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Death of a Chimney Sweep (Hamish Macbeth Series #26)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2012

    The Prophecy of Time

    The Propheccy of Time

    Jake leads me to an empty table.
    "I'm the only son of Zeus right now. The other one, Allen, is still on a quest to stop a Titan from destroying the world." Jake explains.
    "What!? And we all get to sit here and do nothing while Hot Shot Allen and his friends are on a quest?" I say.
    "Always is that way. There's always a few popular kids that Chiron decides need a quest—always popular—and sends them off. The rest of us get to sit around and do nothing. Fun, right?" I hear obvious bitterness in his voice. Allen was chosen over him, I realize.
    I sigh. "What can we eat?"
    "Anything. Just think of something and it'll appear."
    I stare at him like he's grown another head.
    Jake grins. "No joke."
    I think hard, 'Green cheeseburger. Green cheeseburger. Green—'
    A green cheeseburger appears on my plate. I wolf it down, and wish for some rainbow Coke, which appears in a goblet.
    "Hey, wait, Riley. You have to offer something to the gods." Jake says.
    I wish for some pink fries, and throw a few into the fire. "For the gods." I mutter.
    People are finishing and heading to the campfire. Jake and I join them.
    "Jonah! Dude, you gotta meet Riley." Jake calls to a guy. The boy looks up and walks over. When he's over here, I struggle not to gasp. Even in the eerie orange firelight, Jonah is the most attractive guy I've ever seen. He has golden-brown hair,—shorter than Jake's shaggy skater-style hair—a deep tan, and bright blue-green eyes. He's extremely handsome, and I can tell he knows it. But it doesn't seem like he wants to show it off.
    "'Sup? I'm Jonah. Son of Apollo." Supermodel Boy says, flashing me a dazzling smile.
    "Silena. I go by Riley." I answer.
    "Cool." He turns to Jake. "You have a girlfriend, I see."
    Jake grins back. "No, we're not dating. She's single, so you guys can go out."
    I feel heat rise in my cheeks, and turn my face away from them.
    "Carter! Come here!" Jake yells to an Asian boy nearby.
    The boy walks over. "Hi." He says to me. "I'm Carter, a son of Hephaestus."
    "Riley. Daughter of Unknown." I reply.
    He nods and walks over to Jonah and Jake. The three are talking about sports or something.
    As kids are roasting marshmallows, playing, talking, and hanging out, I successfully draw attention to myself without trying.
    A pair of crossed, glowing gold daggers appear over my head. I stare up at them in shock. Stunned murmurs run through the crowd.
    "She's been claimed,"
    "By who?"
    "What god is that?"
    "She's claimed!"
    "The new girl's claimed!"
    "Is that Ares' symbol?"
    "SILENCE!" Wheel Chair Dude roars.
    "That's Chiron, by the way." Jake whispers to me.
    "Riley has been claimed, yes. I believe by Ares. I do not recognize this symbol; however, she will be accepted. I will do my best to contact Olympus. This will be sorted out." Chiron assures us. "For now, she will stay in the Hades cabin."
    "Wait, Chiron, can't she stay in Zeus? She doesn't know anyone in Hades." Jake argues.
    "She'll get used to it." Chiron replies, glaring at me like I TRIED to mess up his night. "Off to your cabins! NOW!" He yells at the campers.
    "Bye, guys." I say.
    Jonah steps close to me and presses his lips to mine. I freeze, shocked, as he kisses me, than recover and step back.
    "What the heck?" I snap. The boys laugh.
    Jonah winks and leaves. Carter shoots me a look. "Hades isn't bad." He leaves, too. Jake gives my hand a squeeze, meets my eyes, and leaves without a word.
    I just stand there, stunned, then walk towards the black cabin with green torches.

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  • Posted February 3, 2011

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    Though there are murders, the latest Macbeth police procedural is an entertaining lighthearted Scottish romp

    Cantankerous Captain Henry and Milly Davenport move into a rundown Georgian mansion just outside of Drim, Scotland. Davenport leaves his home for a brisk walk but fails to come home. His corpse is found in the chimney of his new home when his blood dripped down.

    The villagers assume mild mannered chimney sweep Pete Ray killed Davenport, but that seems so out of character for a man who has wandered the Highlands cleaning the soot out of so many homes for years. The Drim beat cop is miles across a mountain and moors away, but Lochdubh Police Constable Hamish Macbeth leads the homicide inquiry. He has doubts Pete is the killer. His belief is affirmed when Pete dies during a suspicious motorcycle accident on the nearby moors. Macbeth believes the predator seeks something that he or she is willing to kill for to obtain.

    Though there are murders, the latest Macbeth police procedural (see Death of a Valentine) is an entertaining lighthearted Scottish romp. The eccentric cast starting with the beat cop who rarely makes it over to Drim turns the story line into fun time in rural Scotland as the cozy welcoming of the villagers supersedes the suspense of the killer.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

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    Love Hamish!

    I have to read every one of these books. He's so relaxing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2012

    L&K

    I'm really enjoying this new story. Very intriguing. (I use that word a lot.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2012

    M. C. Beaton is always great!

    Love Hamish and the mysteries are always credible and not obvious or too easy to figure out. Great characters. I've read the whole series from the beginning.

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  • Posted June 5, 2011

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    Lightweight and Fun

    M.C. Beaton makes no pretensions to be Charles Dickens, but who cares? This murder mystery is written (as usual with her series) at a reading level appropriate for a 10-year-old. However, her fans are always happy to immerse themselves in the village of Lochdubh and its beautiful Highland surroundings. And her familiar village characters, while cardboard thin, are like old friends to the reader. In this book, we learn fairly early who the villain is, and it isn't long before bodies are piling up following the murder of a chimney sweep at the home of a snobbish retired military officer and his mousy wife. As always, red-haired constable Hamish Macbeth is on the job and on the trail of the murderer. A quick and enjoyable read.

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  • Posted May 6, 2011

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    A wooden read~!!

    Death Of A Chimney Sweep: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery is number 27 in the series.

    In most parts of Scotland, folks have their chimney's vacuumed, however, in some of the more isolated villages, they still use the chimney sweep.

    In Lochdubh, Pete Ray is that man and he is called upon to clean the chimney of Captain Henry Davenport and his wife Millie. However, before the job is done, Pete is dead and the culprit in the murder of Captain Davenport.

    Hamish Macbeth has seen his fair share of crime and his tactics are his own, much to the chagrin of his supervisors. He sets out to solve the mystery surrounding the Captain and learns of the hidden plots and double dealings that the Captain has been involved with and with no murder suspect in sight, and with his boss wishing to remove him from the case, Hamish is put to the test as time is ticking away and bodies continue to turn up.

    This was my first Hamish Macbeth mystery, I'd heard some great things, but I was not impressed with this book at all. I found the characters wooden, their dialogue atrocious and confusing and the story was the same old, same old. The flow of the story was seriously lacking as dialogue between the characters were not differentiated and most times you weren't sure who was talking and where in the setting of the story you were. I did like Millie and her sister-in-law Philomena, but they weren't enough to keep this reader interested. If you like the Hamish Macbeth series, then I'm sure you won't want to miss this one, however, I'd choose another title in this series if its your a first time reader, I wouldn't want you to be put off from a series of books I've only heard great things about. This was not one of them!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2011

    I love this series

    I've read every Hamish Mcbeth book so far, and I have loved them all. I always look forward to reading them, and it never takes me long to finish them. I love the different quirky characters - and there are plently of them. I recommend the series to anyone who just wants a good book to sit down and relax with. Makes for good bedtime reading, except that it's hard to put the book down! I've stayed up way too late on occasion with this series. Try this series, you won't be sorry!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2011

    Disappointing. Perhaps 27 chapters in the Hamish McBeth saga is enough.

    Though I am a long-term fan of this series, I wish I had not bought and read this book and will certainly check forthcoming books out of the library first. This book appears to have been thrown together in a hurry. Maybe the author was having writers' block and under the gun time-wise, but it's sloppy. Hamish shaves his head but a few pages later brushes his red hair until it shines? And, since when is he a master of disguise? Then we have mass murder and mayhem, of course. But the part that doesn't deal with murder and mayhem seems warmed-over, with too much of the same old, same old, without the humor or good-naturedness that warms the earlier books. This time, too many of his guesses have no basis,and the jokes of all women competing over him, and feeling jealous of his pets are getting stale(one of those pets, by the way, is the critically endangered Scottish Wildcat, an animal which may become extinct within the next decade). The characters don't really develop any from book to book over time. It seems as if she really wanted to try to write an international thriller but had committed to cranking out one Agatha and one Hamish per year. She should perhaps take a break until she has some fresh ideas.

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  • Posted February 11, 2011

    A QUICK READ FULL OF SUPRISES! DEATH OF A CHIMNEY SWEEP BY M.C. BEATON!!

    DEATH OF A CHIMNEY SWEEP (A HAMISH MACBETH MYSTERY) by M.C. Beaton is a delightful mystery set in Scotland. It is written with details,depth,fast paced,a quick read,with twists and turns. It has murder, mystery,chimney sweeps,police procedural,highland superstition,castles,Scottish people,and friendships.This is a story of a small sleepy village full of surprises and a murderer who will stop at nothing to find what or who they want.The local police believe the culprit has been found in the chimney sweep,who was found died later,so they close the case.However, Constable Hamish Macbeth, questions the findings of the local police.He does not believe the case is an open and shut case.If you enjoy mystery,and Scottish superstitions you will enjoy this one.It is a quick read full of surprises and twists and turns. This book was received for the purpose of review from Early Bird ARC reviews and details can be found at Grand Central Publishing,a division of Hachette Book Groups, Inc. and My Book Addiction and More.

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