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When Fergus Macleod, Lochdubh's abusive, drunk dustman is put in charge of the local recycling centre and is dubbed the 'Environment Officer', Hamish Macbeth smells trouble. Sure enough, Fergus, imbued with his new powers, becomes a bullying tyrant and when his body is found stuffed in a recycling bin, no one is sorry - including his long-suffering family. But Macbeth is s When Fergus Macleod, Lochdubh's abusive, drunk dustman is put in charge of the local recycling centre and is dubbed the 'Environment Officer', Hamish Macbeth smells trouble. Sure enough, Fergus, imbued with his new powers, becomes a bullying tyrant and when his body is found stuffed in a recycling bin, no one is sorry - including his long-suffering family. But Macbeth is surprised to find that many of the despicable dustman's victims refuse to talk - and when violence strikes again, the lanky lawman must quickly unearth the culprit among a litter of suspects... before the killer makes a clean getaway!


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When Fergus Macleod, Lochdubh's abusive, drunk dustman is put in charge of the local recycling centre and is dubbed the 'Environment Officer', Hamish Macbeth smells trouble. Sure enough, Fergus, imbued with his new powers, becomes a bullying tyrant and when his body is found stuffed in a recycling bin, no one is sorry - including his long-suffering family. But Macbeth is s When Fergus Macleod, Lochdubh's abusive, drunk dustman is put in charge of the local recycling centre and is dubbed the 'Environment Officer', Hamish Macbeth smells trouble. Sure enough, Fergus, imbued with his new powers, becomes a bullying tyrant and when his body is found stuffed in a recycling bin, no one is sorry - including his long-suffering family. But Macbeth is surprised to find that many of the despicable dustman's victims refuse to talk - and when violence strikes again, the lanky lawman must quickly unearth the culprit among a litter of suspects... before the killer makes a clean getaway!

30 review for Death of a Dustman

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bobby Underwood

    “What evil’s come to Lochdubh?” — Mrs. McClellan “Whatever it is,” said Hamish grimly, “Fergus Macleod did something to bring it here.” Wildly politically incorrect and laced with hilarious dark comedy, this delightful mystery series set in the fictional village of Lochdubh in Scotland is a hoot. It features Hamish Macbeth, a tall redheaded policeman whose knack for solving crimes makes it difficult for the unambitious copper to avert promotion so that he can remain in the quirky village. This ser “What evil’s come to Lochdubh?” — Mrs. McClellan “Whatever it is,” said Hamish grimly, “Fergus Macleod did something to bring it here.” Wildly politically incorrect and laced with hilarious dark comedy, this delightful mystery series set in the fictional village of Lochdubh in Scotland is a hoot. It features Hamish Macbeth, a tall redheaded policeman whose knack for solving crimes makes it difficult for the unambitious copper to avert promotion so that he can remain in the quirky village. This series is a refreshing change from just about everything else out there. Sure, they’re all a bit similar, but that makes them no less enjoyable. Fans adore Hamish and the quirky residents of Lochdubh. Each visit moves at a breezy and enjoyable pace, has a murder or two, a few wistful moments, and plenty of laughs derived from biting social commentary so contrary to the uber-sensitive crowd run amok, that we’d all like to live in Lochdubh were it not for the high mortality rate! In Death of a Dustman, bossy Freda Fleming arrives from Strathbane to use her new position as Officer of Environment to “green” up Lochdubh, and get her face in the papers. If you’ve ever read a Hamish Macbeth mystery you’re probably already imagining the adverse reaction of the residents of Lochdubh. It is made worse by drunk dustman (garbageman) Fergus Macleod, who lets his laughable, sparkly new uniform and higher salary go to his head. Soon, everyone in Lochdubh is ready to murder the wife-beating lout. When the Currie sisters report a bad smell coming from one of the huge recycling bins, Hamish discovers someone has acted on their impulse. In Death of a Dustman, Hamish has a new helper named Clarry. Big and slovenly, Clarry loves to cook more than he loves policing, and is soon sweet on Martha, the beleaguered wife of Fergus. This of course makes him a top suspect in the eyes of Blair, the bane of Hamish’s existence. The situation quickly goes from bad to worse as Hamish discovers that Fergus may have been blackmailing his beloved neighbors. As if that weren’t enough to make the lanky Hamish irritable, Priscilla has a new beau, and it turns out that her father, the Colonel, may have been the last to see Fergus alive. Mix in a pretty new schoolteacher, a second murder, and a shady new hotel owner, and you have the makings for another delightful mystery filled with laughs, and a few poignant moments. Just a fabulous series that will certainly offend those who are offended by everything nowadays anyway, but delight a great many more readers. Death of a Dustman is another great read in a popular series full of them. Though there are murders, this series is as much about Hamish and the quirky villagers of Lochdubh we’ve come to love over the years. Putting on your mystery solving cap is really unnecessary when reading a Hamish Macbeth novel — and might in fact impede your enjoyment of them. A Hamish Macbeth mystery is the next best thing to actually visiting the Highlands, and Death of a Dustman is a nice vacation from weightier reads. Highly recommended!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Martin

    When Fergus Macleod, Lochdubh's abusive, drunk dustman is put in charge of the local recycling center, Hamish Macbeth smells trouble. Sure enough, Fergus, imbued with his new powers, becomes a bullying tyrant. When his body is found stuffed in a recycling bin, no one is sorry—including his long-suffering family. But Macbeth is surprised to find that many of the despicable dustman's victims refuse to talk—and when violence strikes again, the lanky lawman must quickly unearth the culprit among a l When Fergus Macleod, Lochdubh's abusive, drunk dustman is put in charge of the local recycling center, Hamish Macbeth smells trouble. Sure enough, Fergus, imbued with his new powers, becomes a bullying tyrant. When his body is found stuffed in a recycling bin, no one is sorry—including his long-suffering family. But Macbeth is surprised to find that many of the despicable dustman's victims refuse to talk—and when violence strikes again, the lanky lawman must quickly unearth the culprit among a litter of suspects ... before the killer makes a clean getaway! My grandma's family came from the Scottish Highlands and so I just had to read this fascinating tale of death among the dustbins. Enjoy!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I'm telling you, people: M.C. Beaton's books are like potato chips! I can't stop! Every single one is a delight, a joy, a little vacation for the reader! I love her romances as Marion Chesney, I love her mysteries as M.C. Beaton, I LOVE HER!! Death of a Dustman brings us garbage collection gone terribly awry, vicious recycling, blackmail, murder, suicide, burly Highlanders chucking large hammers about, superstitions, lies, and a lot of dinner dates at the local Italian restaurant. Ahhh. It is good I'm telling you, people: M.C. Beaton's books are like potato chips! I can't stop! Every single one is a delight, a joy, a little vacation for the reader! I love her romances as Marion Chesney, I love her mysteries as M.C. Beaton, I LOVE HER!! Death of a Dustman brings us garbage collection gone terribly awry, vicious recycling, blackmail, murder, suicide, burly Highlanders chucking large hammers about, superstitions, lies, and a lot of dinner dates at the local Italian restaurant. Ahhh. It is good to be back in Lochdubh!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Eric_W

    Beaton is such a delight. She has such a way at describing the idiosyncratic characters that populate her books. In this latest Hamish Macbeth story, Hamish has been promoted to sergeant and he now has to supervise a new constable, Clarry, who has few genuine police skills but is a great cook. Freda Fleming, a power-seeking environmentalist recently elected to Strathbane Council, decides that Lochdubh (pronounced Lockdoo) is perfect to use as a vehicle to bring herself to national attention, so Beaton is such a delight. She has such a way at describing the idiosyncratic characters that populate her books. In this latest Hamish Macbeth story, Hamish has been promoted to sergeant and he now has to supervise a new constable, Clarry, who has few genuine police skills but is a great cook. Freda Fleming, a power-seeking environmentalist recently elected to Strathbane Council, decides that Lochdubh (pronounced Lockdoo) is perfect to use as a vehicle to bring herself to national attention, so she enlists the aid of their local dustman (garbage collector) to enforce some stringent new rules regarding the collection of trash. Fergus Macleod, the dustman and local wife-beating drunk, revels in his new uniform and power and immediately proceeds to make enemies of everyone in town. He also gets himself murdered. Unfortunately, Hamish has a surfeit of suspects, including Clarry, who had fallen in love with Martha McLeod, Fergus’s wife. But many others, it turns out, had reason to intensely dislike the dustman. Hamish and Priscilla are still not married, but still warily circling each other, both threatening to become involved with others. Hamish loses his stripes by lying about how a helicopter was brought down. You’ll have to read the book to find out more, but it will be well worth it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    These books just flow along in such a happy goofy way.

  6. 5 out of 5

    C.J. Prince

    Never leave home without Hamish Macbeth. Really. What will I do when I've come to book 30 or is it 31. I'll think on that later. I love the Scottish terminology and was interested to learn that a "dustman" is a garbage man. So, right there I've improved my vocabulary. M.C. Beatton continues to rev up the motives and possibilities of murder. Just when you might suspect a writer would be getting stale, she surprises the reader. The common dustman, severe alcoholic and wife abuser is promoted to Envi Never leave home without Hamish Macbeth. Really. What will I do when I've come to book 30 or is it 31. I'll think on that later. I love the Scottish terminology and was interested to learn that a "dustman" is a garbage man. So, right there I've improved my vocabulary. M.C. Beatton continues to rev up the motives and possibilities of murder. Just when you might suspect a writer would be getting stale, she surprises the reader. The common dustman, severe alcoholic and wife abuser is promoted to Environmental Officer, uniform included. He struts with grandiose self importance and uses his new power to distress every citizen in the small town of Lochdubh (lock doo), Scotland. We can always depend on murder by the title. Now, if you haven't met Police Constable Hamish Macbeth, I suggest you go back to book #1 and have a grand time.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Geri

    I always have loved the (Death of Books) So I liked this one very much as well. You can just feel the setting of the Highlands. I love it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Josephine (Jo)

    This was my first Hamish Macbeth book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have read almost all of the Agatha Raisin books by M.C. Beaton so thought I would give Hamish a try. The little Highland town of Lochdubh is on the surface a very peaceful and sleepy place where the pace of life is easy going and everyone knows every one else and their business, or do they? When Fergus Macleod, abusive drunk and wife beater is promoted from dustman to 'Environment Officer' it goes to his head and he becomes eve This was my first Hamish Macbeth book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have read almost all of the Agatha Raisin books by M.C. Beaton so thought I would give Hamish a try. The little Highland town of Lochdubh is on the surface a very peaceful and sleepy place where the pace of life is easy going and everyone knows every one else and their business, or do they? When Fergus Macleod, abusive drunk and wife beater is promoted from dustman to 'Environment Officer' it goes to his head and he becomes even more obnoxious than usual. A string of events is set in motion and soon many of the villagers find themselves dragged into a murder investigation, we soon find out that beneath the smooth surface of village life things are not as peaceful and innocent as they appear to be. Hamish Macbeth finds himself in quite a quandary as to how to solve the crimes and also how to protect the reputation of some of his neighbours and friends in the village whilst still bringing the culprit to justice. A very easy and interesting mystery, I shall definitely be reading more in the series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    A very enjoyable and comical book, starring Hamish Macbeth in pursuit of the murderer and equally in pursuit of the love of Priscilla. The victim in this instance is a nasty piece of work, a drunk and abusive dustman, promoted to Environment Officer, and given a swanky new uniform. The new environment officer, Mrs Fleming, is equally unpopular with the residents of Lochdubh. But she is a great comedy character, with her sense of self importance and determination to make a name for herself. The my A very enjoyable and comical book, starring Hamish Macbeth in pursuit of the murderer and equally in pursuit of the love of Priscilla. The victim in this instance is a nasty piece of work, a drunk and abusive dustman, promoted to Environment Officer, and given a swanky new uniform. The new environment officer, Mrs Fleming, is equally unpopular with the residents of Lochdubh. But she is a great comedy character, with her sense of self importance and determination to make a name for herself. The mystery of who committed these murders keeps you interested and intrigued to the end, but along the way there are more that a few laugh out loud moments. I can recommend Death of a Dustman to fans of M C Beaton and to anyone who enjoys reading detective fiction and comedy.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Fiona MacDonald

    I am really starting to find MC Beaton's knack of constructing Agath Christie-esque plots really appealing. Hamish this time is on the trail of the murderer of an unpleasant and unpopular dustman who was murdered and put in a dustbin (hilarious). There are various red herrings along the way, but the relationships are all rather complicated and I was excited to learn who the culprit was at the very end. I also love hearing about Hamish's various policemen that come and go, either because they are I am really starting to find MC Beaton's knack of constructing Agath Christie-esque plots really appealing. Hamish this time is on the trail of the murderer of an unpleasant and unpopular dustman who was murdered and put in a dustbin (hilarious). There are various red herrings along the way, but the relationships are all rather complicated and I was excited to learn who the culprit was at the very end. I also love hearing about Hamish's various policemen that come and go, either because they are so useless or because a better job comes along - this time it's a wannabe chef. As always, I speed through these, so am now trying my best to stretch each book out as long as possible. Please keep writing Ms Beaton!!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bettie

    Description: When Fergus Macleod, Lochdubh's abusive, drunk dustman is put in charge of the local recycling center, Hamish Macbeth smells trouble. Sure enough, Fergus, imbued with his new powers, becomes a bullying tyrant. When his body is found stuffed in a recycling bin, no one is sorry—including his long-suffering family. But Macbeth is surprised to find that many of the despicable dustman's victims refuse to talk—and when violence strikes again, the lanky lawman must quickly unearth the culp Description: When Fergus Macleod, Lochdubh's abusive, drunk dustman is put in charge of the local recycling center, Hamish Macbeth smells trouble. Sure enough, Fergus, imbued with his new powers, becomes a bullying tyrant. When his body is found stuffed in a recycling bin, no one is sorry—including his long-suffering family. But Macbeth is surprised to find that many of the despicable dustman's victims refuse to talk—and when violence strikes again, the lanky lawman must quickly unearth the culprit among a litter of suspects ... before the killer makes a clean getaway!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Deanne

    When lochdubh gets a new dustman and goes green the villagers are soon threatening to kill him, so when someone puts him out with the rubbish there are lots of suspects.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Peggyzbooksnmusic

    One of the better entries in this series. For a mystery that is less then 250 pages, the author weaves an intriguing story around quirky characters. With each book in the series I've become more and more attached to Hamish Macbeth and his neighbors in the Highlands of Scotland. Definitely recommend reading the series in order. One of the better entries in this series. For a mystery that is less then 250 pages, the author weaves an intriguing story around quirky characters. With each book in the series I've become more and more attached to Hamish Macbeth and his neighbors in the Highlands of Scotland. Definitely recommend reading the series in order.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Spuddie

    #17 Hamish MacBeth Scottish cozy police mystery. One of the councilwomen in Strathbane, eager for some attention, targets Lochdubh for her 'go green' campaign and enlists the local dustman, Fergus Macleod, to get the residents to separate their rubbish for recycling. Fergus, a nasty, wife-beating drunk who was on the verge of losing his job before Mrs. Fleming got him a new uniform and reason to be nasty, of course ends up dead. There's hardly a villager who hadn't been heard threatening him at #17 Hamish MacBeth Scottish cozy police mystery. One of the councilwomen in Strathbane, eager for some attention, targets Lochdubh for her 'go green' campaign and enlists the local dustman, Fergus Macleod, to get the residents to separate their rubbish for recycling. Fergus, a nasty, wife-beating drunk who was on the verge of losing his job before Mrs. Fleming got him a new uniform and reason to be nasty, of course ends up dead. There's hardly a villager who hadn't been heard threatening him at one time or another, but when a second man, a crofter named Angus also dies, the suspect list narrows a bit. Hamish, now a Sergeant with yet another PC--Clarry, this one a great cook but not much in the grooming and cleanliness department--learns that Fergus was blackmailing several Lochdubh residents and wonders if Angus found out somehow and one of those people killed him? Hamish keeps this news to himself, wanting to protect his fellow villagers, and of course it ends up disastrously and by the end of the book, Hamish is once again a lowly PC and Blair gnashes his teeth as his red-haired menace once again escapes being sacked. An enjoyable, light read and this one had a solution that I didn't anticipate, at least for part of it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    The Flooze

    Comedy and misery combine to make another satisfying mystery from M.C. Beaton. The death of a cruel dustman leaves Lochdubh littered with lies, suspicions...and lots of actual garbage. As is too often the case, Hamish finds himself suppressing evidence from Strathbane in an effort to protect the villagers. While his intentions are noble, some day he's going to truly go too far. While Hamish is conducting an infinite round of interviews, we also get to know his new constable. It's obvious that, li Comedy and misery combine to make another satisfying mystery from M.C. Beaton. The death of a cruel dustman leaves Lochdubh littered with lies, suspicions...and lots of actual garbage. As is too often the case, Hamish finds himself suppressing evidence from Strathbane in an effort to protect the villagers. While his intentions are noble, some day he's going to truly go too far. While Hamish is conducting an infinite round of interviews, we also get to know his new constable. It's obvious that, like Willie, he's useless as a policeman. It's seems that a running joke is born. There are plenty of sad stories explored here, but lots of funny and sweet moments as well. The result is a lovely balance that keeps Lochdubh from feeling too cozy to be real.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Helene Harrison

    Review - I particularly loved Clarry in this one, only in this book really, but an excellent character, and very well developed considering how relatively minor he is. Still love Hamish and how he always manages to stumble onto the right answer. One of the best Hamish Macbeth mysteries I've read so far - very cleverly done, and the suspects were many, making it difficult to solve. This is the kind of mystery that I love. Description as good as ever. Genre? - Crime / Mystery Characters? - Hamish Ma Review - I particularly loved Clarry in this one, only in this book really, but an excellent character, and very well developed considering how relatively minor he is. Still love Hamish and how he always manages to stumble onto the right answer. One of the best Hamish Macbeth mysteries I've read so far - very cleverly done, and the suspects were many, making it difficult to solve. This is the kind of mystery that I love. Description as good as ever. Genre? - Crime / Mystery Characters? - Hamish Macbeth / Fergus MacLeod / Clarry / Freda Fleming / Jimmy Anderson / Chief Inspector Blair Setting? - Lochdubh (Scotland) Series? - Hamish Macbeth #17 Recommend? - Yes Rating - 16/20

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kristi | Hidden Staircase |

    I think with this book I have finally caught up and read the entire Macbeth series. These books are such fun. I especially enjoyed Dustman as it takes place in Lochdubh with the locals, whom Hamish always works furiously to protect from the detectives in Inverness. It was fun to finally meet Clarry, who I know from later books. I'm going to look back through my Macbeth books and hope I've got one more unread book left to enjoy. If not, I'll have to just start the series again, reading them in or I think with this book I have finally caught up and read the entire Macbeth series. These books are such fun. I especially enjoyed Dustman as it takes place in Lochdubh with the locals, whom Hamish always works furiously to protect from the detectives in Inverness. It was fun to finally meet Clarry, who I know from later books. I'm going to look back through my Macbeth books and hope I've got one more unread book left to enjoy. If not, I'll have to just start the series again, reading them in order this time through. If you enjoy a great cozy, give Hamish Macbeth a try.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Badseedgirl

    In this episode, Badseedgirl learned that Eliza Doolittle's Dad from "My Fair Lady" was a garbage collector. For a book that started out so light-hearted, well you know except for the murder, this novel sure did end dark. On a personal note, by completing this book I am now officially more than 1/2 done with this series. My goal is to complete the series by the end of the year, so I can start on Miss Marple for 2016. In this episode, Badseedgirl learned that Eliza Doolittle's Dad from "My Fair Lady" was a garbage collector. For a book that started out so light-hearted, well you know except for the murder, this novel sure did end dark. On a personal note, by completing this book I am now officially more than 1/2 done with this series. My goal is to complete the series by the end of the year, so I can start on Miss Marple for 2016.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey Hanson

    This was a darker novel than some of the others. I admit that sometimes the author's viewpoints really irritates me. She sometimes makes women seem stupid or makes light of serious issues like domestic abuse. This is a bit more serious than the others and at least shows the consequences and as a plus it actually stays pretty focused on the actual mystery instead of the rest of the plot. This was a darker novel than some of the others. I admit that sometimes the author's viewpoints really irritates me. She sometimes makes women seem stupid or makes light of serious issues like domestic abuse. This is a bit more serious than the others and at least shows the consequences and as a plus it actually stays pretty focused on the actual mystery instead of the rest of the plot.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Selah Pike

    Haha, American me thought a dustman was like a chimney sweep. Oops! I felt a bit lost at first, having skipped a book or two (not available from my library), but it's not too hard to figure out what's going on in the village. Hamish was at his secret keeping best / worst. Thankfully he wasn't womanizing in this installment. Haha, American me thought a dustman was like a chimney sweep. Oops! I felt a bit lost at first, having skipped a book or two (not available from my library), but it's not too hard to figure out what's going on in the village. Hamish was at his secret keeping best / worst. Thankfully he wasn't womanizing in this installment.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Susan Webb

    I liked this Hamish Macbeth story. Hamish tries so hard to protect the privacy of a few villagers and it wears him down. He solved both murders and yet it was his strange dog that told him of the ending of one of the murderers. I don't want to say too much and give anything away. This was one of the better Hamish Macbeth stories I have read. I liked this Hamish Macbeth story. Hamish tries so hard to protect the privacy of a few villagers and it wears him down. He solved both murders and yet it was his strange dog that told him of the ending of one of the murderers. I don't want to say too much and give anything away. This was one of the better Hamish Macbeth stories I have read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I did not enjoy this as much as the other Hamish Macbeth series books I've read. It was dark, depressing, and seemed to ramble on forever. The ending was horrible. I did not enjoy this as much as the other Hamish Macbeth series books I've read. It was dark, depressing, and seemed to ramble on forever. The ending was horrible.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Lohr

    *This review can also be found on my book review blog, The Never-Ending TBR Pile. Rubbish. Blackmail. Power. In this installment, Hamish has to discover the killer of a disliked dustman (i.e. garbage collector) and has no shortage of suspects. He doesn't want to believe that it's someone from his village, though, and takes unorthodox means to delay the inevitable in order to find the killer. But when another death occurs, he begins to feel the pressure of not doing his duty and things quickly unra *This review can also be found on my book review blog, The Never-Ending TBR Pile. Rubbish. Blackmail. Power. In this installment, Hamish has to discover the killer of a disliked dustman (i.e. garbage collector) and has no shortage of suspects. He doesn't want to believe that it's someone from his village, though, and takes unorthodox means to delay the inevitable in order to find the killer. But when another death occurs, he begins to feel the pressure of not doing his duty and things quickly unravel. Being in Lochdubh is always enjoyable and reading about the intertwining lives of the residents there is entertaining. This particular book reveals just how deeply connected Hamish is with his village and the lengths he'll go to protect those he feels are innocent. And the twist at the end delivers a sad blow to the community that had thought everything was over when the killer was revealed. Definitely a great continuation of this series that leaves me eager to dive into more of Hamish's adventures!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Momreadstoomuch

    I'm listening to this series on audio book. This one features a new narrator and he isn't as good as the old one so it's harder to love. The book has the same great story and hard to figure out killer. The language is wonderful and I find myself using words like waspish and insolently after listening, however its like they changed your favorite character in a TV series and didn't tell you. I 've purchased a few hardback copies and have access to the print copies. These may have to be read in the I'm listening to this series on audio book. This one features a new narrator and he isn't as good as the old one so it's harder to love. The book has the same great story and hard to figure out killer. The language is wonderful and I find myself using words like waspish and insolently after listening, however its like they changed your favorite character in a TV series and didn't tell you. I 've purchased a few hardback copies and have access to the print copies. These may have to be read in the future.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Hock

    I was given pretty much the entire set of the Hamish Macbeth series. This series holds a special place in my heart as my grandfather grew up in the area where the series takes place. When I visited Scotland several years ago I went and visited relatives who still live there and visited the town where the television series was filmed. I enjoy the series. They are a quick read. The characters are familiar but the stories themselves seem very refreshing. I am thoroughly enjoying this series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Another fun and surprising Hamish Macbeth book. Love how Hamish really cares about and looks out for the townsfolk. But, I don't know if I could live here - everyone in everyone's business and anyone who is annoying or rude seems to get murdered.  One of my favorite things (that can sometimes even be comical) are how there are always so any suspects and it definitely makes the culprit hard to guess. Another fun and surprising Hamish Macbeth book. Love how Hamish really cares about and looks out for the townsfolk. But, I don't know if I could live here - everyone in everyone's business and anyone who is annoying or rude seems to get murdered.  One of my favorite things (that can sometimes even be comical) are how there are always so any suspects and it definitely makes the culprit hard to guess.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Cook-senn

    Hamish Macbeth has to deal with yet another annoying constable, protect his eccentric villagers from the outside world, fend off promotion or firing, deal with his feelings for lovely Priscilla -- and determine who killed the garbage collector and the crofter.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Burkhart

    It was fun to enjoy another Hamish Macbeth mystery. Hamish seems to have matured a bit in this volume, which was a nice touch.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Gina Pat

    Audio book

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Chatlien

    I was beginning to tire of this series, but this one set me back on course.

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