Death of an Honest Man
by Beaton, M. C.

When an insensitive newcomer to the village of Cnothan is found dead, flame-haired sergeant Hamish Macbeth confronts a bewildering array of suspects at the same time his clumsy police sidekick, Charlie, resigns in protest of his treatment by Chief Inspector Blair. By a New York Times best-selling author. 40,000 first printing.

M. C. Beaton has won international acclaim for her New York Times bestselling Hamish Macbeth mysteries, and the BBC has aired twenty-four episodes based on the series. Beaton is also the author of the bestselling Agatha Raisin novels, which aired as an eight-episode dramatic series on PBS, starring Ashley Jensen. M. C. Beaton's books have been translated into seventeen languages. She lives in the Cotswolds. For more information, you can visit

Longtime readers of the Hamish Macbeth series, set in a fictional village in the Scottish Highlands, don't keep coming back for the fresh plotting. The plot is nearly always the same: a stranger comes to the tiny fictional village of Lochdubh, speedily becomes wildly unpopular, and is murdered. The fun lies in the way Beaton depicts the different annoying, conniving, villainous victims. There's also the Highlands scenery to enjoy, along with a great deal of humor and the engaging series star, Sergeant Macbeth, who is unwillingly thrown into the murder investigations when he'd much rather be fishing or hiking. In this thirty-fourth installment, the stranger is a retired London banker who insults everyone he meets. And, of course, he's found in a peat bog, stabbed to death by a broadsword. Macbeth has a whole village of suspects on his hands, of course, but this time mystery deepens when Macbeth's detested, sadistic superior, Detective Chief Inspector Blair, turns up as one of the possible killers. Satisfying for both established and new Macbeth fans. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Honesty may not be the best policy if it makes your acquaintances want to kill you. Sgt. Hamish Macbeth is enjoying the beauty of the Scottish Highlands along with his constable, Charlie Carter, when a trip to see a newcomer to the area ruins their day and many more. Although banker Paul English has only recently retired to the village of Cnothan, he's already made an impressive number of enemies. Hamish soon sees why when English accuses him of dyeing his hair red. A youngster from Cnothan claims to have seen English in a compromising position with minister Maisie Walters, but she denies the story. All the while, the list of people English has insulted or defamed grows every day. DCI Blair, whose hatred for Hamish knows no bounds, is delighted to visit English when he calls to complain that the local police have been harassing him, only to be insulted and threatened himself for drinking on duty. The discovery of English's body in a bog flushes out a legion of suspects. When Charlie, who's giving up policing to move with his love to a croft in South Uist, departs, Hamish's new constable is a reluctant spy for Blair. Hamish, who's never gotten over having to release Sonsie, his wild cat, into a sanctuary, has found the company of Lugs and Sally, his two dogs, an incomplete substitute. So when a wild cat is shot, he rescues it, certain that it's Sonsie even though everyone from his former girlfriends to the veterinarian says it's not. The rescue fills Hamish with joy and makes him doubly determined to solve the murder of the man everyone loved to hate. One of the most convoluted and striking in this venerable series (Death of a Ghost, 2017, etc.), whose fans will relish the newest complications in the hero's chaotic life. Copyright Kirkus 2017 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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