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Death of a Dustman
Hamish Macbeth - Book XVI

by M C Beaton


After Hamish’s brush with the drug trade he is back in Lochdubh with a more domestic problem—who killed the village dustman? Nobody liked drunken, abusive Fergus MacLeod but little notice was paid to him until formidable Freda Fleming put him in charge of her new drive to "green" Lochdubh. In his strange new uniform he becomes a petty tyrant until his body is found stuffed into one of the new wheelie bins. Hamish has to discover whodunit, and fears that it might be somebody rather too close to home.

This is more familiar territory to fans of the series after the author’s interesting experiment, and there is plenty to enjoy. From the new constable with an obsession for cooking to a new teacher, the villagers continue to entertain, with plenty of the old offset by quite a few fresh elements. Hamish worries about how it will be to possibly have to arrest a fellow villager, and the plot has quite a few tangles despite being not hard to guess. You will have to suspend your disbelief with some rather high-handed policing methods that would make headline news for weeks in the real world, but this is not the real world. Between these covers wrongs are righted in the sort of direct way that cuts through red tape—surely part of the definition of "cozy." It is all so enjoyable, so just sit back and enjoy.

Reviews of other titles in this series

Death of a Gossip #1
Death of a Cad #2
Death of an Outsider #3
Death of a Macho Man #12
Death of a Dentist #13
Death of a Scriptwriter #14
Death of an Addict #15
A Highland Christmas #15.5
Death of a Dustman #16  [review 1] [review 2]
Death of a Celebrity #17  [review 1] [review 2]
Death of a Village #18
Death of a Poison Pen #19
Death of a Bore #20  [review 1] [review 2]
Death of a Dreamer #21 [audio] [book 1 ] [book 2]
Death of a Maid #22  [review 1] [uk review 2]
Death of a Gentle Lady #23  [review 1] [review 2]
Death of a Witch #24  [review 1] [review 2]
Death of a Valentine #25  [review 1] [review 2]
Death of a Chimney Sweep #26  [review 1] [review 2]
Death of a Kingfisher #27  [review 1] [review 2]
Death of Yesterday #28  [audio] [ book]
Death of a Policeman #29  [audio] [book]
Death of a Liar #30  [audio] [book]
Death of a Nurse #31  [audio] [book]
Death of a Ghost #32 [audio] [book]

Death of an Honest Man #33 [audio] [book]

The Book

Robinson (Constable and Robinson)
September 2009
1849010781 / 9781849010788
Mystery / Highlands, Scotland

The Reviewer

Rachel A Hyde
Reviewed 2009
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