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

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

by M. C. Beaton
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Death of a Chimney Sweep (Hamish Macbeth Series #26) by M. C. Beaton

From the author of the Agatha Raisin television series...DEATH OF A CHIMNEY SWEEP: A Hamish Macbeth MysteryIn the south of Scotland, residents get their chimneys vacuum-cleaned. But in the isolated villages in the very north of Scotland, the villagers rely on the services of the itinerant sweep, Pete Ray, and his old-fashioned brushes. Pete is always able to find work in the Scottish highlands, until one day when Police Constable Hamish Macbeth notices blood dripping onto the floor of a villager's fireplace, and a dead body stuffed inside the chimney. The entire town of Lochdubh is certain Pete is the culprit, but Hamish doesn't believe that the affable chimney sweep is capable of committing murder. Then Pete's body is found on the Scottish moors, and the mystery deepens. Once again, it's up to Hamish to discover who's responsible for the dirty deed--and this time, the murderer may be closer than he realizes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446574099
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 02/25/2011
Series: Hamish Macbeth Series , #26
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 45,250
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

M. C. Beaton has won international acclaim for her New York Times bestselling Hamish Macbeth mysteries. The BBC has aired 24 episodes based on the series. Beaton is also the author of the bestselling Agatha Raisin series, which will air as an eight-episode dramatic series on Sky1, starring Ashley Jensen. She lives in the Cotswolds with her husband. For more information, you can visit MCBeaton.com.

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Death of a Chimney Sweep 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
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monicaKY More than 1 year ago
I have to read every one of these books. He's so relaxing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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emmi331 More than 1 year ago
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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Heavensent1 More than 1 year ago
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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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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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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