Sergeant Hamish Macbeth--Scotland's most quick-witted but unambitious policeman--returns in M.C. Beaton's new mystery in her New York Times bestselling series
DEATH OF A GHOST
When Police Sergeant Hamish Macbeth hears reports of a haunted castle near Drim, he assumes the eerie noises and lights reported by the villagers are just local teenagers going there to smoke pot or, worse, inject themselves with drugs. Still, Hamish decides that he and his policeman, Charlie "Clumsy" Carson, will spend the night at the ruined castle to get to the bottom of the rumors once and for all.
There's no sign of any ghost...but then Charlie disappears through the floor. It turns out he's fallen into the cellar. And what Hamish and Charlie find there is worse than a ghost: a dead body propped against the wall. Waiting for help to arrive, Hamish and Charlie leave the castle just for a moment--to eat bacon baps--but when they return, the body is nowhere to be seen.
It's clear something strange--and deadly--is going on at the castle, and Hamish must get to the bottom of it before the "ghost" can strike again...
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Reading this book has left me puzzled. I am not sure what M.C. Beaton was trying to write about in this book. Was it about smuggling drugs? Was it about three or four murders in Drim? Was it about Hamish's arch-enemy Chief Inspector Blair and his eternal hatred of Hamish and anyone else that may gain favour in the police force? I am really not sure. There were so many threads hanging, I don't think that they were even close to all being picked up. I find these books are so rushed and the plot so scattered that they almost leave me breathless. But I still love Hamish and his little home in Lochdubh, so I continue to read them.