I picked up this book after my parents introduced me to the BBC television show "Hamish Macbeth." I was charmed by the character in the television show. The book was good, and I still like Lochduch's constable. The book is a very quick read. I figure I'll cycle through the books one at a time. A perfect type of book for reading on an airplane!
I found a great internet resource to help me read the books in chronological order:
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an average Hamish McBeth is better than almost any other Cozy, and this is better than average! Hamish is still mooning over Priscilla, and his adventures take him to a Highlands fishing school where a Gossipy student meets an untimely end.
This is the same author who writes the Agatha Raisin Series. I wasnt a big fan of those. This is an older book, but it can stand the test of time.
Hamish MacBeth is the town Constable in Scotland. He is 35, thin, red haired, and very poor. As part of the Scottish tradition, He cant get married until another of his siblings is old enough to help support all the kids his parents have spawned. So he mooches, coffee and lunch from town people in order to send money home to his family. He is also know to Poach game, which is the biggest crime he ever sees in his small town.
When Lady Jane arrived in town to join a fishing expedition, she starts taunting all the other members of the fishing school, with the skeletons in there closets. She winds up dead.
Higher up, more trained policemen arrive in town to solve the mystery, and tell Hamish to butt out. Of course he solves it and it isnt flashy or some big peril filled drama.
The beauty of this book is the description of the heather and lochs of Scotland.
This book is a great short read. I bet the series gets better. I am going to see if I can find the BBC show listed in another reviewers post.
M.C. Beaton has created a wonderful character, full of Scottish Highlands charm and humor, in small town police constable Hamish MacBeth. This tale is wonderfully told, full of twists and turns. Besides, it's a very, very quick read.
Linda F. reviewed Death of a Gossip (Hamish MacBeth, Bk 1) on
I'm a fan of MC Beaton's Agatha Raisin series, so I was anxious to read this book and hopefully begin a new series by this author, but I was sorely disappointed. I found it to be a bit boring and struggled to finish it. I don't think the main character, Hamish MacBeth, is very interesting. This story didn't live up to my expectations of a cozy village mystery.
When a famous gossip columnist is murdered on a fishing trip in the Scottish highlands, no one is ready to talk. Red-haired, love-smitten but unflappable, Macbeth is a delight and able to solve mysteries in his own folksy down home way.
I really enjoyed this book .....Constable Hamish Macbeth is a believable, down to earth character who is a bit on the lazy side ...but, he has a knack of solving murders....a great beginning of an entertaining new series...cannot wait to read the next one....