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Death of a Dustman (Hamish Macbeth)

Death of a Dustman (Hamish Macbeth) [Kindle Edition]

M.C. Beaton
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Befuddled, earnest and utterly endearing, Hamish makes his triumphs sweetly satisfying. Publishers Weekly A delightful entry in an altogether captivating series. Booklist

Book Description

The 16th Hamish Mcbeth crime mystery, delightfully recovered and re-issued for all the fans of Agatha Raisin.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 535 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: C & R Crime (10 Sep 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002S0KBHM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,841 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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M C Beaton was born in Scotland. She worked for many years as a journalist on Fleet Street.

As well as the bestselling Agatha Raisin series, she is the author of the acclaimed Hamish Macbeth mysteries.

She divides her time between the Cotswolds, where she lives in a village very much like Agatha's beloved Carsely, and Paris.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Have three hours to kill...this is your book! 21 Sep 2001
Having just read a heart-thumping page-turning thriller, I felt the need to read something that would bring my blood pressure back to its normal rate. "Death of a Dustman," the most recent installment in M. C. Beaton's series about Hamish Macbeth, a police officer in a small village in the Scottish Highlands, was the perfect choice.
This book has just the right mix of suspects, clues, romance and local color to keep you interested while not taxing your heart. Don't expect deep character analyses, complicated plots or dastardly villains. The darkest thing about this book is probably the weather.
I have to give the book 5 stars because it delivered exactly what I expected...about three hours of non-stressful pure reading enjoyment.
This is the perfect book to tuck into your beach bag or carry on luggage.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Macbeth continues his 'Dread Scot' cases! 15 Mar 2001
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Indeed, "predictable" is the word (or words!) for any of the Hamish Macbeth series by M.C. Beaton, and "Death of a Dustman" is no exception. Ms Beaton has, of course, worked out a very successful "formula" for her Macbeth books, but her fans don't really care! What's fun is reading them! Macbeth is the local policeman in the Scottish Highlands village of Lochdubh, and, if nothing else, Beaton's characters (primarily Hamish) and the local color (of the setting) are enough to get one going!
In "Death of a Dustman," Beaton's inimitable policeman must find the killer of one Fergus Macleod, local villager only recently appointed as the town's new dustman, in charge of a renewed campaign to keep the area environmentally friendly. Macleod is a real pain, and, thus, when he is found dead, no one really cares! Besides turning into a real tyrant--and impossible to deal with--with his silly and petty (but legal) fines of his townsfolk--he is a wife-abuser and into some blackmail as well. And when his body's found, it's poetic justice, indeed: he was left in a recycling bin. (If that's not a metaphor, what is!) But, the law's the law and a murder's a murder. And Hamish must do his duty--regardless of his personal feelings for Macleod!
As usual, Beaton provides us with suspects aplenty, and Macbeth's resilience pays off, one more time! Beaton's books are delightful to read!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Yet 9 Aug 2001
I found this book excellent reading the plot was really good with plenty of twists and turns. I found myself not wanting to put the book down. From the list of suspects in the murder I kept wanting it not to be any of them. The end is very surprising and I look forward to the next one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recycling Comes To Lochdubh 22 Dec 2013
When the new council Officer for the Environment takes charge she decides to use Lochdubh as the place to start bringing recycling to the Highlands. And as Fergus Macleod is the local dustman for the area he gets promoted to Environment Officer, overlooking the new scheme. But Fergus is a bully, a drunk, beats his wife, and really gets people's backs up. Even Hamish Macbeth's constable, Clarry, says he would like to kill him, and so it is no surprise really when Fergus turns up dead.

Soon Hamish is up to his eyes in problems as he finds out how nasty Fergus really was, and trying to solve this and another murder even he must wonder if he has more to deal with than usual, especially as his job is in jeopardy.

With humour, some mystery (albeit not too difficult to solve) and having to deal with the residents of Lochdubh and the surrounding environs this is an enjoyable piece of escapism to put your feet up and relax with. As Hamish gets exasperated with people not telling him everything at the beginning, he really has his work cut out as he tries to solve the two killings. This is a bit farfetched with the scene involving a helicopter, but in some ways this just adds to the charm and comedy of this Hamish Macbeth tale. As usual this is a fun read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GRIME AND PUNISHMENT... 8 Mar 2012
This is the seventeenth installment in the Hamish Macbeth series of cozy mysteries. In this book, our beloved Highlander is busy going about his business in the village of Lochdubh in northern Scotland, when a council woman decides Lochdubh should go green and recycle. She appoints the local dustman (garbage collector) as Lochdubh's Environment Officer in charge of Lochdubh's new recycling center.

The dustman, however, is a nasty drunk, who beats and bullies his wife and kids. So, it is no surprise to anyone that with his new found power, he becomes a total despot, bullying all whom he comes across and indulging in a dangerous little sideline. Consequently, it is of little surprise to anyone when his dead body is found in a villager's rubbish bin. Though no one is sorry to see the dustman gone, few are willing to talk, leaving Hamish Macbeth at a temporary loss as to who committed the murder until violence strikes again. With no end of suspects in sight, he certainly has his work cut out for him.

In this book, village life, replete with quirky characters, takes center stage, giving the book that cozy feel. The book is also laced with sly humor throughout that is engaging, keeping the mood of the book light and highly enjoyable. As with all cozy mysteries, it is not so much the mystery that is of import but the characters that revolve around the mystery. While the mysteries are intriguing, they are the framework around which the characters evolve. In the endearing character of Hamish Macbeth, the author has created a sure fire winner, who is bound to win many fans. This is a most enjoyable and utterly addictive cozy mystery series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read
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Published 3 days ago by Cleonile
5.0 out of 5 stars Hamish solves a tricky one.
I love the tales of Hamish MacBeth; I have read each novel & can't wait until the next book is available. Read more
Published 18 days ago by David Bailie
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Published 19 days ago by Susan Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars It didn't fit in.
I never got on with this series when it was on the box, I much prefer it in book form and although I have only read about three or four of the 31 (I believe) that has been... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Aesop fussy git
3.0 out of 5 stars Death of a Dustman
I feel I did enjoy this book but couldn't say it was one of those that you feel you can't put down
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Other Macbeth
Brought back memories of the T.V. Programme and my sojourns in the North. Will read more of these easy reads.
Published 1 month ago by Christine McDonald
4.0 out of 5 stars Light enjoyable 'who dunnit'
This was a light and enjoyable read - good for a holiday. This is the first book I've read by this author and I do plan to read others when I feel I want something light. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Island Girl
4.0 out of 5 stars Hamish solves the murder again!
Lovely easy read set in the Scottish highlands. Intrigue, romance and mystery all rolled into one episode of Hamishs career as serving constable in a sleepy village.
Published 1 month ago by bommer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story as expected
I have just finished this one and it was a good read as usual. The scene setting is something I enjoy and the twist at the end was a super conclusion to the book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jacobs
4.0 out of 5 stars an m.c.beaton you know what your getting
this book like all m.c.beaton books kind gentle .makes you matter what the baddy gets their comeupence and all live happily
Published 1 month ago by m brown
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