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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: C & R Crime (19 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472105281
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472105288
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 180,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 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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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Feb. 2007
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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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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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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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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. the characters are so real and the story winds you in from the start - you want to know what happens and you feel Hamish's anger and frustration with Blair. Love it hope you will too
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By R. Gardner VINE VOICE on 29 Dec. 2012
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With M C Beaton's story of Hamish once you have read one you with have the basis for the other stories written by the same author. He is a Local Bobby based in a Highland village on the edge of a loch. There is usually a murder or a crime that he eventually solves but in his own Highland way, never conventional methods used, he has an adversary with a detective in another district and this adds some humour to the story line. He wants to maintain his life style as it is and all thought of promotion is off the list of wants..there is a slight love story with a lady who runs the local Inn...If you enjoy this there are a good number of books in the series to entertain you in your spare time..
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Great book. In this story we get to know Hamish's side kick Willie Lamont, who for a copper can only be described as being "away with the fairies". Nice pleasant chap though.

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.
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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 that the leaders of Lochdubh society suffer the usual human failings to commic excess. Well done.
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