Death of Yesterday (Hamish Macbeth Series #28)

Death of Yesterday (Hamish Macbeth Series #28)

by M. C. Beaton

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From the author of the Agatha Raisin television series...DEATH OF YESTERDAY: A Hamish Macbeth MysteryWhen 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455517558
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 03/26/2013
Series: Hamish Macbeth Series , #28
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 81,667
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

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Death of Yesterday 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So very sad to say that this is the first M.C. Beaton book I didn't like--and I've read ALL the Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin books so far. In fact, in this particular book, Hamish seems to have morphed into Agatha's general state of grumpiness. Finishing the book (I just cannot leave a mystery unsolved!) was a bit like pulling teeth; not at all the pleasant experience I was so expecting, and eager to indulge upon. I found the vast majority of characters tedious and unlikeable.
CloieTheBookMaven More than 1 year ago
With these last three books, I've just lost interest in Hamish MacBeth. I can't believe I'm saying this because the series WAS terrific. I loved the characters in Lochdubh and the surrounding villages, the mystery, the beautiful scenery. So all of this has been dumped. Now Beaton is writing about violence, serial murderers, and the worse Police Force I've ever read about. Yes, it's fiction. But repetitive chapters about the hateful Blair and self-centered Daviot, is simply boring. Hamish has yet another regrettable one-night stand and it affects his job. Duh! The ensuing cover-ups lead to more problems for everyone, and more victims. This is the stuff of nightmares, and in no way could these books now fit in the category of COZY! M.C Beaton has lost it....or is she turning over the reins to a ghost writer? Either way, I'll find other books to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hamish MacBeth is changing and moving toward more vicious, violent crimes.....more emphasis on police inefficiency and corruption.....more emphasis on Hamish making more foolish choices of sex partners. With the book before it and this one, I'm almost at the point where I won't read any of Beaton's books. I loved the Hamish MacBeth books because in addition to the mysteries we had quirky village characters and humor. The characters as well as the village settings were well developed. Not here. We get multiple violent murders made by different killers. The ending chapter is particularly nasty and vicious. There are so many unbelievable twists with emphasis on the stupidity of the police force that can't keep the person in custody.....with multiple escapes. Considering the conditions, the escapes are so unbelievable you're left scratching your head knowing it couldn't possibly happen that way. What used to make this series so much fun to read is completely gone. No more villager character development, no more humor and very little mystery. Just one violent and ugly murder after another. I read these books for escapism from the continuous violence on TV, but no more. All these crimes happen with the Help of the police force which includes a foolish Superintendent who refuses to investigate a potential suspect because he's a member of his lodge. Then there's Blair who is always snarling, jumping to silly conclusions and getting drunk. Followed by Hamish who gets his love-life messed up because he's making bad choices that have to be covered up. IF I do read another Hamish Macbeth book, it will be from the Library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book continues a downward slide for this series with much plot and scenario repetition from previous books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent to the very end. Twists and turns make it enjoyable easy read
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tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
Contrary to the old adage, familiarity breeds contentment. After all, a series that has been around since 1985 must have something going for it. And the Hamish Macbeth novels certainly do: The small-town Scottish police sergeant himself and his uncanny insights and uncommon and unorthodox manner; a cast of characters that repeatedly stays on form; plots that follow a pattern but are different from one another; Macbeth’s eternal hard times from his superiors; his forlorn love life; his pets, a wild cat and a dog; and a lightheartedness that is easy to take and read. The latest entry has the death of a woman haunting Macbeth although her arrogance originally annoyed him when she reported a possible date drug rape. This gives the author the chance to subject Macbeth and other police officers to a type of omerta in the small northern Scottish village where the crime took place. So, no witnesses. How to solve the mystery? By plain hard work. This is the 29th Hamish Macbeth mystery. It is replete with a flavor of good single-malt scotch, as usual. And just as important, the author describes the bleak economy in northern Scotland, lack of jobs, employees fearful of being fired from the only employer in town, and the general social milieu of small-town snobbishness. Recommended.
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I always enjoy reading M.C. Beaton's books. Death of Yesterday is a fast-reader like all of her other books. It's really nice to know all of the main characters so well yet they can still be unpredictable. Yet, I know one thing. Only Hamish MacBeth can solve the murders.
Aprilnow More than 1 year ago
I'm late to this series but really do enjoy the story lines. Hamish MacBeth is a wonderful character who does grow on you and in the end, you really do want him to stay in his village with his animals.
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readingcruiser More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much
EHCAnna More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy MC Beaton's Hamish McBeth books and this one was no exception. Poor Hamish can't get a break in his love life, but he always solves the crime!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The stories are getting better as the years go by. More developed characters and more of is more fun when you have more to think about unless you like Scooby Doo Mysteries (which zi do too). I liked this story and continue to read the Hamish MacBeth will like it too!
storiesCC More than 1 year ago
Hamish does his usual work with surprises along the way. A good weekend read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy the Hamish McBeth stories, this book was very funny and a quick read.
hillillyoh More than 1 year ago
Once again Hamish is having his women problems. How can any one man have so many women in his life? For Hamish fans this is a most read. Beaton's style of writing never changes.
JPRISS More than 1 year ago
Typical Macbeth. Cute and funny. Hamish fumbles through another mystery. He also solves the murder.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Hamish Macbeth series is so good I start with the first book every couple of years and reread the entire series. You should also check out her Agatha Raisin series.