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M.C. Beaton
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19 Sep 2013 Hamish Macbeth (Book 9)

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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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: C & R Crime (19 Sep 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1472105281
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472105288
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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)

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The ninth Hamish Macbeth mystery, beautifully republished with a brand new cover.

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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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hamish mcbeth satisfies once again 11 April 1999
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Another enjoyable easy murder mystery 18 Aug 2014
In this 9th Hamish Macbeth murder mystery, Hamish Macbeth has been promoted to the rank of Sergeant at the end of the last book, this latest novel from M C Beaton, finds Hamish sharing his little police cottage with his new constable Willie. Willie is not the easiest person to live with as he has an obsession with cleaning (unlike Hamish who likes the lived in look). However, when a traveller couple turn up in the village and set up home on the vicarage lawn, a clean house becomes the least of Hamish's problem! The arrival of the unwelcomed visitors is followed by a spate of thefts, neighbours turn against each other and the Vicar loses his faith. It is not surprising that before long Hamish is on the trail of a murderer but everyone seems to have a motive.
Alongside all of this Hamish himself is plotting - to get rid of Willie and to get his house back.
This was another very enjoyable easy read and as always I will look forward to reading the next book in the series.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
enjoyable read
Published 3 days ago by anne
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Published 24 days ago by B C MULLEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Great bedtime read
Lovable Scottish policeman Hamish Macbeth solves another Highland murder mystery. Great easy read with lots of interesting characters set in a wonderful location.
Published 1 month ago by Samantha Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Like all Hamish Macbeth books GREAT
Published 2 months ago by Mr Peter R. Bergin
5.0 out of 5 stars Hamish at his best
I love Agatha Raisin and the television series of Hamish Macbeth but this series of books are a delight and I feel better than the TV series. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs Jane A Dale
4.0 out of 5 stars The devil's deserts
Another glorious romp in the remote highlands with only one murder, committed by an outsider, detected by Hamish's infamous but effective methods of deduction and the discovery... Read more
Published 5 months ago by reluctant cyclist
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
What can I say other than a brilliant read with, yet again, the great character of Hamish giving everything to solve a mysterious murder
Published 8 months ago by Linda
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good story
This story was again a good read with the usual twists and turns and blind alleys. I am going through the list of Hamish McBeth books and this one didn't disappoint. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jacobs
4.0 out of 5 stars Not so many twists
I didn't find there to be as many twists in this plot as in some of the other books but the humour in the "Willie" situation more than made up for it. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Elaine Tomasso
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok for a rainy day.
A middle-of-the-road murder mystery that despite being pretty average did keep me guessing for a little while. Read more
Published 13 months ago by stuartylad
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