Jun 1, 2018

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

Title: Death of an Honest Man by M.C. Beaton, February 20, 2018
Genre: Hamish Macbeth Mystery #33
Source: library book
Death of an Honest Man (Hamish Macbeth #33)

I liked this new book with policeman Hamish Macbeth in his element - his northern Scottish village, Lochdubh, solving the murder mystery of a body found in the bog.

Hamish is still avoiding a  promotion that would take him out of the village, and he still skirts commitment to either of the two problematic women he could have married. His relationship with the villagers, his sidekick policemen (they change so often),  and his little mini-farm of hens, sheep, dog and cat add to Hamish's interesting personality.

In this book though, Hamish becomes a bit more cunning and manipulative in hiding how he goes about solving the crimes, though he manages to keep the status quo in his beloved village and his job as the village bobby. I'm not sure if I like this change in Hamish but it does make things go smoother for everyone. I'm looking forward to the next book and the relationship with his newest police sidekick.

Book beginning:

The day had started out well for constable Hamish Macbeth. It was high summer with golden light bathing the little village of Lochdubh, situated in Sutherland in the northwest of Scotland. The air was pure and fresh and scented with pine from the forest on the other side of the sea loch. A yacht sailed in and the putt putt putt of the donkey engine was the only sound to break the silence of the early morning. 
Page 56:
"We've won out on far-fetched ideas before this," said Hamish. "Finish your drink and we'll chew some peppermints and see if we can see her."
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Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Sounds so good! Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “BRING ME BACK”

Kathy Martin said...

I haven't begun this series yet but have been curious about it. This week I have the latest in the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes historical mystery series - Island of the Mad by Laurie R. King. Happy reading!

fredamans said...

I should read more M.C Beaton books. Been a while. :-) Happy weekend!

Laura said...

Been meaning to try this author. You have me curious about this book too.

My Friday 56 from Air And Ash

Katherine P said...

I've read several books in this series and always enjoyed them but am a few books behind. This sounds really good (as expected!) and I do love Hamish and his refusal for the promotion!

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