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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Book Review: Murder of an Innocent Man by M. C. Beaton

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook  free of charge,from kensington Press, via netgalley for blog review purposes on this blog. No compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.

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.

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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?


The Hamish Mcbeth mysteries are always such a delight! Intelligent, comforting and humorous, just what you want in a cozy mystery! Once again Hamish is dealing with a new co-worker and trying to solve a baffling case, while breaking them in, and an assault from Inspector Blair leaves everyone reeling. Picking up where Death of a Kingfisher left Hamish, it's interesting to see what the characters are up to and the fall out from the last case. With the department in uproar, can Hamish save himself in time to catch a killer? It's a fun turn in the series, and not one to be missed!

About the Author:

 M C Beaton is the psuedynomyn of Marion Chesney. Born in Scotland, she has worked as a buyer of fiction for a Glasgow bookshop, theatre critic, newspaper reporter and editor. She has written numerous successful historical romance novels under her own name, including the Travelling Matchmaker and Daughters of Mannerling series. Using the pseudonym M. C. Beaton, she has also written many popular mystery novels, most notably the Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth mystery series. She has also written under the pseudonyms Sarah Chester, Helen Crampton, Ann Fairfax, Marion Gibbons, Jennie Tremaine and Charlotte Ward. Chesney now lives in the Cotswolds

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