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.
©2014 M. C. Beaton (P)2014 Hachette Audio
Beaton always weaves a good story. With a hero like Hamish, how could she fail?
So excited for another Hammish MacBeth story. The basic story is good, same old, same old. However, toward the end, it seems that she just started throwing in twists and turns just to fill pages. As always, loved the narrator.
Yes - I often listen to Graeme Malcolm narrations more than once. The stories are not spoiled by already knowing the ending as Hamish must always win or I am not happy!
I truly enjoy Graeme Malcolm's reading of the Hamish Macbeth books. He's capable of telling the story with just the right amount of satire and clever diction.Although I'm a bit disappointed at the way the author makes Hamish lose something of what he has always had in his relationship with his animals (with this novel), her stories are always engaging. I wish they were longer.
This is my third time writing this, with the first 2 attempts being inexplicably lost. All I want to say is that despite lots of murders, this book, like the others, never disturbs too much plus provides wonderful escapist fun up in the Highlands with Hamish Macbeth.
Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.
Graeme Malcolm's narration carries the story in this episode of the Highland policeman who wants nothing more than to be left on his own turf, to take care of matters as only he can do best. However CI Blair has always been jealous of Hamish, and thinks up a plot he hopes will get rid of him at last. Since there is a movement to down-size the police force, Blair gets Cyril Sessions, a young policeman, to secretly follow Hamish, take pictures and document that he and his partner really do not do any work, in the hope that this evidence will get MacBeth removed from the force. Unfortunately, this will lead to a murder instead.
The fun of Hamish Macbeth books is always the characters more than the mystery (although that part is good, too). Hamish is a life-loving man, who doesn't take himself too seriously, does his job quite well in fact, but has little interest in doing anything that would take him up the ladder of promotions, because that might mean leaving his beloved town of Lochdubh. He loves the Highlands, the townspeople, his cat and dog, and wants nothing more than to do what he does best, where he is. That lack of ambition puzzles some and infuriates others, which is where much of the tension in the stories comes in.
This book is typical of most in the series, but it lacked a bit of the usual pizzazz, and I don't really know why. I love the narration of Graeme Malcolm, and that compensated for what I think is one of the weaker stories in the series. It is still good--I haven't read a bad Hamish MacBeth book ever. But would not call this Beaton's best. I would still recommend it to any faithful Hamish fan!
I'm a bit prejudiced here, as I love MC Beaton's work in general ~ the Hamish Macbeth series and the Agatha Raisin series. And this particular entry does not disappoint. The reader is magnificent, and the whole thing is truly enjoyable (and helps me get my mind off politics for a while!).
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