In the south of Scotland, residents get their chimneys vacuum-cleaned. But in the isolated villages in the very north of Scotland, the villagers rely on the services of the itinerant sweep, Pete Ray, and his old-fashioned brushes. Pete is always able to find work in the Scottish highlands, until one day when Police Constable Hamish Macbeth notices blood dripping onto the floor of a villager's fireplace, and a dead body stuffed inside the chimney. The entire town of Lochdubh is certain Pete is the culprit, but Hamish doesn't believe that the affable chimney sweep is capable of committing murder. Then Pete's body is found on the Scottish moors, and the mystery deepens. Once again, it's up to Hamish to discover who's responsible for the dirty deed - and this time, the murderer may be closer than he realizes. Praise for the "Hamish Macbeth" series: 'The much-loved "Hamish Macbeth series"is the beguiling blend of wry humour and sharp observations about rural life' - "Good Book Guide". 'It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh' - "New York Times Book Review". 'The detective novels of M.C. Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status' - Anne Robinson, "The Times".
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.