Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Death of a Policeman (Hamish Macbeth series)

By M.C. Beaton

Kindle edition, available through CLEVNET

Sargent Hamish Macbeth returns in the 30th installment of the series based in the Scottish Highlands. Detective Chief Inspector Blair sends the good-looking Cyril Sessions to dig up dirt on Hamish in order to build evidence of his incompetence. Blair wants to close down the village office in Lochdubh and to get rid of Hamish. After Cyril is murdered, Hamish becomes a suspect due to the vengeful actions of librarian Hetty Dunstable.

I enjoyed the quirky relationship between Hamish & Dick and the crazy librarian, but this story didn’t have the warmth of the earlier editions. Hamish was a bit compromised in his detective work: "It's as if I've become one of them, he thought." I hope that #31 will signal a return to a more conscientious Hamish.

~ Paula

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