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Death of a Liar
Hamish Macbeth #30
MC Beaton
Read by Graeme Malcolm

Hachette Audio / Grand Central Publishing
2/3/2015/ ISBN 9781478983651 Audio/ ISBN 9781455504787 Book
Mystery / Cozy / Police / Scottish Highlands / Audiobook - Audible download or CD

Reviewed by Brenda Weeaks


Here we are at number 30 in the Hamish Macbeth series. For me, this series is an all-time favorite; Beaton is able to deliver an entertaining mystery in a unique way. In the storyline, you know exactly what’s going on and how the characters are feeling. Beaton’s characters are priceless (even the bad guys), and they always entertain. Hamish is quite the character. He can be likable in one paragraph and not so much in the next. Hamish partners are always entertaining. His current sidekick, Dick Fraser, loves to bake, clean, and care for Hamish’s animals, Sonsie and Lugs. Hamish is surprised and hurt to find he’s in a competition with Dick for a beautiful baker’s attention. Hamish also runs into former girlfriends’ Elspeth and Priscilla and ponders his relationships with them, and why he’s so bad at love. It seems men and women are starving for attention in the Highlands, but too choosy to choose each other.

In this mystery, Sargent Hamish Macbeth is called out to a possible rape only to find out the caller is a virgin and the village liar. When she rings again, Hamish is already dealing with a strange new couple in Lochdubh and a murder, so he ignores her call for help. The next day Hamish finds her face down in her garden, murdered. Detective Chief Inspector Blair sweeps in and takes over the first murder case and tosses the dead virgin to Hamish. Hamish, as always finds a way to deal with Blair. As mentioned in a previous storyline, Hamish is holding an ace (a dirty picture) up his sleeve which is keeping Superintendent Daviot from closing the Lochdubh station, but it looks like Hamish might be losing his grip. If murders and seedy coworkers aren’t enough, Hamish has to deal with a fox lover and a fairy worshiper.

Readers/Listeners can expect an entertaining mystery full of quirky characters. Graeme Malcolm narrates Death of Liar, and I have to say, hearing his voice added to the pleasure of listening to the latest MacBeth mystery. I loved it.

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 2015