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4.4 out of 5 stars
Death of a Travelling Man (Hamish Macbeth)
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on 19 April 2018
I started reading about Hamish Macbeth after I had read all of the Agatha Raisin books. He is as annoyingly addictive as she. Quick and easy read mysteries although I have to say I prefer the books in the beginning of the series and feel that some of the later storylines are clutching at straws and a bit second rate as far as storylines go but I have got quite fond of the characters and will continue to read as and when a new book comes out which the author is probably banking on.
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on 22 July 2014
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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VINE VOICEon 29 December 2012
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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on 9 January 2013
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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on 30 July 2014
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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on 22 April 2018
Really good books, I would highly recommend, easy reading and great stories.
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on 6 November 2016
The writing was easy to read, but the appearance of hyphens mid-word, e.g. 'Strath-Jane's was an eye-sore and suggests the book wasn't proofread before printing? This flaw appears in other books too.
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on 15 May 2018
Another great read in this series
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 9 January 2014
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. Willie being a constable with a cleaning fetish foisted on Hamish as a result of his promotion. As usual another fun read from M. C. Beaton.
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on 14 February 2018
Always a good read
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