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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Have three hours to kill...this is your book!
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.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Have three hours to kill...this is your book!, 21 Sep 2001
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D. Kaplan "sleuth029" (New York, NY USA) - See all my reviews
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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
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can Hamish Stand Success?, 18 May 2007
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Due to his remarkable work in Death of an Addict, Hamish once again finds himself promoted to sergeant. Having been totally driven crazy by Willie Lamont's cleaning when Hamish was a sergeant before, he had hoped that this promotion wouldn't mean having another police constable assigned to live and work with him. No such luck!

Clarry Graham, the new constable, is equally obsessed . . . but with cooking. So Hamish eats better than ever in this book.

Lochdubh finds itself under attack due to the publicity-seeking lust of Mrs. Freda Fleming, a recent widow, who wants a place to "clean up" so she can appear on the telly. Although she lives in Strathbane (which could use a good clean up), Freda decides that she's more likely to have a visible success in a smaller place. An inspection by Freda finds trash overflowing after a church fete. No problem! Freda will create an army of one, Fergus Macleod, the local dustman (UK speak for trash collector), to create the new "green" Lochdubh.

Fergus is an angry man. He started off as an accountant, but his weakness for preying on others caused him to descend into drink and wife-beating. With his raise in pay, wider authority, and military-like new uniform, he's ready to settle old scores with those who don't respect a mere dustman.

Before the tensions can rise too far, someone disposes of Fergus. While he disappears (to be later found in the Currie sisters' trash bin), Clarry decides to become the defender of Martha Macleod and her children from the brutal Fergus. Naturally, that means Detective Chief Inspector Blair will want to finger Clarry for the murder. But Blair has a surprise awaiting him.

After Fergus is found dead, the neighbors help Martha clean out his things. In the process, they accidentally find a lot of filthy papers that Fergus appears to have dug out of the trash. On reading those papers, Hamish realizes that Fergus may also have been blackmailing the villagers (a theme that was used before in Death of a Maid).

Lochdubh is in an uproar for another reason: the Lochdubh Hotel is reopening and the locals are getting great job offers. How will the Tommel Castle Hotel survive? Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, Hamish's former "unofficial" fiancée, is back to deal with the threat and playing her usual role of brilliant Watson.

Before long, the number of suspects is growing faster than Hamish can check them all out. When one of the suspects makes a run for it, Hamish takes action . . . with plot-shaking consequences.

As usual, Hamish finds himself chastened more for doing his duty than appreciated. There's also upsetting news about DI Chater. Fortunately for Hamish, he has his new dog, Lugs (his Christmas present in A Highland Christmas), to comfort him.

This story doesn't have the easy charm of A Highland Christmas or the character-developing strength of Death of an Addict or an intriguing plot like Death of a Scriptwriter, but in its own soap-opera-like way, Death of a Dustman cleans up. Enjoy!
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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
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This review is from: Death of a Dustman (Hamish Macbeth) (Paperback)
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 Sort of Midsommer Murders in the Highlands?, 8 Oct 2014
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If you are new to Hamish McBeth series then I do advise you print off a list of all books in chronological order and go through the sequence. I hadn't realised there were so many, I bought the first four as a bargain Kindle package and only realised much later there were lots of books in the series, too many for me to purchase so I scoured local libraries for them with inevitable outcome of reading out of sequence. They are delightful and light read. Don't be put off by the TV series as the two episodes I watched were not really like the books and did M C Beaton little justice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quick enjoyable read, 23 July 2009
This is a humorous and enjoyable murder mystery. The characters are well presented and keep your attention, especially Hamish Macbeth's new constable, and gourmet cook, Clarry Graham. Ms. Beaton quickly builds enmity for the politically ambitious Freda Fleming, and her description of the peevish dustman and his lugubrious family life are described in detail, so that the reader is not overly disturbed at his death. This was a very pleasant and quick read. I enjoyed this well enough to get other titles in the Hamish MacBeth series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars death of a dustman, 8 Feb 2010
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A great read from M C Beaton Hamish McBeth is a great detective who wants to stay in his home at lochdubh and not be premoted for his clever solving of murders. his bosses hate him and think him thick but he is very clever that is probaly why they don't like him. lovely characters you feel that you are tranfered to the past with the traditions and quaint ways. you can see the scenery and get to love the village and understand hamish's love of this wild country and unique people. Would recommend for a nice easy and great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hamish solves a tricky one., 5 July 2014
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I love the tales of Hamish MacBeth; I have read each novel & can't wait until the next book is available. If you are a "Hamish" fan you must watch the TV series starring Robert Carlyle .
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