When a local woman tells Sergeant Hamish Macbeth that she doesn't remember what happened the previous evening, he doesn't begin to worry. She had been out drinking, after all, and he'd prefer not to be bothered with such an arrogant and annoying woman. But when her body is discovered, Hamish is forced to investigate a crime that the only known witness--now dead--had forgotten.
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Good old Hamish has always been a guilty pleasure for me. He's so wonderfully quirky, and Ms. Beaton seems to embody all the indiosyncracies of the Highland people into one loveable character who happens to be a village policeman in the remote Sutherland county of Scotland. Hamish Macbeth is always a delight, and he is my favourite cozy mystery character. I never tire of his endless efforts to find a wife, and his single-mindedness when tracking a killer. In this book Hamish has more than one victim and perhaps more than one killer. He tracks his prey all over Sutherland and to London and even to Estonia. And, as usual, he manages to offend and upset many of the locals, as well as his superior officers because he just does not give up! And the secondary characters in these books are just as wonderful as Hamish. I love Dick Fraser, Hamish's amiable bobby, who shares his home as well as the police station with Hamish. I love the Curry sisters and the seer Angus Macdonald who appear in each and every book. And I never tire of Hamish's interactions with Blair, the police officer from Strathbane who is the bane of Hamish's existence. I do hope that Ms. Beaton has a few more Hamish Macbeth mysteries left to write. They are a delight.
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