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Death of a Chimney Sweep
Hamish Macbeth, No 26
M. C. Beaton

Grand Central Publishing
February 25, 2011/ ISBN
Mystery / Scotland

Reviewed by Brenda Weeaks

In the Village of Drim, Pete Ray cleans chimneys the old fashion way. When he arrives at the cottage of a new couple in the village the husband leaves acting quite odd and the wife escapes to make human contact with others in the village. Later the wife, Milly, returns to witness a loud thump followed by a body falling out of the chimney into her living room. When the Superintendent tries to close the case quickly Hamish MacBeth follows the clues and shows foul play. The Superintendent doesn’t take it well. If not for his friend and co-worker James, Hamish would be unemployed. The two play tag team throughout the case.

The author takes many directions in the storyline - including international - and fills it with multiple victims and suspects. Dear Hamish is under pressure, in disguise, and torn between two woman. He works diligently to protect the Village of Drim, the victim’s spouse and those he cares for. He also spends time with Elspeth and Priscilla while saving face with the public after a book comes out putting him in a romantic light with another village woman.

In this popular series readers learn that in Scotland, one’s intuition is taken very serious, these quaint Scottish villages have a way of protecting themselves, and justice prevails -- naturally or otherwise.

Another winner in a long-running, always popular series.

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]

Reviewed 2011
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