Death of a Travelling Man (Hamish Macbeth) Paperback – 19 Sep 2013
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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) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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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!Read more ›
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.
We see a "new age traveller" and his girlfriend setting up in Lochdubh and asserting himself among the ladies of the village only to cause alot of unease in the village. Try imagining one of the Currie sisters running around in the nude!! Eventually he is found dead and it is up to Hamish to find out who did it. Inadvertantly he gets engaged to the un-phaseable Priscilla!!!
Great story. Would recommend.