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Death of an Honest Man
by M. C. Beaton
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A light fun mystery. Great cozy escape. It is fun to get to know these folks and visit Lochdubh again.
Not my Hamish
Review of the Hachette audiobook edition released simultaneously with the Grand Central Publishing hardcover edition (February 20, 2018)
Death of an Honest Man finds Hamish Macbeth and yet another new constable chasing down the clues to the murder of yet another outlander who had offended the locals with his frank and often insulting opinions and comments. A lot of this one had uncharacteristic elements, especially when the normally sharp and perceptive Hamish brings an injured actual fierce wildcat back from the moors and insists to all the locals that it is his missing tame wildcat Sonsie. The ridiculous subplots of Chief Inspector Blair trying to arrange to have Hamish murdered (this time it is blamed on his medications) are also getting tiresome. I hope that the conclusion* to the series finds a way to bring it back to the spirit of the early books. The delay of the final book makes me suspect that an additional writer had to be hired to complete the posthumous work.
I did find this one to be below average for the series perhaps due to over exposure (I've read/listened to about 30 Hamish Macbeths in the past year of lockdowns and stay-at-home orders here in Ontario, Canada). I do remember the bulk of the series with fondness, but it was the earliest books of the series that were the more charming.
*No. 34 Death of a Green-Eyed Monster (2021/22?) has yet to be released due to delays following M.C. Beaton's (aka Marion Chesney's) passing in late 2019. Confusingly, this was tentatively titled as Death of a Love in early teasers.
He wasn't an "honest man" - he was a jerk. He is killed off very quickly. Hamish finds a cat, and goes through two police officers. A new police officer comes only to leave. It felt rushed and busy. Quirky characters for the sake of having quirky characters. Maybe if I had read the prior books I would have cared about some of these people. But not engaging as a stand alone book.
I've come to prefer Hamish to Agatha Raisin.
This latest in the series seems more over-the-top with 'hilarious' situations than the early ones in the series. I hope I'm just reading it wrong.
Haimish MacBeth is on the case to solve the murder of new town resident, Paul English. Mr. English was greatly disliked, and too many people had cause to want him gone.
"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. DEATH OF AN HONEST MAN 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 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?"--
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)823.914Literature English & Old English literatures English fiction Modern Period 1901-1999 1945-1999
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