Friday, November 24, 2017

Review: Death of An Honest Man by: M.C. Beaton

Title: Death of An Honest Man
Author: M.C. Beaton
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Series: Hamish MacBeth #33
Pages: 256
Format: Paperback ARC
Source: NetGalley


Sergeant Hamish Macbeth--Scotland's most quick-witted but unambitious policeman--returns in M.C. Beaton's new mystery in her New York Times bestselling series.


Nobody loves an honest man, or that was what police sergeant Hamish Macbeth tried to tell newcomer Paul English. Paul had moved to a house in Cnothan, a sour village on Hamish's beat.

He attended church in Lochdubh. He told the minister, Mr. Wellington, that his sermons were boring. He told tweedy Mrs. Wellington that she was too fat and in these days of increasing obesity it was her duty to show a good example. Angela Brody was told her detective stories were pap for the masses and it was time she wrote literature instead. He accused Hamish of having dyed his fiery red hair. He told Jessie Currie--who repeated all the last words of her twin sister--that she needed psychiatric help.

"I speak as I find," he bragged. Voices saying, "I could kill that man," could be heard from Lochdubh to Cnothan.

And someone did.

Now Hamish is faced with a bewildering array of suspects. And he's lost the services of his clumsy policeman, Charlie, who has resigned from the force after Detective Chief Inspector Blair berated Charlie one too many times, and the policeman threw Blair into the loch. Can Hamish find the killer on his own?

My Thoughts:

This book follows our beloved Police Sergeant Hamish MacBeth and his partner Charlie Carter who go and meet a newcomer in town Paul English whose done his best to tick everyone off.  When the man winds up dead Hamish and Charlie have to get to the bottom of the situation.  This crime leads to slow moving investigating but the heat turns up when Hamish's boss Detective Chief Inspector Blair ends up in all sorts of trouble and begs Hamish to find out the truth!  Who really killed Paul English and why?  What did the murderer hope to gain by killing Mr. English?

This book brought a lot of different cops to work with Hamish as he tried to figure out who killed English and why?  There were ups and downs as it looked like the murderer might get away with the crime we also got to see what happened to various characters that we have met like Charlie Carter as well as Detective Chief Inspector Blair and how far Blair would go to be rid of Hamish once and for all!  I loved going back to Lochdubh and seeing what people are up to especially when we get to see Detectives who have left the police force for other pursuits.  Can't wait to see what is next for Hamish and what he will detect next!
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