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Death of a Travelling Man (Hamish Macbeth Book 9) [Kindle Edition]

M.C. Beaton
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Book Description

It’s springtime in the Highlands but storms are brewing for Hamish Macbeth. His life is going to pot. He has – horrors! – been promoted, his new boss is a dunce, and a sinister self-proclaimed gypsy and his girlfriend have parked their rusty eyesore of a van in the middle of the village.

Hamish smells trouble and as usual he’s right. The doctor’s drugs have gone missing. Money vanishes. And neighbours suddenly become unneighbourly. Nobody wants to talk either, so canny Hamish faces the delicate task of worming the facts out of the villagers.

In the process he uncovers a story so bizarre that neither he nor the locals may ever be able to forget it…

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    Looking for escape? Tired of waiting for Brigadoon to materialize? Time for a trip to Lochdubh, the scenic if somnolent village in the Scottish highlands where Beaton sets her beguiling whodunits featuring Constable Hamish Macbeth and his eccentric neighbours. (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)


    'The detective novels of M. C. Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status.' (The Times)

    'Looking for escape? Tired of waiting for Brigadoon to materialise? Time for a trip to Lochdubh, the scenic if somnolent village in the Scottish highlands where Beaton sets her beguiling whodunits featuring Constable Hamish Macbeth and his eccentric neighbours.' (The New York Times Book Review)

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 843 KB
    • Print Length: 240 pages
    • Publisher: C & R Crime (17 Jun. 2011)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B0056A8W9A
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,397 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    More About the Author

    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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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Rank Struggles 17 Feb. 2007
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    Death of a Travelling Man is the ninth novel in the Hamish Macbeth series of comic mysteries by M.C. Beaton. Before describing the book, I strongly urge you to not start your reading of the series with this book. The subjects in this book reflect important transitions in the series, and you won't find the book nearly as entertaining as a standalone novel rather than a continuation. Stop reading here if you haven't read the earlier books!

    At the end of Death of a Glutton, Police Constable Hamish Macbeth was still trying to get the central heating for his Lochdubh police station home that Chief Inspector Blair had promised in exchange for getting credit for solving an earlier murder. Anxious to get the central heating, Hamish took credit for a gutsy bluff that solved the death of the glutton. His reward? He was promoted to Sergeant and Police Constable Willie Lamont was assigned to "assist" him and live in the police station's spare bedroom.

    Rarely since Shakespeare has anyone painted a portrayal of a person in power with greater comic wit than M.C. Beaton does with Willie Lamont. Three main gags dominate: Willie's desire to keep things neat and tidy; Willie's malapropisms; and Willie's idea of a romantic life.

    Much of the pleasure of Willie's appearances is spoiled, however, by the portrayal of Hamish as being very upset by Willie. No one could be upset by Willie.

    As the book opens, Hamish spots a recycled hippy van parked where it's not allowed. Planning to hurry the van and its occupants right out of town, Hamish is surprised to find that the driver, Sean Gourlay, is young, handsome, and well off. Gourlay is accompanied by a very foul-mouthed Cheryl Higgins who loves to shout "pig!
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars CAUSE TO REJOICE 24 May 2010
    Give three cheers and one cheer more! The series is back on form. Reasons abound why this ninth entry works so well. Throughout, its construction is firm. No creakingly contrived importing of imminent victim and suspects. Instead we are well and truly in Lochdubh and amongst its inhabitants, the area itself described with considerable affection. Plot developments also allow greater depth and scope. Hamish Macbeth is at last a sergeant - the policehouse shared with young PC Willie Lamont, he with a fetish for cleaning and malapropisms (an aunt lives "in a condom in San Francisco"). Their edgy relationship makes hilarious reading.

    Sean Gourlay, greeneyed and glib, is the traveller - Hamish instantly wary but the villagers charmed. Sean's companion, foulmouthed Cheryl Higgins, is less appealing. Gradually Lochdubh begins to change - things go missing, residents become edgy and forever squabble. Hamish is convinced evil lurks in their midst, his feelings mixed when Sean is found dead with face and head smashed to pulp.

    The culprit, of course, has to be found - but can Hamish achieve this whilst trying to protect the neighbours living in fear because of recent indiscretions? His friend Priscilla has an important part to play....

    The novel has heart, warmth and humour. It benefits enormously by concentrating more on Hamish himself - including his saving a boy from a swollen river and risking his life amidst snow in a mountain rescue. Yes, there is much that greatly appeals - not least a conclusion that should delight addicts.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A Stranger in Lochdubh 23 April 2011
    By Sophia
    Two travelling people in a converted bus decide to settle in Lochdubh. Hamish Macbeth takes a dislike to Sean on site and believes he is trouble. He seems to be having a bad effect on the village and people are looking at each other in suspicion when drugs go missing from the doctor's surgery and money goes missing from a charity collection. Then Sean is found murdered and his girlfriend, Cheryl, disappears.

    Hamish is struggling with his promotion to sergeant and finds his sidekick, Willie Lamont, a less than satisfactory constable. No one in the village will tell him what's going on so he has his work cut out to try and unravel the mystery which surrounds the village, as well as unmasking the murderer and discovering why some of the respectable ladies seem to be in fear of their lives.

    This is an interesting story though perhaps not as good as some of the books in this series. I did enjoy it and found the way Hamish managed to solve the problems very well done. An enjoyable read but perhaps not up to the standard set by some of the series.
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    10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars hamish mcbeth satisfies once again 11 April 1999
    By A Customer
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    once more i was entralled by the adventures of Police Constable hamish mcBeth. I love this series and Death of a Travelling man was exceptional. When a suspious looking man and woman camp in Lochduhh hamish smells trouble. When the man is killed it's up to hamish to find out who did it and why. It seemed that the man really turned on the charm with the ladies of the village. Happy reading!
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Hamish has help, but doesn't want it 22 July 2014
    By YeahYeahNoh TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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    We're back in Lochdubh for this instalment, and that's a good thing. The characters and backdrop are welcoming, particularly to those who've read the series in order. The plot is slightly more complex than usual, with three main strands - the first, the on-off Hamish/Priscilla relationship - this book takes that some way on from the last one. The second is, of course, the necessary murder. And the third is introduced by Hamish having a new subordinate PC to help him - and this adds some humour along the way.
    The villain is a traveller - and here, I found the book at times a little preachy in the tone it took to describe the typical lifestyle of the scrounging travellers - the Daily Mail-esque morailty was a little disarming and, I felt, a little more than needed - it seemed to stretch beyond just what I thought the characters would feel.
    It's impossible to not get carried away with the story though - far fetched at times, and not entirely believable, but just enough to let you soak it in and not question it. Another good slab of entertainment.
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