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Death of a Policeman
Hamish Macbeth Murder Mysteries - Book XXIX

M C Beaton

Constable and Robinson Crime
20 February 2014/ ISBN 9781780331065
Cozy Mystery / Police / Scotland

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde

Hamish 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

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 2014