DEATH OF AN HONEST MAN by M.C. Beaton is the latest installment in the Hamish Macbeth series. I believe this is #34. The first title was published in 1985 and DEATH OF AN HONEST MAN is new in 2018. M.C. Beaton is the pen name of Marion Chesney who is a very prolific author of romance, mystery and historical novels. Her Agatha Raisin mysteries are another familiar and successful series. (also very entertaining) Hamish Macbeth is a police officer working out of the small village of Lochdubh in the Scottish Highlands. It seems that all of northern Scotland is his beat. He knows most of the locals and is very happy living in the small police station in Lochdubh. He steers away from any publicity or notoriety, as he does not want to be promoted and have to leave his beloved situation in the village, with his garden and pets and chickens and sheep and friends. Reading a Hamish Macbeth 'cozy mystery' is like having a good friend over for tea - very friendly, very comfortable and very relaxing. I think I'll put the kettle on and whip up a batch of scones.
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Paul first attended church in Lochdubh and told the minister, Mr. Wellington, that his sermons were boring. He then told tweedy Mrs. Wellington that she was too fat and should set a better example in these days of increasing obesity. Angela Brody was told her detective stories were pap for the masses and that she should write real literature instead. He accused Hamish of having dyed his fiery red hair. He told Jessie Currie--who compulsively repeats all the last words of her twin sister--that she needed psychiatric help.
"I speak as I find," he bragged. A refrain of "I could kill that man," could be heard from Lochdubh to Cnothan.
And someone did.
Now Hamish is faced with a bewildering array of suspects, this time without the services of his clumsy policeman, Charlie, who resigned from the force after one too many confrontations with Hamish's incompetent boss, Chief Inspector Blair. But can Hamish find the killer on his own?
A Hamish Macbeth Mystery
Grand Central Publishing
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M. C. Beaton
Death of an Honest Man
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8.75 x 6.00 x 1.00 Inches
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Death of an Honest Man is the 33rd (!) entry in M.C. Beaton's Hamish MacBeth series. I have a copy of this latest to give away to one lucky reader courtesy of Grand Central Publishing. Paul English has retired to the Scottish Highlands. He prides himself on his 'honesty'. But that honesty is often cruelty - and one of the recipients of his candor has taken exception - and killed Paul. The murder has happened in Police Sergeant Hamish MacBeth's beat. For those unfamiliar with this series, Hamish is quite content to live in his remote Scottish village. In fact, he usually solves the cases and lets someone else take the credit, so he doesn't get promoted. Beaton has created a cast of recurring characters from those quirky inhabitants of the village of Lochdubh, to the higher ups in the police department, both friend and foe. His romantic life is an ongoing saga and I don't see any resolution happening now or in the future. The rotating constables and ongoing pet saga are also mainstays of the plotting. And that's the fun of this series - the continuity and the revisiting of familiar characters. The clues come fast and furious, the logic leaps sometimes mystify me and some of the goings on require a few grains of salt, but again that's also part of the charm of the series. They're quick little reads, perfect for a dreary day. Hamish had developed a bit of a sharp edge in the last few books that I didn't enjoy. I'm happy to say that's not the case with this latest, as he seems to be back to his old self.
I love Hamish Macbeth,...
I love Hamish Macbeth, but I must admit I am a little tired of the pace of these books. Ms. Beaton hurries from one thing to another to another with no lead-up or prepatation. I realize that I don't require any more explanations about Hamish and his behaviour as I've been reading and loving these books from the very first one, but a little preparation and set up before changes in plot, scenery or people would be nice. I always feel a little out of breath when I close the book. And really! Chief Inspector Blair! Let's get rid of this guy. How he can keep coming back after his drunken episodes and his breeches of protocol is beyond me. What I did enjoy about this book, other than wonderful Hamish himself, is the direct references to the "feyness" of the Scottish people. They are a superstitious lot, and that comes out endearingly in all the books. Yes, I will continue to read Hamish. The thought of giving him up leaves me with a sense of loss.
Haimish MacBeth is on ...
Haimish MacBeth is on the case to solve the murder of new town resident, Paul English. Mr. English was greatly disliked, and too many people had cause to want him gone.
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