M. C. Beaton's New York Times best-selling Hamish Macbeth series continues with a new mystery featuring Scotland's most quick-witted but unambitious policeman.
James Harrison has recently moved to a restored hunting lodge in Sutherland with his gorgeous private nurse, Gloria Dainty. When Hamish visits Mr. Harrison to welcome him to the neighborhood, the old man treats him very rudely. Gloria apologizes for her employer's behavior, and Hamish takes the plunge and invites her out for dinner. On the appointed evening, Hamish waits for Gloria at the restaurant. And waits. Gloria never shows up. Four days later, Gloria's body washes up on the beach near Braikie. Now without a date and without his former policeman Dick Fraser (who left the force to buy a bakery), Hamish must find out who killed the beautiful new resident of Sutherland, and why, before the murderer strikes again....
"Longing for escape? Tired of waiting for Brigadoon to materialize? Time for a trip to Lochdubh, the scenic, if somnolent, village in the Scottish Highlands where M. C. Beaton sets her beguiling whodunits featuring Constable Hamish Macbeth." (New York Times Book Review)
"With residents and a constable so authentic, it won't be long before tourists will be seeking Lochdubh and believing in the reality of Hamish Macbeth as surely as they believed in Sherlock Holmes." (Rocky Mountain News)
"Macbeth is the sort of character who slyly grows on you." (Chicago Sun-Times)
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Hamish is Still Hamish - That's a Good Thing
Love a return to Lochdubh but....
The office politics were interesting.
The ultimate resolution felt oddly unsatisfying.
Yes. A gifted reader who I always enjoy. This one is at par.
I love the Hamish McBeth series. But they are beginning to feel rushed. She either needs to allow more space or cut out the lots of little mini-crises that blow up and are resolved within five minutes.
I wonder if the books are being ghost written.
This one felt "jolty" - like a new driver struggling with a stick shift, lurching from point to point.
I read the books because I cant afford to live or vacation in the Scottish highlands. Beaton drew some wonderful charachters that feel like old friends, even annoying ones. ("Annoying ones" echoed Nessie). I want to enjoy their company.
There's fragments of that in there, but its also increasingly formulaic... you know the outcome of Daviot, Blair, Anderson, and some particularly obnoxious or weak interloper the moment they step into the book.
I love the series, the village, and even the office politics. But I feel like what attracted me to Lochdubh in the first place is missing.
- Lord Emsworth