violence strikes again,the lawman’s investigation quickly turns from animal cruelty to murder.

 
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Although this book will not be released until February 22, 2012, I was lucky enough to get it through Net Galley as an audiobook and I loved it.  I have read every book in the  Hamish MacBeth  series and always find it hard to wait for the new one  to come out. 
Poor Hamish, you just have to feel sorry for him, although his life is his own making and it would take so little to change it. He is much smarter, more astute,more compassionate and more loving than he lets on and I just hope that soon the author will give him a real love interest and push the dog and cat to the back burner.
If you’re looking for a Cozy Mystery series to try-this one is a winner.
 
 

Death of a Chimney Sweep by M.C. Beaton ( a Hamish MacBeth Mystery )

 

 

 

 

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Series: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery | Publication Date: December 27, 2011
 
In the south of Scotland, residents get their chimneys vacuum-cleaned. But in the isolated villages in the very north of Scotland, the villagers rely on the services of the itinerant sweep, Pete Ray, and his old-fashioned brushes. Pete is always able to find work in the Scottish highlands, until one day when Police Constable Hamish Macbeth notices blood dripping onto the floor of a villager’s fireplace, and a dead body stuffed inside the chimney. The entire town of Lochdubh is certain Pete is the culprit, but Hamish doesn’t believe that the affable chimney sweep is capable of committing murder. Then Pete’s body is found on the Scottish moors, and the mystery deepens. Once again, it’s up to Hamish to discover who’s responsible for the dirty deed–and this time, the murderer may be closer than he realizes.
 
Review –
 Some don’t think that this installment of the Hamish MacBeth Mysteries  lives up to the other 25 in the series but I loved it because Hamish didn’t seem as bumbling and at loose ends.  He’s never really been appreciated by his superiors (until after he has solved a murder) and probably never will be but that just adds to the enjoyment of the series because I keep routing for him to get his due approval and acceptance. 
After reading the book I’m a bit unsure that the title was apropos because the chimney sweep was just collateral damage.  The murder that everyone was trying to solve was Capt. Davenport’s, the man who was stuffed up his own chimney, but I guess maybe that’s why the author named the book for the lesser involved-maybe she felt sorry for him.  I did, he maybe got a total of 3 pages written about him. 
No matter what the title, I love the story and found it to be a very pleasurable read.
If you’ve never read an M.C Beaton book you really should put it on your New Year’s Resolution List.