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Unfortunately the stories are increasingly following the current fashion for endless murder and forensic detail, multi-national organised crime. The traditional idiot polis outwitted by an eccentric outsider continues, with Beaton's additional handicaps for detectives- booze, Freemasonry and Rotary Club membership!
I wouldn't wish to believe, or for anyone else to think, that "Police Scotland", or any of its predecessors have ever been such a parcel of bampots and heidbangers, and even though Hamish regards Lochdubh as paradise there are hardly any happy families or marriages (time for a devoted gay family, 2 parents & children to arrive- and NOT be murdered!
Hamish is a prematurely "grumpy old man", a Victor Meldrew who has the Gaelic and a horror of intimacy, possibly explicable at least in part by cramped personal space in childhood- a bedroom, or even a bed to oneself beyond imagining. Though he sent money home to his family- in the old way- he doesn't bother his bonnet about his sibs, and gives his mother little consideration. In Lochdubh humans don't get older, or wiser; only Angela and Elspeth develop as people though technology, communication, and, according to Beaton, the evil demands of the EU, evolve.
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