If you know me, you know I LOVE MC Beaton’s cozy mysteries with both Hamish Macbeth or Agatha Raisin. I was thrilled to get the latest Hamish Macbeth one from Net Galley (I’ve read them all!).
Here’s what Net Galley has to say:
M. C. Beaton’s New York Times bestselling Hamish Macbeth series continues with a new mystery featuring Scotland’s most quick-witted but unambitious policeman.
James Harrison has recently moved to a restored hunting lodge in Sutherland with his gorgeous private nurse Gloria Dainty. When Hamish visits Mr. Harrison to welcome him to the neighborhood, the old man treats him very rudely. Gloria apologizes for her employer’s behavior, and Hamish takes the plunge and invites her out for dinner. On the appointed evening, Hamish waits for Gloria at the restaurant. And waits. Gloria never shows up. Four days later, Gloria’s body washes up on the beach near Braikie. Now without a date and without his former policeman Dick Fraser (who left the force to buy a bakery), Hamish must find out who killed the beautiful new resident of Sutherland, and why, before the murderer strikes again….
While there has been a few Hamish stories that I have not liked as of late, I really enjoyed this one! Hamish is such a cranky bachelor. He loves his pets and he has the worst luck in his love life. There were little inklings in this story that something may be happening again in the near future with Elspeth (yeah!) and perhaps we will FINALLY find out why Priscilla is so “cold” – what caused it (double yeah!). The cast of characters are familiar and lovable, so this one is a treat for fans familiar with series or for your very first read.
Thank you for my review copy! This book publishes in late February, 2016.
Regular readers will know that I love MC Beaton’s cozy mysteries. Her latest Hamish Macbeth book just published. In this one a bothersome police officer has been put on assignment by Hamish’s nemesis Blair to track Hamish and to try to catch him slacking off so he can look bad. Unfortunately, the police officer ends up murdered. Hamish and his sidekick Dick need to figure out who the murderer is, and why people are suddenly showing up dead all over Lochdubh.
This is typical Hamish Macbeth fare — his pets, his work, the village characters, Hamish’s dismal love life. Poor Dick deals with an unproductive love life in this story, too. I know that some folks might find these stories too incredible (police procedure is enthusiastically broken) or the characters too caricaturish (e.g. Blair), but that is one reason why I like these stories. They make me laugh. Plus I love a good mystery!
I remember seeing the series on the BBC (via Netflix) and I wish they would make more of them. Robert Carlyle was the perfect Hamish!
If you love getting your Hamish fix, you will most probably like DEATH OF A POLICEMAN.
Thank you to Net Galley and Grand Central Publishing for my review copy.