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!