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Death of a Macho Man
Hamish Macbeth - Book XII

by M. C. Beaton


There’s trouble brewing in the village of Lochdubh, trouble by the name of "macho man" Randy Duggan. He is a huge bully of a man who boasts of having been a wrestler, and has been the cause of various brawls since his arrival. He even challenges Hamish to a wrestling match, one that draws the whole village to eagerly watch and place bets on the outcome. But when Randy fails to appear and is found murdered, Hamish has to discover whodunit.

Back in Lochdubh after the vacation in the last book, Hamish has his work cut out for him discovering the true identity of the dead man, and how many lives he has touched. We get to catch up what has been going on in Lochdubh and check in with some of the long-standing characters too, and with a long running series like this I tend to find that this is as much part of the book as the individual plot.  Quite a lot happens too, with Hamish nearly losing his job more than once, old scandals being unearthed (and some new ones) as well as plenty of good humor and the joys of a quiet life. This is, as always, a highly engaging and relaxing read.

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)
March 2009
1845299078 / 9781845299071
Mystery / 1996 Highlands, Scotland
NOTE: US edition is different

The Reviewer

Rachel A Hyde
Reviewed 2009
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