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M.C. Beaton
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5 Nov 2009 Hamish Macbeth (Book 18)
Trouble is afoot in the remote Scottish fishing village of Stoyre, where the inhabitants are acting kind of… fishy. On a routine visit, Hamish Macbeth finds the pub empty, the church unexpectedly full, and the very air permeated with fear. Then an explosion levels a holiday cottage which the locals call ‘an act of God’. Hamish has another theory, one that will make the national news. With the help of sharp-eyed journalist Elspeth Grant and Lugs (his dog) he begins to winkle out the truth. But Hamish’s best laid plans soon go awry when an old friend dies, a scandalous rumour erupts, and someone close to his heart may be lost forever…

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (5 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849012768
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849012768
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 304,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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Great stuff, as usual. (Booklist)

Once again M C Beaton has concocted an amusing brew of mystery and romance that will keep her fans turning the pages. (Publishers Weekly) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The 18th Hamish Macbeth murder mystery from the bestselling M.C. Beaton

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another homerun for M.C. Beaton! 16 Feb 2004
This is the nineteenth (not eighteenth, you must include A Highland Christmas) in a series of mysteries featuring the detective work of small town, Highland Scottish detective Hamish Macbeth, P.C. In this book, Hamish must work overtime to avoid a promotion out of his beloved Lochdubh. But, that is not all of his problems. During a recent visit to the tiny village of Storye, he finds that the people there are acting quite strange, as if some sort of religious mania has gripped them. When the situation there turns dangerous and then deadly, Hamish knows he must get to the bottom of whatever it is that is going on.
This is another homerun for M.C. Beaton (pseudonym of Marion Chesney)! This story is every bit as good (excellent) as the other Hamish books, and makes for some gripping reading. Somehow, the author succeeds in making the Hamish Macbeth stories swing effortlessly between lighthearted humor to deadly mystery, all without losing the seeming reality of the story.
The characters in this story are likable and interesting, the story is gripping and entertaining, and the mystery quite fascinating. I think that this is a great book, one that you should consider buying!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A TOWN WITHOUT PITY... 8 Mar 2012
This is the nineteenth book in a series of cozy mysteries featuring lovable Highlander, Hamish Macbeth, in charge of law and order in the village of Lochdubh and its environs in the north of Scotland. As always, the book is laced with sly humor throughout that is engaging, and the dialogue creates a feeling of authenticity of place, making the book highly enjoyable. One does not read these books for their literary value. One reads them purely for the fun of it.

This time, Hamish is called to the isolated village of Storye, where something is just not quite right, as the normally god fearing, Calvinist population has seemingly taken fear of the Almighty to new heights, and are now seemingly fearful of everything. Just what is going on in Storye? Well, that is what Hamish tries to discover, that is, when he is not daydreaming about his ex-fiancée Priscilla, who is now engaged to be married to someone else, or sparring with local news reporter Elspeth Grant, who seems to have taken a shine to our local constable.

As with all cozy mysteries, it is not so much the mystery that is of import but the characters that revolve around the mystery, and the characters are certainly quirky and entertaining, adding to the charm of the series. With the oddly endearing Hamish Macbeth, the author has created a character that is a winner. I love this series of cozy mysteries!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Religious revival in Stoyre 21 Dec 2010
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There seems to be a religious revival on Stoyre but none of the villagers are willing to talk about it. Hamish is determined to get to the bottom of it especially after one of the villagers of Lochdubh appears to have been frightened to death when she visits the village.

Before the mystery can be solved though there is the strange business of the old people's home, whose owners appear to have a novel way of making money. One of the Lochdubh residents is keen to move in to find out what it going on, but Hamish has doubts about her putting herself in danger.

This is one of the most exciting of the Hamish Macbeth stories which I have read so far with some nail biting incidents which could go either way for Hamish towards the end of it. Village life and manipulation of the press are much to the fore in this story with Hamish once again in danger of earning the promotion he does not want. I really enjoyed this book and liked the way the many different characters are portrayed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Suspend your disbelief 14 Jan 2014
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This is the usual Hamish working on instinct and guile. I don't want to say too much about the plot but the villagers' gullibility does stretch credibility. There are, however, plenty of subplots to keep you interested. This is another good read in the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read After Work 10 Jan 2014
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Hamish Macbeth is always a good read and this was a joy - not too taxing on the brain just enough for an evening after a hard days work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars hamish 9 Nov 2013
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like all Hamish Macbeth books enjoyed them all. Sometimes a bit predictable in the storyline but does not detract from story
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing! 6 Oct 2013
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Having read all the Macbeth books in order I eagerly await my time off to start the next one. This is one I wish I missed out on. Several sub plots within the main story, sadly all very predictable and if you have read previous Macbeth books you'll have no problem predicting the end. I feel really sad to write this as a review as I normally thoroughly enjoy Hamish and his antics. Beaton definitely not at her best.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Glad I don't live there 30 Aug 2013
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I like Hamish Macbeth very much. Can Highland villagers really be this stupid? I'm not at all sure this portrays the area very well at all. Hamish himself redeems a dubious plot, but I'd be taking offence if I lived up there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Hamish story
I have been enjoying M.C Beaton's Hamish McBeth stories for some time, and hope to have the complete series eventually ! Read more
Published 11 months ago by David Lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars more mayhem in the highlands.
This hamish mcbeth story is a bit darker than the usual stories of m.c.beaton but still enjoyable. Those who like me enjoy a who's done it should enjoy these books.
Published 14 months ago by patricia
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
If you have read the Hamish Mcbeth titles in order, I dont need to tell you that you will enjoy this one too.
Published 16 months ago by Cat Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Death of a village
I enjoyed Death of a village. Once I started the book, I couldn't put it down.
A good murder mystery, lots of interesting characters.
Published 18 months ago by Phyllis Whowell
2.0 out of 5 stars Unbelieveable to the extreme
This book was just so simply BORING for me. The plot was just unbelieveable and silly and I would not recommend it at all.
Published on 21 Feb 2012 by Peter Joshua
3.0 out of 5 stars Hamish and the new-age church
I didn't enjoy this episode of the Hamish Macbeth saga as much as usual.

I couldn't interest myself in why the picturesque hamlet of Stoyre was undergoing a religious... Read more
Published on 7 Aug 2011 by T. Bently
3.0 out of 5 stars "A TRULY UNAMBITIOUS MAN"
Hamish has a problem: any success increases the chance of promotion, departure forever from his beloved Lochdubh. Read more
Published on 17 July 2011 by Mr. D. L. Rees
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