Macbeth’s peaceful days as a rural constable look numbered
as Blair hatches yet another plan to get rid of him. This
time he sends down a certain PC Sessions to spy on him and
find enough evidence to get Hamish sent to work at Strathbane.
But instead Sessions is found murdered, and evidence points
to Hamish as having means and motive to do it. But it looks
as though the dead man, who was already guilty of various
misdemeanors, might have other people gunning for him?
As ever this is a fun and very tortuous tale of Highland corruption
in various places complete with a full boatload of red herrings.
Hamish gets to chase after a multitude of clues and in true
Beaton fashion this is an incident-packed story that does
not pause for breath. He gets to examine his life and wonder
why he is living with Dick, who gets more like a housewife
all the time instead of a wife and Dick himself gets involved
with more than one woman. I found this to be a particularly
strong entry in a series that usually delivers a book worth
reading for all the right reasons. Not just the involved and
involving plot, but the way we get to learn more about the
various series characters and the mix of cozy and contemporary,
satire and story that this author is particularly adept at.
Twenty nine books is a pretty awesome figure for a series
and it continues, even after all this time, to please. Long
may it continue to do so.
Reviews of other titles in this series