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?