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Death of Yesterday
Hamish Macbeth – Book XXVIII
M C Beaton

Constable and Robinson Crime
21 February 2013 /ISBN-13: 9781780331034
Mystery / Contemporary /Scottish Highlands

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde

Art student Morag Merrilea likes to sit in the pub and sketch the people she sees.  After one such evening, she awakens with no memory of the previous night, Is she drinking too much, or could she have been slipped a date rape drug?  As her precious sketchbook has been stolen, she is keen to get to the bottom of it and after reporting it to Hamish, she is booked in with a hypnotist.  But she fails to turn up, and when her body is found in a ditch, Hamish sets out to discover who killed her.  He is going to discover a lot more than that…

As with any long running series, it is always good to get back and see how the inhabitants (or perhaps “denizens” might be more appropriate) are faring.  The gang is all here in a good tortuous mystery that keeps the reader guessing until the author reveals all.  By then, as usual, it is more about the exciting denouement, and I enjoyed the treat of reading a story with a teasing beginning, entertaining middle and satisfying end.  I don’t know enough about the Highlands to tell whether Ms Beaton’s asides about the daily local life and customs of the people who live there are based on fact or fantasy.  This notwithstanding, she can dream up a good lively yarn spiced with plenty of humor and populate the village of Lochdubh and environs with interesting characters.  There aren’t many examples of the British cozy,  but this one of the better series and long may it run.

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 2013