Death of a Liar review

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Goodreads: 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.

This is why it is policy in most police departments in America that you have to check out a call no matter what because you just never know when it could be the real deal.  Hamish waits until the next day to respond to the call and finds the poor woman murdered in her garden.

But who would kill her? What did the intruder want and did he get it? Several other murders, seemingly not linked to this one, crop up making one wonder just what the heck is going on.  Which is the same thing Hamish is wondering.

Will these murders end up in the cold case files? They seem rather unsolvable even with the help of both Elspeth and Priscilla.  Dick isn’t much help though he does come in handy here and there, especially when it is dinner time.

Poor Hamish is beginning to think any woman would do for a wife – even ones he just meets, he is that horny.  But oh what a tangle web he weaves.  Women are not his specialty.

Well written and entertaining – I give this last book in the series an A+.  This is the 30th book in the series – Beaton is supposed to have another out in 2016, or so I’ve read.  Now I can take a break knowing I am caught up – those kinds of things bother me.  Hate not finishing a series if I enjoy it.  Of course, these books aren’t long and airy in the descriptions of the décor which makes them way more enjoyable to me.  Pop the Champaign cork, I am DONE!

Death of Yesterday review

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Goodreads: 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. In past amorous attentions and police politics lie answers.

Ah Hamish, you can be so daft sometimes but I enjoy you anyway.  Pretty much, it seems, most murders have to do with money – that is why they always say “follow the money” in crime dramas.  Yes, sex and jealousy pay a part sometimes too but most always it is about greed of some kind or another.

Who could poor Morag have drawn that wanted her dead? Who was the face in the window? Who is Morag?

Hamish has his hands full as he takes on the various murders – there are far more than listed in the description of the book above.  Someone is going on a murder spree but to what end?

And what about Hamish’s love life? Will we ever see him find someone for real? Obviously Dick makes a good house husband, but he isn’t that great of a policeman though he is credited with saving Hamish’s life several times.  But how long can it last? And just what mischief is Blair up to? That man should have been fired ten books ago.  :-)

Well, I am not going to give you the answers so you best pick up a copy of the book for yourself.  I give it an A.

Death of a Policeman review

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Goodreads: 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.

Wow, it took me three days to read this one – just seemed to kind of drag a bit to me but also, I got busy and couldn’t get back to it.

Once again, Hamish does not become the prime suspect in the murder of Cyril.  He is with his constable the entire time and no one seemed to like the policeman anyway.

Yes, I am starting to get a bit burned out on this series – it had to happen sooner or later because I’ve been reading them one right after another.  In fact, I already have the next book read and will do a review of it tomorrow.  I am now one book away from having the series completed until the author writes the next one.  In truth, it will be nice to take a break from them.  Now I am obsessed with Hamish and wondering what happens next in his life – once I get to the end, I will be forced to wait so that will give me a chance to read other things.

Patricia and Elspeth both make an appearance in this one – try to guess which one he becomes engaged to for a hot second?  Poor Hamish, unlucky in love.  At least he has the nice constable Dick to do his cooking, cleaning and to take care of his pets.  :-)

I give the book a B+ – it is entertaining but I felt like it repeated itself a lot with Dick always being asleep in a patio chair, etc.

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Goodreads: When Scotland is hit by 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. A 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.

Hmmm…the bird in this sounds lovely as does the Fairy Glen where fairies come out at night.  Of course, their fairies are nothing like the pretty little Thumbelina-type in Hollywood.  In Scottland, apparently, they are dwarf/drolls that come out at night.

But anyway, Hamish has his hands full with several murders – some quite inventive, though especially brutal.  I found it a little confusing at times but I’m sure that is because I was reading at work and kept getting interrupted.

The story seemed to jump around quite a bit but it was still entertaining and one has to like Hamish’s new constable.  I hope he doesn’t get demoted again – that bit is getting a bit old.

Still, have to love Hamish and all the innovative things he comes up with to solve murders but also to keep his police station alive.  I do find it a bit far-fetched how Blair keeps getting away with his little schemes to do away with Hamish yet never gets in trouble for it – even when he is caught.  Ridiculous.

But still, one has to have a nemesis, don’t they? Maybe Blair will retire and Jimmy can take his place.  I give the book an A and will have the next one reviewed tomorrow.  I’m almost through – have two more to go after the one I’m reading now.

Death of a Chimney Sweep review

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Goodreads: 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.

Well, multiple murders later and Hamish is once again alone in his police station.  His constable doesn’t even last one day – a new record.  This story is a decent one – not my favorite but still interesting.

Lots of suspects, poor Hamish is truly confused through most of the plot.  It did a lot of twists and turns but the killer is apparent pretty early on – getting to the rest of it and through other murders…well, you will have to figure that out on your own.

Lots of high intrigue, visits by both of Hamish’s women, and even Angela has a larger part in this murder/mystery.  Love the Scottish Moors descriptions – it sounds like a lovely, if volatile, place to visit.

I give this installment in the mystery series an A.  Tomorrow it is Death of a Kingfisher leaving me just a couple more to go.  Really thought I would have tired of the series several books ago but Hamish keeps me going.  What will my favorite policeman encounter next?