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.


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