Death of a Policeman (Hamish Macbeth Series #29)

Death of a Policeman (Hamish Macbeth Series #29)

by M. C. Beaton

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Local police stations all over the Scottish Highlands are being threatened with closure. This presents the perfect opportunity for Detective Chief Inspector Blair, who would love nothing more than to get rid of Sergeant Hamish Macbeth. Blair suggests that Cyril Sessions, a keen young police officer, visit the town of Lochdubh to monitor exactly what Macbeth does every day. Macbeth hears about Blair's plan and is prepared to insure that Cyril returns back to headquarters with a full report. But Cyril is soon found dead and Hamish quickly becomes the prime suspect in his murder.

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ISBN-13: 9781455504749
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 01/27/2015
Series: Hamish Macbeth Series , #29
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 126,521
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

M.C. Beaton lives in the Cotswolds with her husband. In addition to the Hamish Macbeth series, she writes the Agatha Raisin mystery series.

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Death of a Policeman 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Fricka More than 1 year ago
Death of a Policeman By M.C. Beaton This may be the best Hamish MacBeth book to date! Once again, Blair is out to get Hamish removed from the police force. Blair's plans, though, go awry when the officer he sent to spy on Hamish gets murdered. Hamish also has to deal with Dick's infatuation with a younger woman. Will Dick be successful in wooing the much younger Shona, or fall prey to her older, man-hungry supervisor? Will Hamish and Dick manage to keep their police station from falling victim to budget cuts, and closed? Will Hamish find who's behind the murder of the spy? Or protect Shonsie and Luggs from being confiscated by animal control officers? Readers of Beaton's Hamish MacBeth series of mysteries will find reading this latest book a fun romp through the Scottish countryside, as Hamish is his usual cunning self, and there's a return of a cast of characters that readers will enjoy cheering on or hissing at, as the case may be. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed in this story.  I agree with the one reviewer who said the story was rushed. Too many characters were introduced and it was confusing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Death of a Policeman carries forward the ability of lead character in solving this murder. It is enjoyable and easy reading. I think the writer is leading into some changes but time will till
Andrew_of_Dunedin More than 1 year ago
Death of a Policeman is M. C. Beaton’s 30th trip in to the world of Hamish MacBeth and the Highlands village of Lochdubh. (29 “Death of …” titled books, plus “A Highland Christmas”) The newer books in the series, including this one, no longer have that delightful cozy charm (read: 5 star) that drew me to the early books. The unique characters of the village rarely make anything other than a token cameo these days (“See, I haven’t forgotten them,” the author seems to whisper.) New characters are typically introduced in each book, but then are rarely brought back to give us the opportunity to learn more about them. The crimes that used to be isolated to Hamish’s village – both in setting and in victim / suspects – now involve outsiders who traffic in drugs and prostitutes and other such matters. Still, unlike other authors of long-running series, Ms. Beaton manages to keep enough of the charm of her earlier works as the series continues on. Death of a Policeman centers around the investigation of a murdered Strathbane policeman, sent by a rival to spy on MacBeth. What could he have been mixed up in that resulted in someone shooting him on a lonely beach? In general, this novel maintains the darker tone that Beaton has taken the series in recent books, BUT there are enough glimpses into small-town life to provide a softer light through much of the book. In my opinion, this is one her better additions to the series in the past 10 years. The series has been around for almost 30 years. I’ll let the reader finish that thought to its conclusion. RATING: 3.5 stars, rounded down to 3 stars.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
Preserving his beloved small town Scottish Highland police station is a never-ending battle for Hamish Macbeth. And this time, he has to survive in the face of facilities being closed all over Scotland in the wake of cost-cutting. Meanwhile there’s plenty to do, including the investigation into the shotgun death of a policeman who was spying on Hamish at the behest of his arch-enemy, Chief Inspector Blair. This novel, the 30th in a long-running series, is a little different, especially as it encompasses the love lives of the various characters, including Hamish’s assistant, Dick. And even Hamish begins to wonder whether he wants a companion other than his pets and Dick. All the wonderful characteristics which have made the Hamish Macbeth mysteries popular abound in this latest entry: the local color, dialect and residents. And this time Macbeth exhibits a side of himself that is uncharacteristic in an effort to keep his beloved Lochdubh police station open. Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is hard to put into words, but this book was a disappointment. The whole story lined was rushed. At times it felt that the author was late starting to write the story and was rushing to complete the deadline. Also Hamish's actions were out of character. He normally does not start cutting corners without a good reason, in this book it happens at the start of the investigation. I waited a whole year for an enjoyable read, it did not happen with this book
judiOH More than 1 year ago
ms bewaton always, but always delivers a story that is mesmerizing. hamish mcbeth stories are my favorites. she also writes the agatha raisen mysteries. both are more than enjoyable!! i won't describe the story, someone else does that, but i will say that the characters will worm their way into your heart. they are interesting and sometimes funny. there is a little romance, but less than you would think. hamish would like to get married, but hasn't found the woman that can put up with him. if you wish to spend an evening with a good story...this is it...or any of m.c. beaton's stories!
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: The Blood of an Englishman - Agatha Raisin Mystery 25 Author: M. C. Beaton Published: 9-16-2014 Publisher: St Martin's Press / Minotaur Books Pages: 303 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: British Detectives; Cozy Mystery; Private Investigators ISBN: 9780312616267 ASIN: B00IW3MQCW Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley My Rating: 4 1/2 Stars . . Return once more to the Cotswold village of Winter Pava and take a break to visit with Agatha and your other friends. Mrs. Bloxby has maneuvered Agatha into attending the village Pantomime Production of "Babes in the Woods". If nothing else Agatha figures she can catch up on sum shut eye. Midway when the Ogre, played by the local baker Bert Simple, is vanquished in a puff of smoke through a trap door. He fails to reappear for before the final curtain call and is found murdered. Who would want to kill the kindly baker? It seems there are numerous souls who would be happy to help Bert to the hereafter, perhaps even his saintly wife Gwen and long-suffering son Walt. Agatha is hired by Gareth Craven, the producer of "Babes in the Woods" Agatha gathers her detectives to look into Bert's death. Agatha's long standing love interest (along with her ex-husband James Lacey) Sir Charles's announcement of his plans to marry has her a bit out, but does not stop her from looking with interest at Paul Newton, a farmer and high school teacher John Hale. As the investigation closes in on the killer, the killer decides it is time to get rid of Agatha. Will the detectives proves Craven innocent and bring a killer to justice before he can stop Agatha's hope for romance in her future by make her the next on his hit list. Come visit your old friends in Cotswold and meet some new. Stop by Mrs. Bloxby's for a cup of tea or if you are in need of something stronger check in with Agatha. Catch up on the happenings in the lives of the villagers. As always Ms. Beaton delivers characters who are not afraid to show their flaws in an I'm only human attitude. Add to that the well thought out plot and a fast moving pace and you have another winner. I look forward to visiting Agatha again soon. My rate is 4 1/2 Stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this mystery as I have all the others in the series. There were a lot of subplots going on that added interest without simply muddying the waters. I can't wait to start the next one.
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MasonCanyon More than 1 year ago
Sergeant Hamish Macbeth is unlike most policemen you will encounter in murder mysteries. Hamish is more of a laid-back, low-tech officer, but still very dedicated to protecting the residents of Lachdubh in the Scottish Highlands. The narration by Graeme Malcolm brings the story to life. Malcolm’s cadence and mannerisms adds depth to the story and gives individual voices to the characters. With the threat of local police stations being closed, Detective Chief Inspector Blair sees an opportunity to possibly get rid of Hamish. He sends Cyril Sessions, a young policeman, to spy on Hamish and document his laziness. Hamish discovers Sessions is spying on him and begins a plan to spoil Blair’s plot. However, Sessions is murdered and it’s up to Hamish to prove his own innocence, find the real killer and expose Blair’s dirty dealings. As the investigation gets underway, a woman is found dead in Hamish’s garden. He realizes the body is a warning that he’s digging into something much bigger than he first expected. The plot is filled with twists and turns. It also includes a number of zany characters such as the spinster librarian, Hetty, who was briefly involved with Sessions and has serious problems of her own. In addition, Hamish is forced to take actions to save his police station that he doesn’t like but doesn’t have a choice. The author draws you in with the vivid details and descriptions of the area and its residents. The characters are likable and colorful. The story flows at a steady pace and holds your attention. DEATH OF A POLICEMAN is the 29th installment in the Hamish Macbeth series. While this book can be read/listened to on its own, there are references new readers/listeners won’t completely understand. However, those references don’t impede the reading/listening of this book. This is a murder mystery that is rich in characters and suspense. FTC Full Disclosure - This audio book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
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joannes56 More than 1 year ago
Great Writting!!! I have read all MC Beaton's Agatha Raising and H.Macbeth, I love her mystery approach as good as Agatha Christie...
Andypandy More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed. One of the best reads lately. Would recommend for any mystery lover.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the Hamish Macbeth mysteries are great and just keep getting better with each new story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just love all of her books & this one delivers. I love the quotes at the start of each chapter. She writes very well getting the point across and character development accomplished.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And dont know if its a keeper untill read it a catch 21 these are by formuls but thats what i like the receipe like a favorite comfort food stays the same this series is a comfort read books seem to be getting shorter well so is packaging tuna now in 6oz not 8oz buska